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5 Songs About Michael Hutchence That You May Not Have Picked Up On

Leaving his mark

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Twenty years after the sad end to the life and times of Michael Hutchence, we've been reflecting on his contribution to music and how much impact he had on the world for much of his 37 years.

We got thinking about the songs you may have heard, from some big names in music, that you may not have realised were about the late great INXS frontman.

We've listed them below, as we reckon it's more than an appropriate time to do so.

Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of - U2

It's probably the most widely known song in the list, the second single from U2's All That You Can't Leave Behind. Bono has suggested that the song was inspired by a fictional conversation he had with Hutchence, about suicide.



If you didn't know, Hutchence was good friends with all the lads in U2, and Bono and The Edge explained how the song came about with David Letterman some years back.



Private Man - Powderfinger

This ripper off 1998's Internationalist has a depth of lyrics that captures the tragedy of Hutchence's untimely death in the most poignant way.



Shame - Smashing Pumpkins

It's reported that Billy Corgan wrote Shame (track 12 off the Pumpkins' 1998 release Adore) about Michael Hutchence. The title says it all really.



This Is It - The Church

Countrymen and contemporaries The Church recorded this in the year after Hutchence's death. Tragic, sad and unfortunately, on-point.



God's Top 10 - INXS

On the album that introduced JD Fortune out front of INXS to the world, this is the closing track on the album and was written by the man that essentially started Michael Hutchence's musical journey, Andrew Farriss.

The song is deeply personal, starting and ending with a rapid heartbeat like sound effect. It must have been a deeply emotional experience for the band to record.



The title of the song is a reference to a lyric Hutchence wrote in the song Here Comes, off INXS' 1982 classic, Shabooh Shoobah.

We found this awesome version of the song, performed by the band at the massive US Festival in 1983, to reportedly upwards of 250,000 people.

Seems like a pretty appropriate way to end a story about a legend that inspired so many.



Written by: @dantheinternut