Rock's Backpages

E49: INXS' Michael Hutchence + Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood

Episode Summary

In this week’s episode of the RBP podcast, cocktail lounge trio Barney Hoskyns, Mark Pringle and Jasper Murison-Bowie Kick things off with INXS, wondering how they managed to be so successful. Ahead of the release of a new documentary, Mystify, they consider the tragic death of frontman Michael Hutchence. The week’s featured writer is Tim Riley whose articles on roots rock, 2 Live Crew and John Lennon spark discussion of the intersection between nostalgia and authenticity, the disproportionate censorship of black voices and Buddy Holly’s inner geek. The three of them then listen to excerpts from Andy Gill’s 2003 conversation with Jonny Greenwood about the latter’s first film soundtrack, Bodysong and an early electronic instrument, the ondes martenot. Finally, they each pick some highlights from the articles added to the archive this week: in amongst them are a Brian Case interview with Sonny Rollins and Jamiroquai’s Jay Kay showing why he has garnered a reputation as ‘the prat in the hat’, plus a piece from the early days of the internet and an interview with Charles Mingus’ son Eric.

Episode Notes

Rock's Backpages ( is the world's only comprehensive archive of music journalism. Every week, Barney Hoskyns and Mark Pringle pick their highlights among the 50+ new pieces added to the database, and present an exclusive excerpt from the week's new audio interview.

Hosted by Barney Hoskyns, Mark Pringle and Jasper Murison-Bowie

Produced by Jasper Murison-Bowie

Pieces discussed: INXS: The Sound of SUXS, INXS: The Lizard of Oz, Michael Hutchence obituary, Roots rock, 2 Live Crew, John Lennon's inner geek, Jonny Greenwood audio, Jonny Bluewood, Bodysong, The Animals in America, Roberta Flack, Fripp and Eno, Sonny Rollins, Bruce Springsteen, Ronald Shannon Jackson, Jamiroquai,, Eric Mingus, Jennifer Lopez, Eric Carmen