Chris “CM” Murphy’s Final INXS Project Set For Release Next Week

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The final INXS project which was spearheaded by former manager Chris “CM” Murphy is to be released next week.

Chris Murphy managed the band from 1979 until 1995 and again in the 2000s. He passed away on 16 January aged 66. Back in January, a memorial forest was planned in his honour. Find out more here. 

From July 17, a short film called, “Original Sin – The 7 Sins” will be launched by Universal Music Group and Petrol Records. “Original Sin – The 7 Sins” is a short film which is soundtracked by songs and music from the band.

The film is exclusively available in Austrailia for a 48 hour window. It is also available through Veeps, a platform which was founded by the Madden brothers. It also stars Autumn Jackson and Trevor Miller.

Check out the trailer here.

“So honoured”

The film was directed by Amy Tinkham. It is also inspired by Dante Alighieri’s Inferno and the “Seven Sins of Purgatory”, built into a modern context. Reacting to the news, Amy Tinkham said it was an “honour” to have been asked to work on a project inspired by Chris Murphy.

“I was so honoured to be asked by the legendary Chris Murphy to explore telling a story through INXS music, but was also overwhelmed with how to start because it is such an iconic and incredible catalog”, she said.

She also added that she sat with the music, “many, many weeks and let it tell me a story. It was an out-of-body experience actually because it feels more like the songs and the times we are living in, wrote this film than anything I consciously tried to do”. 

A second project

Along with Orginal Sin, a soundtrack of 13 songs of INXS related works will also be released. These works are highlighted by Tricky’s cover of “Meditate”, George Alice’s version of “Suicide Blonde”, along with the late Michael Hutchence’s cover of Eric Burdon & War’s “Spill The Wine”.

You can pre save the soundtrack here.

This is also the first-ever INXS-specific project between Patrol Records and UMe.

In 2018, Giles Martin, the son of famous Beatles producer George Martin, joined the INXS creative team as executive music director. He took creative duties on audio projects.

Martin also worked with Amy Tinkham to shape the concept, alongside Chris Jenkins who mixed the 5.1 audio.

Both projects have got Murphy’s stamp all over them. He was given the difficult task of reigniting the band after Michael Hutchence had passed away. Murphy helped to make INXS the best selling band in Austrailia in 2014, through clever small-screen specials, visual and media partnerships and music releases.

“It’s fantastic”

Speaking at a virtual press conference last week, Kirk Pengilly, INXS’ founding member spoke about Orginal Sin.

“Some of these songs are over 30 years old and we performed them up to 2,000 times. So you kind of hear them that way”, he said. “To have someone pull it apart and put them back together in a different way is inspiring, it’s fantastic. I love the music in the film”. 

Knowing it was Murphy’s “last passion project makes it even that much more impactful”. “We are deeply grateful that we are now able to share Amy’s emotive and thought-provoking short film with our audience. Play it loud”, he added.

Tickets are also available here.