An Excess of INXS - News

September 1998

September 27, 1998:

The latest issue of Australia's music magazine Juice features a list of "discs that defined a decade" for the 1980s. INXS' The Swing is prominently listed at #11, with the following comment: "INXS' most experimental moment and their most perfect fusion of black and white pop. Their first #1."

INXS have donated the use of their hit single Mediate to a charitable organization for women and children in war-torn Bosnia. The announcement was made during a commercial on prime-time Australian television last week by Tim Farriss.

September 25, 1998:

The latest US sales figures for Elegantly Wasted are 168,032 release-to-date sales, with 101 copies sold this past week. Full Moon, Dirty Hearts has sold 149,130 copies to date.

September 17, 1998:

The Melbourne Herald-Sun reports the following story:
Paula Yates has split up with the former heroin addict she took as a live-in lover, hoping to avoid a custody battle over Tiger Lily - the daughter she had with the late INXS singer Michael Hutchence. Her decision to end the six-week relationship with Kingsley O'Keke follows the threat by Hutchence's father, Kel, to seek temporary custody of the two-year-old girl because of his concerns that she could be exposed to a drug environment. British social services were also said to be worried about the situation.
(Transcribed by Matthew Marsland)

A friend of Kell's has sent the following message:
Kell is back in the hospital with a quite serious respiratory infection thought to have been contracted during his last stint in the hospital. This is a setback for Kell who would have preferred to be working on Mike's memorial. Kell was admitted to a private hospital in Sydney last Sunday and has not been able to receive visitors. You can send him greetings, though, at

The following story was published this month in Q magazine:
Is there any truth to the rumor that Kylie Minogue's manager threatened to sue her if she recorded Where the Wild Roses Grow with Nick Cave, and that the record would never had been made without the help of Michael Hutchence?

There is an element of truth in this story. Many people thought that Nick Cave's public obsession with Kylie throughout the early 90's was a private joke. However he'd first approached her office in 1989 with Where the Wild Roses Grow written specially for her, but manager Terry Blamey disapproved of the idea and didn't pass on any of his messages. When Cave realised what had happened a few years later, he rang Michael Hutchence to see if the singer could put him in touch with his ex-lover who - back in Australia for Christmas - was actually visiting Hutchence at the time. Minogue took the call, listened to the demo and recorded the song with Cave a few weeks later in January 1995. "We were both leaving messages with each other mum's over Christmas about the arrangements", she recalled later. Even then, Blamey tried to discourage the project and insisted on a signed agreement giving him final veto over the release. Of course, the record was a huge success, increasing Kylie's credibility no end. Later that year, she also sang on Death Is Not The End on Cave's Murder Ballads album, and joined him on stage at Glasgow's T in The Park concert. (Transcribed by Sue Morley.)

Finally, INXS' 1994 release, Greatest Hits has slipped back into the Australian album chart this week at #96. The album has been certified double platinum down under.

September 9, 1998:

InMusic&Media reports: "Michael Hutchence was in line for a leading role in the new Australian movie Amy, says its director Nadia Tass, who says the picture was penned by husband David Parker ten years ago with Hutchence in mind. Amy is based on the death of a rock star who is electrocuted onstage. Says Tass, "I had a number of meetings with Michael in London, he was very keen on establishing his film career." Hutchence had to turn down roles in movies such as 'Priscilla Queen Of The Desert' and had just had negotiations with Quentin Tarantino a week before his suicide." Michael does appear in one upcoming indie film, Limp -- click here to read about the role.

September 5, 1998:

KidsCan, an Australian organization dedicated to aiding children with cancer, is currently running an on-line celebrity auction to help raise funds. Two INXS items are listed in the auction: a banner promoting the cancelled Lose Your Head tour and an unsigned poster of Michael in concert. The auction will run for two months starting from today -- please support this worthy cause!

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