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. Lee is a recent college graduate and restaurant correspondent for the PBS show, "George Hirsch: Living it Up!". 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. Joel's ex-wife, Christie Brinkley, attended the union and gave the couple her blessing. Jon Stevens began singing with INXS in 2000 and was officially named a member of the band in 2002. At the time of the wedding Joel was 54. Joel's daughter, Alexa Ray, 18, served as maid of honor. Since Hutchence's death, INXS has continued, using Jimmy Barnes and Terence Trent D'Arby as temporary lead singers. In 2004, Joel married 23 year-old Katie Lee.

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). This marriage also ended with divorce in 1994. The band worked closely with several other Australian artists, such as The Models and Jenny Morris, helping to establish their careers. Their marriage produced one child, daughter Alexa Ray Joel in 1986. 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. Joel went on to marry the recently widowed supermodel Christie Brinkley in 1985. 1994 brought the first of many 'Greatest Hits' compilations. The marriage ended in divorce in 1982.

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. Joel married his business manager, Elizabeth Weber, in 1971. 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. Fantasies and Delusions, his first album of classical pieces, got a tepid response from critics but went to Number One on the classical charts. 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". Joel has recently been returning to his fascination with classical music and has been experimenting in that area. 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". Before Billy went into the music business, He always wanted to become a history teacher and he has a teaching license in NY to teach history.

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. The song "Leningrad" shows Joel's appreciation for the history of the Soviet Union and the feel of the Cold War in which he was raised. 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 song "We Didn't Start The Fire" lists historical events from his birth through the mid-eighties--the first thirty-five years of Joel's life, reflecting Joel's fascination with culture and 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. This attitude was manifest as advice in the song "Tell Her About It", as well as in an expression of his own need in "Honesty". The band was formed in 1977 and comprised of Andrew Farriss, Michael Hutchence, Tim Farriss, Jon Farriss, Garry Gary Beers and Kirk Pengilly. Joel has always had a trusting, open attitude in his relationships, both business and personal.

INXS is an Australian rock group. "Uptown Girl" was a love song about the seemingly mismatched romance between himself and Christie Brinkley, Alexa's mother. INXS) #19 UK. Similarly, his song "The Downeaster Alexa", combined his love for his daughter with a depiction of the plight of boat captains in the offshore fishing industry. 2001 "I'm So Crazy" (Par-T-One vs. Joel's daughter Alexa also has been a motivation for lyrical content; he penned "Lullabye" for his daughter. from "Definitive INXS"

    . The song depicted living in industrial Allentown, Pennsylvania in the early 1980s.

    1997 "Elegantly Wasted" #27 US, #20 UK, #44 AU. He also is known for celebrating life in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, which he tributed in one of his most popular songs, "Allentown," released in 1982. from "Elegantly Wasted"

      . Joel has always relied heavily on his experiences in writing his songs--perhaps the best example is that of "Piano Man", which he wrote out of playing regularly at a piano bar in the early 1970s. 1994 "The Strangest Party (These Are the Times)" #15 UK, #30 AU. Joel was born in the South Bronx and grew up on Long Island, an affluent region outside of New York City, in a town called Hicksville, New York, and made many references to locations in the New York City metropolitan area, particularly the Island, in his songs. from "The Greatest Hits"
        . Billy Joel was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999.

        1993 "Please (You Got That...)" #35 AU. He has also toured successfully with Elton John, playing each other's songs. 1993 "The Gift" #11 UK, #12 AU. His first solo album, Cold Spring Harbor (a reference to a Long Island town), was released in 1971, and he has been releasing albums ever since. from "Full Moon, Dirty Hearts"

          . Joel joined his first band at age fourteen, and participated in many more since and also played in piano bars under the name "Bill Martin". 1993 "Beautiful Girl" #46 US #23 UK. Influences on him include:.

          1992 "Not Enough Time" #28 US. From an early age, Joel had an intense interest in music, especially classical music. 1992 "Taste It" #21 UK, #37 AU. He was married to supermodel Christie Brinkley from 1985 to 1994. 1992 "Baby Don't Cry" #20 UK. William Martin Joel (born May 9, 1949 in The Bronx, New York), better known as Billy Joel, is a globally-recognized pianist, singer and songwriter. 1992 "Heaven Sent" #31 UK, #14 AU. 1993 "All About Soul" #29 US, #32 UK.

          from "Welcome to Wherever You Are"

            . 1993 "The River of Dreams" #3 US, #3 UK. 1991 "Shining Star EP" #27 UK. from River of Dreams
              . from "Live Baby Live"
                . 1992 "All Shook Up" #27 UK. 1991 "Good Times" (with Jimmy Barnes) #18 UK. from Honeymoon in Vegas soundtrack
                  .

                  from "The Lost Boys" soundtrack

                    . 1990 "And So It Goes" #37 US. 1991 "The Stairs" #72 US, #4 AU. 1990 "I Go to Extremes" #6 US. 1991 "Bitter Tears" #46 US, #30 UK, #37 AU. 1989 "We Didn't Start the Fire" #1 US, #7 UK. 1990 "Disappear" #8 US, #21 UK, #19 AU. from Storm Front
                      .

                      1990 "Suicide Blonde" #9 US, #11 UK, #3 AU. 1986 "A Matter of Trust" #10 US. from "X"

                        . 1986 "This Is the Time" #18 US. 1989 "Mystify" #14 UK. 1986 "Modern Woman" #10 US. 1988 "Never Tear Us Apart" #7 US, #24 UK, #11 AU. from The Bridge
                          .

                          1988 "New Sensation" #3 US, #25 UK, #8 AU. 1985 "You're Only Human (Second Wind)" #9 US. 1988 "Devil Inside" #2 US, #6 AU. 1 & 2 (1973-1985)

                            . 1987 "Need You Tonight" #1 US, #2 UK, (1988 release), #3 AU. from Greatest Hits, Vols. from "Kick"
                              . 1985 "Keeping the Faith" #18 US.

                              1986 "Different World" #28 AU. 1984 "Leave a Tender Moment Alone" #27 US, #29 UK (double A-side with Goodnight Saigon in the UK). from "Crocodile Dundee" soundtrack

                                . 1984 "The Longest Time" #14 US, #25 UK. 1986 "Listen Like Thieves #54 US, #28 AU. 1983 "An Innocent Man" #10 US, #8 UK (1984 release). 1986 "Kiss the Dirt (Falling Down the Mountain) #15 AU. 1983 "Tell Her about It" #1 US, #4 UK.

                                1985 "What You Need" #5 US (1986 Release), #2 AU. 1983 "Uptown Girl" #3 US, #1 UK. 1985 "This Time" #81 US, #19 AU. from An Innocent Man

                                  . from "Listen Like Thieves"
                                    . 1983 "Allentown" #17 US. 1984 "Dancing on the Jetty" #39 AU. 1982 "Pressure" #20 US.

                                    1984 "Burn for You" #3 AU. from The Nylon Curtain

                                      . 1984 "I Send a Message" #77 US, #3 AU. 1982 "She's Got a Way" #23 US. 1983 "Original Sin" #58 US (1984 Release) #1 AU. 1981 "Say Goodbye to Hollywood" #17 US. from "The Swing"
                                        . from Songs in the Attic
                                          .

                                          1983 "Black and White" #24 AU. 1980 "You May Be Right" #7 US. 1983 "To Look at You" #36 AU. 1980 "Sometimes a Fantasy" #36 US. 1982 "Don't Change" #80 US (1983 Release), #14 AU. 1980 "Don't Ask Me Why" #19 US. 1983 "The One Thing" #30 US, #14 AU. 1980 "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me" #1 US, #14 UK.

                                          from "Shabooh Shoobah"

                                            . 1980 "All for Leyna" #40 UK. 1981 "Stay Young" #21 AU. from Glass Houses
                                              . 1981 "The Loved One" #18 AU. 1979 "Honesty" #24 US. from "Underneath the Colours"
                                                . 1979 "Big Shot" #19 US.

                                                1980 "Just Keep Walking" #38 AU. 1978 "My Life" #3 US (1979 release), #12 UK. from "INXS"

                                                  . from 52nd Street
                                                    . INXS Squared: The Remixes (2004). 1978 "She's Always a Woman" #17 US. Stay Young 1979-1982 (2002). 1978 "Only the Good Die Young" #24 US.

                                                    The Years 1979-1997 (2002). 1978 "Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)" #17 US, #35 UK. Definitive INXS/The Best of INXS (2002) #144 US, #15 UK. 1978 "Just the Way You Are" #3 US, #19 UK. Shine Like it Does: The Anthology (1979-1997) (2001). from The Stranger

                                                      . Elegantly Wasted (1997) #16 UK #41 US. 1975 "The Entertainer" #34 US.

                                                      The Greatest Hits (1994); #112 US, #3 UK, US Sales: 1,000,000. from Streetlife Serenade

                                                        . Full Moon, Dirty Hearts (1993) #53 US, #3 UK. 1974 "Piano Man" #25 US. Welcome to Wherever You Are (1992); #16 US, #1 UK, US Sales: 1,000,000. from Piano Man
                                                          . Live Baby Live (1991); #72 US, #8 UK, US Sales: 1,000,000. Piano Man: The Very Best Of (2004) (compilation).

                                                          X (1990); #5 US, #2 UK, US Sales: 2,000,000. Movin' Out Original Broadway Cast Recording (2002) (performed by the cast of Movin' Out). Kick (1987); #3 US, #9 UK, US Sales: 6,000,000. Essential Billy Joel (2001) (compilation) #29 US, US sales: 21,000,000 (as of November 2003, the fifth-best-selling album of all time). Listen Like Thieves (1985); #11 US, US Sales: 2,000,000. Ultimate Collection (2001) (compilation) #4 UK. The Swing (1984); #52 US, US Sales: 1,000,000. Fantasies & Delusions (2001) (performed by Richard Joo) #83 US.

                                                          Dekadance (1983); #148 US. 2000 Years: The Millennium Concert (Live) (2000) #40 US, US sales: 500,000. INXSIVE (1982). The Complete Hits Collection: 1973-1997 (1997) (compilation) US sales: 1,000,000. Shabooh Shoobah (1982); #46 US, US Sales: 500,000. 3 (1997) (compilation) #9 US, #23 UK, US sales: 1,000,000. Underneath the Colours (1981). Greatest Hits, Vol.

                                                          INXS (1980); #164 US. River of Dreams (1993) #1 US, #3 UK, US sales: 5,000,000. Storm Front (1989) #1 US, #5 UK, US sales: 4,000,000. КОНЦЕРТ (Live) (1987) #38 US, US sales: 1,000,000. The Bridge (1986) #7 US, #38 UK, US sales: 1,000,000.

                                                          1 & 2 (1973-1985) (1984) (compilation) #6 US, #7 UK, US sales: 21,000,000. Greatest Hits, Vols. An Innocent Man (1983) #4 US, #2 UK, US sales: 7,000,000. The Nylon Curtain (1982) #7 US, #27 UK, US sales: 2,000,000.

                                                          Songs in the Attic (Live) (1981) #8 US, US sales: 3,000,000. Glass Houses (1980) #1 US, #9 UK, US sales: 7,000,000. 52nd Street (1978) #1 US, #10 UK, US sales: 7,000,000. The Stranger (1977) #2 US, #25 UK, US sales: 10,000,000.

                                                          Turnstiles (1976) #122 US, US sales: 1,000,000. Streetlife Serenade (1974) #35 US, US sales: 1,000,000. Piano Man (1973) #27 US, US sales: 4,000,000. Cold Spring Harbor (1971) #158 US.

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                                                          Sam Cooke. Dave Brubeck. Ray Charles.

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