An Excess of INXS - News

January 1998

January 29, 1998

More details are emerging on the forthcoming Michael Hutchence solo record. With ex-Gang Of Four member Andy Gill producing, Michael recorded nearly 16 tracks, including "Get On The Inside" and "A Straight Line." In addition, Michael also did extensive work with Danny Saber of Black Grape and Tim Simenon of Bomb The Bass fame. In all, some 25 songs are in various stages of completion, according to INXS manager Martha Troup. Read the entire story at Addicted To Noise.

Greatest Hits moves up five spots to #34 on this week's Australian ARIA Album Chart.

January 27, 1998

The World Entertainment News Network reports that a three-way feud over Michael's ashes between mother Patricia Glassop, father Kell Hutchence, and lover Paula Yates was so fierce the trio eventually agreed the only way to keep everyone happy was to split Hutchence's remains into three. As reported previously, one third of ashes were thrown from a boat into Sydney Harbour by his father Kell, and brother Rhett on what would have been Michael's 38th birthday. Michael's mother and Yates were not invited to the ceremony that also included the other band members. Speaking from her Surfer's Paradise home in Queensland, Australia, Glessop said "I am extremely upset at being left out". Yates is now eagerly awaiting the arrival in Britain, by special delivery, of her allotted third of the ashes.

The Box video request channel currently has a page dedicated to the Don't Lose Your Head video. It features three stills from the clip and a section for comments on the video.

January 22, 1998

Happy 38th Birthday Michael! Earlier today, Michael's family and the band gathered in a private ceremony and spread Michael's ashes in Sydney Harbor.

Greatest Hits moves down one spot to #39 on the Australian ARIA Album Charts.

January 19, 1998

Michael's 38th Birthday would have been this Thursday, January 22nd. Vh-1 will be re-airing "INXS Rocks The Rockies" to commemorate the day at 5pm EST and then again at midnight. In addition, MTV Europe will air a Michael Hutchence documentary at 23.00 (11pm) CET.

January 17, 1998

An Excess of INXS has been named today's Entertainment "Hot Site" by Starting Point! Thanks to all of you who voted!

Greatest Hits moves down eight spots this week to #38 on the Australian ARIA Album Charts.

January 15, 1998

The RIAA continues to award certifications on INXS' back catalogue. On January 9, Live Baby Live and Greatest Hits were both certified platinum (1 million copies sold). Congratulations to the band! For those of you keeping score, INXS' awards are now: Shabooh Shoobah (Gold), The Swing (Platinum), Listen Like Thieves (Double Platinum), Kick (Sextuple Platinum), X (Double Platinum), Live Baby Live (Platinum), Welcome to Wherever You Are (Platinum), and Greatest Hits (Platinum).

Elegantly Wasted scanned 565 units this week, down 26% (198 units) from last week. RTD sales are at 160,578. The top three markets were Chicago (55), New York (33) and Los Angeles (30). Full Moon, Dirty Hearts scanned 37 units this week, down 38% (23 units) from last week. RTD sales are 148,322. Top three markets were Los Angeles (11), New York (7), and Boston (2).

January 11, 1998

The Sunday Telegraph today reports that Michael saw a doctor in the Los Angeles deluxe hotel he was staying at barely a week before his death. Dr Shapiro confirmed he had seen Hutchence on request, but declined to comment on his condition at the time. Dr Shapiro said he was ethically bound not to discuss a patient's treatment, but added "what I took care of him for" had nothing to do with the singer's death.

According to the docket at Glebe Court in Sydney, the toxicology reports are set to be released on February 6 by the coroner's office.

Greatest Hits is currently ranked at #30 on the Australian ARIA charts, up eight spots from last week. In other chart news, Savage Garden's "Truly Madly Deeply" has become the first Australian single since INXS' "Need You Tonight" to hit #1 on the US Billboard Charts.

And finally, kudos to the Denver Post -- they named Elegantly Wasted the 12th best song of 1997.

January 6, 1998

U2 lead singer Bono has revealed in an interview with Q Magazine that Michael had talked to him recently about suicide. Commenting on the difficulty of dealing with the loss of a friend, Bono said, "We were flying between shows and someone called and told me. (Long pause) I still haven't figured out quite how I feel about it. I don't know whether I'm angry or guilty....You always think if it's a mate that there was something you could have done. I still find it hard to figure it all out, because I had a conversation with him not that long ago where we talked about something like this, and we both agreed how dumb and selfish it would be, and Hutch was not at all selfish." Bono said that he and Hutchence were neighbors in France and that their personality differences helped to fuel their friendship. "He was a nice guy to be around. He was very light, whereas I don't think I'm the easiest person to be around, so we balanced each other out. But I hadn't seen him for a while, because we were both off doing our thing. I'm finding the whole thing very hard to understand...."

January 4, 1998

Michael Hutchence appears in the forthcoming indie film Limp, which was shot in Vancouver last year. He has a cameo as a record producer, and filmed the part when the band was in town last September. Director Duane Lavold's film is about an artist who gets a middle-class girlfriend, and then becomes respectable and impotent, hence the title.

The Recording Industry Association of America conferred the following awards to INXS on December 16, 1997: Listen Like Thieves and X were both certifed double platinum (sales in excess of two million copies) and The Swing and Welcome to Wherever You Are were both certified platinum (sales in excess of one million copies). Kick was recently certified sextuple platinum (sales in excess of six million copies) in October 1997.

January 1, 1998

Happy New Year! I don't think there's anyway it could be worse than this past one...

Michael Hutchence has left most of his $12.5 million (Australian) fortune to Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth according to Australian music industry columnist Christine Eliezer. The remainder of his estate has apparently been willed to daughter Heavenly Heraani Tiger Lily, with little, if any, provisions for Paula Yates. Eliezer cited an INXS spokesperson as saying that Hutchence had less than expected accumulated wealth because he had quietly given away much of it to various charities over the years. His favorite targets, said the spokesperson, were those pertaining to sick and underprivileged children.

The video for Elegantly Wasted made the Top 10 on MTV Latino's Top 100 of the year! A big thank you to everyone in Latin America for making the album such a huge success! In addition, the single made #20 in the year-end South African charts.

Greatest Hits is at #38 on this week's ARIA Album charts. It has just been certified double platinum in Australia.

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