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. Scheduled for release in 2005 is the DVD Rick James: Rockpalast Live, which features a 1982 concert performance from Essen, Germany. 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. Although he was married previously (and later divorced), he leaves behind three children, Tazman, Ty, and Rick James, Jr.; and granddaughters Jasmine and Charisma. Jon Stevens began singing with INXS in 2000 and was officially named a member of the band in 2002. At the time of his death, he was working on an autobiography, Confessions Of A Superfreak, as well as a new album. Since Hutchence's death, INXS has continued, using Jimmy Barnes and Terence Trent D'Arby as temporary lead singers. Rick James was interred in Forest Lawn - Hollywood Hills Cemetery in Los Angeles.

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). A coroner's report released September 16, 2004 officially ruled his death as accidental, reporting nine drugs found in James' bloodstream:. The band worked closely with several other Australian artists, such as The Models and Jenny Morris, helping to establish their careers. James had died from pulmonary and cardiac failure with his various health conditions of diabetes, stroke, and a pacemaker being listed as attributing factors. 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. On August 6, 2004, Rick James was found dead in his Los Angeles home by his caretaker. 1994 brought the first of many 'Greatest Hits' compilations. Rick James' last public performance was at the 2004 BET Music Awards on June 29, 2004. Part of the on-stage routine involved a crowd-pleasing recital of the Chappelle's Show catch phrase by the real James himself.

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. The sketch was one of the most famous to come from the show, returning James to the public spotlight and making "I'm Rick James, bitch!" a popular catch phrase. 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. The young James, played by Chappelle, was depicted as an egotistical, misogynistic cocaine addict who picked upon Murphy and constantly reminded people "I'm Rick James, bitch!" Charlie Murphy played himself in both the flashback sequences (complete with Jheri curl) and mock interview segments, which are contrasted with mock interview footage of the real James, who refutes some of Murphy's recollections while acknowledging his own problems at the same time. Footage where James uses the expression "Cocaine's a hell of a drug" is edited into the skit a number of times to sum up his alleged behavior. 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". The three-part skit was a fictional E! True Hollywood Story-style retrospective of the supposed love-and-hate friendship between James and Eddie Murphy's older brother Charlie Murphy during James' early-1980s peak. 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". On February 11, 2004, Dave Chappelle aired a Rick James-parodying skit called "Charlie Murphy's True Hollywood Stories" on his sketch comedy television program, Chappelle's Show.

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. Rick James attempted a comeback with a new album and tour in 1997, but suffered a mild stroke during a concert in Denver, Colorado, effectively ending his musical career. 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. He was released in 1995, and during interviews for a segment of the VH1 series Behind The Music, he spoke openly about his life and his battle with drugs for the first time. 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. Serving two years in Folsom Prison did not stop him from writing new songs, even if he did it behind bars. The band was formed in 1977 and comprised of Andrew Farriss, Michael Hutchence, Tim Farriss, Jon Farriss, Garry Gary Beers and Kirk Pengilly. In 1993, James was convicted of assaulting two women, with the first assault during one of his cocaine binges.

INXS is an Australian rock group. He was a recreational drug user, addicted mainly to cocaine. INXS) #19 UK. As the 1980s segued into the 1990s, the dark side of James' life began to overpower his music. 2001 "I'm So Crazy" (Par-T-One vs. During this period, he also helped launch the careers of Caucasian R&B singer Teena Marie and the Mary Jane Girls as well as producing actor Eddie Murphy's one-hit wonder "Party All The Time.". from "Definitive INXS"

    . The stream of hits continued into the mid-1980s with "Teardrops", "Cold Blooded", "17", "You Turn Me On" and "Glow", which was his last R&B hit in 1985.

    1997 "Elegantly Wasted" #27 US, #20 UK, #44 AU. Other hits from Street Songs included "Give it to Me Baby", "Fire & Desire" with protege Teena Marie and "Ghetto Life". from "Elegantly Wasted"

      . "Super Freak", which features guest vocals from The Temptations, was sampled for MC Hammer's 1990 Grammy award-winning song "U Can't Touch This". 1994 "The Strangest Party (These Are the Times)" #15 UK, #30 AU. The 1981 release included "Super Freak", James biggest hit. from "The Greatest Hits"
        . After 1980's lackluster Garden Of Love album, he then recorded a concept album entitled Street Songs.

        1993 "Please (You Got That...)" #35 AU. The latter included hits such as the title track and "Spacey Love" a ballad dedicated to singer Patti Labelle. 1993 "The Gift" #11 UK, #12 AU. 1979 saw James release two albums: Bustin' Out Of L Seven, in January, and Fire It Up that fall. from "Full Moon, Dirty Hearts"

          . The album also featured his ode to marijuana, "Mary Jane". 1993 "Beautiful Girl" #46 US #23 UK. James' breakthrough single was "You And I", an eight-minute magnum opus from his 1978 debut album Come Get It.

          1992 "Not Enough Time" #28 US. He soon began recording for Motown's Gordy label, first with the Hot Lips and then with a new version of the Stone City Band. 1992 "Taste It" #21 UK, #37 AU. In 1977, he returned to Motown as a songwriter/producer. 1992 "Baby Don't Cry" #20 UK. James signed to A&M Records the following year and issued a single entitled "My Mama". 1992 "Heaven Sent" #31 UK, #14 AU. An album's worth of material was recorded in mid-1973 but was never released.

          from "Welcome to Wherever You Are"

            . At the end of 1972, James and Roth formed the first version of the Stone City Band with Peter Hodgson (bass), Danny Marks (guitar) and Malcolm Tomlinson (drums/vocals). 1991 "Shining Star EP" #27 UK. The group recorded an album for Lion Records in Los Angeles in March 1972, but by that summer they had disbanded. from "Live Baby Live"
              . In 1971, James and Roth recorded two singles in Toronto for RCA Records with Heaven and Earth, a band that also featured guitarist Stan Endersby, bass player Denny Gerrard, and drummer Pat Little. James left Heaven and Earth later that year; he, Roth, and Gerrard formed a new group called Great White Cane with horn players Bob Doughty and Ian Kojima, drummer Norman Wellbanks, guitarist Nick Balkou, and keyboard player John Cleveland Hughes. 1991 "Good Times" (with Jimmy Barnes) #18 UK. The group recorded a demo for Atlantic Records, and played at the Fillmore West with Jethro Tull.

              from "The Lost Boys" soundtrack

                . Former Buffalo Springfield roadie Chris Sarns played bass for a while, before Ron Johnson from Kaleidoscope stepped in the following year. 1991 "The Stairs" #72 US, #4 AU. In the summer of 1969, he moved to Los Angeles, California and formed a band called Salt 'N' Pepper with Canadians Ed Roth (keyboards), Dave Burt (guitar), and Coffi Hall (drums). 1991 "Bitter Tears" #46 US, #30 UK, #37 AU. He soon returned to Motown and became a songwriter and producer at Motown, working with Bobby Taylor and the Vancouvers and The Spinners. 1990 "Disappear" #8 US, #21 UK, #19 AU. James spent a year in the Brooklyn Brig, after which he returned to briefly returned to Toronto.

                1990 "Suicide Blonde" #9 US, #11 UK, #3 AU. Motown told him to give himself up to the FBI, and the Mynah Birds' album was shelved. from "X"

                  . The band fired their manager, who in turn told the label that James was AWOL. 1989 "Mystify" #14 UK. With Young on board, the Mynah Birds returned to Motown to record an album, but their manager pocketed the advance money the label had given the band. 1988 "Never Tear Us Apart" #7 US, #24 UK, #11 AU. Morgan was unhappy with the label's attitude towards the musicians and left, with Neil Young taking his place.

                  1988 "New Sensation" #3 US, #25 UK, #8 AU. In early 1966, the Mynah Birds auditioned for the Motown label in Detroit, Michigan. 1988 "Devil Inside" #2 US, #6 AU. Shortly afterwards, James and Palmer formed a new Mynah Birds lineup with guitarists Tom Morgan and John Taylor, and drummer Rickman Mason. 1987 "Need You Tonight" #1 US, #2 UK, (1988 release), #3 AU. Nicholas left the band and was replaced by Bruce Palmer. from "Kick"

                    . In early 1965, St.

                    1986 "Different World" #28 AU. By the end of 1964, the group had evolved into The Mynah Birds and recorded a single for the Canadian arm of Columbia Records. from "Crocodile Dundee" soundtrack

                      . Nicholas. 1986 "Listen Like Thieves #54 US, #28 AU. His first band was called The Sailor Boys, which also featured future Steppenwolf member Nick St. 1986 "Kiss the Dirt (Falling Down the Mountain) #15 AU. Fleeing north to Toronto, Canada in the summer of 1964, James continued his musical career.

                      1985 "What You Need" #5 US (1986 Release), #2 AU. He began missing weekend training because it interfered with his musical career and was reported AWOL. 1985 "This Time" #81 US, #19 AU. Naval Reserve. from "Listen Like Thieves"

                        . At age 15, James joined the U.S. 1984 "Dancing on the Jetty" #39 AU. His uncle was Melvin Franklin, the bass vocalist of The Temptations.

                        1984 "Burn for You" #3 AU. Born in Buffalo, New York, James was the third of eight children; his father was an autoworker and his mother a former dancer. 1984 "I Send a Message" #77 US, #3 AU. One of the most popular artists on Motown during the late 1970s and early 1980s, James was famous for his wild brand of funk music and his trademark locks, sporting them well before the style was popularized by actress Bo Derek. 1983 "Original Sin" #58 US (1984 Release) #1 AU. Rick James (James Ambrose Johnson, Jr.) (February 1, 1948 – August 6, 2004) was an African-American funk and soul musician, who worked as a singer, keyboardist, bassist, record producer, arranger, and composer during his long career. from "The Swing"

                          . Anthology (2002).

                          1983 "Black and White" #24 AU. Urban Rapsody (1997). 1983 "To Look at You" #36 AU. Bustin' Out: The Very Best of Rick James (1994). 1982 "Don't Change" #80 US (1983 Release), #14 AU. Wonderful (1988). 1983 "The One Thing" #30 US, #14 AU. The Flag (1986).

                          from "Shabooh Shoobah"

                            . Glow (1985). 1981 "Stay Young" #21 AU. Reflections (1984). 1981 "The Loved One" #18 AU. Cold Blooded (1983). from "Underneath the Colours"
                              . Throwin' Down (1982).

                              1980 "Just Keep Walking" #38 AU. Street Songs (1981; deluxe edition released 2001). from "INXS"

                                . Garden of Love (1980). INXS Squared: The Remixes (2004). Fire It Up (1979). Stay Young 1979-1982 (2002). Bustin' Out of L Seven (1979).

                                The Years 1979-1997 (2002). Come Get It (1978). 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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