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Michael Hutchence

Michael Hutchence was the legendary Australian rock man, iconic for his famously flowing locks and vibrantly sensual performances. He was a musician, actor and the founding lead singer- songwriter of rock band INXS.

In 1977 he joined the band The Farriss Brothers, with Andrew and his brothers who took Hutchence on board as lead vocalist. In 1978, the Fariss boys moved to Perth with their parents, the rest of the group shortly followed. They briefly performed as The Vegetables singing “We are the Vegetables”.

In 1979 they renamed the band INXS and released their first single in 1980, “Simple Simon”. The single was followed by an album which included their first top 40 Australian hit, “Just Keep Walking”. Hutchence became the main spokesperson for the band and co-wrote almost all of INXS’s songs with Andrew Farriss, who has attributed his own success as a songwriter to Hutchence’s “genius.”

On May 19, 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.

While Michael Hutchence may have lived the high life, he, like most rockstars, eventually plummeted into a downward spiral of drugs and depression. Despite his ups and downs, the legacy he has left will live through his music, leaving us with the memory of him as a true icon. This is his story.

Written by Caitlin Eager

Film by Andrew Walsh