BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “Afterglow” Results

In my most recent battle, between Genesis’s “Afterglow” and INXS’s “Afterglow,” the voting went back and forth between the two songs, and ended up in a tie.


Genesis: 7

Several of you said that you didn’t care for either song, but voted for the one you hated the least. I appreciate that. Anyway, congratulations to both INXS and Genesis on a job well done.

Our next battle will be next Tuesday, October 15, so be sure and join us then!


Continuing with my “same name, different songs” theme, I picked a couple of songs that I had never heard before, which makes them perfect contestants. And here they are…


From their 2005 album Switch.


From their 1976 album Wind & Wuthering.

Your Turn!

I think you know what to do by now, but if you haven’t voted in one of these before, here are the instructions:

  1. Listen to the two songs.
  2. Decide which song you like the best.
  3. Vote for your favorite by leaving me a comment with your choice. If you feel like telling us why, feel free.
  4. Then, visit the other participants and vote in their Battles:

I’ll announce the winner next Tuesday, October 8, so please be sure and get your vote to me by then. As a reminder, You don’t need to have a battle of your own to vote.

The lines are now open. Good luck to INXS and Genesis!

Two for Tuesday: INXS

I’ve been on an ’80s kick lately with music, and INXS has been coming up a lot on Pandora, so I took it as a sign.

Brothers Andrew (keyboards), Tim (guitar), and Jon (drums) Farriss formed the band The Farriss Brothers in 1977 with Kirk Pengilly (guitar, saxophone), Garry Gary Beers (bass), and Michael Hutchence (vocals). They started as a New Wave/ska/pop band, but gradually moved into “pub rock” (a harder sound with dance and funk elements). In 1980, they were calling themselves INXS and released their eponymous first album, which charted in their native Australia. They gradually gained fame elsewhere with Underneath the Colors (1982), Shabooh Shoobah (1982), The Swing (1984), and Listen Like Thieves (1985), finally breaking out in 1987 with Kick, from which our two songs come today. Their popularity waned in the United States starting with 1992’s Welcome to Wherever You Are, as they were gaining more popularity in the UK, thanks in part to Hutchence’s romance with Kylie Minogue. In 1997, Hutchence was found dead in his hotel room at the Ritz-Carlton in Sydney; the New South Wales State Coroner determined that he had taken his own life while depressed and under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

After a year off the road, INXS resumed their appearances using guest singers Jimmy Barnes, Terence Trent D’Arby, and Jon Stevens.┬áStevens joined the band for their 2002 tour. In 2005, they participated in Rock Star: INXS, in which Canadian singer J. D. Fortune was selected as the band’s new singer. in 2011, the band announced that Ciaran Gribbin had replaced Fortune in the band. On November 11, 2012, during a performance in Perth, they announced that their performance would be their last.

Anyway, on to the songs for today, selected from the band’s YouTube channel.

  • “Devil Inside” rose to #2 in the US, #3 in Canada, #6 in Australia, and #47 in the UK in 1988.
  • “Never Tear Us Apart” reached #11 in Australia, #9 in Canada, #24 in the UK, and #7 in the US later that same year.

The band maintains a website at (as you might expect). There are a lot of pictures and tweets from fans and a shop where you can get band gear.

INXS: You Two for Tuesday, August 12, 2014.