from An Excess of INXS! The oldest and very popular INXS internet
site will continue to grow in the year 2000 - stay tuned for details!
is reporting that V2 Records Australia is to disband, with an announcement
expected shortly. The label is currently attempting to sign its artists
to other companies. How this will impact Michael's solo album is unclear
at the moment, though future single releases look doubtful.
programs will air on VH-1 (UK) on January 22, 2000: Egos and Icons, VH-1
To One (interview), Greatest Hits of INXS, INXS Uncut (five song session
featuring "Elegantly Wasted," "Just A Man," "Girl on Fire," "Suicide Blonde"
and "What You Need"), and Live Baby Live (one hour edit). In addition,
INXS finished #76 on VH-1 (UK)'s millenium 100 countdown. Congratuations!
(thanks to richard davis and alaina henderson)
radio (Australia) aired a rare INXS concert from August 12, 1982 at the
Carringbar Inn on December 20 as part of their "Live At The Wireless"
series. Included in the 45 minute set were such early classics as "To
Look At You" and "Night Of Rebellion."
V (Australia) is hosting a Michael Hutchence contest on its website at
They are giving away 10 copies of the limited-edition release of Michael's
solo album and 10 copies of a promo video featuring "Slide Away." To qualify,
you must be a subscriber to Foxtel or Austar in Australia. Check out their
site for more details. (thanks to damian sherlock)
In a recent interview with 95.8 Capital FM in the UK, George Michael mentioned
Michael Hutchence in one of his anecdotes:
do you think of Robbie Williams. Do you know him?
Oh yeah. I spoke to him the other night actually. I've known him for a
long time and I actually got to know him really well, from the day after
he got chucked out of Take That, 'cos he came down to the South of France
with Michael Hutchence and a few other people. He wasn't visiting me as
such, he just turned up at the beach.
of superstar yacht arrived and I was eating on the beach. Paula Yates
and Michael Hutchence, Simon Le Bon and Yasmin and Robbie came on to the
beach, and suddenly it was like Top Of The Pops at lunch - and that's
when I first got to know him. He's a great guy. I really like him and
from talking to him the other day, I think he's experiencing that kind
of loneliness that you only feel when everything is going absolutely brilliantly.
You feel very alone. I think he's going through exactly the same kind
of thing I went through when I split from Andrew. It's fun when you're
on tour and there's lots of people around you, but when it's actually
all down to you, it's really, really a different kettle of fish. (thanks
reports: Reacting to a story from Nov 22, Tina Hutchence has told Undercover
News that although Michael's ashes have been scattered in numerous places,
including recently in the Himalayas, Michael had never made it known that
he even wished to be cremated. "Michael left no directions at all written
or otherwise" Tina told Undercover. "This is the root of the problem with
the executors and the decisions they made immediately after his death.
Michael's financial advisor Colin Diamond illegally signed a document
to have Michael cremated. He has never, ever been able to produce any
evidence that Michael wanted to be cremated."
like the next INXS member to release a solo album will be Jon Farriss.
Jon told a recent online audience "I'm just putting together my collection
of material without any particular style and then I'll review what I have.
I have a large number of songs, so I'll see if my voice suits each song.
I may have some guest singers."
Michael Hutchence's "A Straight Line" as your favorite song of 1999 in
Triple J's Hottest 100 Poll at
Entries will be accepted until January 7, 2000.
View a short
on the making of Michael's solo album with Michael, Andy Gill and Danny
Saber at the Official Michael Hutchence
comments on the 21st best all-time music video according to TV Guide/MTV:
"INXS's stardom after eight years of recording and touring came partly
on the strength of this video ("Need You Tonight/Mediate"), a kind of
mobile collage. The Australian rock band, led by singer Michael Hutchence,
is shown to good advantage - dressed up or dressed down, looking both
rugged and pretty. Lowenstein has the good sense to return often to shots
of Hutchence (who died in 1997), bare-chested and sexy in a black leather
jacket. In "Mediate," a brief, recitative postscript, Lowenstein re-creates
scenes from the classic Bob Dylan documentary "Don't Look Back," showing
INXS holding placards with printed lyrics. With this video, INXS spelled
success." (thanks to kristin echterling)
TV Guide have teamed up to present the Top 100 Music Videos of All-Time.
INXS' award-winning 1987 clip "Need You Tonight/Mediate," directed by
Richard Lowenstein, was selected for inclusion at #21! Congratulations!
The 100 videos will be showcased during a weeklong countdown special ("100
Greatest Videos Ever Made") kicking off December 6 on MTV. Finishing
at #1 on the countdown is Michael Jackson's seminal classic "Thriller."
INXS' "Need You Tonight/Mediate" in TV Guide's Greatest Music Video Poll
reports: Jimmy Barnes will head the cast of the musical "Godspell", which
hits the road in March. The star studded cast of the $16 million production
includes Terence Trent D'Arby, Debra Byrne, Angry Anderson, Fiona Horne,
Marie Wilson, Belinda Emmett, David Dixon and Wendy Matthews. Promoter
is Graham Hutchinson. Matthews is recording a new version of "Day By Day"
produced by INXS' Andrew Farriss and the show's music director Larry Muhoberac.
(thanks to kerry bergh)
at #2, "A Straight Line" slides down to #12 this week on the Indonesian
singles chart. In Japan, the song is now #58, down from #30 last week.
Release: "Rocked to Death: Michael Hutchence -- The E! True Hollywood
Story": This one-hour episode of "The E! True Hollywood Story" explores
the how and why behind the strange death of INXS singer Michael Hutchence.
With the swagger of Jagger, and the passion of Morrison, pop idol Michael
Hutchence was the voice and soul of '80s rock 'n' roll. But one fateful
night in a Sydney hotel, Hutchence was found hanging by the neck with
a belt -- coroners confirmed the initial reports and a legion of fans
went into mourning. The program traces Hutchence's career from his early
days as a budding rock star to his meteoric rise to rock icon, and his
tangled romantic life. The episode offers rare behind the scenes footage
of Hutchence and includes one of his final interviews. Premieres Sunday,
December 5 in the US at 9:00 PM ET/PT. (1 hr.) (thanks
to karen gerard)