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Revisiting INXS and the Death of Michael Hutchence

The finale of INXS: Never Tear Us Apart, the two-part bio-pic of Australia’s second-biggest musical export, had more monster ratings.  Although viewership was done slightly from part one (it was slotted opposite the finale of a hot cooking show called My Kitchen Rules), it still pulled in 1.77 million viewers.  Not bad in a country of 22 million where 1.86 million were watching that cooking show at the same time.  Don’t even ask about ratings for Sochi; the Olympics were crushed.

The bio-pic has been good for sales, too.  Six INXS albums are currently charting in Australia.

Meanwhile, Australian police have released more details about the death of singer Michael Hutchence back in November 1997 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Sydney. With tales of deep cigarette burns and cocaine, it makes for grim reading.


Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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2 thoughts on “Revisiting INXS and the Death of Michael Hutchence

  • The haunting sound of Johnson’s Aeroplane from The Swing, in the eighties, still stops me in my tracks when I hear it. Hard to pick between their album and Tears for Fears The Hurting as to what would be my favorite album of the early eighties.

  • Hi. Couldn’t find anything about INXS on your spotify podcast. Please if I’m missing it can’t you send or post the link. Thank you.


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