Lead singer and lyricist for the Australian band INXS from 1977 until his death in 1997. With INXS, he released such hit singles as "Original Sin," "What You Need" and "Listen Like Thieves."
His promising future as a swimmer was ended by a broken arm. The first incarnation of INXS Hutchence played with was called The Vegetables.
He was joined by guitarist Tim Farriss in INXS.