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Elegantly Wasted 

 

 

Outtake from book by Tina Hutchence : Michael – My brother, lost boy of INXS

It was Michael and bands manager I spoke to about the upcoming project for them. As I said, Micheael liked the Diesel images I did back in `93, specifically the car crash. He liked that my images felt like images out of a movie and the whole look and feel. I listened to the music from Elegantly Wasted and it was the title song that inspired me the most. So I developed a concept for them with a fluorescent green and red car as a trademark for their record artwork. They appear in most of the images from the shoot.  Each member of the band was to play a role in this concept with their own special outfits. For Michael I had chosen the role of a former jet fighter and he was going to wear the jet fighter suit that I had often been wearing in London. His character was that of an ex pilot fighter who got a bit “lost in translation”. The girl that you see in most of the images was casted to take over Michaels role as the front figure. Michael didn´t want to have the leading role, he wanted to be more in background as one of the band members The shooting took place over 12 days in the LA area. It was planned more as a movie production then an ordinary record shoot. We were almost filming day and night and it seemed like we were all in character – in a sort of collective trance. We all were a part of it, even me as the director played my role. Michael was really into it.As I marketing stunt I suggested to have those fluorescent cars driving around key cities, like NYC and Paris on the day of the release of the record. In London a fluorescentcar was hanging over the Thames from a crane. Michael was very enthusiastic about the project and by it all coming together. He later told me, it was his favourite shootand it made him so happy. 

 

A look back at Elegantly Wasted, cover art and promotion material shot by Pierre Winther for INXS’s album. Elegantly Wasted shows an excessive lifestyle, crashing sports cars, illuminated driveways, and a lot of fun within the absurd. The shoot took place over 12 days in the LA area.

‘It was planned more as a movie production than an ordinary record shoot. We were almost filming day and night and it seemed like we were all in character – in a sort of collective trance. We all were a part of it, even me as the director played my role. Michael was really into it. As I marketing stunt I suggested to have those fluorescent cars driving around key cities, like NYC and Paris on the day of the release of the record. In London a fluorescent car was hanging over the Thames from a crane. Michael was very enthusiastic about the project and by it all coming together. He later told me, it was his favourite shoot and it made him so happy.’ – Pierre

 

A mini film shoot was specially shot and directed for the album’s cinematic album art. The entire video shoot was directed and photographed by Danish photographer Pierre Winther in locations around California in 1996.Winther, famous for his filmic visionary manages to tell a complex story in each of his staged shots; the front cover for Elegantly Wasted shows a dramatic shot of the band caught up in a cinematic setting where it appears that an attractive girl has emerged safely from a car accident, just under the viaduct at 635-651 S Anderson St, downtown Los Angeles (no longer exist). A different photograph of the girl getting out of the car was shot and used as the artwork for the “Elegantly Wasted” single. 

 

Elegantly Wasted Shoot – December of 1996 

‘Elegantly Wasted’ shows an excessive lifestyle, crashing sports cars, illuminated driveways, and a lot of fun within the absurd. The pictures were used as cover art and promotion material for de new INXS album. ‘Elegantly Wasted’ was realized for INXS. The shooting took place over 12 days in the LA area called Palmdale is a city located near the Mojave Desert’s westernmost point and is one of only two cities in the Mojave Desert within Los Angeles County, it was also at this location where they shot TV series Breaking Bad 11 years later. It was planned more as a movie production then an ordinary record shoot. We were almost filming day and night and it seemed like we were all in character – in a sort of collective trance. We all were a part of it, even me as the director played my role. Michael was really into it. As I marketing stunt I suggested to have those fluorescent cars driving around key cities, like NYC and Paris on the day of the release of the record. In London a fluorescent car was hanging over the Thames from a crane. Michael was very enthusiastic about the project and by it all coming together. He later told me, it was his favourite shoot and it made him happy.

Concept: Pierre Winther

Role: Creator, Director and photographer.

Producer : Yasuko Austin

 

 

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Behind the scene 

Elegantly Wasted Shoot  in December of 1997