INXS’ Michael Hutchence: All-Night Gigs, All-Night Orgies, and a Tragic Climax


28-11-2023 • 40 mins

Michael Hutchence’s sudden death in 1997 at the age of 37 left a hole in the hearts of Australians and the world. His band, INXS, cut their teeth on the lawless pub circuit down under. Three shows a night, from sunrise to sunset. Hundreds of shows a year. The bond that they formed was life-changing for them all, but especially for Michael, whose greatest fear was being alone. And then Michael Hutchence had his life changed for a second time. He was sucker punched by a taxi driver in the street. That attack left him unable to smell or taste. It altered his moods. And it may have had something to do with the final day of his life. This episode contains themes that may be disturbing to some listeners, including suicide. If you’re thinking about suicide, or are worried about a friend or loved one, call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255. To see the full list of contributors, see the show notes at Sign up for our newsletter and get the inside dirt on events, merch and other awesomeness - GET THE NEWSLETTER Support our Advertising Partners: Aura Frames: Code: DISGRACELAND Factor: Code: DISGRACELAND50 Fum: DISGRACELAND Liquid IV: Code: DISGRACELAND NextEvo Naturals: Code: DISGRACELAND Prize Picks: Code: DISGRACELAND Uncommon Goods: ZBiotics:  Code: DISGRACELAND Follow Jake and DISGRACELAND: Instagram YouTube X (formerly Twitter)  Facebook Fan Group TikTok Learn more about your ad choices. Visit