Personalities | INXS | Eighties | Rock
(Vocal/instrumental group, 1977–2012)
Michael Hutchence (vocals), Tim Farriss (guitar), Andrew Farriss (keyboards, guitar), Garry Gary Beers (bass), Kirk Pengilly (guitar, saxophone, vocals) and John Farriss (drums) paid their dues on the Australian pub circuit. Taking elements of The Stones, Doors and funk rock, the band broke into the American market with Shabooh Shoobah (1982). 1985’s Listen Like Thieves consolidated their position, while Kick (1987) and the excitingly sleazy ‘Need You Tonight’ – No. 1 in America and No. 2 in the UK – deservedly confirmed them as global superstars. 1990’s ‘Suicide Blonde’ from their highest charting album X, had a prophetic ring. Hutchence, a genuine rock god, was dating petite blonde Kylie Minogue; he later partnered peroxide blonde Paula Yates, and his death in 1997 came by his own hand. The band had been slightly on the wane since 1993’s Full Moon, Dirty Hearts. A posthumous solo album was released. Although INXS continued sporadically with different frontmen, they disbanded permanently in 2012.
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