Max Q (Australian band)
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|Genres||Synthpop, pop rock|
|Labels||Atlantic, CBS, Mercury|
|Associated acts||INXS, Orchestra of Skin and Bone, Whirlywirld|
|Past members||Michael Hutchence
Max Q was an ephemeral Australian band formed in 1989. Playing electronic music, the band was a collaboration between Michael Hutchence of INXS and Ollie Olsen (Wirlywirld, Dogs in Space soundtrack).
Max Q consisted of Hutchence (vocals and songwriting) and Olsen (songwriting and production), who were accompanied by key members of the post-punk scene in Melbourne, Australia; most of whom had previously collaborated with Olsen. The project followed on from Hutchence and Olsen's work on the film, Dogs in Space, where they had first met.
Max Q released its sole self-titled album in 1989 and had minor hits with the songs "Sometimes" (originally recorded by Olsen with Orchestra Of Skin And Bone) and "Way of the World". The album was more critically acclaimed than commercially successful, and ever since it went out of print, it has yet to be re-issued. Also, the band had never performed any live shows.
While the project was named after Ollie Olsen's dog Max, "Max Q" is also an aerospace term referring to the point at which the dynamic pressure (Q) on a launch vehicle is greatest. Consequently, there is another band called Max Q which consists of astronauts assigned to the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.
In a 1989 interview, Hutchence revealed his perspective on the Max Q musicians:
Ollie isn't supposed to hang around with pop stars and I'm not supposed to hang around with punk types. The band is made up of rowdy friends from Melbourne. These guys are good musicians who've never had a chance. Most of them have never even been in a studio. These are real underground people who don't have any money. Some of them have never been on a plane before. They were worried that working with me, they'd lose their underground status.
- Michael Hutchence: Vocals, Songwriting
- Ollie Olsen: Production, Songwriting
- Arne Hanna: Guitar
- Michael Sheridan: Guitar, Feedback
- Bill McDonald : Bass Guitar
- Gus Till: Piano, MIDI Programming
- John Murphy: Percussion, Trumpet, Screams
- Peggy Harley: Backing Vocals
- Marie Hoy: Backing Vocals (Soul Engine)
- Pat Powell: Backing Vocals (Bucket Head)
- Pam Ross: Narration
- 01: "Sometimes"
- 02: "Way of the World"
- 03: "Ghost of the Year"
- 04: "Everything"
- 05: "Concrete"
- 06: "Zero-2-0"(Instrumental)
- 07: "Soul Engine"
- 08: "Buckethead"
- 09: "Monday Night by Satellite"
- 10: "Tight
- 11: "Ot-Ven-Rot"
Japanese bonus tracks
- Sometimes (Rock House Extended)
- Way Of The World (12" Mix)
- Zero-2-0 (Todd Terry Mix)
- Ghost Of The Year (Todd Terry Mix)
|1989||"Way of the World"||6||—||8||Max Q|
|1990||"Monday Night By Satellite"||—||—||— †|
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