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.
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.
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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.
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 only song on which all four members appear is "Jim's Blues". The band worked closely with several other Australian artists, such as The Models and Jenny Morris, helping to establish their careers. Proby's 1969 album Three Week Hero. 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. Before recording Led Zeppelin, all four members participated in the sessions for P.J. 1994 brought the first of many 'Greatest Hits' compilations. The band has often cited influential manager Peter Grant as a "fifth member" And a young guitarist named Ryan Browning on some very early recordings.
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. Furthermore, the Led Zeppelin song "Rock and Roll" can be heard in Cadillac television and radio ads. 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. In recent years this position has softened somewhat and Led Zeppelin songs can be heard in movies such as Almost Famous and School of Rock. 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". Unlike many of their contemporaries, the band has been very protective of its catalog of songs and seldom allowed them to be licensed for other uses. 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 Davis, California band Little Roger and the Goosebumps made news in 1978 by putting the words to the theme of the 1960s US television show Gilligan's Island to an adapted and condensed "Stairway to Heaven." Legal action by representatives of Led Zeppelin soon followed, and the single was withdrawn from the sale.
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. In 1995 a tribute album entitled Encomium: A Tribute to Led Zeppelin was released featuring covers performed by modern rock acts, notably a hit version of "Dancing Days" performed by Stone Temple Pilots. 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. Tina Turner covered Led Zeppelin II 's "Whole Lotta Love" and the London Philharmonic Orchestra released an orchestral tribute to Led Zeppelin that includes versions of "Stairway to Heaven", "When The Levee Breaks" and "Kashmir". 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. A cover version of "Whole Lotta Love", by Alexis Korner, was, for many years, used as the theme music for the BBC's chart show Top of the Pops. The band was formed in 1977 and comprised of Andrew Farriss, Michael Hutchence, Tim Farriss, Jon Farriss, Garry Gary Beers and Kirk Pengilly. Led Zeppelin songs have been the subject of cover versions on occasion; American band Dread Zeppelin have made a career out of covering and parodying Zeppelin tunes.
INXS is an Australian rock group. The rock/comedy duo Tenacious D strategically used pieces of "Stairway to Heaven" in the original version of their song "Tribute". INXS) #19 UK. Another band featuring Tool vocalist Maynard James Keenan, A Perfect Circle, covered When the Levee Breaks on their eMOTIVe album in 2004. 2001 "I'm So Crazy" (Par-T-One vs. Tool (band) has covered "No Quarter" and a riff from the song can be found in Sublime's "Smoke Two Joints". from "Definitive INXS"
1997 "Elegantly Wasted" #27 US, #20 UK, #44 AU. Hip-hop group the Beastie Boys sampled Bonham's crushing beat from "When the Levee Breaks", and also borrowed parts of "The Ocean" for "She's Crafty". from "Elegantly Wasted"
1993 "Please (You Got That...)" #35 AU. 2003 saw yet another resurgence of the band's popularity with the release of a live album featuring material from the band's heyday (see How the West Was Won album and Led Zeppelin DVD). 1993 "The Gift" #11 UK, #12 AU. The British press reported in 2002 that Plant and Jones had reconciled after a 20-year feud that had kept Led Zeppelin apart, and rumours surfaced of a reunion tour in 2003. Drummer Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters was named as a potential replacement for Bonham, a claim later denied by Page. from "Full Moon, Dirty Hearts"
1992 "Not Enough Time" #28 US. 1997 saw the release of the first Led Zeppelin album in over 15 years— BBC Sessions. 1992 "Taste It" #21 UK, #37 AU. Page and Plant, without Jones, reunited in 1994 for an MTV Unplugged performance (dubbed Unledded) which eventually led to a world tour with a Middle Eastern orchestra, and an album entitled No Quarter. 1992 "Baby Don't Cry" #20 UK. In 1990, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page played a brief set together at the Knebworth music festival, which included the rarity off of Coda, "Wearing and Tearing". 1992 "Heaven Sent" #31 UK, #14 AU. In addition, they played with Jason at Carmen Plant's (Robert's daughter) 21st birthday party, and Jason's wedding.
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1990 "Suicide Blonde" #9 US, #11 UK, #3 AU. Because of Bonham's death, the remaining band members determined they could not continue as Led Zeppelin. from "X"
1988 "New Sensation" #3 US, #25 UK, #8 AU. In the summer of 1979, after two warm-up shows in Copenhagen, Led Zeppelin was booked as headliner at England's Knebworth Festival in August. Close to 400,000 fans witnessed the return of Led Zeppelin and, with the release of In Through the Out Door in November, they were ready to tour again, planning a short European tour followed by another American tour. 1988 "Devil Inside" #2 US, #6 AU. After a decade of recording and touring, the band was now considered a dinosaur in some quarters, as mainstream musical tastes had moved in favour of disco and critical focus had turned to punk rock. Nevertheless, the band still commanded legions of loyal fans, and the album reached #1 in the US and UK. 1987 "Need You Tonight" #1 US, #2 UK, (1988 release), #3 AU. John Paul Jones had a lot of influence over the album and it consequently features many synthesisers. from "Kick"
1986 "Different World" #28 AU. The summer of 1978 saw the group recording again, this time at Swedish Polar Studio; this album would be titled In Through the Out Door and would highlight the talent of drummer John Bonham on the epic "Carouselambra" and the tropical "Fool In The Rain". from "Crocodile Dundee" soundtrack
1985 "What You Need" #5 US (1986 Release), #2 AU. tour, again selling out up to 5 nights in cities like Chicago, Los Angeles and New York. 1985 "This Time" #81 US, #19 AU. In 1977, Led Zeppelin embarked on another massive U.S. from "Listen Like Thieves"
1984 "Burn for You" #3 AU. Though the concert footage was from 1973, this would be the only filmed document of the group available for the next 20 years. 1984 "I Send a Message" #77 US, #3 AU. Late 1976 finally saw the release of the concert film The Song Remains the Same and its soundtrack. 1983 "Original Sin" #58 US (1984 Release) #1 AU. Interestingly enough, 1976 was the year guitarist Page started using heroin, a habit which would often interfere with their live shows and studio recordings in their later years. from "The Swing"
1983 "Black and White" #24 AU. A highlight of the album was the epic-length "Achilles Last Stand" featuring a driving bassline and thundering drums, melodic Page riffs and a magnificent guitar solo. 1983 "To Look at You" #36 AU. The album was a platinum seller, but marked a change in the Zeppelin sound as straightforward, guitar-based jams such as "Nobody's Fault But Mine" had replaced the intricate arrangements of previous albums. 1982 "Don't Change" #80 US (1983 Release), #14 AU. Unable to tour, the band returned to the studio and, with Plant sitting on a stool during the sessions, they recorded their seventh studio album Presence. 1983 "The One Thing" #30 US, #14 AU. During this break, Robert Plant and his wife were in a car crash while vacationing in Greece which broke Plant's ankle.
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1980 "Just Keep Walking" #38 AU. To top off the year, they played five sold out nights at the UK's Earl's Court (these shows were recorded, portions of which would be released on DVD some 28 years later). from "INXS"
The Years 1979-1997 (2002). Again the band showed impressive range with songs like the melodic "Ten Years Gone", the acoustic "Black Country Woman", the driving "Trampled Underfoot" and the thundering, Middle Eastern tinged "Kashmir". Definitive INXS/The Best of INXS (2002) #144 US, #15 UK. The album included songs recorded in studio sessions from the last three albums plus new songs. Shine Like it Does: The Anthology (1979-1997) (2001). 1975 saw the release of Physical Graffiti, their first double album set, on the Swan Song label. Elegantly Wasted (1997) #16 UK #41 US. Besides using it as a vehicle to promote their own albums, the band expanded the label's roster, signing artists such as Bad Company, Pretty Things, Maggie Bell, Detective, Dave Edmunds, Midnight Flyer, Sad Café and Wildlife.
The Greatest Hits (1994); #112 US, #3 UK, US Sales: 1,000,000. In 1974, Led Zeppelin launched their own record label called Swan Song, named after one of only five songs that the band never recorded for commercial release (the track was re-tooled as "Midnight Moonlight" by Page's post-Zeppelin band The Firm on their first album). Full Moon, Dirty Hearts (1993) #53 US, #3 UK. Three sold out New York shows at Madison Square Garden were filmed for a concert motion picture, but this project would be delayed for several years. Welcome to Wherever You Are (1992); #16 US, #1 UK, US Sales: 1,000,000. again broke records for attendance: at Tampa Stadium, Florida they played to 56,800 fans (more than the Beatles' 1965 concert at Shea Stadium). Live Baby Live (1991); #72 US, #8 UK, US Sales: 1,000,000. Their 1973 tour of the U.S.
X (1990); #5 US, #2 UK, US Sales: 2,000,000. Led Zeppelin was again pushing the limits defining rock music. Kick (1987); #3 US, #9 UK, US Sales: 6,000,000. This is also a play on words, based on the joke where a man mistakes his friend saying the word Jamaica, for "Did You Make Her?"). Listen Like Thieves (1985); #11 US, US Sales: 2,000,000. With songs like "The Song Remains the Same", "No Quarter" and "D'yer Mak'er" (pronounced "Jer-maker," derived from Jamaica, which was fitting, given the song's reggae feel. The Swing (1984); #52 US, US Sales: 1,000,000. Their next studio record, 1973's Houses of the Holy, featured further experimentation: longer songs, expanded use of synthesisers and string sections arranged by Jones.
Dekadance (1983); #148 US. The album winds up with one of their best blues songs, a Memphis Minnie cover titled "When the Levee Breaks". INXSIVE (1982). The band's varying musical tendencies were fused on their untitled fourth album, which is usually called either "Zoso," "Runes," "Four Symbols," or just "Led Zeppelin IV." (Not only is the album itself without a name: on the original packaging, there is no indication of the name of the band.) Released November 8, 1971, this record included hard rock such as "Black Dog", Tolkienesque folksy mysticism on "The Battle of Evermore", and a combination of both genres in the lengthy song "Stairway to Heaven", a massive FM radio hit that has been acknowledged by many as the all-time greatest classic rock song. Shabooh Shoobah (1982); #46 US, US Sales: 500,000. Lack of Led Zeppelin TV exposure also enforced the band's preference that their fans hear and see them live, in person. Underneath the Colours (1981). The group also resisted television appearances, which left any ability to control their presentation and sound quality out of their own hands (with often disappointing or embarrassing results).
INXS (1980); #164 US. Curiously, "Stairway to Heaven" was never released as a single, in spite of its massive success on radio (part of the band's frustration about singles came from manager Peter Grant's aggressive pro-album stance, and the fact that Atlantic had earlier released an edited version of "Whole Lotta Love" which cut the 5:34 song to 3:10). The band had nine other singles released all without their consent, as they saw their albums as indivisible. It included their only b-side, "Hey Hey What Can I Do". In November of 1970, Led Zeppelin's record label, Atlantic Records, released "Immigrant Song" against the band's wishes.
This would result in a more acoustic sound (and a song "Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp"—misspelled as "Bron-Y-Aur Stomp" on the album cover) which was strongly influenced by Celtic and folk music, and it also revealed a different side of guitarist Page's prodigious talent. For the recording of their third album, Led Zeppelin III, the band retired to Bron-Yr-Aur, a remote house in Wales. Onstage, Led Zeppelin concerts could last over three hours; expanded, improvised live versions of their song repertoire often incorporated tight workouts of James Brown, Stax, and Motown-influenced soul music and funk (favourites of bassist Jones and drummer Bonham). (The band were subsequently accused of using his lyrics without crediting Dixon, and it was not until Chess Records brought suit 15 years later, that proper credit—and a monetary settlement—was given.) The band also loved American rock and roll, and would perform songs originally made famous by Elvis Presley and Eddie Cochran.
Jimmy Page and Robert Plant were blues fanatics; two of Led Zeppelin's early hits, "Whole Lotta Love" and "You Shook Me", were very similar to earlier songs by Willie Dixon. The second record, simply titled Led Zeppelin II, followed in the same style later that year and included the bludgeoning riff of "Whole Lotta Love", which, driven by the rhythm section of John Bonham on drums and John Paul Jones on bass, defined their sound at the time. Its combination of blues and rock influences with distorted amplification made it one of the pivotal records in the evolution of heavy metal music. The immediate success of the first album kick-started the band's career, especially in the United States, where they would frequently tour and where their album sales totals are second only to the Beatles. Shortly after their first tour, the group's first eponymous album was released on January 12, 1969.
These reports are backed up by ads in Swedish newspapers of the period, in which they are billed as The Yardbirds, and even an autographed photograph of the band with the word Yardbirds signed next to each name (the word New being conspicuously absent). Fans who attended those early Scandinavian shows have indicated that the band was billed simply as The Yardbirds in 1968. Note: Although the story about Led Zeppelin playing under the name "The New Yardbirds" is so common as to be nearly canonical, there is actually some controversy about this. The word "lead" is misspelled deliberately to avoid confusion, fearing Americans might pronounce it "lead Zeppelin" (as in "lead singer"), as opposed to a zeppelin constructed of lead.
After some concerts as the New Yardbirds, the band's name was changed to Led Zeppelin, after Keith Moon, drummer with The Who, said, "With that lineup you'll go down like a lead balloon". He was replaced by Page's long time friend John Paul Jones. The original Led Zeppelin lineup consisted of Page, vocalist Robert Plant, drummmer John Bonham, and former Yardbirds bassist Chris Dreja, but Dreja left very early in the bands exsistence to become a photographer. The band was originally formed in 1968 by guitarist Jimmy Page under the name The New Yardbirds in order to fulfill some performance commitments booked in Scandinavia before the break up of the original Yardbirds.
1980 "Fool in the Rain" #21 US. 1975 "Trampled Under Foot" #38 US. 1973 "D'yer Mak'er" #20 US. 1972 "Black Dog" #15 US.
1971 "Immigrant Song" #16 US. 1970 "Whole Lotta Love" #4 US. John Paul Jones — bass guitar, keyboards, mandolin. John Bonham — drums.
Robert Plant — lead vocals, harmonica. Jimmy Page — guitar.