Unheard Michael Hutchence Rec. for INXS Documentary


Two previously unheard Michael Hutchence recordings are set to appear on the soundtrack to Mystify, a new full-length documentary film which traces the life and career of the late INXS frontman.

Petrol Records today announced the inclusion of unheard Michael Hutchence tracks on the forthcoming soundtrack to major documentary film Mystify, which is set to honour the late superstar and globally acclaimed lead singer of INXS.

According with Billboard, Mystify, which takes its name from the fifth and final single from INXS’s hit 1987 album, Kick, will premiere at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival in April, and is helmed by Richard Lowenstein, who directed more than a dozen of the band’s early music videos, including “Burn for You” (1984), “What You Need” (1985), “Listen Like Thieves” (1986), “Need You Tonight”/”Mediate” (1987) and “Never Tear Us Apart” (1988).

Its accompanying soundtrack will “showcase the musical talents of Michael’s song writing and velvet lyrics,” reads a statement issued Thursday by the Aussie new wave band’s label home, Petrol Records. It will “weave recently discovered, and never-before heard, covers performed by Michael, with the much loved INXS classics that led the evolution of the music industry so many years ago,” the message continues.

The release date, tracklist and artwork for the soundtrack has yet to be revealed.News of a fresh documentary project and soundtrack follows the 20th anniversary of Hutchence’s untimely death, on Nov. 22, 1997, aged 37.

The full-length film was written and directed by filmmaker Richard Lowenstein who helmed some of the band’s early music videos. Lowenstein has promised definitive insight to one of rock’s great front men. Hutchence was Australia’s first international rock star, he was a ‘sex symbol’, a poet, shy, brash, charismatic, bohemian, a family man and utterly complex.

Petrol, founded in 2001, is the world’s most successful first all-digital record company and the first independent label to sign a worldwide distribution agreement with Apple Inc.’s iTunes.



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