An Excess of INXS - News

March 1997

March 27, 1997:


Rolling Stone this week has a feature on the movies that musicians like the most. Michael Hutchence chose A Streetcar Named Desire Directed by Elia Kazan (1951). He writes, "I was just watching it in Buenos Aires, Argentina. You can hardly understand what Brando's saying. I tried to be unhyped about it, but he sucked me in. He was quite slim then, wasn't he? A bit of a bod."

March 26, 1997:

The latest radio airplay figures for Elegantly Wasted in the US are outstanding! The song is in the top 40 on a whole bunch of radio charts, including two top ten showings in the AAA format. Plus, all of these chart numbers were bulleted, which means that there was a significant move. BDS, the company that detects when songs are played on the radio, reported tons of plays at all formats. Check this out: the song was played 1,166 times on Modern Rock stations in the past week! Also, the video has now been added to MTV in Active rotation. Start those requests now - let's bump that baby up to a higher rotation! MTV's email address is The rotation on VH-1 has been increased to Large, so you should be able to see it more easily now. Finally, for those with the Box, selection number is 565.

March 22, 1997:

INXS played Top Of The Pops, the most influential chart show in the UK, last night. Among the other acts that appeared last night are Gina G, Lisa Stansfield, and Boyzone (ugh). The show was hosted by none other than former Michael flame, Kylie Minogue.

Tickets for the LA and Chicago shows sold out as expected soon after going on sale today. (NYC sold out two days ago in about 10 minutes.)

March 20, 1997:

Updated Tour Dates! Check out Tour Information for the important details! Hopefully, there won't be any more rescheduling -- just more added shows! :)

An insightful feature on human rights issues appears in Alternative Press as an interview with Michael Hutchence. Well worth reading.

Elegantly Wasted continues to do really well on US radio. The latest statistics: The song was #1 Most Added at Adult Top 40, #3 Most Added at AAA and Rock, #4 Most Added at Modern Rock and #1 Most Increased Airplay at Top 40, AAA and Modern Rock. Keep requesting the single on your favorite local radio station -- that's the key to success!

March 17, 1997:

INXS appeared in a recorded interview yesterday on "O-Zone," a UK television program.

Don't forget to check out the latest additions to the Interviews & Articles page. Among the new articles posted is a fantastic write-up in Billboard Magazine.

March 16, 1997:

Elegantly Wasted has entered the UK Top 40 Singles chart at #20. Way to go guys! It is the band's first single since 1994's excellent The Strangest Party (These Are The Times).

March 12, 1997:

Elegantly Wasted is the #1 most added single of the week on Top 40, AAA, Modern Rock, and Adult Contemporary radio stations in the US! It was the #2 most added song at Rock and Active Rock stations. The video is also now airing on VH-1.

The band performed Elegantly Wasted live on the French television station CANAL+ last night.

INXS articles are everywhere! In addition to what's posted under Interviews & Articles, INXS is currently mentioned in the April issues of Arena and Loaded. If anyone has the articles, and would be so kind as to type up a transcript for inclusion in the web site, I (and countless other fans) would greatly appreciate it!

An interview taped recently with the band will be aired on MTV Latino this Friday.

March 10, 1997:

The single for Elegantly Wasted has been officially released today in the UK! Go out and buy your copies this week!

March 9, 1997:

Track listing for the Elegantly Wasted singles, due out tomorrow in the UK:

  • CD1: EW (radio edit)
    Need You Tonight
    Original Sin (Epic Adventure)
    I'm Only Looking (Morales Bad Yard Mix)

  • CD2: EW (radio edit)
    EW (shagsonic remix)
    EW (shagsonic dub)
    EW (g force and seiji remix)
    limted edition with four postcards

  • MC: EW (radio edit)
    Need You Tonight

There is no US release planned for the single, so get in touch with your favorite importer now!

March 8, 1997:

The band performed a smoking version of their new single, Elegantly Wasted last night on the UK television program, TFI Friday.

The single for Elegantly Wasted hits stores on MONDAY in the UK!

March 5, 1997:

The INXS Radio 1 gig for Comic Relief will be broadcast on the UK station on the Nicky Campbell show from 14:00 to 16:00 GMT on Tuesday, March 11. Radio 1, by the way, has put Elegantly Wasted on its coveted A-List for maximum airplay!

Today was "INXS Day" on Virgin Radio. The band performed acoustic versions of Everything I Do, a new song, and What You Need.

March 4, 1997:

INXS will appear on TFI Friday again this upcoming Friday the 7th in the UK to perform their new single, Elegantly Wasted.

March 2, 1997:

NME had a brief mention of INXS this week: "...We must relate a hair-raising tale of near death involving those lovely INXS lads. Our Colorado correspondent reports that, during a gig in an old opera house in Aspen - their first gig in three years - the audience were so frenzied that the floor almost collapsed into the offices of VH1 on the floor below! It was only the desperate efforts of the terrified VH1 staff in building impromptu supports out of tables/chairs/filing cabinets that prevented the gig finishing a storey lower than it started..."

March 1, 1997:

The band performs tonight in London for Radio 1 and Comic Relief.

The VH-1 show aired for the first time last night. The set list is New Sensation, Elegantly Wasted, Listen Like Thieves, Devil Inside, Need You Tonight, Never Tear Us Apart, Everything I Do, What You Need, Searching, and Don't Change.

The Chart Show (the UK's most popular music promo video program) debuted the video for Elegantly Wasted today, and will play it again on next week's program, which is two days before the single is released in the UK.

March 5 is being designated as "INXS Day" at Virgin Radio. The station will play INXS tracks throughout the day, and then starting at 5PM GMT, the band will perform LIVE unplugged songs on the air.

Finally, Michael Hutchence is appearing on the Virgin Breakfast show (7 am - 10 am GMT) sometime next week (March 3 - March 7). It's safe to assume he'll appear on March 5, "INXS Day" at Virgin. Remember, you can hear Virgin Radio UK anywhere in the world using RealAudio -- just head on over to

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