INXS – Kick (The ’59) #180

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INXS – Kick (1987)

This year, Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, turns 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Currently we’re at year 29 – 1987

Kick was the sixth studio album from INXS, released in 1987 by WEA in Australia, Atlantic Records in the United States and Mercury Records in Europe.

The band’s most successful studio album spawned four top 10 singles, “New Sensation”, “Never Tear Us Apart”, “Devil Inside” and “Need You Tonight”.

At the 1988 MTV Video Music Awards, the band took home five Moonmen for the “Need You Tonight”/”Mediate” video.

The album was produced by British producer Chris Thomas and recorded by David Nicholas in Sydney, Australia, and in Paris, France. It was mixed by Bob Clearmountain at Air Studios in London.

INXS – Kick (Epic 2017 #119)

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INXS – Kick (1987)

Kick is the sixth studio album by the Australian rock band INXS, released in 1987 by WEA in Australia, Atlantic Records in the United States and Phonogram Records in the United Kingdom on Audio CD, Compact Cassette and Gramophone record. As the band’s most successful studio album, it is certified six times platinum by the RIAA, and spawned four US top 10 singles, “New Sensation”, “Never Tear Us Apart”, “Devil Inside” and “Need You Tonight”, the last of which reached the top of the Billboard singles charts. At the 1988 MTV Video Music Awards, the band took home five Moonmen for the “Need You Tonight”/”Mediate” video.

The album was produced by Chris Thomas and recorded by David Nicholas in Sydney, Australia, and in Paris, France. The album was mixed by Bob Clearmountain at Air Studios in London.

INXS – the devil inside (Leaping Ahead #114)

Leaping Ahead Project 2016 #114: 160423

[Song from a band beginning with I]

Written by Andrew Farriss and Michael Hutchence, this is one of INXS’s best known songs. It was released as a single in February 1988 and was most successful in the US, going to No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks but held out of the top spot by a combination of “Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car” by Billy Ocean and “Where Do Broken Hearts Go” by Whitney Houston. “Devil Inside” then went on to peak at No. 47 in the UK, No. 20 in France, No. 25 in Ireland and No. 6 in Australia.

INXS (Rock A-Z part #48)

On 22 November 1997, the rock world lost another hero to an untimely demise. No-one really knows how Michael Hutchence came to die – there’s been a lot of speculation – but one thing’s certain, the genius behind Australia’s INXS can now only live on in its twenty year history.

Formed in Sydney in 1977 as ‘The Farriss Brothers’ by Tim, Andrew and Jon Farriss, Michael Hutchence, Kirk Pengilly and Garry Beers. The band briefly moved to Perth but in 1978 retuned to Sydney as INXS, gigging extensively and eventually landing a deal with ‘Deluxe’, a subsidiary of ‘RCA’. Their second single, ‘Just keep walking’ was a domestic hit in 1980 and, after a couple of off-the-shelf rock efforts, the band were picked up by the American-based Atlantic-affiliated ‘Atco’ label.

Their major label debut ‘Shabooh Shabooh’ in 1982 eventually reached the lower fringes of the US top 40 on the strength of single ‘The One Thing’ which MTV had latched onto. And the band’s new-groove rock sound combined with Hutchence’s classic rock-god looks made them hot property in the emerging video generation.

The band’s big break though came with 1985’s ‘Listen like Thieves’, a top 20 album in Britain with the single ‘What you need’ reaching the UK top 5. Following this with ‘Kick’ in 1987, the band moved into the mega-stardom league with the album spawning no less than five international hit singles – ‘New Sensation’, ‘Devil Inside’, ‘Need you tonight’, ‘Never tear us apart’ and (of course) ‘Kick’

‘X’ in 1990 trod the same path as ‘Kick’ albeit without quite as big an impact. It still spawned two reasonable singles – ‘Suicide Blonde’ and ‘Disappear’ though. However, having packed out London’s Wembley Stadium in 1991, the band attempted a different path with the experimental ‘Welcome to wherever you are’ in 1992. The album contained the lovely ‘Beautiful Girl’ single, as good as anything the band had recorded to that point.The album idea was a reasonable one but the band saw the wood through the trees again the following year ‘Full Moon, Dirty Hearts’, an attempted return to their earlier rock roots. It was, however, something of a flop, failing completely in the UK.

Despite the ‘Full Moon, Dirty Hearts’ flop, the band continued to release some remix singles followed by a very successful ‘Greatest Hits’ album in 1994. But the last album before Michael Hutchence’s death/suicide came with the release of ‘Elegantly Wasted’ in April 1997. Here’s the title track, typically INXS, typically Hutchence, typically brilliant.

 

A song for every year #3

Jemtunes is currently taking a break from its 2015 A-Z of music with a mini-series which came about from a challenge posed by a good friend – can you name a song for every full year of your life to date? For me that means 55 tunes and as I like a challenge, Part #1 gave you 2005 to 2014, Part #2, 1995 to 2004 and Part #3 (today) 1985 to 1994.

  1. 1985: Yello – Oh Yeah (from Stella)
  2. 1986: Rolling Stones – Harlem Shuffle (from Dirty Work)
  3. 1987: ABC – When Smokey Sings (from Absolutely ABC)
  4. 1988: INXS – Devil Inside (from Kick)
  5. 1989: Tears for Fears – Woman in chains (from Tears roll down)
  6. 1990: Zucchero – Il Mare (from Zucchero)
  7. 1991: Seal – Killer (from Seal)
  8. 1992: Rage against the machine – A bullet in the head (from Rage against the machine)
  9. 1993: Paul Rodgers – Muddy Water Blues (from Muddy Water Blues) and
  10. 1994: ZZ Top – Fuzzbox Voodoo (from Antenna)

And for the Vid? The record that sold INXS to the world and gave them their best-selling tune of all. Still gives me a kick 27 years on…

Eighties Greatest #8/9 – 1987 & 1988

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Jemtunes ‘Greatest Eighties’ series ends this weekend. So today you get a double-whammy: 1987 and 1988.

Kicking things off we have “KICK” from INXS for 1987. From the early stable of the late Michael Hutchence and Andrew Farriss (keys/guitars), the title track is a no-brainer choice for the vid.

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And for the penultimate year of the decade, we have “The Raw and the Cooked” from Fine Young Cannibals. Fronted by Roland Gift, FYC only produced two albums despite their obvious talents. This is their second (and final).