INXS – Suicide Blonde

“Suicide Blonde” is the first single from the INXS album X. It reached the top 10 on the US Hot 100 (#9) and Australia (#2) in 1990 and reached a peak of #11 in the UK.The song was written by Michael Hutchence and Andrew Farriss of the group INXS, after the band had gotten back together after a year-long sabbatical in 1989. The song was named after a woman who had bleached her own hair because she had “dyed” by her own hand and who was “love devastation”. It is rumoured that Hutchence’s then-girlfriend, Kylie Minogue, gave him the inspiration for the title while working on her 1989 film The Delinquents. Minogue was required to dye her hair platinum blonde for the role and was quoted by Hutchence in an interview in ’89 as saying “I’m going suicide blonde today.”

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