The first song I ever heard by INXS was “The One Thing”. The song and the video were pretty sensual. As I reflect on these bands and singers, I realize that the young teen me and my friends spent hours loving being shocked about things that were overtly sexual or wondering if someone was gay if there was any gender bending in physical appearance. Neither of these ideas was new to music, but it was new to us.
I'll admit, I thought Michael Hutchence was hot.
Besides sexuality, he also sang of race. Here are lyrics to “Original Sin”:
“Dream on, white boy, black girl
Black boy, white girl
Dream on, the name of love, yeah
You thought what a pity
“Never Tear Us Apart” is one of my all-time favorite songs. I think it captures when I met my husband (who looked like Michael Hutchence back then), and I thought it would be a perfect wedding song (as explained in this previous POST).
And TODAY is our 18th wedding anniversary. We started off as friends when we were stuck taking early morning gym in order to graduate high school. Our worlds colliding was the best thing that ever happened to me. Happy anniversary, Mr. Milstein. I appreciate you Every. Single. Day.
This is for you (xo):
Love, Theresa xo
Unfortunately, Hutchence took his own life in 1998.
Here’s the last known video of him:
Shine on, Michael Hutchence.
Honorable Mention: Billy Idol