ADALITA, MICK HARVEY & ANDREW DUFFIELD RECORD MICHAEL HUTCHENCE CLASSIC
‘Rooms for the Memory 2023’ reworked to raise funds for Australian artist Ollie Olsen
‘Rooms for the Memory’ taken from the 1987 Australian cult film Dogs in Space, (directed by Richard Lowenstein), has been reworked to raise funds for the song’s composer Ollie Olsen.
Olsen penned the song around 1978, but it was INXS front man Michael Hutchence who took it Top 10 nationally in January 1987. Olsen and Hutchence would later form electronic pop outfit MAX Q in 1989.
Adalita, Mick Harvey and Andrew Duffield (Models) have reworked the classic song in a stunning tribute, recorded at Melbourne’s Sing Sing Studios in January this year. Renowned producer Nick Launay, who mixed both this version and the original, also took part, whilst film maker 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 clip.
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 an incredible rework and I really hope the music industry and public gets behind it and gives 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. Here is the GoFundMe link: https://www.gofundme.com/f/gift-for-ollie-olsen . 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.
‘Rooms for the Memory 2023’ is due for release June 16, 2023, through DRW records.
Also featured on all formats is a version of Ollie’s ‘Win/Lose’ as reworked by Eskimo Joe frontman Kav Temperley. The original Dogs in Space version also appears.
All funds raised from vinyl, CD and streaming sales will go directly to assisting Ollie and his ongoing care.
‘Rooms for the Memory 2023’ Personnel:
Adalita (Lead Vocals, Guitar)
Mick Harvey (lead guitar, bass and backing vocals)
Andrew Duffield (Keyboards & Programming)
Mat Watson (Drums)
Maddy Butler (Backing Vocals)
Recorded by Clinton Kraus, assisted by James Taplin
Mix Production by Nick Launay
Assistant Producers Mick Harvey & Andrew Duffield
Executive Producer Jane Gazzo
Release Coordinator Bruce Butler
Recorded at Sing Sing Studios: January 22nd, 2023.
Donate here via the GoFundMe link: https://www.gofundme.com/f/gift-for-ollie-olsen