INXS (/ˌɪnɛksˈɛs/ IN-eks-ESS) were an Australian rock band, formed as The Farriss Brothers in 1977 in Sydney, New South Wales.[1][2] They began playing covers in Western Australian pubs and clubs, occasionally playing some of their original music. Mainstays were main composer and keyboardist Andrew Farriss, drummer Jon Farriss, guitarists Tim Farriss and Kirk Pengilly, bassist Garry Gary Beers and main lyricist and vocalist Michael Hutchence.[3] For twenty years, INXS was fronted by Hutchence, whose "sultry good looks" and magnetic stage presence made him the focal point of the band.[1][3] Initially known for their new wave/pop style, the band later developed a harder pub rock style that included funk and dance elements.[1]

In 1980, INXS first charted in their native Australia with their debut self-titled album, but later garnered moderate success in other countries with Shabooh Shoobah and a single, "The One Thing". Though The Swing brought more success from around the world, its single "Original Sin" was even greater commercially, becoming their first number-one single. They would later achieve international success with a series of hit recordings through later in the 1980s and the 1990s, including the albums Listen Like Thieves, Kick, and X, and the singles "What You Need", "Need You Tonight", "Devil Inside", "Never Tear Us Apart", and "Suicide Blonde".[4][5][6][7]

In the 1990s, INXS achieved a greater fan following through Hutchence's romance with fellow Australian singer Kylie Minogue, and achieved greater acclaim in the United Kingdom. However, starting with Welcome to Wherever You Are, in 1992, they achieved less success in the United States. After Hutchence was found dead in his hotel suite in Sydney in November 1997, the band did not perform publicly for a year.[1] They made appearances with several guest singers, including Jimmy Barnes, Terence Trent D'Arby and Jon Stevens; Stevens formally joined the band for a tour and recording session in 2002.[2] In 2005, members of INXS participated in Rock Star: INXS, a reality television series broadcast worldwide, culminating in the selection of their new lead singer, Canadian J.D. Fortune. With Fortune, the band released "Pretty Vegas" and "Afterglow" as singles, and the album Switch.[6][7][8]

In late 2010, the band recorded and released Original Sin, a tribute album, featuring guest artists such as Kavyen Temperley (of Eskimo Joe) and Ben Harper. In September 2011, the band announced that Irish singer-songwriter Ciaran Gribbin had replaced Fortune as their lead vocalist ahead of a planned tour of South America, Australia and Europe later in the year.[9] On November 11, 2012, during their performance as support act to Matchbox Twenty at Perth Arena, Australia, INXS announced that the performance would be their last, though they did not officially announce a permanent band retirement.

INXS won six Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) awards including three for 'Best Group' in 1987, 1989 and 1992,[10] and was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2001.[11][12] INXS has sold over 55 million records worldwide.[13]



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.
Never Tear Us Apart
"Never Tear Us Apart" is a single released by Australian rock group INXS in August 1988.
Need You Tonight
"Need You Tonight" is the fourth song on INXS's 1987 album Kick as well as the first single from the album released worldwide.
Elegantly Wasted
Elegantly Wasted is the tenth studio album by Australian rock band INXS. It was released in April 1997, and is the final album recorded with lead singer Michael Hutchence, who was found dead in a Sydney hotel room in November that same year.The band had spent April 1996 rehearsing in London, and moved over to Vancouver to record with producer Bruce Fairbairn in December that year.

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INXS guitarist misses days when you could slap women on the butt
  –  December 1, 2017
"Well not all men but definitely INXS 'star' Kirk Pengilly." Pengilly, 59, joined the Australian rock group in 1975 as guitarist, backup vocalist and saxophonist. The band had a strong run from the early '80s until 2012, when they announced during a tour ...
INXS guitarist misses the days when ‘you could slap a woman on the butt’ and it wasn’t harassment
  –  December 1, 2017
"Well not all men but definitely INXS 'star' Kirk Pengilly." Pengilly, 59, joined the Australian rock group in 1975 as guitarist, backup vocalist and saxophonist. The band had a strong run from the early '80s until 2012, when they announced during a tour ...
INXS’ Kirk Pengilly Says He Misses The Days “You Could Slap A Woman On The Butt”
  –  December 1, 2017
INXS guitarist Kirk Pengilly has left fans a little ~Mystified ... in case it was viewed as sexual harassment. Music Feeds has contacted Pengilly for comment. According to the Victorian Government’s legal aid website, slapping someone on the bum without ...
INXS star misses 'slapping a butt'
  –  November 30, 2017
Michael Hutchence died 20 years ago today - but his music still lives on * Our door is always open to Tiger - INXS * INXS: Still haunted by Michael Hutchence's death Don Burke was the first high-profile Australian to be accused of sexual harassment ...
Is this the real room where Michael Hutchence died? World's biggest INXS fans make bizarre discovery at the hotel where the rock god hanged himself as they mark 20th anniversary
  –  November 22, 2017
Her parents had attended an INXS concert when her mother was pregnant with her. 'She died when I was four so I feel really close to the music as well,' Ms O'Brien said. While Ms O'Brien loved INXS it was the band's lead singer with whom she was truly obsessed.
The Unlikely Story of How INXS Came to Rule the Late '80s With 'Kick'
  –  October 19, 2017
He wanted the song to be the first single off of INXS’ sixth album, Kick. Murphy was convinced it would be the Aussie sextet’s breakthrough -- a real kick in the pants to the pop-music status quo -- but, he says, after a less than enthusiastic ...


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