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. Jesse David Leach was the original singer of the band. 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. As of 2004, Killswitch Engage consisted of:. Jon Stevens began singing with INXS in 2000 and was officially named a member of the band in 2002. In December 2004 the track 'The End Of Heartache' was nominated in the 'Best Metal Performance' category for the 47th annual Grammy Awards. Since Hutchence's death, INXS has continued, using Jimmy Barnes and Terence Trent D'Arby as temporary lead singers. In the latter half of 2004, the band supported Slayer on their US Jagermusic dates, and headlined shows with From Autumn to Ashes, 18 Visions and 36 Crazyfists.

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). It also debuted on the top 40 of the Australian album charts on May 17, 2004 following a successful tour of that country with Anthrax. The band worked closely with several other Australian artists, such as The Models and Jenny Morris, helping to establish their careers. The album ultimately went on to sell more than a quarter of a million copies in the U.S. 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's third album, and the first to feature Jones on vocals, was The End of Heartache which was released on May 11 2004. 1994 brought the first of many 'Greatest Hits' compilations. Jason.

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. Their first release was the song "When Darkness Falls" which appeared on the soundtrack to the 2003 horror film Freddy vs. 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 new lineup played on the Road Rage tour in The Netherlands in 2002 with 36 Crazyfists, and in 2003 played the Ozzfest and MTV2 Headbangers' Ball tours. 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". Jones also recruited that band's drummer Justin Foley, replacing Tom Gomes, who left to live in Los Angeles with his wife. 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". Leach left the band in 2002 and was replaced by Howard Jones of Blood Has Been Shed on vocals.

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 CMJ New Music Report described the record as "more addictive than crack cocaine that's been smothered in nicotine AND drenched with chocolate.". 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 2002 they released Alive or Just Breathing, a successful record which greatly increased the band's exposure and placed them on the Billboard Magazine Heatseeker chart. 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 and their debut self-titled album was sufficient to earn the band a record deal with Roadrunner Records. The band was formed in 1977 and comprised of Andrew Farriss, Michael Hutchence, Tim Farriss, Jon Farriss, Garry Gary Beers and Kirk Pengilly. tour.

INXS is an Australian rock group. The band was signed to the music label Ferret on the strength of its live performances, and subsequently won an opening slot with In Flames during their U.S. INXS) #19 UK. The now four member band took the name of "Killswitch Engage", a name proposed by D'Antonio after watching an episode of the FOX television programme The X-Files. 2001 "I'm So Crazy" (Par-T-One vs. The trio searched for a vocalist and eventually hired Jesse Leach, formerly of Corrin and Nothing Stays Gold. from "Definitive INXS"

    . Dutkiewitz became the drummer, while Stroetzel remained on guitar.

    1997 "Elegantly Wasted" #27 US, #20 UK, #44 AU. In 1999, D'Antonio met Dutkiewitz and Joel Stroetzel, Aftershock's guitarists. from "Elegantly Wasted"

      . Following the demise of his band Overcast in 1998, bassist Mike D'Antonio trawled the underground Massachusetts hardcore and heavy metal scene in search of a line-up for a new band. 1994 "The Strangest Party (These Are the Times)" #15 UK, #30 AU. A key feature of Killswitch Engage's sound is the use complex single-note riffs featuring dual-guitar harmonies, punctuated by pinch harmonic squeals, a guitar style which has its roots in European metal. from "The Greatest Hits"
        . This contrast between hardcore and melodic sounds is embedded within the band's familiar song structure, which juxtaposes savage, screaming verses and melodic, anthemic choruses. Guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz has described Killswitch Engage as "a metal-core band with a pop element".

        1993 "Please (You Got That...)" #35 AU. Their music, most frequently described as metalcore, Gothencore or melodic death metal, is strongly influenced by European metal bands such as In Flames, which seek to generate a sense of drama from the contrast between savagery and melody. 1993 "The Gift" #11 UK, #12 AU. Killswitch Engage's sound infuses hardcore, crushing riffs, double bass drum patterns, and furious screaming-growling vocals with melodic elements. from "Full Moon, Dirty Hearts"

          . Killswitch Engage is a metalcore band from Westfield, Massachusetts, USA. 1993 "Beautiful Girl" #46 US #23 UK. Wise Men Promotions interview with Joel Stroetzel, June 27, 2004 (http://www.wisemenpromotions.com/interviews/kse.htm) Retrieved January 27, 2005.

          1992 "Not Enough Time" #28 US. Noize Pollution interview with Adam Dutkiewicz, 6/4/02 (http://noizepollution.com/killswitch_engage/killswitch_engage_interview.asp) Retrieved January 27, 2005. 1992 "Taste It" #21 UK, #37 AU. All Music Guide Killswitch Engage article (http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&uid=UIDMISS70311071654390588&sql=B5mkcu3ikanxk/). 1992 "Baby Don't Cry" #20 UK. Killswitch Engage web site page on band history (http://www.killswitchengage.com/band.aspx/). 1992 "Heaven Sent" #31 UK, #14 AU. The End of Heartache (2004).

          from "Welcome to Wherever You Are"

            . Alive or Just Breathing (2002). 1991 "Shining Star EP" #27 UK. Killswitch Engage (2000). from "Live Baby Live"
              . Justin Foley - drums. 1991 "Good Times" (with Jimmy Barnes) #18 UK. Howard Jones - vocals.

              from "The Lost Boys" soundtrack

                . Mike D'Antonio - bass, artist for all album covers and t-shirts. 1991 "The Stairs" #72 US, #4 AU. Joel Stroetzel - guitar. 1991 "Bitter Tears" #46 US, #30 UK, #37 AU. Adam Dutkiewicz - guitar, producer, played drums on their self-titled album, and Alive or Just Breathing. 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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