You might wonder why I chose as my theme "words starting with in- followed by the letter of the day." Now you know…
INXS started in Australia in 1977 as The Farriss Brothers, and the core of the band was Andrew (keyboards and main composer), Jon (drums), and Tim (guitar) Farriss. The other members were Garry Gary Beers (bass), Kirk Pengilly (guitar and saxophone), and Michael Hutchence (vocals). They had their first #1 single in Australia with "Original Sin" in 1984, and achieved international success with songs like "Suicide Blonde," "Need You Tonight," "Never Tear Us Apart," and "The Devil Inside."
Sadly, Michael Hutchence hanged himself in November 1997. The band continued to appear with guest singers like Jimmy Barnes, Terence Trent D’Arby, and Russell Hitchcock, before Jon Stevens, former singer with Australian band Noiseworks, took over. In 2005, they participated in the TV show Rock Star: INXS, a show similar to American Idol, which chose Canadian singer J. D. Fortune as the new vocalist. Fortune stayed with the band, on and off, until 2011, when Ciaran Gribbin took over on vocals. In a show at the Perth Arena in November 2012, they announced that they would no longer be touring.
Here are five of their more popular songs, for your musical enjoyment.
- Never Tear Us Apart
- Need You Tonight
- New Sensation
- Suicide Blonde
- Devil Inside
Do you have a favorite INXS song?