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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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.
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.
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!