I'm gonna tell you INXS is (was?) a really Great Band. In fact I dare to say, it's one of the best bands since the early eighties.
That's it. From now on I'm running the risk being crucified pretty soon, local pubs will no longer serve me, girls will avoid me and mom will definitely no longer cook for me...
But I Don't Care!
There were more great bands in the eighties. REM is one that comes to mind and
I have several albums of them and indeed they're very good. Maybe better music
variation and most certainly cooler to adore. But... it's not happy music.
Bittersweet memories. Mind you, I didn't even own a CD player at that time. I was a boy living on the edge and the only thing I could challenge without physically getting hurt was rationality.
I believe it was the end of '91 and I didn't like CDs at all. They were too expensive.
This one was tagged at the same price as the vinyl recording so I decided to give it a try. The next morning I still woke up as a normal guy.
CDs were definitely overhyped.
The original album was released some 8 years earlier.
It was a new band from Australia and it was not Inkssssss as I found out in the playground, much to the amusement of all other kids.
I did my own personal charts already in those days and the first single
'Original sin' rocked itself as far as number 9.
I liked it - but I wasn't thrilled with it.
I borrowed the album and taped it because I liked
Where's the time?
Looking back now I realize it's one of the best albums made in the eighties.
This is the album that tricked me into Inxs fan-dom.
It opens fire (really!) with 'What you need'
(2nd single), a song that caused a lot of havoc in US charts. The world was
going nuts on this wild song and it meant a big international breakthrough for
I liked the first single 'This time' better,
which made it of course to the top of my own personal charts.
And I was lucky as even better songs from this album were put on single.
With 'This time' still in mind, I soon spotted 'Shine like it does' as a new single release on the radio. It was love at first sight. This is the kind of song I adore. It's cool. It's heaven... It's the kind of song that wears sunglasses at night.
Then I cought 'Listen like thieves' (title-track) on the airwaves,
another gorgeous adorable song and that's when I decided to spend my valuable pocket money
on the full album.
I fell in love with every song, but I fell rock bottom for all the charms in
'Kiss the dirt (falling down the mountain)'.
On top of that some rocking thunderstorms like 'Biting bullets',
'Red red sun' and 'One X one' surely
provide great excuses to party and freak out like nasty little animals...
Screaming like alleycats... tearing down what we attack... to prove that we are one....
'Listen like thieves' wasn't maybe that innovative as 'The swing',
but it had tons of spirit and soul and pleasure.
'KICK' got released.
First single: 'Need you tonight'.
I bought the album as soon as it was in the shops.
'Guns in the sky',
'Never tear us apart',
'The loved one'...
Every single song on this album is like a first class
world famous supermodel.
Well, 'Wild life' and
'Tiny daggers' are maybe the
least attractive songs, but they still look like Heather
Stewart-Whyte in a swimming pool.
And I don't think it's morally appropriate of me to describe 'Need you tonight'... maybe your mum is watching over your shoulder.
With reason it's their most successful album, offering 12 big knock out diamonds.
A wet dream for accountants what materialized in re-releases of some of the older recordings.
When buying 'Kick' I discovered 'Shabooh Shoobah' in the record store.
Until that time I was unaware of any recordings proceeding 'The swing'.
Other songs reveal enough quality to not only keep fans satisfied,
but accidental listeners as well.
This didn't happen as we all know.
God who had created in his younger days some nice things too (air, pine apples, clouds, McDonalds and women) kept his door firmly closed and we all know why, he had heard this new album.
'X' is a record that puts you to the test as a fan. On a professional level it was definitely their best work yet, but the spirit was missing.
I think the band tried to hard on this album and couldn't see the wood for the trees
Some songs come close to perfection. 'Suicide blonde' which figured as a first single has a remarkable intro and rocks away in a great way, but it sounds a bit too easy to me. 'Lately' is stronger, but not that exciting.
One utterly brilliant song though, being 'On my way',
pure heavy rock'n roll steaming and shaking like a horny train.
'Blood's... it's getting hotter... thinking about your hips...'
My favorite Inxs line. The right words, the right emotion, the right music.
But nonetheless, it's the album at the bottom of my Inxs-collection.
Benefiting from 10 years of stage-experience, they ranked among the best life acts on this site of Pluto.
I saw them for the first time and sadly the only time in Brussels (Nov. 2nd 1990) when the X-tour landed in Europe. It was a great show, one of the better ones I've seen in my life. The band really knew how to put the fire in the audience.
This is a part I miss the most. Now I'm much older I'm at last capable of seeing shows where and when I want... and now there's hardly an act that carries this kind of magic.
All we have officially is this great live album 'Live baby live and the video.
The surprise however is a song that's not on the album.
It didn't knock me down like 'Listen like thieves' or 'Kick', but it was more inspiring than 'X'.
Fact is this albums offers even more musical wealth than previous albums, even better production and even more perfection in the songs. But sadly soul and spirit only play smaller parts.
As a fan I like songs as 'Communication', 'Taste it' or 'Wishing well', but I think I can understand why other people aren't very thrilled with them.
Some songs however do have enough magic to offer healthy entertainment.
And some songs proved to be inspiring...
4 more singles emerged from the album.
These b-sides offer in fact a nice occasion for other band members to jump on the creative wagon
and they do this without putting shame upon the bands name, on the contrary.
No real big promotion was made, the world had to face a sober INXS.
It took me some time to like this album because it's rough. Did their earlier work compare to wine, this one seems to carry a strong Scottish whiskey label.
But I got to like it over time, mainly because of this heavy rough sound. Gone were the expensive high quality studio tricks. It was back to basics. The rough basics.
And it works out great.
Especially 'Viking juice' is a super striking song.
For the first time since 'Kick' the supermodel songs showed some lights in their eyes again.
Steaming rock songs that would have started big bonfires on world tours,
too bad I never got to experience'm that way.
'Time' and 'Cut your roses down'
are spot on rock songs.
The album is fabulous in a rough way.
'Inxs', the first album shows a very early Inxs. With a little bit of imagination
you can trace back the power. Though guitars are completely backgrounded and the synths -
like with so many early eighties bands - are dominating.
The second album 'Underneath the colours' shows already some improving with the title-track being the first true Inxs hit song.
'Just keep walking' is in my humble opinion the best song on the first album.
Michael sounds so young and eager.
I love to love this album, but it's hard.
It faces the same problems as 'Welcome to wherever you are'. It offers excellent music but the brilliant 'KICK'ing spirit is not present on all songs. The supermodels don't wanna play with you all the time and we hate that. They're just doing they're job being beautiful.
Is it bad?
Surely not, the band has more as enough experience to know what a good song is supposed to sound like. Some songs still have it... somewhere.
Besides those steamy rock songs like 'Show me (cherry baby)',
'Shake the tree', and the first single
'Elegantly wasted', other songs sound more sedated.
I guess the bands age started to show through.
The best song in my opinion appeared as a b-side on the second single
What surprised me pleasantly was the use of two '78 TransAms for the PR photoshoot
of this album. U2 had done it with former East German Trabants and now INXS did it
with the most elegant car ever made, the car I like and the car I must have and the car
I will have.
And then... leadsinger Michael got kidnapped by aliens (that's what my parents told me anyway).
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