I kiss and tell all my fears: the best of INXS

A lizard prince bitchin’ in long hair and leather, confident in the Giants Stadium scale adoration of black boys and white girls, white boys and black girls (especially in South America, where teens adored him), Michael Hutchence died before he turned into Roger Daltrey. He was Bono as a libertine, and to my ears INXS’s arena moves have aged better. They were pop and pop product, proud of it, their credo condensed in the lyric excerpt I used for this list.

1. Original Sin (Extended remix)
2. Shine Like It Does
3. Don’t Change
4. Kiss the Dirt (Falling Down the Mountain)
5. What You Need
6. Devil Inside
7. Listen Like Thieves
8. Not Enough Time
9. Disappear
10. Bitter Tears
11. The One Thing
12. Suicide Blonde
13. This Time
14. Same Direction
15. Need You Tonight
16. Just Keep Walking
17. Biting Bullets
18. Burn For You
19. Guns in the Sky
20. To Look at You

2 thoughts on “I kiss and tell all my fears: the best of INXS

  1. That entire list is “solid sound” – “good to great!” Here’s the Monk Mix:

    1. Original Sin (Extended remix)
    2. I Send A Message
    3. To Look At You
    4. Don’t Change
    5. Burn For You
    6. Suicide Blonde
    7. Disappear
    8. Shine Like It Does
    9. Kiss the Dirt (Falling Down the Mountain)
    10. Bitter Tears
    11. Need You Tonight
    12. Same Direction
    13. Listen Like Thieves
    14. Not Enough Time
    15. Devil Inside
    16. What You Need
    17. The One Thing
    18. This Time
    19. Just Keep Walking
    20. Guns In The Sky

    I’d put “Never Tear Us Apart” at 11 and lose “Guns In the Sky” if I could. INXS were the best mainstream pop/rock band of their era. They were to the 80s what the Rolling Stones were to the 60s.

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