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. If you do so, please let me know". 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. When you listen to them a second time you may sense a basic truth in these cryptic words. Jon Stevens began singing with INXS in 2000 and was officially named a member of the band in 2002. This led Sarah to comment: "Listening to the lyrics in the first time, you may find it hard to understand their meaning. Since Hutchence's death, INXS has continued, using Jimmy Barnes and Terence Trent D'Arby as temporary lead singers. While most of the songs are easily accessible and open, some others are strange and incomprehensible.

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). Gert has one big theme: losing the one you love. The band worked closely with several other Australian artists, such as The Models and Jenny Morris, helping to establish their careers. Sarah mainly tries to express ideas in her songs and has a hand in writing silly and tongue-in-cheeks songs. 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. Sarah and Gert write most of the music and lyrics. Most of it is written separately. 1994 brought the first of many 'Greatest Hits' compilations. In the seven years between The Great Subconscious Club and Almost Happy the music changed from raw and guitar-based to a more subtle and delicate sound.

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. Sarah's smokey, enigmatic voice is the bands best known characteristic. 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. It ranges from very delicate and intimate singer-songwriter songs to songs that are stronger, more active and louder. 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". Their music can be described as guitar-based singer-songwriter rock or folk-rock. 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". Except for four full albums, a live album and a best of they also produced four limited edition and fan club CDs: Extra Cocoon, 2000 Seconds Live, Home and Running Backwards.

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. Gert and Sarah both want to try out some solo work. Gert produces an album (for a Belgian band, Venus in Flames) and Sarah records a solo mini-CD Go and appears on several movie soundtracks now with songs of her own (All of This Past for Underworld and Someone to say Hi to for the Zus and Zo). 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 2003 the band decides to take a year off. 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. In 2001 Live (a 2-CD collection of live recordings) is in stores, and in 2003 Ten (a collection of ten years of singles and songs that didn't appear on their albums) is too, it is accompanied by a DVD with the same name. The band was formed in 1977 and comprised of Andrew Farriss, Michael Hutchence, Tim Farriss, Jon Farriss, Garry Gary Beers and Kirk Pengilly. Koen Liekens has returned as drummer.

INXS is an Australian rock group. In 2000 their last studio-album Almost Happy is finished. INXS) #19 UK. Meanwhile American Eric Grosman has become the permanent bass player. 2001 "I'm So Crazy" (Par-T-One vs. In 1998 Cocoon Crash, their third album is finished. from "Definitive INXS"

    . For the next year (1996-1997) they tour supporting Alanis Morissette, who heard the band playing on European festivals.

    1997 "Elegantly Wasted" #27 US, #20 UK, #44 AU. At that point Bart van der Zeeuw has replaced Koen Liekens on drums and bass players continually change. from "Elegantly Wasted"

      . Not an Addict, a single taken from this album was very successful and brings international fame. 1994 "The Strangest Party (These Are the Times)" #15 UK, #30 AU. In 1995 they record Paradise in Me. from "The Greatest Hits"
        . has no choices, so the name is meant ironically, as a strange, incomprehensible impossibility, like many of their songs.

        1993 "Please (You Got That...)" #35 AU. In the book Joseph K. 1993 "The Gift" #11 UK, #12 AU. from Kafka's the Trial. from "Full Moon, Dirty Hearts"

          . K refers to Joseph K. 1993 "Beautiful Girl" #46 US #23 UK. When they came to the US another group with the name The Choice, forced the band to change their name; they decided that K's Choice would capture the spirit of the band.

          1992 "Not Enough Time" #28 US. These five toured Germany and the US, supporting the Indigo Girls, an American Folk-Rock band. 1992 "Taste It" #21 UK, #37 AU. In 1994 the band has five more or less permanent members: Sarah and Gert, Jan van Sichem Jr (guitar), Koen Liekens (drums) and Erik Verheyden (Bass). 1992 "Baby Don't Cry" #20 UK. The band was named The Choice and in 1993 they recorded their debut album The Great Subconscious Club. 1992 "Heaven Sent" #31 UK, #14 AU. She was offered a contract and formed a band with her brother Gert.

          from "Welcome to Wherever You Are"

            . Under a more English name, Sarah Beth, she appeared on several movie soundtracks with covers including I'm so lonesome I could cry (originally by Hank Williams) for the movie Vrouwen Willen Trouwen (Women Want To Marry) and a duet with Frankie Miller Why don't you try me, (originally by Ry Cooder) for the movie Ad Fundum. 1991 "Shining Star EP" #27 UK. This lead to the discovery of Sarah, who was offered a chance by a label; mainly because of her smokey, enigmatic voice. from "Live Baby Live"
              . In the beginning of the nineties Sarah and Gert played in an amateur band, the Basement Plugs. 1991 "Good Times" (with Jimmy Barnes) #18 UK. (guitar) and Koen Liekens (Drums).

              from "The Lost Boys" soundtrack

                . They are joined by Eric Grossman (Bass), Jan van Sichem Jr. 1991 "The Stairs" #72 US, #4 AU. The band centers around siblings Sarah (lead vocals, guitar) and Gert Bettens (guitar, keyboard, vocals). 1991 "Bitter Tears" #46 US, #30 UK, #37 AU. K's Choice is the name of Belgian rock band from Antwerp, Belgium. 1990 "Disappear" #8 US, #21 UK, #19 AU. Running Backwards (2003).

                1990 "Suicide Blonde" #9 US, #11 UK, #3 AU. Home (2001). from "X"

                  . 2000 Seconds Live (1998). 1989 "Mystify" #14 UK. Extra Cocoon (1998). 1988 "Never Tear Us Apart" #7 US, #24 UK, #11 AU. 10 (2003).

                  1988 "New Sensation" #3 US, #25 UK, #8 AU. Live (2001). 1988 "Devil Inside" #2 US, #6 AU. Almost Happy (2000). 1987 "Need You Tonight" #1 US, #2 UK, (1988 release), #3 AU. Cocoon Crash (1998). from "Kick"

                    . Paradise in Me (1995).

                    1986 "Different World" #28 AU. The Great Subconscious Club (1993). 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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