INXSis an Australian rock band which was formed in 1977, in Sidney, Australia. The group began using the name The farriss Brothers but they changed the name just before they released their debut album, in 1980, called, INXS. The album featured the single, Just Keep Walking, and was the groupís first hit single. The followup, Underneath the Colours, became a big hit in Australia. In 1982 they released, Shabooh, Shabooh, and it became a hit worldwide. Their first Top 30 hit single in America, The One Thing, was from this album. The album made it to the Top 50 in the U. S. Many of the songs from this album were used in the soundtrack for the film, Reckless.
INXS fourth album, The Swing, was released in 1984. The single from the album, Original Sin, became the bandís first number 1 hit and was an international hit as well. In 1986 INXS released the album, Listen Like Thieves. From it came the single, This Time hit number 81 in the U. S.. The second single , What You Need, from the album however, was a big hitand became a TOP 5 Billboard hit. This was their first successful hit in the U. S. The two singles, Laying Down the Law and Good Times, was released in 1986 with Jimmy Barnes. Jimmy Barnes co-wrote the songs with Andrew Farriss and Michael Hutchence. In 1987 the band reached their worldwide peak of popularity with, Kick, an album with an upbeat style. The album kicked out 4 Top 10 Hits in the U. S. And were also hits in some other countries. The songs were, Never Tear Us Apart, Devil Inside, New Sensation, and the number 1 hit, Need You Tonight. The group toured very heavily to promote the album in 1987 and 1988.
The band took a break in 89 and Hutchence made an album with Max Q, which was a minor hit. The other members pursued other solo projects. This didnít last long however, because they returned to the studio to record their follow up album called, X. The band released X in 1990. The album produced two hit singles, Suicide Blonde, and Disappear. Both of the hits made it to the Top 10 in the U. S. The album was a Top 5 hit internationally.
INXS was a major part of the music industry in Australia during the 1980's and the 1990's. In November, 1997, Hutchence was found dead in his hotel room in Sydney, Australia. The coroner ruled it a suicide but some believed it to be an accident. The band replaced Hutchence and continued to record. The band was awarded 3 Grammy Awards, were inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association hall of Fame, in 2001, and inducted into the Australian Music Industry Awards Hall of Fame in 2007. To date, they have released a total of 27 albums and EPs.
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