Ooops, I haven’t posted in a while. I think it’s time to post about the show that’s on everyone’s mind…Rock Star: INXS.
Yes, I used to be obsessed with INXS. Scary obsessed. Covered my walls with pictures, posters, articles. Belonged to the fan club. Spent hours at the public library, searching the microfilm archives of Rolling Stone, Spin, and Billboard for any mention of the band. Filled a notebook with nothing but “I love INXS” and “I love Michael Hutchence” over and over and over and over again.
But this all ended last year. Ha ha, just kidding! My obsession finally sputtered to a halt after I saw them in concert in December 1993. (It was an amazing concert – I think I just needed to see them, in order to put the obsession to rest.)
If you could only imagine the depth of my love for this band. I knew their birthdays, their wives’ and kids’ names, their wives’ and kids’ birthdays. And favorite colors. Thank goodness I wasn’t old enough to get a tattoo during this phase of my life.
And yet, I hardly cried when Michael Hutchence died. I was sad, yes, but I was so over them by that point that it just didn’t resonate with me. How awful is that? I had friends from high school calling me, emailing me, wondering how I was holding up. Don’t worry, I was fine. (Also I was in London. I was really fine.)
So it’s weird to watch this show now. Weird to try to replace my beloved first love (okay, second love, after Julian Lennon) with some random person off the street. Weird to see the guys – Tim, Andrew, Gary Garry (or is it Garry Gary?), Jon, and Kirk all grown up. Old.
And not a little sad. Every time they are referred to as “rock supergroup INXS,” I cringe. Their lead singer died eight years ago. They haven’t had a hit in at least twelve years. (Don’t quote meon that.) Their last really big hit was in 1988. Seventeen years ago. How can they be a “rock supergroup”? I just don’t get it, and it makes me sad that they’re so delusional.
Nevertheless, it’s an entertaining show. I don’t know who I want to win. Jordis? But I’m with Kettie – she just needs to be solo. Marty? He seems kind of wimpy off stage. Mig? Or is it just because he’s Australian? Who knows. I just know if JD wins, I’m going to be very very very very upset.