Hutchence Leaves Large Collection Of Unreleased INXS Music

Material includes up to 80 songs from the band, including songs left off last album.

The world likely has not heard the last of the late Michael Hutchence and his

band INXS.

Although surviving band members are said to still be "incredibly disoriented"

more than a week after their leader, Hutchence, was found dead, hanging

from his own leather belt in a Sydney, Australia, hotel room on Nov. 22, a

source close to the group confirmed that there are stacks of unreleased material

that could eventually be released.

"It's just shitloads," said Shawn Deacon, the band's Australian publicist, of the

unreleased output. "Through the years they put so much stuff down that didn't

make it onto records.

"I was talking to their production manager and he said there were four really,

really great songs that didn't make it on to [the band's most recent album]

Elegantly Wasted that were stronger than several of the ones that did

make it on that record." Deacon estimated that there were upward of 80 tunes in

the band's vaults that never have been released.

Hutchence had told an Australian reporter for The Herald Sun during

one of his last interviews that a lot of the band's "weirder" material, which he

wrote for the last album, was never used. "I'm the one who wants to do a fresh

take on things," he told The Herald Sun, adding that like the solo material he also

had been working on, some of it might surface in the future.

And while that may still be the case, it will not happen during his lifetime.

Hutchence was found dead in his suite at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in what

Australian authorities are tentatively calling a suicide, pending the results of

toxicology tests, which are set to be released by the end of the month. In the

wake of the 37-year-old singer's death, tabloid reports and rumors surrounding

the mysterious scene have been rampant.

Recently, it was reported in British and Australian newspapers that Sydney

barrister Andrew Rayment, and his girlfriend, actress Kym Wilson, had been

drinking with Hutchence in his hotel room just hours before his death. While it

had been widely reported that Wilson was with the singer the night before he

died, until Rayment came forward to be interviewed by police earlier this week,

his identity remained a mystery.

Rose Bay Police, who have conducted a number of interviews in their

investigation of the death, would not comment on any recent developments in

the case, citing an ongoing coroner's inquest.

But Cherie Byrne, a constable in the Rose Bay Police's media unit said Tuesday

that the coroner handling the investigation, Derrick Hand, would hold a press

conference on Dec. 15 at the Institute of Forensic Medicine in Sydney. She

would not elaborate on what the coroner might reveal during the press

conference.

Meanwhile, local Australian newspapers report that Rayment and Wilson, who

were cleared of any deeper connection with Hutchence's death, told police they

accompanied the singer back to his room after a few drinks at the hotel bar.

Once in his room, they reportedly drank daiquiris from the mini-bar and partied

for approximately six hours. They left the room at 4:45 a.m. and only learned of

the death from radio news reports later that day.

Hutchence was reported to be extremely emotional about the postponement of

the London child-custody hearing between his partner, Paula Yates, and her

former husband, Sir Bob Geldof, the former Boomtown Rats leader, but neither

of them noticed any signs of depression.

Yates had been planning to temporarily relocate to Australia with her four

children while Hutchence performed with INXS as part of the group's sold-out "Lose

Your Head" national tour that was to have begun last Tues. (Nov. 25). These plans were thwarted with the postponement of

the custody hearing over the three children she had with Geldof, coupled with

Geldof's alleged refusal to allow Yates to take their children out of the country in

the interim.

Yates told a reporter she phoned Hutchence with this news early the morning of his

death, and the singer then called Geldof to try and persuade him to change his

mind. Britain's Sun newspaper alleges that Hutchence shouted at

Geldof: "She's not your wife anymore." New South

Wales police confirmed that a request has been made to Scotland Yard to

interview Geldof in an effort to shed light on the singer's death.

Meanwhile, the British tabloid News of the World reported that

Hutchence had been so paranoid that he had a brain tumor that he vowed to

"do a Kurt," referring to Nirvana leader, Kurt Cobain, who committed suicide by

shooting himself. The tabloid went on to report that Hutchence was

experiencing recurring headaches and feared that they would progress to the

point where he couldn't work.

That same story also alleges that Hutchence mailed two mystery letters to Yates

and an unidentified friend in the Far East just prior to his death.

In response to these reports, Deacon would only say that Hutchence "left a lot of

answering machine messages sounding pretty sad," during the last hours of his

life. Those messages were directed to "friends and family," she said, adding that

although she said she's heard a few of them, she declined to elaborate on how

Hutchence sounded or what he said.

While the future of INXS still hangs in the balance, Deacon strongly denied a

report in the tabloid newspaper the Daily Telegraph that quoted

guitarist/saxophone player Kirk Pengilly as saying the band would continue on

without Hutchence. The publicist did say that she didn't expect that the band

would be touring any time soon, and that if they eventually decide to go on the

road again, it would probably be under a different name.

Although she said the band is planning to take the holidays to decide what their

next move will be, they will hold a press conference of their own that is

tentatively scheduled for Monday. The appearance, during which they will be

interviewed by an as-yet-unnamed and "well-known, award-winning Australian

journalist" will be videotaped and made available to media and wire services.

"They'll talk about themselves, the future, Michael and other things," Deacon

said of the planned 10- to 15-minute appearance. "They want to talk to their fans,

but they're still destroyed at this moment, just so upset and fragile."

Color="#720418">[Wed., Dec. 3, 1997, 9 a.m. PDT]