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INXS Release Breakthrough Album Kick

1987

INXS release their breakthrough album Kick, with the hits "Need You Tonight," "Devil Inside" and "New Sensation."

Kick is the Australian band's sixth album, capping a steady rise since they first started playing in clubs 10 years earlier. Unlike their previous albums, every song is written by the team of lead singer Michael Hutchence and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Farriss, with Farriss melding music to Hutchence's lyrics and vocal melodies. The group is already huge in Australia, where their last two albums went to #1. Elsewhere, they're mostly known for their 1985 single "What You Need." The songs from Kick go in some strange musical directions that don't align with pop music trends of the day, so it's not clear how it will be received. The focus is on America, so their label, Atlantic, pushes the first single, "Need You Tonight," to college radio and sends the band on a campus tour (the "Kick-off" tour) that takes them to places like the University of Rhode Island, Shippensburg University, and the University of Connecticut. The single is a huge hit with the college crowd, so Atlantic puts their promotional weight behind it, getting the song on pop radio and the video on MTV, which is more than happy to spin it. In January 1988, the song climbs to #1 on the Hot 100; when the band returns to America in March, it's to play arenas in major cities. The hits keep coming: "Devil Inside," "New Sensation" and "Never Tear Us Apart" keep the band on the US charts throughout 1988; Kick goes on to sell 6 million copies in that country. The UK is a tougher nut to crack, but INXS finally break it open at the end of 1988 when a remix of "Need You Tonight" climbs to #2. Now bona fide superstars on the level of U2, the group dives headlong into the perquisites of their success, with parties after every show. Hutchence becomes a tabloid sensation, with lots of famous friends and a string of high-profile girlfriends, including Kylie Minogue and Helena Christensen. When it's time to make music again, Hutchence goes in a different direction, forming an electronic group called Max Q with some longtime friends and releasing an album on Atlantic in 1989. The label, eager to get Hutchence working again with INXS, does little to promote it, and most outside of Australia never know it exists. The next INXS album is X, released in 1990 with the hit "Suicide Blonde." The group goes through a number of tribulations over the next few years, convening for three more albums before Hutchence is found dead in 1997 in what is ruled a suicide. The band continues on with various lead singers over the years.

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