#39 – INXS – “Elegantly Wasted” – (1997)

INXS had some massive hits in the 80s. Some of them are great songs but whenever I hear this one I can’t help but think “this is the best of them” – even though I have similar thoughts upon hearing the ones from the previous decade. Michael Hutchence was a rock star and Elegantly Wasted was the final album released before his death in 1997. This song was a hell of a way to go out. The lyrics are delivered… well, awesomely. To take the phrase “I am elegantly wasted” and draw it out as done in the chorus of this song takes true talent. I couldn’t come up with that. Fun fact: Hutchence had an argument with Liam Gallagher (of Oasis, who apparently just liked to argue) prior to finishing this song. So he went back into the studio and recorded some more vocals for the chorus that said “I am better than Oasis” – which you can kind of hear it you listen to it. This song is really good – I hope for your sake that you give it a chance if you haven’t already.