Michael Hutchence (album)

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Michael Hutchence
A black-and-white photo of Hutchence lying down with a thin grey square superimposed around his face and his name written vertically on the left-hand side in grey.
Studio album by Michael Hutchence
Released 14 December 1999
Recorded 1995–1997
Genre Alternative rock, electronic music
Length 52:43
Language English
Label V2
Producer Andy Gill, Michael Hutchence, and Danny Saber
Compiler Andy Gill
Singles from Michael Hutchence
  1. "A Straight Line"
    Released: 1999
  2. "Slide Away"
    Released: 2000 (promo)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars

Michael Hutchence is the only solo album by INXS frontman Michael Hutchence. It was released on 14 December 1999, just over two years after Hutchence's death.

Hutchence began work on what would become his posthumous solo album in 1995 with Gus Till and Mad Sheer Khan in Paris at Exit Studio. Following his death in 1997, Black Grape producer Danny Saber and ex-Gang of Four guitarist Andy Gill completed the album. U2 singer, and Hutchence's friend, Bono recorded lyrics which were added to the track "Slide Away."

The sole commercial single—"A Straight Line"—also included the B-side "Standing on the Rooftop" written by Gill and Hutchence and recorded during these sessions and the Max Q song "The Passenger". The song "Let the People Talk" was also released digitally on the Internet.

This album was simply dedicated to "Tiger" in reference to Hutchence's daughter, Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily Hutchence. The last song that Hutchence worked on before his death was "Possibilities," which is track 2 on the album.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writers Length
1. "Let Me Show You"     3:38
2. "Possibilities"     4:31
3. "Get on the Inside"     4:48
4. "Fear"     3:43
5. "All I'm Saying"     4:05
6. "A Straight Line"     3:38
7. "Baby It's Alright"     3:52
8. "Don't Save Me from Myself"     3:21
9. "She Flirts for England"     3:12
10. "Flesh and Blood"     5:03
11. "Put the Pieces Back Together"     4:38
12. "Breathe"     3:52
13. "Slide Away"     4:22
Total length:
52:43

Personnel[edit]

  • Michael Hutchence – vocals, production
  • Kenny Aronoff – drums on "Possibilities", "Baby It's Alright", and "Breathe"
  • Bono – vocals on "Slide Away"
  • Harry Borden – photography
  • Jonathan Cohen – cello on "Flesh and Blood" and "Slide Away"
  • Kevin Cummins – photography
  • Gail Ann Dorsey – backing vocals on "Flesh and Blood" and "Slide Away"
  • Bernard Fowler – backing vocals on "Get on the Inside", "A Straight Line", and "Baby It's Alright"
  • Joanna Gammie – viola on "Flesh and Blood" and "Slide Away"
  • Andy Gill – guitar on "Let Me Show You", "Fear", "A Straight Line", "Don't Save Me from Myself", "She Flirts for England", "Flesh and Blood", "Put the Pieces Back Together", and "Slide Away"; bass guitar on "Fear", "Flesh and Blood", and "Slide Away"; keyboards on "She Flirts for England"; programming on "Let Me Show You", "Fear", "All I'm Saying", "A Straight Line", "Don't Save Me from Myself", "She Flirts for England", "Flesh and Blood", "Put the Pieces Back Together", and "Slide Away"; production
  • Denise Johnston – backing vocals on "Get on the Inside", "Fear", "A Straight Line", "Put the Pieces Back Together"
  • Nick Lane – trombone on "Get on the Inside"
  • Ged Lynch – drums on "Let Me Show You", "Fear", "A Straight Line", "Don't Save Me from Myself", "Put the Pieces Back Together" and percussion on "Get on the Inside" and "All I'm Saying"
  • Steve Madaio – trumpet on "Get on the Inside"
  • Monty – drums on "Fear"
  • Susan McGill – violin on "Flesh and Blood" and "Slide Away"
  • Tony Morse – string arrangement on "Possibilities" and "Baby It's Alright"
  • Tim Palmer – mixing on "Flesh and Blood" and "Slide Away"
  • Guy Pratt – bass guitar on "Let Me Show You", "Fear", "Don't Save Me from Myself", "Put the Pieces Back Together"
  • Steven Price – acoustic guitar on "Flesh and Blood" and string arrangement on "Flesh and Blood" and "Slide Away"
  • Herb Ritts – photography
  • Danny Saber – bass guitar on "Let Me Show You", "Possibilities", "Get on the Inside", "A Straight Line", "Baby It's Alright", "Don't Save Me from Myself", "Put the Pieces Back Together", "Breathe"; guitar on "Let Me Show You", "Possibilities", "Get on the Inside", "Fear", "All I'm Saying", "A Straight Line", "Baby It's Alright", "Don't Save Me from Myself", "Put the Pieces Back Together", "Breathe"; keyboards on "Possibilities", "Get on the Inside", "All I'm Saying", "A Straight Line", "Baby It's Alright", "Breathe"; drums on "Breathe", programming on "Let Me Show You", "Possibilities", "Get on the Inside", "Fear", "All I'm Saying", "A Straight Line", "Baby It's Alright", "Don't Save Me from Myself", "Flesh and Blood", "Put the Pieces Back Together", "Breathe"; production
  • Stevie Salas – guitar on "Baby It's Alright"
  • Joe Strummer – vocals on "Let Me Show You"
  • Natalie Thompson – violin on "Flesh and Blood" and "Slide Away"
  • Waddy Wachtel – guitar on "A Straight Line"
  • Doug Wimbish – bass guitar on "All I'm Saying"
  • David L. Woodruff – horn on "A Straight Line"
  • John 'X' – backing vocals on "Get on the Inside", mixing on "Let Me Show You", "Possibilities", "Get on the Inside", "Fear", "All I'm Saying", "A Straight Line", "Baby It's Alright", "Don't Save Me from Myself", "She Flirts for England", "Put the Pieces Back Together" and "Breathe"

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