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MAX Q

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BIOGRAPHICAL DETAILS

Description: Band, Australia

Known For: Albums – 1989 “Way of the World” – 1989 “Sometimes”

Music Styles: Synthpop, pop rock

Location: Australia

CONTACT DETAILS
Web Site:   The Complete Official Michael Hutchence website

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BIOGRAPHICAL PROFILE

Max Q

Max Q was an Australian band formed in 1989. Playing electronic music, the band was a collaboration between Michael Hutchence of INXS and Ollie Olsen (Whirlywirld, Dogs in Space soundtrack).

Max Q consisted of Hutchence (vocals and songwriting) and Olsen (songwriting and production), who were accompanied by key members of the post-punk scene in Melbourne, Australia; most of whom had previously collaborated with Olsen. The project followed on from Hutchence and Olsen’s work on the film, Dogs in Space, where they had first met.

Max Q released its sole self-titled album in 1989 and had minor hits with the songs “Sometimes” (originally recorded by Olsen with Orchestra Of Skin And Bone) and “Way of the World”. The album was more critically acclaimed than commercially successful, and has gone out of print and never been re-issued. The band never performed any live shows.

While the project was named after Ollie Olsen’s dog Max,[4] “Max Q” is also an aerospace term referring to the point at which the dynamic pressure (Q) on a launch vehicle is greatest. Consequently, there is another band called Max Q which consists of astronauts assigned to the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.

Band members[edit]

In a 1989 interview, Hutchence revealed his perspective on the Max Q musicians:

Ollie isn’t supposed to hang around with pop stars and I’m not supposed to hang around with punk types. The band is made up of rowdy friends from Melbourne. These guys are good musicians who’ve never had a chance. Most of them have never even been in a studio. These are real underground people who don’t have any money. Some of them have never been on a plane before. They were worried that working with me, they’d lose their underground status.[5]
Michael Hutchence: Vocals, Songwriting
Ollie Olsen: Production, Songwriting
Arne Hanna: Guitar
Michael Sheridan: Guitar, Feedback
Bill McDonald : Bass Guitar
Gus Till: Piano, MIDI Programming
John Murphy: Percussion, Trumpet, Screams

Additional musicians
Peggy Harley: Backing Vocals
Marie Hoy: Backing Vocals (“Soul Engine”)
Pat Powell: Backing Vocals (“Bucket Head”)
Pam Ross: Narration
Recorded at Rhino Studios, Darlinghurst
Paula Jones: Engineer

Discography

Albums

“Max Q”
01: “Sometimes”
02: “Way of the World”
03: “Ghost of the Year”
04: “Everything”
05: “Concrete”
06: “Zero-2-0″(Instrumental)
07: “Soul Engine”
08: “Buckethead”
09: “Monday Night by Satellite”
10: “Tight
11: “Ot-Ven-Rot”

Japanese bonus tracks
Sometimes (Rock House Extended)
Way Of The World (12″ Mix)
Zero-2-0 (Todd Terry Mix)
Ghost Of The Year (Todd Terry Mix)

In October 2006, two Max Q songs were featured in the Triple M Essential 2006 Countdown which had been voted by listeners. “Sometimes” was ranked 1301 out of 2006 songs and “Way of the World” was ranked 716.

Band members:

Michael Hutchence: Vocals, Songwriting
Ollie Olsen: Production, Songwriting
Arne Hanna: Guitar
Michael Sheridan: Guitar, Feedback
Bill McDonald : Bass Guitar
Gus Till: Piano, MIDI Programming
John Murphy: Percussion, Trumpet, Screams

Additional musicians:

Peggy Harley: Backing Vocals
Marie Hoy: Backing Vocals (Soul Engine)
Pat Powell: Backing Vocals (Bucket Head)
Pam Ross: Narration

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