INXS

INXS is an Australian rock group. The band was formed in 1977 and comprised of Andrew Farriss, Michael Hutchence, Tim Farriss, Jon Farriss, Garry Gary Beers and Kirk Pengilly.

History

INXS began under the name The Farriss Brothers but the band changed their name to INXS in 1979, just prior to the release of their self-titled debut album in 1980. INXS and its follow-up, 1981's Underneath the Colours (produced by Richard Clapton) were hits in their native Australia, and their third album, Shabooh Shoobah was released worldwide but it wasn't until their Nick Launay-produced fourth album, The Swing in 1983 that the band received significant attention in the US or UK, as the single "Original Sin" became a minor pop radio hit and the band's charismatic singer Michael Hutchence gained attention for his MTV-ready looks. The band, which had started out as a New Wave act featuring more synthesizers than guitar, gradually moved in a more straight-ahead Rock oriented direction through the first half of the 1980s. By 1985's breakthrough album Listen Like Thieves the band had perfected a matured sound influenced by The Rolling Stones and U2 but true to the band's original roots in the Aussie pubs; that album spawned several hits, including the top-10 "What You Need".

The band's worldwide peak of popularity came with 1987's Kick, a punchy, confident set of pop-rock gems that yielded three top-ten US singles, including the number-one hit "Need You Tonight". However, the band's belated attempts to follow up on the success of Kick, 1990's X and 1992's Welcome to Wherever You Are found them struggling to stay relevant as alternative rock began to dominate the airwaves and more traditional rockers like INXS (fronted by Hutchence, who lived the rock-star lifestyle by dabbling in film acting and dating several models and public personalities including Kylie Minogue and Paula Yates), fell out of favor. 1993's Full Moon, Dirty Hearts was their attempt to capitalize on the grunge movement, and while it received mixed reviews, it plunged the band further into obscurity. 1994 brought the first of many 'Greatest Hits' compilations.

Throughout the 1980s and into the 1990s, INXS was a major force in Australian popular music, leading the way into worldwide popularity for several Australian bands. The band worked closely with several other Australian artists, such as The Models and Jenny Morris, helping to establish their careers.

On November 22, 1997 Hutchence was found dead in his Sydney hotel room, an apparent victim of suicide (some speculate his death was actually an accident, the result of autoerotic asphyxiation). Since Hutchence's death, INXS has continued, using Jimmy Barnes and Terence Trent D'Arby as temporary lead singers. Jon Stevens began singing with INXS in 2000 and was officially named a member of the band in 2002. However, he left INXS in 2003, only recording a song called I Get Up, released as a single (which charted in the top 100 on the Australian ARIAnet Singles Chart) in the same year, and it was used in the Rugby Union World Cup 2003.

INXS returned to the news in 2004 when it was announced that a new reality television program titled Rock Star would feature a contest to find a new lead singer for the band.

Discography

Albums

  • INXS (1980); #164 US
  • Underneath the Colours (1981)
  • Shabooh Shoobah (1982); #46 US, US Sales: 500,000
  • INXSIVE (1982)
  • Dekadance (1983); #148 US
  • The Swing (1984); #52 US, US Sales: 1,000,000
  • Listen Like Thieves (1985); #11 US, US Sales: 2,000,000
  • Kick (1987); #3 US, #9 UK, US Sales: 6,000,000
  • X (1990); #5 US, #2 UK, US Sales: 2,000,000
  • Live Baby Live (1991); #72 US, #8 UK, US Sales: 1,000,000
  • Welcome to Wherever You Are (1992); #16 US, #1 UK, US Sales: 1,000,000
  • Full Moon, Dirty Hearts (1993) #53 US, #3 UK
  • The Greatest Hits (1994); #112 US, #3 UK, US Sales: 1,000,000
  • Elegantly Wasted (1997) #16 UK #41 US
  • Shine Like it Does: The Anthology (1979-1997) (2001)
  • Definitive INXS/The Best of INXS (2002) #144 US, #15 UK
  • The Years 1979-1997 (2002)
  • Stay Young 1979-1982 (2002)
  • INXS Squared: The Remixes (2004)

International Charting Singles

  • from "INXS"
    • 1980 "Just Keep Walking" #38 AU
  • from "Underneath the Colours"
    • 1981 "The Loved One" #18 AU
    • 1981 "Stay Young" #21 AU
  • from "Shabooh Shoobah"
    • 1983 "The One Thing" #30 US, #14 AU
    • 1982 "Don't Change" #80 US (1983 Release), #14 AU
    • 1983 "To Look at You" #36 AU
    • 1983 "Black and White" #24 AU
  • from "The Swing"
    • 1983 "Original Sin" #58 US (1984 Release) #1 AU
    • 1984 "I Send a Message" #77 US, #3 AU
    • 1984 "Burn for You" #3 AU
    • 1984 "Dancing on the Jetty" #39 AU
  • from "Listen Like Thieves"
    • 1985 "This Time" #81 US, #19 AU
    • 1985 "What You Need" #5 US (1986 Release), #2 AU
    • 1986 "Kiss the Dirt (Falling Down the Mountain) #15 AU
    • 1986 "Listen Like Thieves #54 US, #28 AU
  • from "Crocodile Dundee" soundtrack
    • 1986 "Different World" #28 AU
  • from "Kick"
    • 1987 "Need You Tonight" #1 US, #2 UK, (1988 release), #3 AU
    • 1988 "Devil Inside" #2 US, #6 AU
    • 1988 "New Sensation" #3 US, #25 UK, #8 AU
    • 1988 "Never Tear Us Apart" #7 US, #24 UK, #11 AU
    • 1989 "Mystify" #14 UK
  • from "X"
    • 1990 "Suicide Blonde" #9 US, #11 UK, #3 AU
    • 1990 "Disappear" #8 US, #21 UK, #19 AU
    • 1991 "Bitter Tears" #46 US, #30 UK, #37 AU
    • 1991 "The Stairs" #72 US, #4 AU
  • from "The Lost Boys" soundtrack
    • 1991 "Good Times" (with Jimmy Barnes) #18 UK
  • from "Live Baby Live"
    • 1991 "Shining Star EP" #27 UK
  • from "Welcome to Wherever You Are"
    • 1992 "Heaven Sent" #31 UK, #14 AU
    • 1992 "Baby Don't Cry" #20 UK
    • 1992 "Taste It" #21 UK, #37 AU
    • 1992 "Not Enough Time" #28 US
    • 1993 "Beautiful Girl" #46 US #23 UK
  • from "Full Moon, Dirty Hearts"
    • 1993 "The Gift" #11 UK, #12 AU
    • 1993 "Please (You Got That...)" #35 AU
  • from "The Greatest Hits"
    • 1994 "The Strangest Party (These Are the Times)" #15 UK, #30 AU
  • from "Elegantly Wasted"
    • 1997 "Elegantly Wasted" #27 US, #20 UK, #44 AU
  • from "Definitive INXS"
    • 2001 "I'm So Crazy" (Par-T-One vs. INXS) #19 UK

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INXS returned to the news in 2004 when it was announced that a new reality television program titled Rock Star would feature a contest to find a new lead singer for the band. King continued to perform and record through the 1990s. However, he left INXS in 2003, only recording a song called I Get Up, released as a single (which charted in the top 100 on the Australian ARIAnet Singles Chart) in the same year, and it was used in the Rugby Union World Cup 2003. Ben E. Jon Stevens began singing with INXS in 2000 and was officially named a member of the band in 2002. His hits after 1963 were "What is Soul?" (1967), "Supernatural Thing, part 1" (1975), and the re-issue in 1986 of "Stand by Me," which became popular after serving as the theme music of the movie of the same name. Since Hutchence's death, INXS has continued, using Jimmy Barnes and Terence Trent D'Arby as temporary lead singers. King's records continued to place well on the pop charts until 1963, when British pop bands began to dominate the popular music scene.

On November 22, 1997 Hutchence was found dead in his Sydney hotel room, an apparent victim of suicide (some speculate his death was actually an accident, the result of autoerotic asphyxiation). "Stand by Me", written by King along with Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller was voted one of the Songs of the Century by the Recording Industry Association of America and it plus "Spanish Harlem" were named as two of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll and were both also given a Grammy Hall of Fame Award. The band worked closely with several other Australian artists, such as The Models and Jenny Morris, helping to establish their careers. "Stand by Me" was his next recording. Throughout the 1980s and into the 1990s, INXS was a major force in Australian popular music, leading the way into worldwide popularity for several Australian bands. His first hit as a solo performer was "Spanish Harlem" (1961). 1994 brought the first of many 'Greatest Hits' compilations. King and performed solo.

1993's Full Moon, Dirty Hearts was their attempt to capitalize on the grunge movement, and while it received mixed reviews, it plunged the band further into obscurity. He adopted the stage name Ben E. However, the band's belated attempts to follow up on the success of Kick, 1990's X and 1992's Welcome to Wherever You Are found them struggling to stay relevant as alternative rock began to dominate the airwaves and more traditional rockers like INXS (fronted by Hutchence, who lived the rock-star lifestyle by dabbling in film acting and dating several models and public personalities including Kylie Minogue and Paula Yates), fell out of favor. In 1960 he left the group after failing to obtain a raise in salary and increase in his share of royalties. The band's worldwide peak of popularity came with 1987's Kick, a punchy, confident set of pop-rock gems that yielded three top-ten US singles, including the number-one hit "Need You Tonight". He also sang lead, using his birth name, on "Dance With Me," "This Magic Moment," "Save the Last Dance for Me," "I Count the Tears," and other Drifters hits. By 1985's breakthrough album Listen Like Thieves the band had perfected a matured sound influenced by The Rolling Stones and U2 but true to the band's original roots in the Aussie pubs; that album spawned several hits, including the top-10 "What You Need". He co-wrote the first hit by the new version of the Drifters, "There Goes My Baby" (1959).

The band, which had started out as a New Wave act featuring more synthesizers than guitar, gradually moved in a more straight-ahead Rock oriented direction through the first half of the 1980s. Later that same year, The Drifters' manager fired the members of the group and replaced them with the Five Crowns, who had performed several engagements with the Drifters. INXS and its follow-up, 1981's Underneath the Colours (produced by Richard Clapton) were hits in their native Australia, and their third album, Shabooh Shoobah was released worldwide but it wasn't until their Nick Launay-produced fourth album, The Swing in 1983 that the band received significant attention in the US or UK, as the single "Original Sin" became a minor pop radio hit and the band's charismatic singer Michael Hutchence gained attention for his MTV-ready looks. In 1958, Ben Nelson joined a doo wop group, The Five Crowns. INXS began under the name The Farriss Brothers but the band changed their name to INXS in 1979, just prior to the release of their self-titled debut album in 1980. King (born Benjamin Earl Nelson in September 28, 1938 in Henderson, North Carolina) is an American soul and pop singer.He is best known as the singer and co-composer of "Stand by Me", a top ten hit in both 1961 and 1986. The band was formed in 1977 and comprised of Andrew Farriss, Michael Hutchence, Tim Farriss, Jon Farriss, Garry Gary Beers and Kirk Pengilly. Ben E.

INXS is an Australian rock group. INXS) #19 UK. 2001 "I'm So Crazy" (Par-T-One vs. from "Definitive INXS"

    .

    1997 "Elegantly Wasted" #27 US, #20 UK, #44 AU. from "Elegantly Wasted"

      . 1994 "The Strangest Party (These Are the Times)" #15 UK, #30 AU. from "The Greatest Hits"
        .

        1993 "Please (You Got That...)" #35 AU. 1993 "The Gift" #11 UK, #12 AU. from "Full Moon, Dirty Hearts"

          . 1993 "Beautiful Girl" #46 US #23 UK.

          1992 "Not Enough Time" #28 US. 1992 "Taste It" #21 UK, #37 AU. 1992 "Baby Don't Cry" #20 UK. 1992 "Heaven Sent" #31 UK, #14 AU.

          from "Welcome to Wherever You Are"

            . 1991 "Shining Star EP" #27 UK. from "Live Baby Live"
              . 1991 "Good Times" (with Jimmy Barnes) #18 UK.

              from "The Lost Boys" soundtrack

                . 1991 "The Stairs" #72 US, #4 AU. 1991 "Bitter Tears" #46 US, #30 UK, #37 AU. 1990 "Disappear" #8 US, #21 UK, #19 AU.

                1990 "Suicide Blonde" #9 US, #11 UK, #3 AU. from "X"

                  . 1989 "Mystify" #14 UK. 1988 "Never Tear Us Apart" #7 US, #24 UK, #11 AU.

                  1988 "New Sensation" #3 US, #25 UK, #8 AU. 1988 "Devil Inside" #2 US, #6 AU. 1987 "Need You Tonight" #1 US, #2 UK, (1988 release), #3 AU. from "Kick"

                    .

                    1986 "Different World" #28 AU. from "Crocodile Dundee" soundtrack

                      . 1986 "Listen Like Thieves #54 US, #28 AU. 1986 "Kiss the Dirt (Falling Down the Mountain) #15 AU.

                      1985 "What You Need" #5 US (1986 Release), #2 AU. 1985 "This Time" #81 US, #19 AU. from "Listen Like Thieves"

                        . 1984 "Dancing on the Jetty" #39 AU.

                        1984 "Burn for You" #3 AU. 1984 "I Send a Message" #77 US, #3 AU. 1983 "Original Sin" #58 US (1984 Release) #1 AU. from "The Swing"

                          .

                          1983 "Black and White" #24 AU. 1983 "To Look at You" #36 AU. 1982 "Don't Change" #80 US (1983 Release), #14 AU. 1983 "The One Thing" #30 US, #14 AU.

                          from "Shabooh Shoobah"

                            . 1981 "Stay Young" #21 AU. 1981 "The Loved One" #18 AU. from "Underneath the Colours"
                              .

                              1980 "Just Keep Walking" #38 AU. from "INXS"

                                . INXS Squared: The Remixes (2004). Stay Young 1979-1982 (2002).

                                The Years 1979-1997 (2002). Definitive INXS/The Best of INXS (2002) #144 US, #15 UK. Shine Like it Does: The Anthology (1979-1997) (2001). Elegantly Wasted (1997) #16 UK #41 US.

                                The Greatest Hits (1994); #112 US, #3 UK, US Sales: 1,000,000. Full Moon, Dirty Hearts (1993) #53 US, #3 UK. Welcome to Wherever You Are (1992); #16 US, #1 UK, US Sales: 1,000,000. Live Baby Live (1991); #72 US, #8 UK, US Sales: 1,000,000.

                                X (1990); #5 US, #2 UK, US Sales: 2,000,000. Kick (1987); #3 US, #9 UK, US Sales: 6,000,000. Listen Like Thieves (1985); #11 US, US Sales: 2,000,000. The Swing (1984); #52 US, US Sales: 1,000,000.

                                Dekadance (1983); #148 US. INXSIVE (1982). Shabooh Shoobah (1982); #46 US, US Sales: 500,000. Underneath the Colours (1981).

                                INXS (1980); #164 US.

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