As a teen in Australia, INXS singer Michael Hutchence was part of a scene in which punks, soul boys, and disco types happily hung together in the same clubs, a state of affairs that allowed INXS to forge their trademark rock-funk-pop hybrid (which can be heard on Elegantly Wasted, the band’s new album). A man of wealth with catholic tastes, Hutchence says he’s still ”carnivorous” about music, and here he shares his newest sonic morsels.
· Prodigy, Music for a Jilted Generation: They’re my current favorites. They take the excitement of a rave and turn it into something tangible on record. In a way their energy reminds me of the Stones when they first started.
· Lewis Taylor, Bittersweet: He’s English. I don’t know if you’ve heard of him over here yet, but he’s got this great kind of Curtis Mayfield or Marvin Gaye vibe. When I first heard him, I thought, ”Is this Philly soul, or what?” Then I saw his video and went, ”Whoa — he’s a white boy.”
· Serge Gainsbourg, du Jazz dans le Ravin; Comic Strip; Couleur Cafe: He’s fantastic. I used to live in Paris and his house was right around the corner from me. He’s from the old sort of Burt Bacharach school. Really funny lyrics, too, like this one song, ”Harley David, Son of a Bitch.”