Michael Hutchence and Ollie Olsen

Dogs in Space

Rooms for the Memory, a new recording of the Michael Hutchence hit, is set for release this quarter. Featuring Adalita from Magic Dirt, Mick Harvey (The Birthday Party and Nick Cave’s Bad Seeds) and Andrew Duffield (The Models) it has been remixed by Nick Launay.

It also includes Win/Lose (from Dogs In Space) by Ollie Olsen, Michael’s friend and collaborator in Max Q.

Rooms for the Memory was Michael’s only single during his lifetime and was an Australian Top Ten hit in 1987. The original mix featured on the Dogs In Space soundtrack.

Dog in Space

This particular version was recorded on Michael’s birthday, 22nd January, 2023. Buy it here.

From the Australian Independent Record Labels Association:

Richard Lowenstein filmed the entire day for the video release. Lowenstein directed the original ‘Rooms’ video and has interspersed old footage of Hutchence and Olsen into the modern day.

An extended format of Rooms for the Memory 2023 on vinyl, CD and available digitally will be released on Friday 14 July 2023 through DRW Records & MGM, featuring Ollie’s Win/Lose Dogs In Space original and a reworked version by Eskimo Joe frontman Kav Temperley.

The song’s executive producer, Jane Gazzo says “‘Rooms for the Memory’ was well overdue for a rebirth. “It’s just a hauntingly brilliant and beautifully written song and when myself and a few of Ollie’s friends heard he was not well, we felt we needed to do something to help. Remarkably all the musicians, including Adalita and Mick Harvey – two of the country’s finest artists – were completely up to donating their time and had belief in the project. I think this is a stunning rework and I really hope the music industry and public get behind it and give it the new lease of life we know it deserves.”
Ollie Olsen is a well-known name in electronic and avant-garde music in Australia, having performed in various bands since the late 70s, including Whirlywirld, NO and Orchestra of Skin and Bone. He is perhaps best known for MAX Q – an outfit fronted by the late Michael Hutchence, which produced the Top 20 album of the same name.

In 2020, Ollie Olsen was diagnosed with Multiple System Atrophy (a form of Parkinson’s) and the Australian music industry has rallied around the composer to help raise funds for his ongoing medical expenses through a GoFundMe which to date has raised over 20K.

Olsen’s condition sadly continues to deteriorate as there is currently no known cure for MSA.

On first hearing the newly recorded ‘Rooms for the Memory 2023’, Ollie was elated saying that all involved had captured the real essence of the song. He was moved to tears.

“It was a real honour and an absolute pleasure to be part of this recording,” says Adalita. All funds raised from vinyl, CD and streaming sales will go directly to assisting Ollie and his ongoing care.