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INXS - Discography
« on: March 28, 2012, 01:47:26 pm »
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« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2012, 10:27:11 am »
What is the Best INXS Album of All Time?

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« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2012, 10:38:54 am »

I'm a huge fan of INXS, but I didn't get into them until Listen Like Thieves. Never went back to get their earilier albums which is kind of ironic given that Don't Change is one of my all time favorite songs. I do have the song on their Shine Like It Does: The Anthology (19791997) Set. So it's not like I'm missing everything from their Vault. Anyway, posting the videos from their albums which I don't have so that you can see where they are coming from...and the rest of the thread will show where they went.
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« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2012, 10:48:57 am »
I'm not a much of fan of INXS. Many years ago, I happened across hearing this one song (Don't Change) that instantly caught my attention. Before the internet, I had a tough time hunting this song down. Who were these guys playing this song? I don't recall how and when I figured out it was INXS as the artists, but was so glad to find out so I could get my hands on a good recording.

Love this song. It's at the top of my list of songs, that when I get my 'party' band together that plays really fun songs, Don't Change will be played.

The video did nothing for me. In fact, I probably shouldn't have watch it. Typical bad video of the band from the 80's.

Hey, found a good live video if you wanna switch (grin)
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« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2012, 10:52:17 am »
Well, I'm a stickler for cataloging all artists videos, crappy or not. But definitely post the other video up here as well. I'd like to check it out.
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« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2012, 11:03:17 am »
I admittedly have not dove to deep into INXS. I think I know most of their bigger hits. It may be just me but I found Don't Change fairly different than their other material. Ya think that's right, or Don't Change is very typical of their stuff?

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« Reply #6 on: April 06, 2012, 11:12:29 am »
Honestly Mac, you couldn't be more off the mark about INXS. Speaking strictly from a music fan perspective and not a fanboy of INXS, I can be completely objective here when I say they are one of the most diverse bands ever. Every album is different and every one of their songs is different. If you look at pretty much of all of their biggest hits you will see that none of them sounds anything like the other which goes to show that they can write incredible, memorable songs. It's for this very reason why I am looking forward to dissecting everything from Listen Like Thieves to Elegantly Wasted, 6 albums total in this thread. Hopefully one or more of the reviews I put up will give you the push to check out an album and give it a listen. You'd be really surprise to see just how good they really are. Even if you checked out an album I guide you to and you didn't like it, I'd still want to hear your thoughts on it. I'd still have to stab you in the eye though.
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« Reply #7 on: April 06, 2012, 11:39:38 am »
INXS (Listen Like Thieves) 1985






Listen Like Thieves has their monster hit What You Need which exploded the band into the stratosphere and became an MTV staple for years to come. As good as the song is, and it is a great song, it's not my favorite on the album. The album starts off solid with the first 3 songs: What You Need, Listen Like Thieves and Kiss the Dirt (Falling Down the Mountain). It was actually the Title Track that got me into the album because of the video and the song just sounded so cool, especially when it gets to the Chorus. Kiss The Dirt is another great song too.

But this isn't a perfect album in large part because I think even though Three Sisters is a decent instrumental, it doesn't belong here and it kind of throws the album off track a bit. Really not sure why it's even on there to begin with. But even with this slight misstep, the album definitely should be given a shot, especially if you want to hear what I think are the best songs here.

The best song here for me has always been Same Direction. The beat just get's me pumped to where I wanna dance....or bang my head. Great melody which showcases everyone perfectly. Great vocals too. Instant earworm for days. The other great song is This Time. I guess you can technically say it's a Ballad, but it doesn't sound like a typical ballad though. Shine Like It Does is another great song as well. There are a couple of fillers here, but even they sound pretty damn cool, especially One X One with Kirk Pengilly's Sax all over it.

Face Songs: What You Need, Listen Like Thieves, Kiss the Dirt, Shine Like It Does, Good & Bad Times, This Time and Same Direction which gets the album MVP award.

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« Reply #8 on: April 06, 2012, 01:08:09 pm »
I admittedly have not dove to deep into INXS.

I don't think I've ever seen that particular Live version of Don't Change. I've seen a lot of them, but not this one. Good find, Mac. Thanks!!
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« Reply #9 on: April 07, 2012, 06:27:15 pm »
INXS (Kick) 1987





Every single song on Kick.....kicks ass! This album is so damn good and so diversified across the board. There are no songs on here that repeat themselves and yet as a whole the album flows seamlessly from one song to the next. This is an album that I definitely didn't have a problem double dipping on back in 2002. I know that they released this one again as a Deluxe Edition a couple years after that which I definitely want to pick up for myself.

As great as the initial release of Kick is, the 4 "new" songs that are basically demo's and alternate version are insanely good. They don't even sound like demo's at all. They are so good that they should have been released during the first pressing of the album. The album Kicks off with 3 awesome songs in Guns In The Sky, New Sensation and Devil Inside. Three songs that couldn't more different from one another in tone and execution, which is sign of things to come in how different all the songs are.

Guns In The Sky is awesome with its heavy reliance on the drums to propel the song. Hard rocking political song.

New Sensation is a brilliant Pop song that has a great groove. The riff itself belongs in the Hall Of Fame!! One of the best party songs ever!

Devil Inside is a very moody song that slowly builds up over time that you yourself end up singing along too because its just a great release.

Need You Tonight/Mediate couldn't be further apart from each other both sonically and lyrically and yet they both work increbily well together.

The Loved One is a great cover version of The Loved Ones. Good rock song anchored by Andrew Ferris on Piano/Keyboards.

Wild Life is probably the most overlooked song on the album. Probably could be considered a filler track, but one that I always listen too.

Never Tear Us Apart is just an amazing song from start to finish just in the arrangement itself where the Violins pretty much drive the riff, the vocals by Michael Hutchence is simply brilliant. A shot straight to the gut and the Sax Solo by Kirk Pengilly is just awesome for how short it is.

Mystify is another fantastic song with a great melody that hooks you in for days. Earworm.
Kick is definitely a straight ahead rocker that tends to play it by the book. Nothing too groundbreaking but one that's sure to get your feet moving.

Calling All Nations has a great riff with the song once again being carried by the drumming of Jon Farriss. Insanely addictive.

Tiny Daggers is kind of a departure in sound and execution and is very reminiscent of a lot of early Bon Jovi songs with respect to the vocals. Great song.

Move On (Guitar Version) is just one of the coolest, most atmospheric songs on the album. When they say it's the "Guitar Version", that's exactly what it is with it's feeback that envelopes the song. A+

Jesus Is A Man is definitely a song that departs from the rest of the album.  I think Michael's vocals here is super cool with the subtle use of acoustic guitars that just builds and builds by the end of the song. Great track and one of my faves here.

Fave Songs: All of 'em!! I don't even know how to even pick an MVP here because each song is damn memorable and leaves me wanting to play each one over and over. But lets see if I can actually come up with 5 MVP's just for the sake of making me work here.  New Sensation. Devil Inside. Need You Tonight/Mediate.Never Tear Us Apart. Mystify. Move On (Guitar Version). Jesus Was A Man. Okay, that's more than 5.

Very cool Album cover, front and back that gives everyone in the band it's own spotlight. It's creative and original. Also, if you are one of the few that never really watched any of their videos, you're doing yourself a huge disservice by not watching them. You owe it to yourself to check out some of the most original, creative and groundbreaking music videos (at the time). There videos are over 25 years old and they STILL kick pretty much every single "new" video's ass that's currently on the air. You have all the video links below so you have no excuses not to check them out.

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« Reply #10 on: April 08, 2012, 10:42:00 pm »
INXS (X) 1990





It was inevitable that X would fail to match that of their masterpiece in Kick in sales and accolades. But that's not to say that this is a bad album. Far from it. I think its an awesome album that has enough changes to not repeat themselves from Kick. It's gotta be very tempting for any band to want to just remake the same thing and cash in. They didn't. Getting the chance to revisit X again, I got to rediscover one of my all time favorite songs....by anyone. God, how I love Disappear. What a great  f u c k i n g  song!!! Great arrangement and amazing vocals. I started playing this album this morning, but the song has been playing over and over in my head. It happens everytime I listen to it. It's THAT good!

There are also a number of other stand out performances throughout the rest of the album Suicide Blonde is still and incredibly infectious song that holds up rather well all these years later. The Stairs is another great song that reminds me a lot of U2 musically. Even though Michael and Bono sound nothing alike, this could definitely be on any U2 album. Great melody. By My Side is ballad that doesn't sound like a typically ballad. It's a great showcase for Michael's range. Lately is a cool song and one I really like because if you know Billy Idol's vocal ticks and yelps that he adds to his own songs, then you know what you are getting here as  Michael does the same on this song. At times I think it's actually Billy doing a guest vocal on the track. Who Pays The Price is a really cool song that is anchored by a harmonica of all things. The chorus is pure sing-along. The same can be said for Know The Difference as well. On My Way has another great melody propelled by harmonica. Suddenly I need to learn how to play one. I think Hear That Sound is probably my runner up for Best Song on X.



Fave Songs: The Stairs, By My Side, Lately, Who Pays The Price, Know The Difference, Bitter Tears. On My Way, Hear That Sound and the MVP of course goes to Disappear. The album cover is okay. It lacks that originality of Kick for sure. I highly recommend X. I think it's hugely underrated by a lot of people and I just don't understand why. It's a great follow up, even if it doesn't quite reach the height of their last one. This is still a 5 Star album for me.

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« Reply #11 on: April 09, 2012, 07:23:03 am »
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Never Tear Us Apart is just an amazing song from start to finish just in the arrangement itself where the Violins pretty much drive the riff, the vocals by Michael Hutchence is simply brilliant. A shot straight to the gut and the Sax Solo by Kirk Pengilly is just awesome for how short it is.

Forgot I loved this one. It's buried in my collection somewhere. Just haven't played it in a long time. Need to rectify that.
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« Reply #12 on: April 09, 2012, 07:25:50 am »
Definitely check out Disappear. I know this is one you would absolutely get a kick out of. It's neck and neck with Never Tear Us Apart. Not in sound or arrangement, but in how addictive both are to the listener.
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Definitely check out Disappear. I know this is one you would absolutely get a kick out of. It's neck and neck with Never Tear Us Apart. Not in sound or arrangement, but in how addictive both are to the listener.

Yep, your right. I do remember that one. A closer listen I do find it pretty cool and infectious.
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« Reply #14 on: April 09, 2012, 11:40:45 am »
INXS (Welcome To Wherever You Are) 1992






With X, there was enough variation to that album to differentiate it from Kick but still keep the style of INXS intact. With Welcome To Wherever You Are, they did something completely out of left field that couldn't be more different from their last two albums if they tried. Aside from a couple of classic songs from the guys (Baby Don't Cry and Not Enough Time), this was a bit jarring to say the least. I would definitely categorize this one an acquired taste if you are still stuck on the sound and writing style of Kick and X. For me, I absolutely love this album for all the reasons that most seem to want to trash it for.

People really shouldn't condemn the album or why the band changed musically when they didn't really have a choice in the matter. The album came out at a time when Grunge was completely dominating the airwaves, so that in turn made them look at how viable their brand of music could survive. I for one am glad they went down this road. Any album that opens up with a heavily sitar-influenced song gets an A+ from me. The song is so damn cool. Heaven Sent is is a harder sounding INXS song that doesn't disappoint with a very catchy chorus.

Communication is one of my favorite songs on this album and so unlike anything they ever did before or since. I've never heard anyone else for that matter come up with something as unique as the pulsating rhythm to drive this one. Taste It is a much darker song as far as mood goes, but it works. Not Enough Time is definitive INXS in that classic mold a great song to play over and over. All Around is probably the one song that I could do without. More filler than anything else. It's passable.

Now we come to Baby Don't Cry. This was a HUGE departure for them with the inclusion of an orchestra to the song and it works extremely well. It's kind of like how Guns N Roses went and recorded November Rain. They sound nothing alike, just pointing out how extreme both songs were for each band. Also, the video for Baby Don't Cry is so damn cool. But be forewarned when listening to the song. Once is never enough and you are sure to have it stuck in your head for a couple of weeks after the fact.

Beautiful Girl is the last big name song on the album and its.... beautiful piece of music with Andrew Ferris' piano framing the entire song. Michael's voice is very raw and open here. No added FX or overdubbing of any kind which makes his performance all the more impressive. Love this one a lot. The arrangement is just flawless. Back On Line has another great arrangement that further proves they can write something original every time.

If I do have one criticize about this one, it's the Remastered Edition which is the one I have that has 5 additional songs that had Alternate versions. Unlike the added bonus content on Kick, this one doesn't really add much to it with the exception of The Answer with it's subtle drumming, or is it  b o n g o ' s ? I've never really been able to tell. Whatever it is, it's really cool. If I were rating this album on the original release, then it would definitely get 4 1/2 Stars from me.

Fave Songs: Questions, Communication, Not Enough Time, Beautiful Girl, Back On Line, Men and Women and the MVP award goes to Baby Don't Cry. Duh.

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