Despite the title, Suicide Blonde is not about suicide. (That, of course, still doesn’t make it any less difficult to watch Michael Hutchence sing a song with the word suicide in the lyrics.) Instead, it’s about a woman who colors her own hair, literally “dyeing by hand.” It was a phrase that Hutchence first heard used by his then-girlfriend, Kylie Minogue. Minogue said she was going to dye her hair “suicide blonde” and Hutchence was so taken with the phrase that he crafted a song around it.
This video was directed by Richard Lowenstein, who directed several videos for the band and often made use of the type of composited imagery, in which the band members seem to travel across the screen separated from what else is happening, that appears in Suicide Blonde.