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22
May 2022

Epi 106: Back in Time Series: INXS, Rocking the Royals in 1985

 
INXS: Access All Areas has largely taken a chronological deep dive over the last two years. However, today we are taking a “Marty McFly” trip back in the “DeLorean” and breaking from convention. As such, we travel back to November 4th, 1985, when INXS led a swathe of Australian talent by headlining the Charles & Diana concert: “Rocking the Royals”.
 
Situated in Melbourne, Victoria, whereby the state was celebrating its 150th anniversary, The Arts Centre gig became the most hotly-contested ticket in town as 3000 lucky fans got inside the venue and 40,000 fans danced and celebrated outside with the help of some big screens.
 
Freshly off the release of Listen Like Thieves, INXS powered through a blistering list of songs that had Charles clicking his fingers and Diana off her chair swaying to the dulcet tones of Michael’s evocative lyrics and moves.
 
It’s been said that the 1991 Wembley gig was the zenith of INXS’ star. However, gigs such as the Royals gig paved the momentum and ascent necessary to climb into the international consciousness of fans, both local and afar.
So, sit back, immerse yourself in 1985, and reminisce as we take a lovingly forensic look at what was “Rocking the Royals” with INXS!!
 
Love and Peace ✌️
Haydn
 
 
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14
May 2022

Epi105: INXS’s Full Moon Dirty Hearts, Side 2

As Bee and I come to the conclusion of our five-week examination of Full Moon, Dirty Hearts, we deep dive into Side 2 tracks, namely:
7. Full Moon Dirty Hearts 8. Freedom Deep 9. Kill the Pain 10. Cut Your Roses Down 11. The Messenger & 12. Viking Juice
With further analysis by famed producer Mark Opitz, we get further insights into the melodies, songwriting, and recording techniques with precise detail.
Additionally, Bee and I get to add some interesting non-singles album tracks to our ever-growing Spotify playlist. Hint Hint: there may be a record swag of songs added!
 
Mark is very passionate about the sequencing and tracklisting of Full Moon, Dirty Hearts and opined that if his original list was preserved, the album may have faired differently.
Anyway, buckle up and enjoy our closing chapter of Full Moon, Dirty Hearts and do yourself a favour and listen to this long-forgotten gem.
 
Love and Peace ✌️
Haydn
 
 
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1
May 2022

Ep 104: INXS’s album Full Moon Dirty Hearts, Side 1 Deep-dive with special guest Mark Optiz

 
 
Hey, “don’t bore us get to the chorus”, I hear you say. Well, after Mark Opitz's fantastic insights into the whole Capri setup and backdrop on the recording of Full Moon, Dirty Hearts, it’s time for the songs.
 
As such, we take a forensic deep dive “CSI Capri style” into tracks 1-6 on side one of the album, namely:
  1. Days of Rust
  2. The Gift
  3. Make your Peace
  4. Time
  5. I’m only Looking &
  6. Please (You Got That...)
Expanding on the production, band performance, and musicality of each track, we unearth some fascinating and never-heard insights and anecdotes.
 
With the album front-loaded in terms of rock tracks, no doubt it’s a bone of contention with Producer Mark who, despite great affection for all of the album’s songs, was frustrated with the interference from “outside influences”.
So, if you haven’t examined or are vague about the tracks on this album, do yourself a favour and tune into what is a fascinating examination and review of an overlooked musical achievement.
Love and Peace ✌️
Haydn
 
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23
Apr 2022

Epi 103: The Making of INXS’s Full Moon Dirty Hearts Album; Part One

Episode 103: The Making of FMDH, Part One

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In the first of our two-part deep dive with famed international producer Mark Opitz, we tackle the actual making of Full Moon, Dirty Hearts on the Italian island oasis (whoops!) of Capri and aim to put you right in the time period.
 

Mark Opitz defines in episode 103 of INXS: Access All Areas that the role of the producer is akin to the director of the movie: guiding the engineers to follow his time-honored practices in getting the sounds and sonics of the vocals, guitars, drums, and keyboards in sync; ensuring the mixes are done to satisfaction, and pushing the band to be the best they can be with their songwriting and studio performance. Despite the commercial failure of Full Moon, Dirty Hearts, particularly in America (no thanks to the record label), the band and Mark came up with 12 tracks that 29 years later still hold up musically. We drill down on the Capri experience to examine “where” each member of the band was at, personally and professionally, after Welcome to Wherever You Are and a recent retreat to Michael’s South France villa.

 

Why was Capri chosen? What actually happened there? (Warts and all!) And what did the imminent ending of INXS’ long-term arrangement with its label mean for the marketing and distribution for Full Moon, Dirty Hearts?

 

Mark has never been more erudite and revealing as we take you on a “Back to the Future, fly on the wall” experience of the entire Capri affair: the island, the hotel, the history, the recording studio, the ad hoc phone calls to Bono from Michael, the sudden arrival of Chris Murphy who sought to renegotiate his management deal, and Michael’s post-accident period where he was adjusting to life without the vital senses of taste and smell.

 

Sometimes great music can come out of great calamity and band dysfunction (hello, Fleetwood Mac 1977 Rumours), and we are lucky to have this often forgotten and neglected album to listen to and re-appreciate some 29 years later. So, before we examine each track and discuss the songs, sit back and immerse yourself in a time and place where the band was enjoying a creative peak, if not a commercial one, and embrace the making of Full Moon, Dirty Hearts.

 

Love and Peace ✌️

 

Haydn

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17
Apr 2022
10
Apr 2022

Epi 101: Darren Jones’s INXS Stories Part 2

From the outset, big thanks to all of the well-wishers who made episode 100 such a beautiful experience for Bee, the team, and me. Today, we are fortunate to delve deeper with the inimitable Darren Jones, whose access, anecdotes, and involvement with INXS have few peers. 

 

We get to hear about Garry Gary Beers’ fantastic Mangrove Studios which was state-of-the-art for its time and gave back to the Australian musicians such as Silverchair, Courtney Barnett, and Sarah Blasko. Darren also shares a rare moment in Adelaide when Andrew Farriss allegedly “lost the plot” with rare anger on display. 

 

With a jam-packed news section and some exciting chart updates, we are excited to commence the next 100 episodes with a bang! So put on the EarPods, headphones or turn up the speakers in your car and enjoy Episode 101 of INXS:Access all Areas! 

 
 
 

Love and  Peace ✌️

 

Haydn

 

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2
Apr 2022

Epi 100: INXS with Part 1 the Darren Jones Interview

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Bee and I proudly celebrate episode 100 of INXS: Access All Areas with an episode jam-packed with familiar voices expressing their heartfelt thanks and thoughts amidst a cavalcade of anecdotes. We especially deep dive with one of INXS’ true heroes, Darren Jones, who was a true pioneer in the website space in the late 1990s, collating and distributing news and content at a global level.
 

Destined to be a future honorary patron, Darren has generously donated rare content such as the Dekadance material for our competitions. He also opens up in detail but with total respect about his dealings and friendships with each band member, particularly during the period after Michael’s passing,  when the band’s direction was cloudy.

 
 

With marvelous production and archival audio by my Co-host Bee, this episode’s two weeks of planning and recording promises to be a “do not miss a moment” as we pay tribute with a modern-day perspective to what is great and fantastic about INXS.

 

Love and Peace 🙏

Haydn

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20
Mar 2022

Epi 99: O Canada INXS Love

Episode 99: O Canada INXS Love

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Much like Australia, Canada is a country of true beauty and vast landscapes. Similar to INXS’ homeland, Canada was and still is a marketplace where rabid support and loyalty to the INXS catalogue remains to this day. 
 

In episode 99, INXS: Access All Areas pays tribute to both band and Canadian fans for their mutual love for one another as myself and Bee, dive deep into all successes and experiences that created such joint love. Singles chart success, touring, recording and interviews are all discussed and acknowledged with thoroughness and thought. 

 

Canada may have been a slightly slower burn initially for INXS, but it’s the country where the band has had their highest amount of number one singles even exceeding their homeland. 

 

Additionally, from Vancouver to Quebec and everything in between, INXS constantly toured and supported the rabid fans' thirst for live concert touring with loyalty and gusto. 

 

So, as we prepare for Episode 100 next week, narrow your focus to this special episode that’s also dedicated to our Podcast patrons from Canada, namely Vern, Jamie, Geneviève, Heidi, Sandrine, Maïté, and Leon. 

 

 ✌️ Love and peace,

 

Haydn

 

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12
Mar 2022

Epi 98: R.I.P. Shane Warne, from your mates INXS

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It’s with a heavy heart that the world mourns the loss of Australia’s answer to Michael Jordan or Babe Ruth. Cricketer Shane Keith Warne (passed away on Friday, March 4th from a sudden heart attack at the age of only 52 in Thailand where he was holidaying at the time). 
 
With 708 wickets in the difficult art of leg-spin bowling, Shane managed to make the long-forgotten art of leg-spin bowling sexy again... so much so that Elton John and Mick Jagger wanted to be him and Ed Sheeran, Roger Federer, Tiger Woods and Coldplay’s Chris Martin adored his skill and friendship. 
 
Bold, brash, and proudly bogan (Google it), Shane lived a colorful life on and off the field, where he regularly mixed with the “big end of town and celebrities”. His love and respect for INXS and Michael Hutchence was well known and they mixed regularly when both the band and team were touring in the same city. 
 
So, for the portion of Access All Areas of fans unfamiliar with him (particularly North America), we pay tribute in song with INXS tracks that serve as a soundtrack to his life and the perennial love we have for him in our hearts! 
 
This episode also features an interview with Tim Farriss, paying his tribute to Shane.
 
R.I.P Shane. The world shall miss you. Not Enough Time.
 
Love and peace. ✌️
Haydn
 
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3
Mar 2022

Epi 97: INXS Song Deep Dive: Never Tear Us Apart

With the final INXS track in Song Week upon us, we culminate with Never Tear Us Apart, a track that has grown from a beautiful ballad to truly iconic status. Ensuring a fourth consecutive top 10 from album KICK, Never Tear Us Apart is an alternative sounding Fats Domino-inspired waltz transformed into a beautiful, lush orchestral masterpiece.

 

Soaring the charts globally, this ballad never wastes a note, lyric, or moment, and still, 35 years later produces spine tingles and heart flutters. Whether it’s Michael’s evocative lyrics and vocals or the sublime instrumentation by the band, this song truly comes to life in the city of Prague with Richard Lowenstein’s award-winning video.

 

Covered by numerous artists since its release including Joe Cocker, Tom Jones, Natalie Imbruglia, and The Teskey Brothers, N.T.U.A. has transcended its origins with it now being the match day theme song for Port Adelaide Football Club, Michael’s funeral song, and the titular name of the band’s award-winning miniseries in 2014.

 

So sit back, grab a Kleenex and open your heart to this beautiful song.

 

Love and peace. ✌️

 

Haydn

 
 

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