Suicide Blonde – INXS | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#9); 1990

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

When Need You Tonight topped the American charts in 1988, INXS became only the second Australian band to do so, after Air Supply and Men At Work. When the accompanying album Kick yielded another three Top 10 singles and sold over six million copies, the Sydney band became the biggest “down under” artist of all time. Unfortunately, the downside of fame took its toll on lead singer Michael Hutchence as his tabloid exploits with Kylie Minogue overshadowed his musical endeavors. When Suicide Blonde hit the airwaves, with its unflattering picture of an uncaring blonde lover, gossip flew as to who inspired the lyrics. Suicide Blonde topped the Rock charts and earned a gold record to become INXS’ best-selling U.S. single. Sadly, it’s title took on deeper meaning when Hutchence took his own life in 1997.

This content and all Song Meaning articles were created and written by Top 40 Contributing Editor Ed Osborne. © 2023 Ed Osborne. All Rights Reserved. In addition to these song meaning articles, Ed has written our “Year in Music 1960s-1990s” articles.

Produced by:

  • Chris Thomas

Lyrics Written by:

  • Andrew Farriss
  • Michael Hutchence