Max Q (Australian band)

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Max Q
Origin Melbourne, Australia
Genres Synthpop, pop rock
Years active 1989–1990
Labels Atlantic, CBS, Mercury
Associated acts INXS, Orchestra of Skin and Bone, Whirlywirld
Past members Michael Hutchence
Ollie Olsen
Arne Hanna
Michael Sheridan
Bill McDonald
Gus Till
John Murphy

Max Q was an Australian band formed in 1989. Playing electronic music, the band was a collaboration between Michael Hutchence of INXS and Ollie Olsen (Whirlywirld, Dogs in Space soundtrack).[1][2]


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 has gone out of print and never been re-issued. The band never performed any live shows.[3]


While the project was named after Ollie Olsen's dog Max,[4] "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.

Band members[edit]

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.[5]

Additional musicians

  • Recorded at Rhino Studios, Darlinghurst
  • Paula Jones: Engineer



"Max Q"

  • 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)


Year Title Chart positions Album
Modern Rock
1989 "Way of the World" 6 8 Max Q
"Sometimes" 53 31
1990 "Monday Night By Satellite"

"Monday Night By Satellite" did not enter the Australian ARIA Chart top 100 singles, but peaked at #93 on the Kent Report singles chart.


  1. ^ Trevor Block (31 July 2009). "Richard Lowenstein". Mess+Noise. Mess+Noise p/l. Retrieved 9 September 2012. 
  2. ^ RarebirdNine (1999–2012). "Michael Hutchence". Rarebird's Rock and Roll Rarity Reviews. RarebirdNine. Retrieved 9 September 2012. 
  3. ^ Official Michael Hutchence Memorial Website
  4. ^ Dan Jones. "The Max Q Story". Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  5. ^ Dennis Hunt (30 September 1989). "INXS' Hutchence Rejects Rock Star Image". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 9 September 2012. 
  6. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 356. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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