INXS have shared a new studio outtake version of ‘Please… (You Got That)’, the second track to be taken from the soundtrack to the forthcoming documentary, Mystify – A Musical Journey With Michael Hutchence, due out on 5 July. This previously unreleased version of the track features candid in-studio banter with Hutchence teaching the song to the song’s guest star, the legendary Ray Charles, showcasing their very different but complementary vocal styles.
‘Mystify – A Musical Journey With Michael Hutchence’ is the creation of Chris M. Murphy, who, alongside Mark Edwards, worked to produce something more than just a soundtrack, as the name suggests the listener goes on a journey where rare, unreleased tracks mix with snippets of dialogue, massive INXS hits and hidden gems from both Michael Hutchence and the band’s back catalogues. The album is divided up into four sections; Side A, Side B, Side C and Side D all of which mix into each other in an attempt to give the listener a more profound dreamlike ‘Audio Journey’ experience.
The soundtrack will be available on clear double vinyl, black vinyl, CD, digital and a retro cassette, which is available for pre-order now. INXS have a long history with cassettes; one of their rarest releases is the six different cassette versions of the 1985 remix package ‘Dekadance’.
‘Please…(You Got That)’ was the second single from INXS’s 1993 album, Full Moon, Dirty Hearts. The band was recording in Paris when they discovered that Ray Charles was also in the same complex, so they asked him to collaborate on the song ‘Make Your Peace’.
Speaking in 2001 INXS keyboardist and songwriter Andrew Farriss said “We thought it unlikely that he would sing the song with us, but we gave him a copy of the song to listen to anyway. To our surprise, Ray said he liked the song, but the key was way out of his range. We were running out of time, so instead of re-recording it, we switched songs and suggested he listen to ‘Please…’ instead. He immediately warmed to this one, and Michael and he shared the vocal parts, recorded in Ray’s studio in Los Angeles in 1993.”
The collaboration between Charles and the band continued when the track was released as a single, with Ray appearing in the video as well as on The Late Show with David Letterman for a live performance.
‘Mystify – Michael Hutchence’ is a feature-length documentary about the troubled heart and soul of Michael Hutchence directed by filmmaker Richard Lowenstein who collaborated extensively with the band throughout their career directing eighteen INXS videos as well as three for Hutchence solo projects and Michael’s acting debut ‘Dogs In Space’.
A single screening at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York made headlines around the world; Screen Daily has lauded the film as showing that Hutchence “Belongs in the same company as Mick Jagger, Jim Morrison, and Robert Plant’, and that the film is “a more than worthy tribute.”