|Single by INXS|
|from the album X|
|B-side||"Everybody Wants U Tonight"|
|Genre||Alternative rock, funk rock|
|Songwriter(s)||Andrew Farriss, Michael Hutchence|
|INXS singles chronology|
"Suicide Blonde" is the first single from the INXS album X. It reached number two in Australia, number nine in the United States, and number 11 in the United Kingdom. In Canada and New Zealand, the song reached number one.
Writing and recording
The song was written by Michael Hutchence and Andrew Farriss of the group INXS, after the band had gotten back together after a year-long sabbatical in 1989. The song was named after a woman who had bleached her own hair because she had "dyed" by her own hand and who was "love devastation". It is rumoured that Hutchence's then-girlfriend, Kylie Minogue, gave him the inspiration for the title while working on her 1989 film The Delinquents. Minogue was required to dye her hair platinum blonde for the role.
The song became poignant after Hutchence committed suicide on 22 November 1997, and his lover Paula Yates died of an overdose on 17 September 2000, after attempting suicide in 1998.
The track was released in September 1990 throughout the world. In the US, the track reached a peak of #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped both the modern rock and mainstream rock charts. A dance remix of the track received wide airplay on US top 40 stations, reaching the top 10 of the dance chart. In the UK, the track reached a peak of #11 while it reached #2 in their homeland of Australia1 and #1 in Canada.
7" single : Mercury / INXS 14 (UK)
12" maxi : Mercury / INXS 1412 (UK)
CD single : Mercury / INXCD 14 (UK)
CD maxi : Atlantic
Charts and certifications
- List of number-one singles in 1990 (New Zealand)
- List of Billboard Mainstream Rock number-one songs of the 1990s
- List of Billboard number-one alternative singles of the 1990s
- "Suicide Blonde", in various singles charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved 10 April 2008)
- "Image : RPM Weekly - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 26 February 2018.
- "Single top 100 over 1990" (pdf) (in Dutch). Top40. Retrieved 12 April 2010.
- German Singles Chart Charts-surfer.de (Retrieved 10 April 2008)
- Irish Single Chart Irishcharts.ie (Retrieved 10 April 2008)
- Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2.
- UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com (Retrieved 10 April 2008)
- Billboard Allmusic.com (Retrieved 17 September 2008)
- 1990 Australian Singles Chart. aria.com. Retrieved 17 September 2008.
- "Top 100 Hit Tracks of 1990". RPM. Retrieved November 26, 2017.
- "END OF YEAR CHARTS 1990" (in Dutch). RIANZ. Retrieved 1 July 2017.
- St John, Ed; INXS (1992). INXS: The Official Inside Story of a Band on the Road. Mandarin. p. 76. ISBN 1-86330-207-7.
- "American single certifications – INXS – Suicide Blonde". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH.
- Allmusic.com song article on Suicide Blonde
- Magazine, 16 February 1991
- "INXS: X Marks the Spot" Rolling Stone Issue 590 1 November 1990 page 85