INXS was one of my favorite bands in high school. At least before they became MTV darlings in the late 80s and yes, decades before the Rockstar show. The main draw to the band, even for a certified heterosexual like myself was Michael Hutchene. Hutchence brought the rock star charisma of the late 70s and early 80s to the post-punk alternative scene or what used to be known as "college music."
Yes, there was a time when in INXS was quite hip (like when JD Fortune was still under 10 years old). On 1982's Shabooh Shoobah they deliver one of the best songs of the decade in "Don't Change". But, this early stuff wasn't mere 80s pop. Much of it was substantive and at the time somewhat innovative. Yes, the band took a turn toward the MTV mainstream as the 80s closed out. But, those early years produced some great stuff.
This generation will get a chance to learn about Hutchence and the early INXS catalogue from a new biopic on the deceased frontman produced by Morgan Freeman. Reports say the film is called Slide Away - the name of a duet Hutchence performed with Bono, who cites the INXS singer as inspiration for the U2 song "Stuck In a Moment." The film is said to feature Hutchence's ghost recalling his life to daughter Tigerlily and will be directed by INXS video maker Michael Egan. Johnny Depp is rumored to be in line for the part of Hutchence.