INXS - Classicking or Dudding?

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So have at it ye swabs.

(yes, Michael Hutchence is dead and it is sad, etc. Skip that part)

Tracer Hand, Friday, 31 August 2001 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

Dud - horribly dated...my contempt for rock poseurs stemmed from Mr Hutchence...and now they're suddenly worth a 2CD retrospective on Rhino.Arse,I say.

Damian, Friday, 31 August 2001 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

"I Send a Message" was their least worst.

dave q, Friday, 31 August 2001 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

Definitely Classic! By far my favourite "guilty pleasure".

Simone, Friday, 31 August 2001 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

"Don't Change" forgives a lot of sins, my friends.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 31 August 2001 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

way fucking dud - i still feel violated that i purchased a white inxs x hat and tshirt at thier 91 concert...yuk.

Geoff, Friday, 31 August 2001 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

Vocal EQ tricks, killer riffs, a dissolute egomaniac frontman -- what's not to like?? I like ALL their chart hits (in the US) - New Sensation, What You Need, Devil Inside -- sure they were all basically the same song but who cares? Was it the sax that put you off? What exactly makes them dud? Fuck, man. Before replying put on "New Sensation" REALLY LOUD.

Tracer Hand, Friday, 31 August 2001 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

I do have a soft spot for this band, though I don't really think they were 'good'. To that extent I have a soft spot for what our pal Hand is saying, too.

the pinefox, Friday, 31 August 2001 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

Absolutely genuine. Hutchence pulled it off while it lasted. The Gallagher brothers.... er...... didn't.

Joseph, Friday, 31 August 2001 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

THE quintessential rock SINGLES band of the 80s. Absolutely classic from "Don't Change" up until.. ooh.. "Beautiful Girl". Formulaic? Yes. Repetitive. Oh yes. But I still love 'em. Every song after that one completely shit... Good idea to release an entire album with videos for each song if only the album weren't so dreadful. The one with the car in the desert was great but darned if I can remember the song that went with it. If you have to destroy something pre-93, destroy the Mediate video because of the appalling spelling of "serrate". Serate indeed. By the way, anyone remember the Sega-CD "INXS: Make My Video" 'game'? That was so bad it was good too. So CLASSIC!

EdwardO, Friday, 31 August 2001 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

Not as good as Activision's (?) 'Journey: Escape'

dave q, Saturday, 1 September 2001 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

I'll wager that game had better acting than the Make My Video one anyway...

EdwardO, Saturday, 1 September 2001 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

Pretty good up until Kick. Swing and Shabooh Shoobah were strong. They definitely weren't the most creative musicians in the world, but they wrote some good pop songs.

Josh Eyre, Sunday, 2 September 2001 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

"Full Moon, Dirty Hearts" has some decent synthetic whiteboy funk stuff that made for good guilty pleasure listening. Their earlier, more successful stuff was total garbage. Their album from 1990, in particular, was total garbage. I borrowed it from a friend, once, and I remember thinking as I listened: "This perfectly CD represents everything I hate about 80s rock."

Jack Redelfs, Sunday, 2 September 2001 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

everything I hate about 80s rock = ?

Tracer Hand, Monday, 3 September 2001 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

five months pass...
I've just got that 2 CD comp on Rhino Damian wonders about and am currently giving it a listen. And goddamn it's all great! I'm beginning to think they were the contemporaries of U2 who did it right. They were perfect for sheer slick, powerful punch -- same reason why the Cult still work for me.

*"Don't Change" begins*

Yup, forgives a LOT of sins, like I said.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 24 February 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

nine months pass...
Revive.

Jody Beth Rosen (Jody Beth Rosen), Wednesday, 27 November 2002 21:23 (nineteen years ago) link

So nobody's gonna say anything about the way Hutchence died? Or the way the remaining members of INXS asked Mike Patton to take his place (over the phone AND live on the air with some Aussy radio station, no less) only to be laughed at?

nickalicious (nickalicious), Wednesday, 27 November 2002 21:30 (nineteen years ago) link

well at least patton didn't hang up

Queen G (Queeng), Thursday, 28 November 2002 13:54 (nineteen years ago) link

two years pass...
you know, I like that album Welcome to Wherever You Are

gear (gear), Sunday, 9 October 2005 00:52 (sixteen years ago) link

I love the early albums, especially Shaboo Shoobah, but also The Swing, Listen Like Thieves, even Kick... there's a lot to love there, regardless of what begins to take place afterward.

But Ned's right..."Don't Change" is all the argument that is needed.

Special mention needs to be given to "Just Keep Walking".

VegemiteGrrl (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 9 October 2005 02:17 (sixteen years ago) link

"Don't Change" is great, but it's a bit of a head fake because they weren't really jangly New Wavers, they were a dance band. Almost all their post-"Don't Change" singles (ballads excepted) had those blue-eyed-R&B quasi-Stones grooves, very sexy.

gypsy mothra (gypsy mothra), Sunday, 9 October 2005 05:41 (sixteen years ago) link

If you forget about the bulk of the X album, the band never really released a thru-and-thru dud. Welcome To Wherever You Are and Full Moon Dirty Hearts were both majorly enjoyable, and even Elegantly Wasted still had some inspired moments.

1980-88, though, they really could do no wrong.

However, while the show this summer was fun to watch and all, the prospect of an actual new record sans Hutchence is horrifying. Especially if the "new" song they were playing during the outro of the series finale is any indication.

Johnny Fever (johnny fever), Sunday, 9 October 2005 06:18 (sixteen years ago) link

I think I might like to go back to "Full Moon Dirty Hearts". I did like "Cut Your Roses Down", at least. "Everything" off Elegantly Wasted wasn't bad, either.

Won't hear a bad word against WTWYA, either.

edward o (edwardo), Sunday, 9 October 2005 06:25 (sixteen years ago) link

i realize that i like 'em a lot more now that they've been pimping themselves for a hutchence replacement.

So nobody's gonna say anything about the way Hutchence died? Or the way the remaining members of INXS asked Mike Patton to take his place (over the phone AND live on the air with some Aussy radio station, no less) only to be laughed at?

god, what a cock mike patton is.

Eisbär (llamasfur), Sunday, 9 October 2005 07:02 (sixteen years ago) link

wait, who won?

kyle (akmonday), Sunday, 9 October 2005 14:25 (sixteen years ago) link

"Watch the world argue
Argue with themselves
Who's going to bring me
Peace and happiness..."

Ned Raggett (Ned), Sunday, 9 October 2005 15:22 (sixteen years ago) link

two years pass...

So, Michael Hutchence has been dead for 10 years today. Still not clear how exactly (on purpose or accidentally), we'll probably never know. Play an INXS track/album today y/n?

StanM, Thursday, 22 November 2007 11:54 (fourteen years ago) link

Mr. Wiki says that the guy who won the INXS frontman contest "is currently working on a solo album “Death of a Motivational Speaker."

bendy, Thursday, 22 November 2007 12:30 (fourteen years ago) link

Play an INXS track/album today y/n?

No. INXS become less and less relevant as time passes.

snoball, Thursday, 22 November 2007 12:52 (fourteen years ago) link

relevant to what?

That one guy that hit it and quit it, Thursday, 22 November 2007 12:53 (fourteen years ago) link

They were not the most innovative band even at their best, so they don't have that Beatles/Hendrix/Kraftwerk thing where people say "this sounds corny now but back then it was the first time anyone did that". I did like some of their records at the time but there's nothing there that I'd want to listen to again.

snoball, Thursday, 22 November 2007 12:59 (fourteen years ago) link

that Beatles/Hendrix/Kraftwerk thing where people say "this sounds corny now but back then it was the first time anyone did that"
that Beatles/Hendrix/Kraftwerk thing where people say "this sounds corny now but back then it was the first time anyone did that"
that Beatles/Hendrix/Kraftwerk thing where people say "this sounds corny now but back then it was the first time anyone did that"
that Beatles/Hendrix/Kraftwerk thing where people say "this sounds corny now but back then it was the first time anyone did that"

That one guy that hit it and quit it, Thursday, 22 November 2007 13:00 (fourteen years ago) link

Yes, wtf?

Neil S, Thursday, 22 November 2007 13:08 (fourteen years ago) link

INXS don't sound corny to me at all.

Tracer Hand, Thursday, 22 November 2007 15:07 (fourteen years ago) link

I like all the hits except "Never Tear Us Apart," I think. I've probably said it before, but you could do worse than James Brown meets Derek Zoolander.

da croupier, Thursday, 22 November 2007 15:12 (fourteen years ago) link

How is it that I never weighed in on this one? In any case, classic.

Alex in NYC, Thursday, 22 November 2007 19:12 (fourteen years ago) link

That first singles comp is ace. Classic for "Original Sin" alone.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Thursday, 22 November 2007 19:20 (fourteen years ago) link

awful

flowersdie, Thursday, 22 November 2007 19:51 (fourteen years ago) link

i went to the usa one time in my life, in the summer of 1988, and heard 'kick' many, many times, cos my cousins loved it. this was in seattle. now they say they were all mudhoney and rubbish like that.

That one guy that hit it and quit it, Thursday, 22 November 2007 20:43 (fourteen years ago) link

so anyway classic.

That one guy that hit it and quit it, Thursday, 22 November 2007 20:43 (fourteen years ago) link

A few great singles. I like "The Original Sin", "Need You Tonight", "Never Tear Us Apart", "Disappear" and "Baby Don't Cry" and that's about it.

Sad ending to Hutchence's life, but that doesn't make them classic. Mostly dud.

Geir Hongro, Friday, 23 November 2007 13:43 (fourteen years ago) link

four months pass...

DON'T CHANGE

Bimble Is Still More Goth Than You, Saturday, 12 April 2008 08:08 (fourteen years ago) link

Does anyone else love this song?

Love Is (What I Say)

I've been a big fan of that one for a long time. But I resisted posting the clip for the "Burn For You" video, even though it's equally brilliant. I think I told ILX already that The Swing album is amazing. But apparently not on this thread.

Bimble Is Still More Goth Than You, Saturday, 12 April 2008 08:21 (fourteen years ago) link

Never Tear Us Apart (Extended Version)

Bimble Is Still More Goth Than You, Saturday, 12 April 2008 08:49 (fourteen years ago) link

god i love this band

in the video for "don't change" they look like dexy's midnight runners!

Tracer Hand, Saturday, 12 April 2008 11:36 (fourteen years ago) link

"Don't Dance" morelike. Thanks for posting that though. That's a great song and I never knew who did it.

kingkongvsgodzilla, Saturday, 12 April 2008 11:45 (fourteen years ago) link

YOUNG HEARTS BE FREE TONIGHT
TIME IS ON YR SIDE

balls, Saturday, 12 April 2008 16:46 (fourteen years ago) link

INXS greatest hits was the last album i ever bought on cassette

blueski, Saturday, 12 April 2008 16:52 (fourteen years ago) link

anyhow nothing but love for inxs, for every single they have i'm bored to death by they have two that lotsa fun. took duran duran's roxy music + chic model subbing the stones for roxy music. never touch duran duran's sublime moments (i like 'never tears us apart' but it doesn't even come close to breathing the strange ether 'save a prayer' gives off), and, w/ the exception of 'mediate', their silly moments are way more boring than duran duran's. still - 'don't change', 'what you need', 'new sensation', 'disappear' - this band had ALOT of great singles.

balls, Saturday, 12 April 2008 16:57 (fourteen years ago) link

Oh shit. Bimble is an early 80's Top 40 whore. Oh no. Call the cops. Don't Change.

Bat Penatar (Bimble Is Still More Goth Than You), Monday, 22 December 2008 04:52 (thirteen years ago) link

one year passes...

since recent snap decision to sing 'need you tonight' at karaoke i have been revisiting 'the years', the singles comp from a few years ago. the cover of 'the loved one' is appalling, otherwise the first disc of that 'the years' singles comp is so, so classic.

"shrimp" on the "barbie" (haitch), Tuesday, 16 November 2010 02:52 (eleven years ago) link

*checks track listing*

yes i agree

the barenaked ladies are the roaring night (electricsound), Tuesday, 16 November 2010 02:53 (eleven years ago) link

Welcome to Wherever You Are wins at life.

14d. South African cleric (2,2) (Autumn Almanac), Tuesday, 16 November 2010 04:03 (eleven years ago) link

Perfect place to cut it off, you can immediately take the second disc out and tie it to the porch to dazzle cats

dick cave & the anal beads (sic), Tuesday, 16 November 2010 04:29 (eleven years ago) link

Don't Change is getting a lot of love on this thread, but let's not forget To Look at You from the same album, which is fantastic. So romantic!

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Tuesday, 16 November 2010 05:05 (eleven years ago) link

ha, I looked at the tracklist for Years and I love "Suicide Blonde" a lot but um not really anything else on that 2nd disc

Baron Strange of Knockin (DJP), Tuesday, 16 November 2010 14:25 (eleven years ago) link

posting this meters away from where they michael hutchance killed himself ~spooky~

Pro Bono Impersonator (King Boy Pato), Wednesday, 17 November 2010 00:57 (eleven years ago) link

FYI the more years pass, the more that INXS sounds really shit.

But do yourself a favour and read Rhett Hutchence's 'TotalXS' for some of the best laughs that you'll ever have.

Pro Bono Impersonator (King Boy Pato), Wednesday, 17 November 2010 01:00 (eleven years ago) link

Garry Gary Beers

GARRY GARY BEERS

Hadrian VIII, Wednesday, 17 November 2010 14:36 (eleven years ago) link

There been a thread about this shit yet?

http://www.slicingupeyeballs.com/2010/10/21/inxs-original-sin-tracklist-rob-thomas-ben-harper-jd-fortune/

EL CUCUY (lpz), Wednesday, 17 November 2010 19:43 (eleven years ago) link

oh you have GOT to be kidding. ugh.

wtf is wrong with them? as if Terence Trent Darby and Jon Stevens and that stupid freaking reality show weren't bad enough.

can we send them some kind of cease and desist?

That is the stench of tyranny (VegemiteGrrrl), Wednesday, 17 November 2010 19:47 (eleven years ago) link

nothing wrong with TTD

ali-baba-boob-job-bomb.jpg (DJP), Wednesday, 17 November 2010 19:48 (eleven years ago) link

xpost -- first read that as Jon Stewart.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 17 November 2010 20:07 (eleven years ago) link

nothing wrong with TTD, as long as he's not fronting INXS ffs.

That is the stench of tyranny (VegemiteGrrrl), Wednesday, 17 November 2010 20:10 (eleven years ago) link

This has been out here for 1.5 weeks and I haven't heard a single thing about it. Says everything.

14d. South African cleric (2,2) (Autumn Almanac), Wednesday, 17 November 2010 20:13 (eleven years ago) link

Also, wtf is Kav Temperly doing on this thing?

14d. South African cleric (2,2) (Autumn Almanac), Wednesday, 17 November 2010 20:14 (eleven years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBPyIyRa_c4

this is kind of the bomb though

ali-baba-boob-job-bomb.jpg (DJP), Wednesday, 17 November 2010 20:15 (eleven years ago) link

hand me my gun.

xpost, Autumn; gives me faith in my homeland that they're avoiding it like the diseased thing it is.

That is the stench of tyranny (VegemiteGrrrl), Wednesday, 17 November 2010 20:16 (eleven years ago) link

#65 here, according to wikipaedia. How did these people find out about it?

14d. South African cleric (2,2) (Autumn Almanac), Wednesday, 17 November 2010 20:29 (eleven years ago) link

It went up on album blogs last week. That's the only reason I knew about it.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 17 November 2010 20:34 (eleven years ago) link

I think if INXS and TTD could've made it work, there would've been some decent new material as a result.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 17 November 2010 20:35 (eleven years ago) link

65? Surely not.

That is the stench of tyranny (VegemiteGrrrl), Wednesday, 17 November 2010 20:35 (eleven years ago) link

don't worry, i think you only need to sell 20 copies to get to #65 these days

"shrimp" on the "barbie" (haitch), Wednesday, 17 November 2010 22:57 (eleven years ago) link

36 copies is double platinum iirc.

IN BEDDING WITH MADONNA!!! (Autumn Almanac), Wednesday, 17 November 2010 22:59 (eleven years ago) link

lol

That is the stench of tyranny (VegemiteGrrrl), Wednesday, 17 November 2010 23:05 (eleven years ago) link

Man I haven't listened to these guys in forever, since my copies of Kick, X, and Welcome to Wherever You Are were stolen. Loved Kick SO much in junior high.

"I am a fairly respected poster." (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 17 November 2010 23:10 (eleven years ago) link

I bought a few of them on Itunes not long ago, since I'd only ever had them on cassette til moved here. My copy of Kick was a cheap pirated version my best friend bought back from her holiday in Bali, lol.

That is the stench of tyranny (VegemiteGrrrl), Wednesday, 17 November 2010 23:12 (eleven years ago) link

Also, wtf is Kav Temperly doing on this thing?

singing?

i'm assuming that it's tity boi, host of the mixtape (sic), Wednesday, 17 November 2010 23:14 (eleven years ago) link

Listening to Kick now is like getting in a time machine.

I put on Shabooh Shoobah and was like holy crap I remember all of these songs, and I don't think ever owned it!

That is the stench of tyranny (VegemiteGrrrl), Wednesday, 17 November 2010 23:14 (eleven years ago) link

I got Kick on picture-disc vinyl when it came out. Played it to death. Still got it somewhere.

IN BEDDING WITH MADONNA!!! (Autumn Almanac), Wednesday, 17 November 2010 23:14 (eleven years ago) link

xp to sic: HAR

IN BEDDING WITH MADONNA!!! (Autumn Almanac), Wednesday, 17 November 2010 23:15 (eleven years ago) link

he's a better match for them than JD Fortune!

tbf, Tricky on Mediate and Dan Sultan on Just Keep Walking are good choices

i'm assuming that it's tity boi, host of the mixtape (sic), Wednesday, 17 November 2010 23:34 (eleven years ago) link

Loved Kick SO much in junior high.

Yep, me too. Had that one and Listen Like Thieves on cassette.

that's not funny. (unperson), Thursday, 18 November 2010 00:30 (eleven years ago) link

six months pass...

Anyone get/getting the remasters? They're not outrageous as imports to the states (I don't know if a domestic release is planned) and I'm sorely tempted to get the Shabooh -Kick run.

EZ Snappin, Friday, 17 June 2011 17:27 (eleven years ago) link

No but I was thinking the other day about how I still like Listen Like Thieves. It's like INXS's Unforgettable Fire, at least for me.

Garyln (La Lechera), Friday, 17 June 2011 18:12 (eleven years ago) link

In fact, I was thinking that maybe INXS would get a cool revival now that apparently everyone is into sax solos.

wtf is up with kirk pengilly http://www.smh.com.au/ffximage/2008/10/10/16117656_gallery__598x400.jpg

Garyln (La Lechera), Friday, 17 June 2011 19:51 (eleven years ago) link

inxs reminds me of middle school in just the worst way

believe it!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIwRDj8KsFQ

Garyln (La Lechera), Friday, 17 June 2011 20:01 (eleven years ago) link

I kind of agree with your Listen Like Thieves/Unforgettable Fire comparison, but INXS were so much better than U2 it's not even funny.

EZ Snappin, Friday, 17 June 2011 20:07 (eleven years ago) link

o_O

Alpaca Lips (Johnny Fever), Friday, 17 June 2011 20:20 (eleven years ago) link

I'd give INXS the advantage. INXS and U2 each have a handful of pretty good songs, but INXS have fewer overplayed boring songs.

o. nate, Friday, 17 June 2011 20:30 (eleven years ago) link

will buy remasters, some of them, once I get the word that they haven't been brickwalled and sound like shit, which happens to like 2 out of 3 remasters these days.

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Friday, 17 June 2011 20:31 (eleven years ago) link

Ddid some poking around and Universal, which controls the catalog outside the states, has stated they will put out a deluxe 25th anniversary version of Kick for next year and a career-spanning boxset for 2012 as well. So I'll stick with my 2002 Kick release and look toward picking up Shabooh, Swing and Listen (if they aren't brickwalled, as f. hazel pointed out).

EZ Snappin, Friday, 17 June 2011 20:46 (eleven years ago) link

Dude I got "The Swing" for a buck! I think it is one of those CDs that is supposed to be so expensive. I am so happy. It has aged well, goes well with r & b.

There are lots of people named Dennis in this world (u s steel), Thursday, 23 June 2011 11:14 (eleven years ago) link

one year passes...

Anyone get the Kick 25 megabox? I would love to see the dvd once, but it's super silly expensive. Same with the 2-disc version; I'm sure it'd be fun to hear some of the single remixes, but I think the 2011 remastered album will do me just fine.

Wish they'd just done the career retrospective box set instead. I haven't seen any further news on that front so I hope it's not scuppered.

EZ Snappin, Tuesday, 16 October 2012 13:53 (nine years ago) link

inxs reminds me of middle school in just the worst way

Years ago I had to see John Mayer, back when he was just breaking, and my thoughts mid-show were that he sounded like something that would have been played at my junior prom. And then he covered "Never Tear Us Apart," which was my junior prom theme.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 16 October 2012 14:17 (nine years ago) link

I heard the title track of LLT last Saturday. Such a gas.

four weeks pass...

Some discussion here already: Classic or Dud: INXS - Kick

I actually meant to revive this thread the other day, but didn't realize I'd clicked on the wrong one until I'd already posted.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 15 November 2012 06:53 (nine years ago) link

nine years pass...

I remember it well. #originalsin we did in one take. The band seemed to not play as well as I knew they could as I'd seen them live. So i went out and played with them. Drummer Jon Farris got so excited that he broke the bass drum head on our 1st pass. That became THE TAKE https://t.co/naoGdjJNM1

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