INXS “Kick”: 25th Anniversary Double CD

When you list the top selling Australian music artists of all-time, you likely think of AC-DC and The Bee Gees, but look at who’s #3 on this list!    INXS, led by Michael Hutchence and the Farris brothers, had a string of top selling international albums during the 80’s and 90’s.  From Shabooh Shoobah, The Swing, X, and Kick, their music crossed over into multiple genres.  Alternative, rock, dance, New Wave, post-punk, you name it, INXS couldn’t be pigeonholed to one sound.

A 25th Anniversary double CD of “KICK” has just been released.  The 12 original tracks are remastered plus live versions and remixes of every track are on Disc 2.    Four Top Ten singles, their biggest #1 hit, “Need You Tonight”, and 5 MTV Music Video Awards came from this landmark release from 1987.    The funny thing was Atlantic Records hated it!  They said they couldn’t sell it to rock radio and thought it better for black radio.  They offered the band $1 million dollars to go back to the studio and record a new album.  Thankfully they didn’t take them up on the offer.   Here’s a look back at INXS at their best:

GUNS IN THE SKY

NEW SENSATION

DEVIL INSIDE

NEED YOU TONIGHT/MEDIATE

THE LOVED ONE

WILD LIFE

NEVER TEAR US APART

MYSTIFY

KICK

CALLING ALL NATIONS

TINY DAGGERS

 

 

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