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Suicide Blonde



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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.
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Comments (9):

Harmonica played by Blues legend Charlie Musslewhite.
- Mark, Jefferson City, MO
The harmonica solo is among the best ever used in pop music.
- Mike, Santa Barbara, CA
He committed suicide. Reports of auto-erotic asphyxiation are purely sensationalist views held by the media and conspiracy theorists. The official verdict given by the coroner was suicide
- Ste, Dublin, Ireland
cosmetic companies. started using suicide blonde as a colour for their cosmetics after this song.
- paul marlo, perth, australia
On March 5, 2007 Michael Hutchence's brother attempted to auction off a racy fax sent from Michael to Kylie Minogue. Supposedly lyrics from this song were included.

Another example of brotherly love, eh?

Supposedly the contents of the fax can be found on (NSFW!). ** Caution -- this is an adult site **.
- john, dallas, TX
Um, actually, if you read the coroner's report, it tells that there's no forensic eveidence of such, and that his death was indeed suicide.
- Olivia, Kelowna
The girl that giggles in the middle of the song is Jody Beers, the wife of Bassist Garry Gary Beers.
- Paul, Watanobbi, Australia
They still don't know if it was Suicide or auto-erotic asphyxiation.
- Stacey, St.petersburg, FL
Contrary to a previous post, Hutchence did not commit suicide, he died during auto-erotic asphyxiation. No joke, look it up.
- Joe E., Memphis, TN
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