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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

INXS



3-26-08 INXS

7" BURN FOR YOU / JOHNSON'S AEROPLANE ATCO US 7-99703

12" DEKADANCE ATCO US 90115.1

7" DISAPPEAR / MIDDLE BEAST ATLANTIC US 87784-7

CD ELEGANTLY WASTED MERCURY JPN PHCR-1505

CD FULL MOON, DIRTY HEARTS EAST WEST JPN AMCE-635

CD GREATEST HITS, THE EAST WEST AU 4509-98388.2

12" HEAVEN SENT picture disc MERCURY UK INXSP 19

7" I SEND A MESSAGE / BURN FOR YOU (Remix) MERCURY FR 880243.7

7" I SEND A MESSAGE / MECHANICAL ATCO US 7-99731

CD KICK [Special Edition] WEA JPN 22P2-2399

7" KISS THE DIRT / (Same) ATLANTIC US 7-89418

CD LISTEN LIKE THIEVES ATLANTIC US 81277.2

CD LIVE BABY LIVE ATLANTIC US 82294.2

CD5 MYSTIFY MERCURY DE INXCD 13

CD5 NEED YOU TONIGHT MERCURY DE INXCD 8

7" NEW SENSATION / GUNS IN THE SKY (Remix) ATLANTIC US 7-89080

7" ONE THING, THE / PHANTIM OF THE OPERA ATCO US 7-99905

7" ORIGINAL SIN / JAN'S SONG / TO LOOK AT YOU MERCURY FR 818132.7

CD SHABOOH SHOOBAH ATCO US 90072.2

7" SHINING STAR MERCURY UK 866028.7

CD5 SUICIDE BLONDE ATLANTIC US 86139.2

CD SWING, THE ATCO US 90160.2

LP UNDERNEATH THE COLOURS DELUXE AUS VPL1-6601

CD WELCOME TO WHEREVER YOU ARE re RHINO US R2 78206

7" WHAT YOU NEED / I'M OVER YOU WEA AUS 7-258971

7" WHAT YOU NEED / SWEET AS SIN ATLANTIC US 7-89460

CD X re RHINO US R2 78205

INXS with Jimmy Barnes

7" GOOD TIMES / LAYING DOWN THE LAW MUSHROOM AUS K 202

INXS with Max Q

LP MAX Q ATLANTIC US 82014.1

CD5 SOMETIMES promo ATLANTIC US PR 3086.2

I wasn’t big on INXS during the 80’s – I was more of a ‘New Zealand artists’ type guy – one friend in NZ referred to INXS as “slick Aussie crap”! But I came around with the release of “Kick” – some of that it quite good rock music. I worked in record stores during the times of the next few INXS titles – notably “X” and “Welcome To Wherever You Are” – so I was a bit more disposed to them. I liked what I had heard from “Elegantly Wasted” – at the time of Michael Hutchence’s death. Really too bad about his death, a talented guy. When Michael passed away, my friend in Australia sent me the episode of Rage where they showed about 40 INXS clips.

I watched the U.S. TV show where INXS auditioned a new lead singer – though I didn’t care at all for who they picked. It really did show them as ‘regular guys’. Good TV!

And recently, I found re-mastered editions of “X” and “Welcome To Wherever You Are” on Rhino. For some reason, INXS CD’s do not seem to have a high trade-in value, so I gave my old CD editions of those albums to someone who would listen to them.

Boy, they really seemed to rack up the B-sides! I also really liked the “Max Q” album – an INXS roadie. So, three cheers for Aussie rock music!

7 Comments:

Anonymous Jim Donato said...

I was a reluctant convert to INXS. Like many Americans, my first exposure was to "The One Thing" off of Shaboo Shoobah on MTV. Not ultimately compelling to me and I resented the cheap sexual metaphor of the video. "The One Thing" seemed much better but I was not convinced it was anything but an aberration.

"Original Sin" was another thing entirely! This is one of my favorite Nile Rogers productions, and let me state I usually don't care for his production style at all - too "plastic" sounding. But this I thought was a seriously great single. Every song I heard from "The Swing" was great! Time to become an INXS fan! I particularly loved "I Send A Message," which recycled my favorite Japan riff from European Son most effectively.

Around the time of "Listen Like Thieves" I was fully on board as a casual fan. Then Mr. Ware dubbed me a cassette of most INXS B-sides from an Oz source of his and I went nuts! Collecting everything seemed a worthwhile endeavor. The first two albums were released here by this time. Wow - very new wave influenced recordings that sounded heavily indebted to Joe Jackson!

"Kick" was a great mainstream rock success. When albums that good were sick with hit singles, I could only sit back and enjoy. This is how life should be. INXS sounded to me like they wanted to mate the grit of The Rolling Stones with the elegance of Roxy Music. A pretty good path to follow.

I've tried to collect their b-sides and remixes and have a large though not perfect collection. The b-sides are cool since individual members often are wholly credited for them. They are an eclectic and talented bunch of buys and they have stuck together for a looooong time. But I wanted to see them pick Christina Amplhett as lead singer after losing Hutchence! I always felt she would be a great fit for the band while being a very different singer. I have neard the new guy and he seemed to me to be too much like Hutchence.

7:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How do you guys rate the "Dogs in Space" movie?

JB

12:40 PM  
Blogger Brian Ware said...

"The grit of the Rolling Stones and the elegance of Roxy Music" - what a perfect description! I've found much to like with all their LPs with "Full Moon Dirty Hearts" being the runt of the litter. My favorite will always be "The Swing". Raven Records in Australia did a stellar reissue of their first two LPs with all the b-sides and many more incredible rarities from their pre-fame era. All their LPs need this same kind of treatment!

9:01 PM  
Blogger PhotoGirl said...

Nice discussion guys! I've always been an INXS fan. Although I must say it's hard to narrow down which is my favorite album. The Swing and Welcome to Wherever You Are always work well for me. They are a wonderful bunch of guys and always put on such a fun live show!

9:55 AM  
Blogger Ron Kane said...

Cheers, Photogirl! We are into INXS 'round here, especially the last few albums with Mr. Michael.

Loved the photos on yr blog!

7:06 PM  
Anonymous Jim Donato said...

Yes Photogirl, we are all [Jim, Brian, Ron] the rarest of birds, heterosexual record collectors who really like Duran Duran!

5:07 AM  
Blogger PhotoGirl said...

Wow! Hetero guys that actually collect music and like INXS and Duran Duran! I don't believe it! Ha ha ha. I certainly don't run into many of those.

9:01 AM  

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