I'm sure I'm not the only one round here to watch the 2 part series, even if you have all been busy with Dizzy Heights. I refuse to read any reviews, until I've heard it myself (broke again!) And btw, if a certain so-caled music journo, with the same initials as the Secret Service writes a review, I hope it doesn't end up on here. That man/thing is a pernicious influence, who turns fans against fans, but I digress...
I thought part 1 of Never Tear Us Apart was excellent. Luke Arnold had MH's moves and poses to a tee. I don't know who did the live singing, I'd imagine it came from old recordings. Samantha Jade was quite convincing as Kylie, in spite of her large breasts. The other band members (including Tim Farris) got plenty of attention. I loved the part where Andrew Farris had been developing the hooks of "Need You Tonight", had a tape ready for Michael and got in a cab for the airport. Just as they're about to drive off, Andrew has another flash of inspiration and asks the cabbie to wait, while he goes and puts it down.
My only criticism was that the actor playing Molly Meldrum didn't look or sound anything like the man. This is the 21st century, where amazing things can be done with latex, to make an actor look authentic. When I saw the portrayal of Bono in the second part, I burst out laughing. The actor looked nothing like him (apart from the hair and glasses) and I have heard more convincing Irish accents at a drunken party! Surely there weren't budgetary constraints?
Rock 'n' roll cliche or not, it was sad to see a star like Hutchence get messed up on drugs. Here was an artist who launched off his ability to connect with the audience, spun out in every way in front of all those thousands of fans. Was this the reason for the band's decline in popularity -or was it because they stood up to Chris "Money, Money, Money" Murphy (manager) about taking a break from their VERY hectic touring schedule, to spend time with their families?
I remember a member of INXS denouncing Midnight Oil for making the Australian Made tour of '86 lose money, by refusing to participate. He went on to say that the Oils had been "sitting around getting a tan", while INXS worked their backsides off. Oils fans were understandably upset, but what came thru loud and clear from the miniseries was that INXS on their way up were a VERY hard working band, a veritable machine!
I'm sure there are some Aussie frenz, who were among the 3 million viewers of the miniseries. Enough replies and I might just tell my spooky story.