Remembering Michael Hutchence, 1960-1997

Today we remember [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]INXS[/lastfm] frontman [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Michael Hutchence[/lastfm], who died on this day, November 22, back in 1997. Hutchence was one of the most charismatic and popular lead singers in rock ‘n roll; his band [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]INXS[/lastfm] had eight platinum releases, peaking with Kick, which sold over 6 million copies on the strength of hits Need You Tonight, Never Tear Us Apart, New Sensation, Devil Inside and Mystify.  There were a couple of little known known releases from [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Michael Hutchence[/lastfm] as well.

For [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]INXS[/lastfm] fans, check out [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Max Q[/lastfm], Hutchence’s side project, and Michael Hutchence, his self-titled and only solo album, released posthumously in 1999. The latter featured [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Bono[/lastfm], amazing guitarist [lastfm link_type=””]Waddy Wachtel[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=””]Gang of Four[/lastfm] guitarist [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Andy Gill[/lastfm], and the late [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Joe Strummer[/lastfm].


In 1984, already stars in their native Australia, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]INXS[/lastfm] started to get noticed around the world. The following video shows the band performing their number one Australian hit “Original Sin” led by a then 24-year-old [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Michael Hutchence[/lastfm]:

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