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The song title comes from a phrase describing a woman who colors her hair blonde as "dyeing" from her own hand.
Michael Hutchence, the lead singer of INXS who cowrote the song, would commit suicide at the Ritz Carlton hotel by hanging on November 22, 1997. His lover Paula Yates died on September 17, 2000 from a drug overdose and had attempted suicide in 1998. However, Hutchence's relationship with her started well after the song became a hit.
INXS lead singer Michael Hutchence wrote this song for Kylie Minogue, who was his girlfriend at the time. One of Hutchence's favorite hobbies was "Corrupting Kylie" because of her wholesome image.
When Hutchence and Minogue attended the premiere of Kylie's film The Delinquents, she wore an extreme look which made her unrecognizable to many. This included a blonde wig, which she christened "Suicide Blonde" and was the inspiration for this song. (thanks, Patrick - Baltimore, MD)
A dance remix was played extensively on US top 40 radio stations. (thanks, Keith - Canberra, Australia, for all above)
This hit #1 on both the Modern and Mainstream US rock charts and reached #3 on the charts in their native country, Australia.
That's Charlie Musselwhite playing the harmonica. The Mississippi-born white bluesman has released over 20 albums, as well as guesting on Bonnie Raitt's Grammy-winning Longing In Their Hearts. He was reportedly the inspiration for Dan Aykroyd's character in the Blues Brothers.
The king of Christian worship music explains talks about writing songs for troubled times.
Don breaks down "Hotel California" and other songs he wrote as a member of the Eagles. Now we know where the "warm smell of colitas" came from.
Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum
Dave explains how the video appropriated the meaning of "Runaway Train," and what he thought of getting parodied by Weird Al.
Reverend Horton Heat
The Reverend rants on psychobilly and the egghead academics he bashes in one of his more popular songs.