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Origin HYPERLINK «» \o «Sydney»
Sydney , HYPERLINK «» \o
«Australia» Australia

Years active 1977–present

HYPERLINK «» \o «Music genre»
Genres HYPERLINK «» \o «Dance»
Dance , HYPERLINK «»
\o «New Wave (music)» New Wave , HYPERLINK
«» \o «Rock (music)» Rock

HYPERLINK «» \o «Record
label» Labels HYPERLINK «»
\o «Epic Records» Epic

HYPERLINK «» \o «Mercury
Records» Mercury

HYPERLINK «» \o «Atlantic
Records» Atlantic


Members HYPERLINK «» \o «J.D.
Fortune» J.D. Fortune

HYPERLINK «» \o «Tim Farriss»
Tim Farriss

HYPERLINK «» \o «Andrew
Farriss» Andrew Farriss

«» \o
«Kirk Pengilly» Kirk Pengilly

HYPERLINK «» \o «Garry
Gary Beers» Garry Gary Beers

HYPERLINK «» \o «Jon Farriss»
Jon Farriss

Past members HYPERLINK
«» \o «Michael Hutchence»
Michael Hutchence

HYPERLINK «» \o «Jon Stevens»
Jon Stevens

INXS (pronounced «In Excess») is an HYPERLINK
«» \o «Australia» Australian
HYPERLINK «» \o «Rock and
roll» rock group. The band was formed in HYPERLINK
«» \o «1977» 1977 by the late
HYPERLINK «» \o «Michael
Hutchence» Michael Hutchence (lead vocals), HYPERLINK
«» \o «Andrew Farriss»
Andrew Farriss (guitar and keyboards), Tim Farriss (b. HYPERLINK
«» \o «August 16» August 16 ,
HYPERLINK «» \o «1957» 1957 , in
«Perth, Western Australia» Perth , HYPERLINK
«» \o «Western Australia»
Western Australia , HYPERLINK «»
\o «Australia» Australia ) (lead guitar), HYPERLINK
«» \o «Jon Farriss» Jon Farriss
(drums), HYPERLINK «» \o
«Garry Gary Beers» Garry Gary Beers (bass), and HYPERLINK
«» \o
«Kirk Pengilly» Kirk Pengilly (b. HYPERLINK
«» \o «July 4» July 4 , HYPERLINK
«» \o «1958» 1958 , in HYPERLINK
«» \o «Kew» Kew , HYPERLINK
«» \o «Victoria
(Australia)» Victoria , HYPERLINK
«» \o «Australia» Australia )
(saxophone and guitar). On HYPERLINK
«» \o «September 20» September
20 , HYPERLINK «» \o «2005» 2005 ,
HYPERLINK «» \o «Canada» Canadian
singer HYPERLINK «» \o «J.D.
Fortune» J.D. Fortune became the band’s new lead vocalist after a
twelve-week competition on the HYPERLINK
«» \o «Reality
television» reality show HYPERLINK
«» \o «Rock Star: INXS»
Rock Star: INXS .


HYPERLINK «» \l «History» 1 History

HYPERLINK «» \l «Michael_Hutchence_era»
1.1 Michael Hutchence era

HYPERLINK «» \l «Rock_Star:_INXS» 1.2 Rock Star: INXS

HYPERLINK «» \l «Trivia» 2 Trivia

HYPERLINK «» \l «Discography» 3

HYPERLINK «» \l «Studio_albums» 3.1
Studio albums

HYPERLINK «» \l «Live_albums» 3.2 Live

HYPERLINK «» \l «Compilation_albums» 3.3
Compilation albums

HYPERLINK «» \l «EP.27s» 3.4 EP’s

HYPERLINK «» \l «See_also» 4 See also

HYPERLINK «» \l «External_links» 5
External links


\o «Edit section: Michael Hutchence era» edit ]

Michael Hutchence era

INXS began under the name The Farriss Brothers but the band changed it
in HYPERLINK «» \o «1979» 1979 ,
just prior to the release of their self-titled debut album in
HYPERLINK «» \o «1980» 1980 ,
(album)» INXS , which featured «Just Keep Walking».

Its follow-up, 1981’s HYPERLINK
«» \o «Underneath the
Colours» Underneath the Colours (produced by HYPERLINK
«» \o «Richard Clapton»
Richard Clapton ), became a hit-album in Australia.

In HYPERLINK «» \o «1983» 1983 ,
their third album, titled HYPERLINK
«» \o «Shabooh Shoobah»
Shabooh Shoobah , was released successfully worldwide. The single «The
One Thing» brought them their first top 30 hit in HYPERLINK
«» \o «United States» America
, while «Don’t Change» became a staple in the set list of college rock
bands who played the frat circuit. The album itself entered the
HYPERLINK «» \o «United
States» U.S. top 50.

With the HYPERLINK «» \o «Nick
Launay» Nick Launay -produced fourth album, HYPERLINK
«» \o «The Swing» The Swing in
HYPERLINK «» \o «1984» 1984 , the band
received more significant attention all around the world, as «Original
Sin» became their first #1 single and an international hit. Indeed,
during all this year, the song was, for example, #1 in Australia as well
as in HYPERLINK «» \o
«Argentina» Argentina and in HYPERLINK
«» \o «France» France , #23 in
HYPERLINK «» \o «Switzerland»
Switzerland , #31 in the HYPERLINK
«» \o «Netherlands» Netherlands
and #58 in the HYPERLINK «»
\o «United States» U.S. where the single’s explicitly political and
anti-racism message may have contributed to low airplay. Yet, «Original
Sin» (produced by HYPERLINK
«» \o «Nile Rodgers» Nile
Rodgers ) was largely ignored in the UK, where INXS didn’t have any
success in the charts until HYPERLINK
«» \o «1986» 1986 with the album
HYPERLINK «» \o «Listen
Like Thieves» Listen Like Thieves . In the same way, the band’s
charismatic HYPERLINK «» \o
«Singer» singer Michael Hutchence gained attention with his
HYPERLINK «» \o «MTV» MTV -ready looks.
INXS, which had started out as a HYPERLINK
«» \o «New Wave music» new
wave act featuring more HYPERLINK
«» \o «Synthesizers»
synthesizers than guitar, gradually moved in a more straight-ahead
HYPERLINK «» \o «Rock and
roll» rock -oriented direction through the first half of the 1980s. By
1985’s breakthrough album HYPERLINK
«» \o «Listen Like
Thieves» Listen Like Thieves the band had perfected a matured sound
influenced by the HYPERLINK
«» \o «Rolling Stones»
Rolling Stones and HYPERLINK
«» \o «Chic (band)» Chic
but true to the band’s original roots in the Aussie pubs. HYPERLINK
«» \o «Listen Like
Thieves» Listen Like Thieves was loved by the critics. In the US, the
first single, «This Time» stalled at #81 in late 1985, but the band
roared out of nowhere with the second, » HYPERLINK
«» \o «What You
Need (song)» What You Need «, which in early 1986 became a top-five
«Billboard magazine» Billboard hit, bringing INXS their first breakout
U.S. success.

The band’s worldwide peak of popularity came with 1987’s HYPERLINK
«» \o «Kick (album)» Kick
, an upbeat, confident album that yielded four top-ten US singles and
several international hits («New Sensation», » HYPERLINK
«» \o «Never Tear Us
Apart» Never Tear Us Apart «, «Devil Inside», etc.), including the #1 »
HYPERLINK «» \o «Need You
Tonight» Need You Tonight «. They toured heavily behind the album
throughout HYPERLINK «» \o «1987»
1987 and HYPERLINK «» \o «1988»
1988 . Afterwards, the band took a break and Hutchence released a side
project of sorts called HYPERLINK
«» \o «Max Q (band)» Max Q
, which received decent reviews, but at best attained a cult status.

However, the band had a lot of pressure on their shoulders as fans and
critics alike having high expectations about their follow-up album to
HYPERLINK «» \o «Kick» Kick . In
HYPERLINK «» \o «1990» 1990 , INXS
released HYPERLINK «»
\o «X (INXS album)» X . It followed in the same vein as Kick, and added
HYPERLINK «» \o «Harmonica»
harmonica to some songs, but critics and fans considered it a weak
follow-up. Nevertheless, X did score two hits in » HYPERLINK
«» \o «Suicide Blonde»
Suicide Blonde » and «Disappear» (both top ten in the US).

INXS performed at HYPERLINK
«» \o «Wembley Stadium»
Wembley Stadium on HYPERLINK «»
\o «July 13» July 13 , HYPERLINK «»
\o «1991» 1991 , during their «Summer XS» tour of HYPERLINK
«» \o «London» London to a sold out
audience of 72,000 fans. During this show, INXS organised a film crew to
shoot their show onto video to come out simultaneously as their live
album HYPERLINK «» \o «Live
Baby Live» Live Baby Live (the video was also called Live Baby Live).

«» \o «Welcome
to Wherever You Are» Welcome to Wherever You Are was an experimental
album using sitars and a 60-piece orchestra while adding a much more
«raw» sound to their music. It received critical reviews and went No. 1
in the UK but it flopped in the U.S.; the band complained of lack of
promotion by their American record label HYPERLINK
«» \o «Atlantic Records»
Atlantic Records , but the band did not tour in support of the album
because they wanted a long break. At the same time, HYPERLINK
«» \o «Alternative rock»
alternative rock began to dominate the airwaves and more traditional
rockers like INXS fell out of favour.

HYPERLINK «» \o «1993» 1993 ‘s
«Full Moon, Dirty Hearts» Full Moon, Dirty Hearts was their attempt to
capitalise on the grunge movement, and while it received mixed reviews,
it plunged the band further into obscurity, despite the track «Please
(You Got That)» featuring the legendary HYPERLINK
«» \o «Ray Charles» Ray Charles
. The band made a full video album for the record using unknown
Australian students to direct with help by HYPERLINK
«» \o «Richard
Lowenstein» Richard Lowenstein . Full Moon, Dirty Hearts was the last
record under INXS’s contract with Atlantic, so the label, knowing that
the record wasn’t selling well, in HYPERLINK
«» \o «1994» 1994 brought out the
first of many HYPERLINK «»
\o «Greatest Hits» Greatest Hits compilations.

Hutchence, meanwhile, remained in the public eye, dabbling in modelling
and film acting and dating several models and public personalities
including HYPERLINK «» \o
«Kylie Minogue» Kylie Minogue , HYPERLINK
«» \o «Helena
Christensen» Helena Christensen , and HYPERLINK
«» \o «Paula Yates» Paula Yates

Throughout the HYPERLINK «» \o
«1980s» 1980s and into the HYPERLINK
«» \o «1990s» 1990s , INXS was a
major force in HYPERLINK
«» \o «Music of
Australia» Australian popular music , leading the way into worldwide
popularity for several Australian bands. The band worked closely with
several other Australian artists, such as HYPERLINK
«» \o «The Models» The Models
and HYPERLINK «» \o «Jenny
Morris» Jenny Morris , helping to establish their careers. By the
mid-nineties, however, their popularity had waned, especially in the US,
where their Greatest Hits compilation failed to reach the top 100. In
1997, the group released a comeback album titled HYPERLINK
«» \o «Elegantly Wasted»
Elegantly Wasted , which garnered mixed reviews. It fared respectably in
Australia, HYPERLINK «» \o «Canada»
Canada , and HYPERLINK «»
\o «Great Britain» Great Britain (where INXS had ironically more
success in the HYPERLINK «» \o «90s»
90s than in the HYPERLINK «» \o «80s»
80s ), but floundered in the US.

On HYPERLINK «» \o «November
22» November 22 , HYPERLINK «» \o
«1997» 1997 , Hutchence was found dead in a HYPERLINK
«» \o «Sydney» Sydney hotel room,
an apparent victim of HYPERLINK «»
\o «Suicide» suicide . Some speculate his death was actually an
accident, the result of HYPERLINK
«» \o «Autoerotic
asphyxiation» autoerotic asphyxiation . Since Hutchence’s death, INXS
continued, using HYPERLINK
«» \o «Terence Trent
D’Arby» Terence Trent D’Arby , HYPERLINK
«» \o «Suze DeMarchi» Suze
DeMarchi , and HYPERLINK «»
\o «Jimmy Barnes» Jimmy Barnes as temporary lead singers. HYPERLINK
«» \o «New Zealand» New
Zealander and Celebrity Treasure Island Host HYPERLINK
«» \o «Jon Stevens» Jon Stevens
began singing with INXS in HYPERLINK
«» \o «2000» 2000 and was officially
named a member of the band in HYPERLINK
«» \o «2002» 2002 . However, he left
INXS in HYPERLINK «» \o «2003» 2003
to pursue a solo career, only recording a contractual obligation song
called HYPERLINK «» \o «I Get Up»
I Get Up , released as a single (which charted in the top 100 on the
Australian ARIAnet Singles Chart) in the same year, and it was used in
the HYPERLINK «» \o
«Rugby Union World Cup» Rugby Union World Cup HYPERLINK
«» \o «2003» 2003 and the EA Sports
Rugby 2004 video game.

Rock Star: INXS

INXS returned to the news in HYPERLINK
«» \o «2004» 2004 when it was
announced that a new HYPERLINK
«» \o «Reality
television» reality television program titled HYPERLINK
«» \o «Rock
Star:INXS (television)» Rock Star: INXS would feature a contest to
find a new lead vocalist for the band. The show, which debuted on the
HYPERLINK «» \o «CBS» CBS network
HYPERLINK «» \o «July 11» July 11 ,
HYPERLINK «» \o «2005» 2005 , (and
on HYPERLINK «» \o «VH1» VH1 in the
UK and on HYPERLINK «» \o «FOX 8»
FOX 8 in Australia), featured 15 contestants vying for the position of
lead singer. The show was executive produced by HYPERLINK
«» \o «Survivor (TV
series)» Survivor ‘s HYPERLINK
«» \o «Mark Burnett» Mark
Burnett and hosted by HYPERLINK
«» \o «Brooke Burke» Brooke
Burke and former HYPERLINK
«» \o «Jane’s Addiction»
Jane’s Addiction and HYPERLINK
«» \o «Red Hot Chili
Peppers» Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist HYPERLINK
«» \o «Dave Navarro» Dave
Navarro .

On HYPERLINK «» \o «September
20» September 20 , HYPERLINK «» \o
«2005» 2005 , J.D. Fortune (born Jason Dean Bennison, uses his mother’s
maiden name Fortune) of HYPERLINK
«» \o «Oakville,
Ontario» Oakville, Ontario , HYPERLINK
«» \o «Canada» Canada won the
eleven week competition, which culminated in his singing the HYPERLINK
«» \o «Rolling Stones»
Rolling Stones ‘s » HYPERLINK
«» \o
«You Can’t Always Get What You Want» You Can’t Always Get What You Want
» and INXS’ «What You Need» in the finale of the show to become the new
lead singer of INXS. He has recorded the new album with producer
HYPERLINK «» \o «Guy Chambers»
Guy Chambers and is currently on a world tour with INXS in 2006.
Runner-up HYPERLINK «» \o
«Marty Casey» Marty Casey was the opening act during leg one of the
world tour, along with his band, HYPERLINK
«» \o «The Lovehammers» The
Lovehammers .

During the Rock Star: INXS competition, the contestants were challenged
to write the lyrics and melody to music written by HYPERLINK
«» \o «Andrew Farriss»
Andrew Farriss . Originally this challenge was divided up into two
teams. When Fortune did not see eye-to-eye with his team (that included
Casey), he decided to venture out on his own and write his own lyrics.
At first Fortune’s move seemed to have doomed his chances to win the
competition (because it was perceived he couldn’t work in a team), but
it was this move that resulted in his creation of the lyrics to «Pretty
Vegas». This song became a favourite of both fans and INXS and played a
major role in Fortune being able to win the competition. This single was
released HYPERLINK «» \o
«October 4» October 4 , HYPERLINK «»
\o «2005» 2005 , and reached #5 on the HYPERLINK
«» \o «ITunes Music
Store» iTunes Music Store ranking of top downloaded songs on its first
day, debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 chart at #37, and became a huge
radio airplay hit in Fortune’s native Canada.

On HYPERLINK «» \o «November
29» November 29 , HYPERLINK «» \o
«2005» 2005 , the band’s first album in eight years was released,
«» \o «Switch (INXS
album)» Switch .


In 2001, INXS were inducted into the HYPERLINK
«» \o «Australian» Australian
of Fame» ARIA Hall of Fame . They were inducted before a standing

In total, the band has received three HYPERLINK
«» \o «Grammy» Grammy nominations
over their 25 year career.

After heavy touring to promote HYPERLINK
«» \o «Kick (album)» Kick
, the band took a break. It was then in the year 1989 that bassist
«» \o
«Garry Beers» Garry Beers actually resigned from the band to release
some side projects but soon returned to record their follow-up album
titled HYPERLINK «» \o
«X (INXS album)» X .

INXS is an informal abbreviation for «in excess,» used in HYPERLINK
«» \o «Chemistry» chemistry . For
example, «HCl is INXS.»

Somewhat bizarrely a HYPERLINK «»
\o «Sega CD» Sega CD game named INXS: Make My Video was released in
the early ’90s in which players had to cut together their own version of
INXS music videos, the game was almost universally panned for being nigh
on unplayable.

(band)» AFI released a cover of the song «Don’t Change» by INXS on a
CD promoting their new album HYPERLINK
«» \o
«Decemberunderground» Decemberunderground and also as a b-side on
their latest single miss murder on both cd and vinyl.

The HYPERLINK «» \o «Goo Goo
Dolls» Goo Goo Dolls covered the song «Don’t Change» by INXS in 1995,
including an acoustic version. The original mix was for the Ace Ventura:
When Nature Calls soundtrack, and the acoustic version appeared later on
a single.

HYPERLINK «» \o «Grinspoon»
Grinspoon released a cover of the song «Don’t Change» by INXS on their
2003 EP «Panic Button» (which peaked at #13 in Australia)

«Never Tear Us Apart» Never Tear Us Apart » was originally intended to
be used in the opening scene of cult film » HYPERLINK
«» \o «Donnie Darko» Donnie
Darko ,» but was unable to secure the rights to use it. «Killing Moon»
by HYPERLINK «» \o
«Echo and the Bunnymen» Echo and the Bunnymen , was used in replacement
of the song. By the time the directors cut was released on DVD, «Never
Tear Us Apart» was able to be used.

In 1985, INXS performed live (via satellite) from Sydney, Australia for
the mega-concert » HYPERLINK «» \o
«Live Aid» Live Aid «, a benefit to raise money for the starving in
HYPERLINK «» \o «Africa» Africa
(organized by Bob Geldof)

AC/DC are the only two HYPERLINK
«» \o «Australian» Australian
acts that have performed at HYPERLINK
«» \o «Wembley Stadium»
Wembley Stadium .

In 2006 Pollstar announced the Top 50 Mid Year Tours (January 1st- June
30th) playing to 278,278 fans across North America and ended up at #22
with $13.9 million in grossing ticket sales. They even managed to play
to more fans than 30 other rockers on the list including Aerosmith,
Elton John, Queen, and U2


For a complete discography, see HYPERLINK
«» \o «INXS discography»
INXS discography .

Studio albums

HYPERLINK «» \o «1980» 1980 —
(album)» INXS

HYPERLINK «» \o «1981» 1981 —
«Underneath the Colours» Underneath the Colours

HYPERLINK «» \o «1982» 1982 —
HYPERLINK «» \o «Shabooh
Shoobah» Shabooh Shoobah

HYPERLINK «» \o «1984» 1984 —
HYPERLINK «» \o «The Swing» The

HYPERLINK «» \o «1985» 1985 —
HYPERLINK «» \o «Listen
Like Thieves» Listen Like Thieves

HYPERLINK «» \o «1987» 1987 —
HYPERLINK «» \o «Kick
(album)» Kick

HYPERLINK «» \o «1990» 1990 —
album)» X

HYPERLINK «» \o «1992» 1992 —
«Welcome to Wherever You Are» Welcome to Wherever You Are

HYPERLINK «» \o «1993» 1993 —
«Full Moon, Dirty Hearts» Full Moon, Dirty Hearts

HYPERLINK «» \o «1997» 1997 —
HYPERLINK «» \o «Elegantly
Wasted» Elegantly Wasted

HYPERLINK «» \o «2005» 2005 —
«Switch (INXS album)» Switch

\o «Edit section: Live albums» edit ]

Live albums

HYPERLINK «» \o «1991» 1991 —
HYPERLINK «» \o «Live Baby
Live» Live Baby Live

HYPERLINK «» \o «2004» 2004 —
«INXS: Live At Barker Hangar» INXS: Live At Barker Hangar

\o «Edit section: Compilation albums» edit ]

Compilation albums

HYPERLINK «» \o «1982» 1982 —

HYPERLINK «» \o «1994» 1994 —
«The Greatest Hits (INXS)» The Greatest Hits

HYPERLINK «» \o «2001» 2001 —
1997%29» \o «Shine Like It Does: The Anthology (1979-1997)» Shine Like
It Does: The Anthology (1979-1997)

HYPERLINK «» \o «2002» 2002 —
«» \o
«Definitive INXS/The Best of INXS» Definitive INXS/The Best of INXS

HYPERLINK «» \o «2002» 2002 —
HYPERLINK «» \o «The
Years 1979-1997» The Years 1979-1997

HYPERLINK «» \o «2002» 2002 —
HYPERLINK «» \o «Stay
Young 1979-1982» Stay Young 1979-1982

HYPERLINK «» \o «2004» 2004 —
«INXS?: The Remixes» INXS?: The Remixes

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