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Definitive INXS
By Sanath Weerasuriya
With the popular band INXS on this week's 'Original Music Competition', the curtain will come down after almost 90 weeks of marathon run for the 'Original Music Competition' organised TV Time and M-Entertainment .

This is the fifth and the final contest for the year 2003 and the 'Original Music Competition', which is the longest running competition on TV Times, as usual give away Sony CDs, audios, gift vouchers and posters to the readers of TV Times.

From next week, a brand new contest will be launched along with M Entertainment and its new outlet Vibration.

INXS hailed from the pubs of Australia, which is part of the reason they never comfortably fit in with new wave.

INXS made into international superstardom in the late '80s. By that time, the group had harnessed their hard rock, dance and new wave influences into a sleek, stylish groove that made their 1987 album Kick into a multi-million-selling hit. While that sound was their key to stardom, it also proved to their undoing; the group became boxed in by their Stonesy pop-funk in the early '90s, when their audience beacame entranced by harder-edged alternative rock. In spite of declining sales, INXS soldiered on, continuing to tour and record for a dedicated fan base into the late '90s until Hutchence's 1997 death brought the band to a close.

'Listen Like Thieves' laid the ground work for the album 'Kick', the album that made INXS international superstars. Released late in 1987, Kick worked its way to multi-platinum status over the course of 1988, as four singles - the number one "Need You Tonight", "Devil Inside", "New Sensation", and "Never Tear Us Apart" - climbed into the U.S. Top Ten. In the wake of the album's success, Hutchence was hailed in some quarters as the heir to Mick Jagger's throne, and the group was considered to rival U2 in terms of international popularity. However, such success went to the group's head. Hutchence released the "experimental" side project Max O in early 1990, and the record tanked X, INXS' folow-up to Kick, appeared in the fall of 1990 to mostly negative reviews. While the album generated several hits, inlcuding "Disappear" and "Bitter Tears", only its first single, "Suicide Blonde", reached the Top Ten in the U.S., and the sales of X were disappointing when compared to Kick.

INXS signed with PolyGram in 1994, yet it took them three years to release a new album. During that time, Hutchence was involved in several tabloid scandals, most notably his love affair with British TV personality Paula Yates (which brought an end to her marriage to Bob Geldof), and he hinted that he was recording a solo album. That record didn't materialize, but INXS returned in the spirng of 1997 with Elegantly Wasted. While the album was greeted with poor reviews, its hedonistic dance-rock was better suited to the late '90s than the early '90s, which made the record the group's biggest hit since X.

Their latest 'Definitive Collection' distributed by M Entertainment in Sri Lanka has a collection of some of their best..... available from Vibrations and all other preferred M Entertainment dealers.

All the winners of previous contests can collect their prizes from Maharaja Entertainment (Pvt) Ltd., at 330, T.B. Jayah Mw., Colombo 10.

To enter this final contest, all you have to do is to answer the question on the coupon No.88 and send it to the address given below.

The address is "Listen to Original Music Contest, No. 89, C/o Maharaja Entertainments (Pvt.) Ltd., 330, T. B. Jayah Mawatha, Colombo 10.

Tell: + 941672425-8, Fax + 941699070. E Mail:

All the entries must be originals from the TV Times and no photocopies or faxes will be entertained. All correct entries will be drawn by a panel of judges.

The entries should reach the above address by April 2, the latest. The decision of the judges will be final and the names of the winners will be announced in The Sunday TV Times accordingly.

The winners will be announced in next week's issue.

Here are the winners of contest no. 87 . The winners of two Sony original CDs are S.S Fernando of Badulla and Mayukha Dias of Pannipitiya.

Two audio cassette winners are Audrey Holmes of Nawala and M A. Hussein of Dehiwala.

10% off gift Vouchers go to Thushari Munasinghe of Ambalantota, Mihiri Shanika Jayawardena of Nagoda, Ahmed Sahmy of Matara, Chiranjeeva Dayananda of Katubedda, Moratuwa, Fathima Fazlina of Polgahawela and Dushanthi Paththuwearachchi of Battaramulla.

Posters winners are S.A.R Dissanayake of Gampaha, M. Degamboda of Maharagama, M. Pradeep of Colombo-6, Janaka Abeysundera of Colombo-6 and J.S. Ranawaka of Angoda.

'Asian Fire' at the Blue
'Asian Fire', the Latin American dance band from Bangkok will come alive at the 'Blue Elephant' from March 25 to 30.

'Asian Fire', best described as more than versatile musicians, comprises Martin Reyes on lead vocals, Mignel D'Avila on bass and vocals, Javier Donado on keyboards and Luis Carlas Bossa on drums.

Martin is a composer singer and percussionist. He played in Venezuela with one of the highly acclaimed Latin Orchestra. He moved to Asia and started promoting Latin Salsa in Asian region.

Javier is a good piano player from Baranguilla in Colombia. He too has grown to love Asia and has been playing since 2001. Miguel and drummer Bossa too from Colombia and developed love towards Asia. 'Asian Fire' will dishout evenings of Salsa at the 'Blue' for just five days before they leave for India.

'Bliss' and 'Mix Bar' taste for Dream Team
'Dream Team' is back on the move with their vibration music with Michelle and Marise at the front line vocals.

The band now performs at the popular 'Mix Bar' of the Taj Samudra on Sundays.
The boys are in action at the 'Bliss', the Poot Parlour on Fridays too.

'This is the newest location for 'Dream Team.' The bliss is a very popular place and it attracts lots of young crowd,' said Sajith Gunaratne, the leader of the outfit.

The Manager Malcolm Perera is now in Dubai with another band 'Revelation' led by Shean, an ex-Dream Team member.

'Malcolm will be back in Colombo soon and till then I'm looking after the interests of the band Sajith said.

Dream Team comprises Sajith on Lead Vocals, Ashan on Keyboards, Dinesh on Drums, Melantha on Bass, Chathuranga on Guitar and Michelle and Marise handling the Vocals.

Fifth year commemoration for 'Guli'
The fifth death anniversary of Gunadasa Liyanage, renowned author, journalist and producer falls on March 12.

'Guli Guna Suwanda' a commemorative ceremony to mark the occasion will be held at the Jayewardene Cultural Centre, Colomob on March 26 at 4.00 pm. The event jointy organised by the Gunadasa Liyanage Commemoration Foundation and the Sri Lanka Working Journalists Association.

A Special Commmorative lectures will be delievered by Prof. J.B. Dissanayake, J.R.P. Suriapperuma and Sunil Madhawa Prematilleke.

A highlight will be the release of the latest edition of late Gunadasa Liyanage's books, "D.B. Dhanapala's Revolution' 'Milterikarayo', Sri Lankave Puvathpath Mellakireema", "Amme Mama Gihin Ennam" and "Puvath Path Kalawa Pilibanda Hendinveemak".

The female student who gained the highest marks in the Arts Stream (national level) at the recent G.C.E. Advanced Level Examination will be awarded a Gunadasa Liyanage memorial scholarship worth Rs. 10,000.

Students of Sri Palee Vidyalaya will sing the Gunadasa Liyanage Commemoration song while vocalists Dr. Pandit W.D. Amaradeva, Nanda Malini, Gunadasa Kapuge, Narada Dissasekera, Abeywardena Balasooriya, Deepika Priyadarshanee Pierisand Karunaratne Divulgane will sing song titled "Piya Guna Samara Gee" to add colour to the ceremony.

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