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  • The Michael Hutchence documentary Mystify, had its world-wide premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in NYC last month; written and directed by Richard Lowenstein, who also directed Hutchence in Dogs in Space shot in Richmond (Melb) in 1986, has described the singer as “ a complex, shy man who – rarely revealed his true self.” Lowenstein has been able to get unparalleled access to such Hutchence confidantes as his former bandmates, U2’s Bono, and his lovers Danish supermodel Helena Christensen and Aussie pop princess Kylie Minogue, who were candid about their respective affairs with the INXS front man, and the reasons for his apparent psychological decline. In 4TR this week our Special Feature profiles two early hits for INXS – Burn for You from The Swing album and the international breakout single What You Need from Listen Like Thieves. The video for Want You Need was also filmed by Richard Lowenstein back in 1984 when the band were touring in Far North Queensland.


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  • This week’s 4TR ARIA Winner Flashback features the incomparable Cruel Sea, whose album The Honeymoon is Over, swept all before it at the 1994 ARIA awards ceremony taking out the gongs for Best Single and Best Album of the year, and revealed to the public the whiskey baritone and swamp rock cadences of front man Tex Perkins – enjoy again the menacing rap of Black Stick and the angst and barely-concealed anger of the title track – The Honeymoon is Over.


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  • Doug Parkinson and In Focus were one of the most soulful outfits to emerge in the late 1970’s and in 1979 that they recorded an epic makeover of Dear Prudence, the Beatles ode to young Prudence Farrow, Mia’s younger sister, who had joined the Beatles and others at the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram in the foothills of the Himalayas to learn transcendental meditation from the master and get “cosmic” – in Years Ago this week we get chilled, tune into the soulful voice of Doug Parkinson, and turn on to that 60’s vibe.


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  • In our second edition of posts this Thursday 4TR will feature the quirky Sydney dags Mental as Anything and the APRA Song of the Year of 1999 from Melbourne duo Bachelor Girl – the most played Australian song on local radio in the past twenty years –Buses and Trains.


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  • Just a reminder that 4 The Record will be on sabbatical from May 13- 31 and travelling overseas, so there will be no posts during this period, but we look forward to returning with more Ausmusic on Tuesday June 4th, in the interim please let me know if there are Australian performers/songs that you would like to see featured in future editions of 4TR.

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