Classic or Dud: INXS - Kick

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This was my favorite record in like 1st grade...i was just thinking about it and how cool i thought it was. i never really liked any of their other stuff though. but classic for Kick! haha

Matthew O'Malley, Thursday, 26 April 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

mmm, dud. I like 'Suicide Blonde' though.

Omar, Friday, 27 April 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

KICK is a great album but I wouldn't say its their best. The hits were great tunes but the rest I'm not so sure were there best work. I'd go with THE SWING or maybe LISTEN LIKE THEIVES. Great band though absolute Classic. "Don't Change" is still one of my favorite songs ever.

Tim Baier, Friday, 27 April 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

four years pass...
The Sound gets tiresome, hoo boy does it, but there can be no question that The Sound pwned 1987.

This was their Joshua Tree. At least four major singles, iirc, and prolly another four tracks that got heavy airplay. In retrospect, the only smudge is the so-not-Prince-it-hurts "Calling All Nations." "Tiny Daggers" should be remembered more.

rogermexico (rogermexico), Wednesday, 17 August 2005 02:38 (fourteen years ago) link

"Guns in the Sky" is still pretty cool

Roger Fidelity (Roger Fidelity), Wednesday, 17 August 2005 02:47 (fourteen years ago) link

hehehe ... this thread is actually WHAT YOU NEED:

INXS 'Kick' vs. 'John Lennon/ Plastic Ono Band'

Stormy Davis (diamond), Wednesday, 17 August 2005 02:55 (fourteen years ago) link

A rare dave q misfire, because it lacks his breakdown on the "Guns In The Sky" solo.

That you'll find here: OP10 - INXS

rogermexico (rogermexico), Wednesday, 17 August 2005 03:08 (fourteen years ago) link

hahaha YEAH!

Stormy Davis (diamond), Wednesday, 17 August 2005 03:17 (fourteen years ago) link

seven years pass...

http://www.slicingupeyeballs.com/2012/11/11/inxs-breaks-up/

With the 15th anniversary of Michael Hutchence’s death approaching later this month, INXS took to the stage in Perth, Australia, on Sunday night for what appears to be the final time, as Australian media are reporting that drummer Jon Farriss announced during the concert that it would be the band’s last-ever performance.

According to the Syndey Times’ Perth Now site, Farriss took the mic from Irish singer Ciaran Gribbin — who joined INXS last year — during the band’s slot opening for Matchbox 20 and said “I’m getting teary” as be broke the news before the band launched into “Need You Tonight.”

The Sydney Morning Herald reports: “He said they didn’t want to reveal anything ahead of the concert, but it was ‘the last time’ they would perform together. Farriss thanked the audience for their support throughout the years.”

The band’s management has not yet confirmed any split.

Since Hutchence’s death on Nov. 22, 1997, INXS has used several lead singers, including reality show winner J.D. Fortune. This fall, the band released a 25th anniversary reissue of its 1987 blockbuster Kick. INXS reportedly had been working on new music with Gribbin.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 12 November 2012 02:23 (seven years ago) link

opening for Matchbox 20

Way to go out, boys!

Johnny Fever, Monday, 12 November 2012 02:24 (seven years ago) link

the Syndey Times’ Perth Now site,

oh, sure

all-mod scone (sic), Monday, 12 November 2012 02:32 (seven years ago) link

dud

buzza, Monday, 12 November 2012 03:00 (seven years ago) link

so...the last 15 years were about...what?

Master of Treacle, Monday, 12 November 2012 03:01 (seven years ago) link

Making money while still possible.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 12 November 2012 03:04 (seven years ago) link

"Tearful, uplifting scenes today from reunion of Ciaran Gibbins and his family as he is returned home after a year as an INXS prisoner of war..."

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_oFOut1CjZhw/TNv4yjXYsQI/AAAAAAAABF4/F1Kh0rj_Luw/s1600/lt.col_stirm_pow_returns_vietnam_war_mar171973.jpg

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 12 November 2012 04:26 (seven years ago) link

HAHA!

Johnny Fever, Monday, 12 November 2012 04:36 (seven years ago) link

one of those album foldout sleeves that makes an instant poster for your wall! love this..

http://www.vinylclocks.com/wp-content/uploads/inxs-kick-vinyl-clock-gate-80s.jpg

piscesx, Monday, 12 November 2012 08:00 (seven years ago) link

PR is out now - last line:

As Jon Farriss says, “INXS’ touring days could never last forever. We wanted it to end on a high. And it has.”

good naber He help get undr control (sic), Tuesday, 13 November 2012 04:05 (seven years ago) link

lol

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 13 November 2012 04:16 (seven years ago) link

http://i.imgur.com/gFuzh.gif

gloveless (electricsound), Tuesday, 13 November 2012 04:20 (seven years ago) link

one year passes...

did anyone else watch part 1 of the lolfacepalmfest tv movie that was 'Never Tear Us Apart: The INXS story'

As my sister described it: it's like an INXS episode of Home And Away. So bad. SO MANY HILARIOUS WIGS though. omg.

I'm gonna have to see if I can torr3nt part 2. It's just too craptastic to miss.

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 13 February 2014 20:58 (six years ago) link

zeitgeist thraed Veg

(D1CK$) (sic), Thursday, 13 February 2014 21:24 (six years ago) link

thx sic :)

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 13 February 2014 21:31 (six years ago) link

Classic, especially because of 'Mediate' -- deep, mysterious and white-rappy in an entirely enjoyable and non-cringe-inducing way -- a solid mid-80s companion to 'West End Girls' in those regards.

3×5, Friday, 14 February 2014 06:20 (six years ago) link

test

flopson, Friday, 14 February 2014 06:27 (six years ago) link

I just finished part 1 and it was absurdly wonderful. Reminds me of that hilariously bad Def Leppard biopic where Anthony Michael Hall played Mutt Lange.

EZ Snappin, Saturday, 22 February 2014 01:21 (six years ago) link

omg totally

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 22 February 2014 01:27 (six years ago) link

I wish this mess was shorter so I could view the two movies as a double feature. So much cheesy fun.

EZ Snappin, Saturday, 22 February 2014 01:36 (six years ago) link

"Bono" just appeared in part 2 and HOLY FUCK.

EZ Snappin, Saturday, 22 February 2014 02:29 (six years ago) link

ugh I still don't have part 2 yet, I MUST GO TO THE T0RRENTZ

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 22 February 2014 03:05 (six years ago) link

I just binged and watched the whole thing at once. I was caught up in the rapture.

EZ Snappin, Saturday, 22 February 2014 03:07 (six years ago) link

masturbate asphyxiate...
"kick" indeed.
jockoes in the 6th form used to throw our pussy galore / black flag / goth obscurant cassettes outta the window and put this half-baked simpering drivel on

massaman gai, Saturday, 22 February 2014 21:13 (six years ago) link

jockoes otm

föllakzoidberg (electricsound), Saturday, 22 February 2014 22:11 (six years ago) link

jockoes get put in the bin. we put their inxs cassette in the kettle.

massaman gai, Saturday, 22 February 2014 22:25 (six years ago) link

jocko homo imo

balls, Sunday, 23 February 2014 02:08 (six years ago) link

i didn't watch any of this but i know the dude who played tim farriss.

pearly-dewdrops' bops (monotony), Sunday, 23 February 2014 11:02 (six years ago) link

he has a familiar face

föllakzoidberg (electricsound), Sunday, 23 February 2014 11:21 (six years ago) link

three weeks pass...

The dude who played Michael Hutchence is one of the stars of that Black Sails pirate show. I had no idea, but here he is right at the beginning of the first episode.

EZ Snappin, Tuesday, 18 March 2014 22:31 (six years ago) link

lol! I was toying with maybe watching it

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 18 March 2014 22:47 (six years ago) link

Did you catch the second half of Never Tear Us Apart? Did you laugh heartily at Bono?

EZ Snappin, Tuesday, 18 March 2014 23:02 (six years ago) link

loooll yes did I ever!

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 18 March 2014 23:24 (six years ago) link

That second half was hilariously bad. The earnest cheese of the first half went funky in a bad way.

EZ Snappin, Tuesday, 18 March 2014 23:27 (six years ago) link

totally

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 18 March 2014 23:28 (six years ago) link

best australian dramedy since HAWKE

any boss who doesn't let you read HAWKE LIVEBLOG THREAD is a bum

stakker human leg (haitch), Tuesday, 18 March 2014 23:31 (six years ago) link

can't they just put out a version of kick with all the 12" mixes on a second disc - don't want to have to pay $80 for a frickin box set

stakker human leg (haitch), Tuesday, 18 March 2014 23:32 (six years ago) link

new sensation towers over most of the rest of this album.

Daniel, Esq 2, Tuesday, 18 March 2014 23:33 (six years ago) link

how did I never see Hawke wtf

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 18 March 2014 23:38 (six years ago) link

richard roxburgh as hawke

just gonna let you marinate on that for a bit

stakker human leg (haitch), Tuesday, 18 March 2014 23:49 (six years ago) link

fucking hell

i need that in my life

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 19 March 2014 02:02 (six years ago) link

while we're on a roxburgh tangent, i've been enjoying the hell out of rake lately.

all is fair in love and womp (monotony), Wednesday, 19 March 2014 05:35 (six years ago) link

that reminds me, must get crackin on rake before it leaves iview

stakker human leg (haitch), Wednesday, 19 March 2014 05:59 (six years ago) link

three years pass...

My top fifteen

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 30 April 2017 05:42 (three years ago) link

uh looks like 14, Al. good selections tho

Vinnie, Sunday, 30 April 2017 12:38 (three years ago) link

'To Look At You' suspiciously absent.

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Sunday, 30 April 2017 13:28 (three years ago) link

oh good -- I can add "This Time"

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 30 April 2017 14:02 (three years ago) link

yes!

Yoni Loves Chocha (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 30 April 2017 14:44 (three years ago) link

Sharp looking band all around too, at their best. Kirk Pengilly was kinda perfect nerd aspiration for 1987. (Some years after that, not so much.)

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 30 April 2017 14:54 (three years ago) link

garry gary beers was a pretty regular outlier in that regard

behold

http://c8.alamy.com/comp/F2MMKD/inxs-australian-rock-group-with-garry-gary-beers-about-1985-photo-F2MMKD.jpg

Yoni Loves Chocha (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 30 April 2017 15:00 (three years ago) link

When I was 12 or 13 or so my first concert was going to be either U2, INXS or Peter Gabriel at their popular peaks. Picked U2, adult me might have picked PG, younger me might have had the most fun at INXS, in retrospect.

They're a weird one, too good to dismiss as a singles band, but just short of a consistent album band. Love all of Listen Like Thieves and Kick, though, I think. MH one of the last gasps of a great traditional rock band frontman.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 30 April 2017 18:37 (three years ago) link

U2 > INXS.

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Sunday, 30 April 2017 18:48 (three years ago) link

great band. i think they're pretty undeniable up to and including Welcome to Wherever You Are.

nomar, Sunday, 30 April 2017 18:53 (three years ago) link

oddly, I like the Kick singles least.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 30 April 2017 19:06 (three years ago) link

This was a must have in 87

calstars, Sunday, 30 April 2017 19:34 (three years ago) link

"never tear us apart" is good

brimstead, Sunday, 30 April 2017 21:15 (three years ago) link

"need you tonight" is pretty indisputably classic, the main riff at least. love the way hutchence sings 'i'm lonely...can't think at all'

brimstead, Sunday, 30 April 2017 21:20 (three years ago) link

Was the title track a single? Or just a solid deep cut? (If a title track can even be a deep cut)

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 30 April 2017 21:51 (three years ago) link

I'll tell ya, it didn't feel so at the time but those X singles were a tonic on top forty radio in 1990-1991. I even have a fondness for "Bitter Tears," thanks to that house-influenced piano.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 1 May 2017 00:44 (three years ago) link

I thought Not Enough Time and Heaven Sent were both underrated (undervalued?) later singles.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 1 May 2017 00:57 (three years ago) link

I keep thinking X was a year late in retrospect -- not that they weren't still getting hits and all that but if that had come out in 1989 I think they might have gelled here even more strongly and kept them going longer.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 1 May 2017 00:58 (three years ago) link

^^^ to your point: looking at what made the top forty and ten in December '91 versus January-February when "Disappear" was a hit is like, I dunno, December 1914 and looking at March or April. Not much had happened but everything had happened.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 1 May 2017 01:09 (three years ago) link

Instead Michael went for art and Max Q. Hey, it was his life.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 1 May 2017 01:11 (three years ago) link

i was v lukewarm on them when X came out, but now I like that album way more than I ever did at the time. And Welcome To Wherever You Are is pretty good in retrospect

Yoni Loves Chocha (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 1 May 2017 01:16 (three years ago) link

xp VG I'd hate to out-Oz you but that'd be a Tim Farriss there, six strings on that guitar. GGB was on bass duties.
Also for all y'all, hesitant recommend of Beck's record club version with St Vincent and Angus Andrew from Liars, among others - the version of New Sensation is superb. It's listed on his record club page but the links seem to default to the homepage. http://recordclub.beck.com/recordclub/

attention vampire (MatthewK), Monday, 1 May 2017 06:08 (three years ago) link

two years pass...

we can stop the world and let off all the fools and let em all live with their guns

reggie (qualmsley), Saturday, 9 November 2019 01:28 (seven months ago) link

otm

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 9 November 2019 05:56 (seven months ago) link

Revive otm. I’ve never been an INXS fan but tonight I was at friend’s house, who is a huge audiophile, and he played this album on the dolby atmos format and oh my god.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Saturday, 9 November 2019 09:26 (seven months ago) link

two weeks pass...

due to the lack of quality finds in the charity bins i have resorted to picking up stuff i would normally gloss over.
subsequently in the last couple of weeks i have picked up Listen Like Thieves/Kick/X/Welcome To.
i used to have no time for this band, but now, these albums are really hitting the spot.
i think a lot of the love is down to the sax excess. makes me realise how rare it is to hear a sax on a track now.
the production values are insane, and as Moka says, even on mid-level equipment these albums sound really good.

mark e, Saturday, 23 November 2019 17:50 (seven months ago) link

one month passes...

well, i thought Mystify was a lovely documentary that told a tragic story really well.

mark e, Sunday, 29 December 2019 20:35 (six months ago) link

Yeah I agree. There's a revealing incident that I don't want to spoil for anyone who hasn't seen it but it explains a lot about him

Noel Gallagher is a cunt btw

The World According To.... (Michael B), Sunday, 29 December 2019 21:26 (six months ago) link

Don't remember seeing Noel getting any shit at the time for the Hutchence comment at the time. Guess everyone just wanted to be in their 'gang' at that point

PaulTMA, Sunday, 29 December 2019 21:54 (six months ago) link

as i said elsewhere, i hope that a young band do to NG what he did to Michael.

mark e, Sunday, 29 December 2019 21:57 (six months ago) link

Sleaford Mods (not exactly young fellas but whatevs) constantly have a pop at NG which riles him up

The World According To.... (Michael B), Sunday, 29 December 2019 21:59 (six months ago) link

also, as the final chapter was tabloid excess, i tuned out and cared not.
it really was horrid for all concerned.
no-one came out of it well.
i loved loved the final few mins that showed him and andy adlibbing Mystify in the studio which given how massive that song became is quite something.
and i would never ever have gone to see them live as i was a full on music snob when they were at their peak, but, damn, they looked insanely good live.

mark e, Sunday, 29 December 2019 22:02 (six months ago) link

There's a revealing incident that I don't want to spoil for anyone who hasn't seen it but it explains a lot about him

the before and after is quite startling.

mark e, Sunday, 29 December 2019 22:05 (six months ago) link

I was too young and didn't give a toss about music in the late 80s to bother with them and by the 90s, I was all about the grunge and indie.

"Need you tonight" & "Never tear us apart" are mighty singles

The World According To.... (Michael B), Sunday, 29 December 2019 22:12 (six months ago) link

there are quite a few songs i could add to that mini list, all of which probably feature on their greatest hits compilation to be fair.

mark e, Sunday, 29 December 2019 22:25 (six months ago) link

five months pass...

I'm about halfway through the Hutchence doc and it's pretty good, and makes some smart choices. The first is that it discards the talking head format and just uses voiceover interviews, which is kind of key, because a) it keeps the focus on Hutchence and b) he's so magnetic and charismatic it's hard to keep your eyes off him to begin with. Second, it doesn't really hinge on INXS, choosing instead to tell his story through his romantic relationships, which could be a cheesy or tacky tactic or simply salacious, but it instead provides a pretty intimate portrait of this guy who feared loneliness and craved personal connection and loved nothing more than to share his love of life with someone else. Third, it's called "Mystify" rather than "Never Tear Us Apart," which I'm sure had to be in consideration at some point but which would have been a little too on the nose.

Curious where the story goes ... just kidding. Sigh.

It does make me want to put on the Max Q album, which I forgot existed.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 28 June 2020 18:59 (one week ago) link

Third, it's called "Mystify" rather than "Never Tear Us Apart," which I'm sure had to be in consideration at some point

probably would have caused confusion with the 2014 biopic

an, uh, razor of love (sic), Sunday, 28 June 2020 19:46 (one week ago) link

Sic, I dunno exactly where you're from, but I noticed Hutchence's accent to be very mild. Was that just me?

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 28 June 2020 22:14 (one week ago) link

He spent some formative years in Hong Kong and there was always an Englishness to his accent which was noticeable to us Strayans.
I found the doco pretty good, and sad of course, pretty compelling to see INXS completely run off the rails after his head injury and the terrible way it wasn't treated. One thing which pissed me off mightily was the hamhanded use of image stabilisation, I felt like I was drunk or looking at some bad 90s video concept during all the live footage.

assert (MatthewK), Sunday, 28 June 2020 23:28 (one week ago) link

He lived mainly in Hong Kong as an adult too afaik. Generally his accent sounds perfectly reasonable for someone from Belrose / Frenchs Forest - loads of my schoolmates' parents from one suburb away had full on seth efrican accents in the decade after Kick times.

I see the doco is available streaming from the library on Hoopla, will check it out just to see this image stabilisation hoo-ha.

an, uh, razor of love (sic), Monday, 29 June 2020 00:16 (one week ago) link

Until the doc I'd never even bothered to notice that Chris Thomas produced "Listen Like Thieves," "Kick" and "X." Now clearly he was the right choice, but they by and large sound like such outliers among his credits. That is, "Original Sin" was produced by Nile Rodgers, who seems like a perfect fit for this material, but INXS is so slick and shiny compared to a lot of Thomas's usual stuff. I guess it's a testament to his talents that he could shift gears so seamlessly in service of a band's vision.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 30 June 2020 13:21 (one week ago) link


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