Michael Hutchence dipped his toe into the dance scene, teaming up with fellow Aussie Ollie Olsen and releasing an album and a few singles as Max Q in 1989. It did become a bit of a Club hit thanks to remixes by Todd Terry and Mark Harder for the US releases and Paul Oakenfold and Steve Osbourne on the UK releases. Still stands up to a listen today, those strings on the Land Of Oz Mix are to die for, especially on the instrumental mix. It uses the bassline from Seduction’s “Seduction,” released the previous year in 1988, haunting. Terry adds funky guitar to a solid house groove, guess the American’s wanted an INXS link and for completists there is not much difference between the two “Rock House” mixes, you do get a rendition of Gershwin’s “Summertime” by Hutchence on the “Extended Mix.” A couple of bonuses are stand alone, B-side “Love Man,” cut up sampling and funking it up with a bass heavy groove and some freestyling. My favourite is the “Ghost Of The Year” which does sound like INXS, acoustic guitar with synths and dance beats, an interesting mix.
NEW LINK 2020
Mercury – 876 837-1
|A1||Sometimes (Land Of Oz Mix)|
|B1||Sometimes (Rock House Mix)|
Atlantic – 0-86251
|A||Sometimes (Rock House Extended Mix)||5:45|
|B1||Ghost Of The Year (Todd Terry Mix)||4:22|