Michael Hutchence

Australian Musician + Film Actor + Member of Inxs

Michael Kelland John Hutchence was an Australian musician and actor. He was a founding member and the lead singer and lyricist of rock band :INXS from 1977 to his death in 1997. Hutchence was a member of short-lived pop rock group Max Q and recorded solo material which was released posthumously. He acted in feature films, including Dogs in Space (1986) and Frankenstein Unbound (1990).… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Michael Hutchence.


1960 Birth Michael Kelland John Hutchence was born on 22 January 1960, the son of Sydney businessman Kelland ("Kell") Hutchence, and make-up artist, Patricia (née Kennedy). … Read More


1976 16 Years Old Hutchence's parents separated when he was 15; in 1976 for a short time, he lived with his mother and sister Tina in California. … Read More
1977 17 Years Old In 1977, a new band, The Farriss Brothers, was formed with Tim Farriss on lead guitar, his younger brother Andrew as keyboardist, and youngest brother Jon on drums. Andrew brought Hutchence on-board as lead vocalist and Beers on bass guitar, and Tim brought his former band mate Kirk Pengilly on guitar and saxophone. The band made their debut on 16 August 1977 at Whale Beach, 40 km (25 mi) north of Sydney. … Read More


1980 20 Years Old In May 1980, the group released their first single, "Simple Simon"/"We Are the Vegetables" which was followed by the debut album, INXS, in October. … Read More
1982 22 Years Old It was Hutchence's first solo single and was released by WEA in early 1982.
1984 24 Years Old On 19 May, INXS won seven awards at the 1984 Countdown Music and Video Awards ceremony, including 'Best Songwriter' for Hutchence and Andrew, and 'Most Popular Male' for Hutchence. … Read More
In March 1985, after Hutchence and INXS recorded their album The Swing (1984), WEA released the Australian version of Dekadance, as a limited edition cassette only EP of six tracks including remixes from the album. … Read More
1986 26 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1986, Hutchence acted as Sam the lead male role, in the Australian film Dogs in Space, directed by long-time INXS music video collaborator Richard Lowenstein. … Read More
1987 27 Years Old In 1987, Hutchence provided vocals for Richard Clapton's album Glory Road which was produced by Jon Farriss. … Read More
1989 29 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1989, Hutchence collaborated further with Olsen for the Max Q project, they were joined by members of Olsen's previous groups including Whirlywirld, No and Orchestra of Skin and Bone. … Read More


1990 - 1993 3 More Events
1994 34 Years Old Yates interviewed Hutchence again in 1994 for her Big Breakfast show, and their affair was soon uncovered by the British press. By that time, Geldof and Yates had three daughters, Fifi Trixibelle, Peaches Honeyblossom and Little Pixie and had married in 1986. Media scrutiny was intense and Hutchence assaulted a photographer who had followed the couple. Yates' separation from Geldof in February 1995 sparked a public and at times bitter custody battle over their daughters. They divorced in May 1996. … Read More
1996 36 Years Old …  They divorced in 1996. … Read More
Hutchence and INXS went on a world tour to support the April 1997 release of Elegantly Wasted, both the album and its related singles having had less chart success than their prior releases. … Read More
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