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. Accessed on March 03, 2005. 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. "Solomon Keal (http://www.solomonkeal.com)." The Official Solomon Keal Website. Jon Stevens began singing with INXS in 2000 and was officially named a member of the band in 2002. Accessed on March 08, 2005. Since Hutchence's death, INXS has continued, using Jimmy Barnes and Terence Trent D'Arby as temporary lead singers. "Solomon Keal Biography (http://www.solomonkeal.com/bio.html)." The Official Solomon Keal Website.

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).
. The band worked closely with several other Australian artists, such as The Models and Jenny Morris, helping to establish their careers.
. 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.
. 1994 brought the first of many 'Greatest Hits' compilations.
.

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. Hear one of Solomon's pieces entitled Wellesley's Waterfall on the [Bryn Athyn Cathedral website (http://www.brynathyncathedral.org)]. 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. Find Solomon's music at two New Church websites: [Fountain Publishing (http://www.fountainpublishing.com)] and [New Church Radio (http://www.newchurchradio.com)]. 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". Learn more about Swedenborg and links to other New Church organizations at [New Earth (http://www.newearth.org)]. 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 Unofficial Solomon Keal Site (http://www.solomon-keal.com)] [The Solomon Zone (http://www.solomonzone.com)].

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 Official Solomon Keal Site (http://www.solomonkeal.com)]. 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. My music is greatly inspired by my faith.". 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. An era that will bring true, spiritual states of love and peace. The band was formed in 1977 and comprised of Andrew Farriss, Michael Hutchence, Tim Farriss, Jon Farriss, Garry Gary Beers and Kirk Pengilly. "I believe that Swedenborg's Writings are a part of a new era of this world; an era in which people are in greater spiritual freedom, and greater spiritual enlightenment.

INXS is an Australian rock group. This religion teaches a person how to change out of their bad habits and into a better, more useful and thoughtful person, and eventually become an angel in Heaven. INXS) #19 UK. not because God created it, but because He wants us to be free. 2001 "I'm So Crazy" (Par-T-One vs. because we are free to choose it.. from "Definitive INXS"

    . This is also the reason why evil exists in this world..

    1997 "Elegantly Wasted" #27 US, #20 UK, #44 AU. The point is that we are spiritually free to choose good or evil, which is why we can be eternally happy in Heaven, because it is a conscious choice. from "Elegantly Wasted"

      . Hell is simply the place people go if they choose to refuse the happiness of Heaven that the Lord is offering to them. 1994 "The Strangest Party (These Are the Times)" #15 UK, #30 AU. God is continually striving to bring every single person on earth into the eternal happiness of Heaven. from "The Greatest Hits"
        . This religion teaches tolerance towards the many different good and true ways that a person can worship and praise the Lord.

        1993 "Please (You Got That...)" #35 AU. This deeper meaning explains the importance of the unity of faith and charity in life, and it assures anyone a place in Heaven if they believe in some form of God, and live a good life by their religion. 1993 "The Gift" #11 UK, #12 AU. He explains that the entire Bible, like Jesus' parables, has a deeper parable-like meaning to it. from "Full Moon, Dirty Hearts"

          . The New Church is based on the Writings of Emanuel Swedenborg who was a servant of God - a revelator - who brought a new understanding of the Bible to the world. 1993 "Beautiful Girl" #46 US #23 UK. When these two elements become married in our lives, then we are truly in the image of God.

          1992 "Not Enough Time" #28 US. Neither of these two elements works properly on it's own. 1992 "Taste It" #21 UK, #37 AU. These two elements take on many names including: good and truth, faith and charity, will and understanding, thoughts and affections, love and wisdom, masculine and feminine, intellect and compassion. 1992 "Baby Don't Cry" #20 UK. It teaches about the eternity of Heaven and Hell, the eternity and importance of true marriage love between one man and one woman, and the importance of a life of useful service. The New Church is all about the marriage of two elements that are too often separate in our lives. 1992 "Heaven Sent" #31 UK, #14 AU. This religion teaches that the Lord's second coming happens for all of us when His Divine Truth is born again in our hearts, minds, and lives.

          from "Welcome to Wherever You Are"

            . It teaches that God took on the natural human form of Jesus in order to show us that we can have a personal relationship with Him, and to open the communication between heaven and earth so that we can be enlightened again. 1991 "Shining Star EP" #27 UK. Who is in essence, Divine Love and Wisdom. from "Live Baby Live"
              . It is a Christian Church that believes in One Human God Who is knowable, personal, and loving. 1991 "Good Times" (with Jimmy Barnes) #18 UK. Solomon was born and raised in the General Church of the New Jerusalem (http://www.newchurch.org); a branch of the New Church, sometimes known as Swedenborgian.

              from "The Lost Boys" soundtrack

                . In 2005, Solomon successfully completed - with Honor Student Recognition - a course in Recording Engineering from the Audio Institute of America. 1991 "The Stairs" #72 US, #4 AU. He then attended four years of college at [Bryn Athyn College of the New Church (http://www.brynathyn.edu)], and received an Interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Religion. 1991 "Bitter Tears" #46 US, #30 UK, #37 AU. He attended third grade through 10th grade at the Kempton New Church School. For his last two years of high school he was part of a group homeschooling program called ASPIRE (Alternative Schooling Inspiring Real Education). 1990 "Disappear" #8 US, #21 UK, #19 AU. Solomon grew up in Kempton, Pennsylvania.

                1990 "Suicide Blonde" #9 US, #11 UK, #3 AU. My favorite color is blue-green, my favorite animal is the turtle, my favorite food is breakfast.". from "X"

                  . Someday my wife and I are going to write a book about marriage. 1989 "Mystify" #14 UK. I've started writing a novel about time travel. 1988 "Never Tear Us Apart" #7 US, #24 UK, #11 AU. I love well-written epic fantasy stories.

                  1988 "New Sensation" #3 US, #25 UK, #8 AU. Tolkien fan, as well as a huge Star Wars fan. 1988 "Devil Inside" #2 US, #6 AU. R. R. 1987 "Need You Tonight" #1 US, #2 UK, (1988 release), #3 AU. I'm a huge J. from "Kick"

                    . "When I'm not actively engaged in music or being a husband and father, my other interests include drawing and painting, juggling, sailing, Lego, and reading.

                    1986 "Different World" #28 AU. Solomon's wife, Tirah, who also comes from a musical family, has a wonderful voice, and has written several songs of her own. from "Crocodile Dundee" soundtrack

                      . Solomon and Roxanne have composed a number of pieces for flute and piano, which they intend to record. One piece, which they call "Trio" is a flute, recorder, and piano piece written by Solomon and both of his sisters. Solomon's mom, Roxanne and Tamar have also composed some solo piano pieces. 1986 "Listen Like Thieves #54 US, #28 AU. They get to see each other often, and are all still very close. 1986 "Kiss the Dirt (Falling Down the Mountain) #15 AU. Solomon has two sisters: Roxanne and Tamar; both are married with kids.

                      1985 "What You Need" #5 US (1986 Release), #2 AU. They have a daughter, Thea Clarity, born on February 2, 2003 and a son, Cirdan Ewan, born on June 13, 2004. They live in Lenhartsville, Pennsylvania; a little town, about a half an hour west of Allentown, Pennsylvania. 1985 "This Time" #81 US, #19 AU. Their Wedding March, entitled "Angel's Birth," was a piece that Solomon composed. from "Listen Like Thieves"

                        . "We met in college when we found we had the same astrological sign (Pisces) and started laughing at the horoscope page together when we read the newspaper in dining hall." They fell in love and were married on June 24, 2001. 1984 "Dancing on the Jetty" #39 AU. Solomon is married to Tirah Marie Echols Keal.

                        1984 "Burn for You" #3 AU. I played it over and over until I mastered it, I still love that piece." [[6] (http://www.vinceguaraldi.com)]. 1984 "I Send a Message" #77 US, #3 AU. I was probably in my early teens when one of my mom's cousins, Tom Rose, taught me how to play "Linus and Lucy," that famous Vince Guaraldi theme to the Charlie Brown cartoon. 1983 "Original Sin" #58 US (1984 Release) #1 AU. Film composers have also been a great source of inspiration for Solomon's music, especially composers that use piano, such as James Horner [[5] (http://www.james-horner.com)] "I remember one specific event in my life that was a huge influence on my love of playing the piano. from "The Swing"

                          . George Winston's music especially inspired Solomon, and assured him of the simple and powerful beauty of solo piano.[[2] (http://www.georgewinston.com)] [[3] (http://www.windham.com)] [[4] (http://www.amgram.com)].

                          1983 "Black and White" #24 AU. Specifically, the music of George Winston of Windham Hill, and Chip Davis of American Gramaphone. 1983 "To Look at You" #36 AU. His dad was the one who introduced him to two music labels which greatly influenced Solomon: Windham Hill Records, and American Gramaphone. 1982 "Don't Change" #80 US (1983 Release), #14 AU. Ian has excellent taste in everything from Classical music to Rock music. 1983 "The One Thing" #30 US, #14 AU. His dad plays guitar, but his primary influence on Solomon was in the area of recorded music.

                          from "Shabooh Shoobah"

                            . It was through his mom that Solomon learned to love pianists like Scott Joplin, Hagood Hardy, and John Odhner. 1981 "Stay Young" #21 AU. She frequently plays for [church (http://www.newchurch.org)] services, and has her own small business as a piano teacher. 1981 "The Loved One" #18 AU. His mom plays the piano and the guitar. from "Underneath the Colours"
                              . His parents, Ian and Wellesley Keal, have been a large influence in Solomon's musical background.

                              1980 "Just Keep Walking" #38 AU. Talent of any kind is a God-given gift, and I thank the Lord for the privilege to compose music."[[1] (http://www.solomonkeal.com)]. from "INXS"

                                . When I play some of the pieces I've written, I can't help but feel that I was not the only author. INXS Squared: The Remixes (2004). "Composing is both a powerful and humbling experience. Stay Young 1979-1982 (2002). Recently he's been teaching himself more about jazz piano.

                                The Years 1979-1997 (2002). Solomon is a Songwriter as well, and writes mostly Country music and Christian music songs, as well as some love songs with his wife Tirah. Definitive INXS/The Best of INXS (2002) #144 US, #15 UK. But, he has also co-written pieces for flute and piano with his sister, Roxanne. Shine Like it Does: The Anthology (1979-1997) (2001). Mostly, Solomon plays solo piano. Elegantly Wasted (1997) #16 UK #41 US. The process of "coming of age" gave him a need to express himself, which he did most effectively through the piano.

                                The Greatest Hits (1994); #112 US, #3 UK, US Sales: 1,000,000. The intellectual and artistic stimulation brought about a surge of creativity. Full Moon, Dirty Hearts (1993) #53 US, #3 UK. His years in college were by far the most fruitful for composition. Welcome to Wherever You Are (1992); #16 US, #1 UK, US Sales: 1,000,000. In 1993, when Solomon was 16, he composed his first piano piece entitled: "Thunderstorm." Since that time, he has written, on average, about 5 or 6 pieces a year. Live Baby Live (1991); #72 US, #8 UK, US Sales: 1,000,000. He learned the feel of music.

                                X (1990); #5 US, #2 UK, US Sales: 2,000,000. He learned what made a song sound good. Kick (1987); #3 US, #9 UK, US Sales: 6,000,000. It was a challange that he still loves. Listen Like Thieves (1985); #11 US, US Sales: 2,000,000. His love of music never disappeared and he loved trying to figure out how to play the songs that he knew and loved. He began to teach himself to play the piano by ear. The Swing (1984); #52 US, US Sales: 1,000,000. But, after about a year he found himself coming back to the piano again.

                                Dekadance (1983); #148 US. When he was 12 years old, he stopped taking formal piano lessons. INXSIVE (1982). In 1985 they moved back East to Kempton, Pennsylvania. There wasn't a piano teacher available, so Solomon's mom taught him and his sisters. Shabooh Shoobah (1982); #46 US, US Sales: 500,000. He didn't like taking lessons very much, and at the time he never would have guessed that he would grow up to be a composer for the piano. Underneath the Colours (1981). Solomon started taking piano lessons in 1983, in first grade, from a lady named Polly Schoenberger.

                                INXS (1980); #164 US. His mom is a pianist; both of his parents play the guitar; and they all love to sing. He was the first in a family of three kids who all grew up listening to, and loving music. He spent most of his early childhood across the state in Pittsburgh. Solomon John Keal was born in 1977 near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in a little town called Bryn Athyn.

                                Like his major influences - George Winston, Scott Joplin, Hagood Hardy, Jim Brickman, James Horner, and John Tesh - Solomon Keal's compositions have touched thousands of lives with the peace and beauty of classic solo piano music. Then in 2000, he made his second album, ["Heritage" (http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/keal00)]. In 1998, with the extraordinary help of Clark Ferguson (Bearswamp Studios), his family and friends, Solomon made his first album entitled ["Thoughts and Affections" (http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/keal98)]. Solomon took formal piano lessons for 6 years which laid the foundation for his being able to compose an average of 6 solo piano pieces a year since 1993.

                                His music can be classified as New Age music or NeoClassical music and reminds us of the folk piano style of George Winston. He composes all original peaceful solo piano music. [Solomon Keal Online (http://www.solomonkeal.com)] Solomon Keal is a solo piano artist from Lenhartsville, Pennsylvania. Heritage (album) - 2000.

                                Thoughts and Affections (album) - 1998.

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