Weekend Australian : The Power and the Fashion / 80ssamedi 14 mars 1998
Source : Weekend Australian
Condensed from The Weekend Australian :
THE POWER AND THE FASHION / 80sA swaggering, erratic showman and an awkward evangelist for nature ruled the decade of pubrock, writes MARK MORDUE
MICHAEL Hutchence looks down like a lost god -frayed denim jacket, Adonis locks, Morrisonesquesunglasses -in a photographic image reproduced in gigantic multiples above U2 at their 1998POPMART concert in Sydney as the band launches into One, and Bono dedicates the night to a greatsinger and a good friend.
Earlier that same concert, Bono committed Even Better Than The Real Thing to Peter Garrett, who had called in on U2 at a hotel in Melbourne the day before and persuaded them to attend a native title rally.
U2 were paying their respects, acknowledging their peers : Hutchence and Garrett, INXS and MidnightOil, the pre-eminent Australian music acts of the 80s, and two of the most influential international bandsof that decade (along with AC/DC, who came out of grieving Bon Scott’s death in 1980 to release oneof the great rock ’n’ roll templates, Back In Black).
It was strange to be reminded just how successful and respected INXS and Midnight Oil are. Almostinevitably, the reminder had to come from someone foreign. Just as inevitably, their achievements had been prematurely downgraded by revisionists revelling in the advent of grunge, and a disdain formainstream success. Perhaps, too, they were being victimised for individual success in a decade seemingly bereft of movements, trends or anchors -no rockers, beatniks, hippies or punks. No psychedelia, no Sex Pistols, no Saturday Night Fever. Nor was there any clear generational signature -except for what became known as rap.