Michael Hutchence
Australian musician, film actor, member of INXS
Michael Hutchence
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).
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What I Learned From Sir Bob Geldof
Huffington Post - about 1 year
You may remember him from The Boomtown Rats, he starred as "Pink" in Pink Floyd's film, Pink Floyd - The Wall, he co-founded the charity group Band Aid and later Live Aid and the Live 8 concerts. Raising more than $150 million for on the ground relief work in Africa, he also received a knighthood and is the recipient of the Man of Peace award which recognises personalities from around the world who have made an outstanding contribution to international social justice and peace. I met Sir Bob Geldof at a business women's breakfast event and I was fortunate to speak briefly with him one-on-one after his speech, but more on that later. He went to the stage with a real rockstar entrance, he was the coolest of cats - stylish, relaxed and present in the moment. But his message was far from relaxed. I took out my little notebook and began furiously scribbling notes as he spoke. Sir Bob spoke of this century, the last century, a little about the century before that and what sens ...
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Kylie Minogue pulls in the viewers to rescue BBC's The Voice
Guardian (UK) - about 3 years
Plaudits for Australian star as once-struggling talent show gets audience of 10 million viewers There's plenty to notice in the video for The Loco-Motion, Kylie Minogue's debut pop hit from 1987: the cheesy dance routine; the bubblegum pop production; the kind of perm that should rightfully have been outlawed. What's somewhat harder to spot is any evidence of an artist destined to stick around the music industry for over 25 years. And yet Minogue, 45, is more than still around: last week her debut appearance as a judge on the new series of BBC1's The Voice seems to have single-handedly revived the show. Figures for the first episode suggest the Australian singer added 2 million viewers to a show that has always struggled to bring excitement compared with its ITV rival, The X Factor. Pete Waterman, of the Stock, Aitken and Waterman songwriting team that signed Minogue on the back of The Loco-Motion's success, isn't surprised her Voice debut was a hit. "Kylie was always the sort ...
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Twerking as a Teaching Tool: How to Tell the Difference Between Slut Shaming and Parenting
Huffington Post - over 3 years
When it comes to getting parents to fret, Miley Cyrus really knows how to make it rain. Cyrus whipped up more hysteria with her appearance on the VMAs last month than Professor Harold Hill did over the pool hall right here in River City. Only Cyrus's trouble with a capital "T" stands for twerking. Cyrus's appearances on Saturday Night Live and the Today Show have caused the storm cell to strengthen, prompting another round of the debate over whether criticism of Cyrus is fair game or if it constitutes "slut shaming." In case you're not familiar with this concept, here's a quick explanation: Slut shaming is when people send negative messages to women who acknowledge or act on their sexuality while men get no message or even a positive message for equivalent behavior. An example of this would be telling young women that "good girls" don't have sex before marriage because it makes them "damaged goods" while young men get a "boys will be boys"message or even a societal high five for the ...
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Who plays Hutchence in INXS biopic?
Byron Shire News - over 3 years
AN A-list of young actors have been cast as members of INXS for the Never Tear Us Apart mini-series. Who plays Michael Hutchence?     
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Michael Hutchence Biopic in the Works
Rolling Stone - about 4 years
A biopic on the late INXS frontman Michael Hutchence is currently in the works 702 ABC Sydney reports Writer Bobby Galinksy is penning the screenplay for the flim titled Two Worlds Colliding after lyrics from the INXS song "Never Tear Us Apart" Galinsky who has eyed the project for over...
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Michael Hutchence film planned
Brentwood Weekly News - over 4 years
Another big-screen biopic on INXS frontman Michael Hutchence is in the works, according to reports.
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The life of Hutchence, 15 years on
Byron Shire News - over 4 years
THE life and times of late, great INXS frontman Michael Hutchence will be made into a movie, 15 years after his death at the now abandoned Ritz Carlton.
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INXS to Cease Touring
New York Times - ArtsBeat Blogs - over 4 years
The Australian rock band -- whose original lead singer, Michael Hutchence, died in 1997 -- announced that it will stop touring after 35 years.
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Tonight in Music: Superfest w/Chromatics, Vektor, Vintage Trouble & More
The Portland Mercury - over 4 years
SUPERFEST: GLASS CANDY, CHROMATICS, LITANIC MASK, ETBONZ, DJ MAXX BASS (Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside) Portland's premier annual all-ages dance festival, Superfest, is bigger than ever, spanning four days, three venues, and featuring acts like Glass Candy, Chromatics, White Rainbow, and Strategy. Best of all, it all goes to benefit Music in the Schools, because when government bureaucracy can't save us, music will. MARJORIE SKINNER Also, read our article on Chromatics. VEKTOR, WITCH MOUNTAIN, STOVOKOR (Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Vektor has been gaining favor in metal circles for years. And for good reason: These kids—who recently relocated to Philadelphia from Tempe, Arizona—are the best of the best in the new wave of thrash, channeling bands like Voivod and Venom for their own nuclear assault. And while the band draws from the familiar, they're already shaping the future of metal, and, perhaps, the future itself. The band's two fant ...
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Deaths from auto-erotic acts hidden - Sydney Morning Herald
Google News - over 5 years
In November 1997, INXS's lead singer, Michael Hutchence, was rumoured to have died from auto-erotic asphyxiation in a Sydney hotel room. Although an inquest ruled he had committed suicide by hanging himself with a belt, his partner, Paula Yates,
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Video Music Awards All-Stars: The 10 Biggest-Winning Music Videos - VH1 (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
HOLDS UP Concept: A cut-and-past aesthetic with multiple exposures, mostly in black and white (important exception: heartthrob lead singer Michael Hutchence in full color). Then a riff on “Subterranean Homesick Blues” and (what else) a sax solo!
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Q&A: Paul Rudd on Our Idiot Brother, His Hair History, and Traumatizing Iris ... - Grantland (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
But it wasn't necessarily inspired by hippiedom as much as it was by Michael Hutchence and the movie The Lost Boys, which I thought was supercool; I was living in Kansas, and you didn't see long hair on guys all that much
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Anosmia: Wonder what it's like to have no sense of smell? It stinks! - Daily Mail
Google News - over 5 years
It's thought that 200000 Britons have anosmia — famous sufferers have included William Wordsworth, INXS singer Michael Hutchence and actor Bill Pullman. Yet the vast majority of people able to smell have not only never heard of anosmia,
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On The Fly for August 11, 2011 - Myrtle Beach Sun News
Google News - over 5 years
If AC/DC can carry on without Bon Scott and Alice in Chains can continue without Layne Stayley - both iconic rock 'n' roll frontmen who died from the rock 'n' roll lifestyle - we suppose there's no harm/no foul in the Michael Hutchence-less version of
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Parramatta snub is 'too premature' - Northern District Times
Google News - over 5 years
A DISAPPOINTED Hornsby Deputy Mayor Michael Hutchence hopes to encourage Parramatta councillors back to negotiating plans to revitalise the Epping Town Centre. Cr Hutchence, 26, said he was “quite annoyed” with Parramatta Council after it voted against
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Michael Hutchence
    TWENTIES
  • 1997
    On the morning of 22 November 1997, Hutchence was found dead in his hotel room in Sydney.
    More Details Hide Details His death was reported by the New South Wales Coroner to be the result of suicide. In 2000, Yates died of a heroin overdose. The couple's daughter was placed in Geldof's custody with her half-sisters.
    However, on the morning of 22 November 1997, Hutchence, aged 37, was found dead in Room 524 at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Double Bay, Sydney.
    More Details Hide Details On 6 February 1998, after an autopsy and coronial inquest, New South Wales State Coroner, Derrick Hand, presented his report which ruled that Hutchence's death was a suicide while depressed and under the influence of alcohol and other drugs. Former girlfriend Kym Wilson and her then-boyfriend, Andrew Reyment, were the last people to see Hutchence alive when they left him at 4:50 am; he was still awaiting a phone call from Yates in London concerning whether she would bring their daughter Tiger to Australia. Hutchence's second last outgoing phone call was to his personal manager, Martha Troup's voice-mail, "Marth, Michael here. I've fucking had enough." When Troup returned the call there was no answer. At 9:54 am he talked to his former longtime girlfriend, Michèle Bennett, who stated that he was crying, sounded upset and said he needed to see her. Bennett arrived at his door at about 10:40 am, but there was no response. Hutchence's body was discovered by a hotel maid at 11:50 am. Police reported that, "He was in a kneeling position facing the door. He had used his snake skin belt to tie a knot on the automatic door closure at the top of the door, and had strained his head forward into the loop so hard that the buckle had broken."
    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.
    More Details Hide Details During the tour, Yates planned to visit Hutchence with his daughter and Yates's three children, but Geldof was seeking legal action to prevent the visit. The final leg of their 20th anniversary tour was to be in Australia in November and December.
  • 1996
    They divorced in 1996.
    More Details Hide Details During July of the same year, Hutchence and Yates had a daughter, Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily.
  • 1994
    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.
    More Details Hide Details On 22 July, Yates gave birth to Hutchence's only child, their daughter Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily Hutchence, who Yates claimed was delivered in their bathroom. Like her half-sisters, she was christened with an unusual name. Pixie chose Heavenly, Hutchence picked Hiraani, and Yates provided Tiger Lily; she was called Tiger and Hutchence described her as "just what we ordered". After a period of inactivity and releases that received lukewarm reviews, INXS recorded the band's 10th official album, Elegantly Wasted, in 1996, produced by Bruce Fairbairn and Andrew Farriss.
  • 1993
    According to INXS bandmate Beers, Hutchence pulled a knife and threatened to kill him during the 1993 recording of Full Moon, Dirty Hearts on the isle of Capri. "Over those six weeks, Michael threatened or physically confronted nearly every member of the band.
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  • 1991
    Hutchence won the 'Best International Artist' at the 1991 BRIT Awards with INXS winning the related group award.
    More Details Hide Details Hutchence provided vocals for pub rockers Noiseworks' album, Love Versus Money (1991). Welcome to Wherever You Are was released in August 1992 but INXS did not tour to support the album. It received good critical reviews and went to No. 1 in the UK and in Sweden; No. 2 in Australia and Switzerland, and No. 3 in Norway; but had less chart success in the U.S. peaking at No. 16. Helena Christensen and Hutchence were walking after drinking heavily when he refused to move for a taxi. The taxi driver then assaulted him, causing him to fall backwards and hit his head on the roadway. Hutchence did not immediately seek medical assistance for the injury instead waiting several days before seeing a doctor. As a result, Hutchence's fractured skull left him with an almost complete loss of the sense of smell and significant loss of taste. This led to periods of depression and increased levels of aggression; he had not fully recovered after two weeks in a Copenhagen hospital.
  • 1990
    In 1990, Hutchence portrayed nineteenth-century Romantic poet, Percy Shelley, in Roger Corman's film version of Frankenstein Unbound based on a science fiction time travel story of the same name written by Brian Aldiss. In 1990, INXS released X, which spawned more international hits such as "Suicide Blonde" and "Disappear" (both Top 10 in the US). "Suicide Blonde" peaked at No. 2 in Australia and No. 11 in the UK.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1989
    Hutchence and Kylie Minogue attended the premiere of her 1989 film, The Delinquents, which depicts her in a platinum blonde wig.
    More Details Hide Details Hutchence, with Andrew Farriss, wrote the song after Minogue used the phrase, suicide blonde, to describe her look during filming.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details They released a self-titled album and three singles, "Way of the World", "Sometimes" and "Monday Night by Satellite". Max Q disbanded in 1990. Max Q showed Hutchence explore the darker side of his music and, with Olsen, they created "one of the most innovative dance music albums of the decade". Hutchence wrote most of the music and provided "an extraordinary performance... it was one of the most significant statements Hutchence was to make". Hutchence, from the late-1980s lived outside Australia, mostly in the United Kingdom.
  • 1987
    In 1987, Hutchence provided vocals for Richard Clapton's album Glory Road which was produced by Jon Farriss.
    More Details Hide Details INXS released Kick in October, which provided the band with worldwide popularity, it peaked at No. 1 in Australia, No. 3 on the US Billboard 200, No. 9 in UK, and No. 15 in Austria. It was an upbeat, confident album that yielded four Top 10 U.S. singles, "New Sensation", "Never Tear Us Apart", "Devil Inside" and No. 1 "Need You Tonight". "Need You Tonight" peaked No. 2 on the UK charts, No. 3 in Australia, and No. 10 in France. The song is not lyrically complex, it is Hutchence's performance where "he sings in kittenish whisper, gently drawing back with the incredible lust of a tiger hunting in the night... Hutchence knows the prey will eventually come to him" that makes the song "as sexy and funky as any white rock group has ever been". They toured heavily behind the album throughout 1987 and 1988. The video, directed by Lowenstein, for the 1987 INXS track "Mediate" (which played after the video for "Need You Tonight") replicated the format of Bob Dylan's video for "Subterranean Homesick Blues", even in its use of apparently deliberate errors. In September 1988 the band swept the MTV Video Music Awards with the video for "Need You Tonight/Mediate" winning in five categories.
  • 1986
    To promote the tour, Hutchence and Barnes shared vocals on: The Easybeats cover "Good Times" and "Laying Down the Law" which Barnes cowrote with Beers, Andrew Farriss, Jon Farriss, Hutchence and Pengilly. "Good Times" was used as the theme for the concert series of 1986–1987.
    More Details Hide Details It peaked at No. 2 on the Australian charts, and months later was featured in the Joel Schumacher film The Lost Boys and its soundtrack, allowing it to peak at No. 47 in the U.S. on 1 August 1987. Divinyls' lead singer, Chrissie Amphlett enjoyed the tour and reconnected with Hutchence, "he was a sweet man, who said in one interview that he wanted me to have his baby."
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Sam's girlfriend, Anna, was portrayed by Saskia Post as a "fragile peroxide blonde in op-shop clothes". Some events are based on Lowenstein's life when sharing a home in a Melbourne inner suburb with friend Sam Sejavka (Beargarden) when Sam was in the band The Ears, in the late 1970s. Hutchence provided four songs on the film's soundtrack. A cover version of "Rooms for the Memory", a song by Whirlywirld (a post punk band that included Ollie Olsen), was released as a solo single. It peaked at No. 11 in February 1987. Back in 1979, both INXS and Whirlywirld had played at the Crystal Ballroom, in Fitzroy Street, St Kilda, which featured in the film. According to music journalist and author, James Cockington, "St Kilda was about drugs. Fitzroy Street was the smack capital of Melbourne, with heroin being openly traded on the footpath."
  • 1985
    He had met Yates in 1985, during an interview for her program, The Tube; her marriage with The Boomtown Rats' lead singer and Live Aid organiser, Geldof, was already in crisis.
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    Hutchence provided vocals for new wave band Beargarden's 1985 single release.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details The cassette also included a cover version of Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood's hit "Jackson", which Hutchence sang as a duet with Jenny Morris, a backing singer for The Swing sessions. The EP reached No 2 on the Kent Music Report Albums Chart.
  • 1984
    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.
    More Details Hide Details They performed "Burn for You", dressed in Akubras (a brand of hats) and Drizabones (a brand of outdoor coats/oilskin jackets) followed by Hutchence and Morris singing "Jackson" to close. INXS performed five songs for the July Oz for Africa concert, in conjunction with the Live Aid benefit organised by Irish musician, Bob Geldof. Two of their songs, "What You Need" and "Don't Change", were also in the BBC broadcast and are contained on Live Aid's four DVD boxed set released in 2004.
  • 1982
    It was Hutchence's first solo single and was released by WEA in early 1982.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1980
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Their first Top 40 Australian hit on the Kent Music Report Singles Chart, "Just Keep Walking", was released in September. During the 1980s, Hutchence resided at the apartment block at the end of Kirketon Road, Darlinghurst, Sydney. Hutchence became the main spokesperson for the band and, according to rock music historian, Ian McFarlane, "He was the archetypal rock showman. He exuded an overtly sexual, macho cool with his flowing locks, and lithe and exuberant stage movements". Close friends and family, however, maintain he was more introverted than his on-stage persona. He co-wrote almost all of INXS's songs with Andrew Farriss, who has attributed his own success as a songwriter to Hutchence's "genius". According to Hutchence, "Most of the songs on Underneath the Colours were written in a relatively short space of time. Most bands shudder at the prospect of having 20 years to write their first album and four days to write their second. For us, though, it was good. It left less room for us to go off on all sorts of tangents". Soon after recording sessions for Underneath the Colours – produced by Richard Clapton – had finished, band members started work on outside projects. Hutchence recorded "Speed Kills", written by Don Walker of hard rockers Cold Chisel, for the Freedom (1982) film soundtrack, directed by Scott Hicks.
  • 1977
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In 1978, the parents of the Farriss boys moved to Perth, Western Australia, taking Jon, who was still at high school. After Hutchence and Andrew finished their secondary schooling, the rest of the group followed. Hutchence, the Farriss brothers, Kerny, Sanders, Beers and Kennelly briefly performed as The Vegetables, singing "We Are the Vegetables". Ten months later, they returned to Sydney, where they recorded a set of demos. The Farriss Brothers regularly supported hard rockers Midnight Oil on the pub rock circuit, and were renamed as INXS in 1979. Their first performance under the new name was on 1 September at the Oceanview Hotel in Toukley.
  • 1976
    Hutchence's parents separated when he was 15; in 1976 for a short time, he lived with his mother and sister Tina in California.
    More Details Hide Details Hutchence later returned to Sydney with his mother.
  • OTHER
  • 1960
    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).
    More Details Hide Details Hutchence was of English ancestry. Following Kell's business interests, the Hutchence family moved to Brisbane where younger brother Rhett was born, and subsequently relocated to Hong Kong as a result of their father taking a job at an Australian trading company. During the early years in Hong Kong, both boys attended Beacon Hill School in Kowloon Tong. While in Hong Kong, Michael showed a lot of promise in a possible swimming career before breaking his arm badly. He then began to show interest in poetry and performed his first song in a local toy store commercial, before attending King George V School during his early teens. The family returned to Sydney in 1972, buying a house in Belrose near the Northern Beaches when Michael was 12 years old. Michael attended Davidson High School, where he met Andrew Farriss and they became good friends. Around this time, Hutchence and Farriss would spend a lot of time jamming in the garage with Andrew's brothers. Farriss then convinced Hutchence to join his band, Doctor Dolphin, alongside two classmates, Kent Kerny and Neil Sanders. From nearby Forest High School, bass guitarist Garry Beers and Geoff Kennelly on drums filled out the line-up. The boys transferred to Davidson High School where they became serious about the idea of starting a proper band.
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