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INXS hailed from the pubs of Australia, which is part of the reason they never comfortably fit in with new wave. Even when the band branched out into synth-pop on its early recordings, they were underpinned by a hard, Stonesy beat and lead singer Michael Hutchence's Jaggeresque strut. Ultimately, these were the very things that made INXS into international superstars in the late '80s. By that time, the group had harnessed their hard rock, dance and new wave influences into a sleek, stylish groove that made their 1987 album Kick into a multi-million-selling hit. While that sound was their key to stardom, it also proved to be their undoing; the group became boxed in by their Stonesy pop-funk in the early '90s, when their audience became entranced by harder-edged alternative rock. In spite of declining sales, INXS soldiered on, continuing to tour and record for a dedicated fan base into the late '90s until Hutchence's 1997 death brought the band to a close.

One of Australia's most radio-friendly and longest-lived exports, INXS scored points for maintaining both a consistent lineup and a consistently engaging, occasionally scintillating sound. Propelled by the Mick Jagger-esque good looks of a sexy singer, the late Michael Hutchence, and a timeless blend of textural, upbeat, R&B-influenced rock 'n' roll (complete with horns, keyboards and occasional background signers), INXS forged an enviably solid career path, selling more than 20 million albums and garnering Grammy nominations, albeit without the critical acclaim that was heaped on lesser-selling Aussie exports such as Nick Cave and Midnight Oil. Sadly, however, the untimely death of Hutchence, at the age of 37, brought the band's long run to a tragic end.

INXS is an Australian rock group. The band was formed in 1977 and comprised of Andrew Farriss, Michael Hutchence, Tim Farriss, Jon Farriss, Garry Gary Beers and Kirk Pengilly.
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INXS began under the name The Farriss Brothers but the band changed their name to INXS in 1979, just prior to the release of their self-titled debut album in 1980. INXS and its follow-up, 1981's Underneath the Colours, were hits in their native Australia, and their third album, Shabooh Shoobah was released worldwide but it wasn't until their fourth album, The Swing in 1983 that the band received significant attention in the US or UK, as the single "Original Sin" became a minor pop radio hit and the band's charismatic singer Michael Hutchence gained attention for his MTV-ready looks. The band, which had started out as a New Wave act featuring more synthesizers than guitar, gradually moved in a more straight-ahead Rock oriented direction through the first half of the 1980s. By 1985's breakthrough album Listen Like Thieves the band had perfected a matured sound influenced by The Rolling Stones and U2 but true to the band's original roots in the Aussie pubs; that album spawned several hits, including the top-10 "What You Need".

The band's worldwide peak of popularity came with 1987's Kick, a punchy, confident set of pop-rock gems that yielded three top-ten US singles, including the number-one hit "Need You Tonight". However, the band's belated attempts to follow up on the success of Kick, 1990's X and 1991's Welcome to Wherever You Are found them struggling to stay relevant as alternative rock began to dominate the airwaves and more traditional rockers like INXS (fronted by Hutchence, who lived the rock-star lifestyle by dabbling in film acting and dating several models and public personalities including Kylie Minogue and Paula Yates), fell out of favor.

Throughout the 1980s and into the 1990s, INXS was a major force in Australian popular music, leading the way into worldwide popularity for several Australian bands. The band worked closely with several other Australian artists, such as The Models and Jenny Morris, helping to establish their careers.

On November 22, 1997 Hutchence was found dead in his Sydney hotel room, an apparent victim of suicide (some speculate his death was actually a tragic accident). Since Hutchence's death, INXS has continued, using Jimmy Barnes and Terence Trent D'Arby as temporary lead singers. Jon Stevens began singing with INXS in 2000 and was officially named a member of the band in 2002. However, he left INXS in 2003, only recording a song called I Get Up, released as a single (which charted in the top 100 on the Australian ARIAnet Singles Chart) in the same year, and it was used in the Rugby Union World Cup 2003.

INXS returned to the news in 2004 when it was announced that a new reality television program titled Rock Star would feature a contest to find a new lead singer for the band.

Discography
INXS (1980)
Underneath the Colours (1981)
Shabooh Shoobah (1982)
INXSIVE (1982)
Dekadance (1983)
The Swing (1984)
Listen Like Thieves (1985)
Kick (1987)
X (1990)
Live Baby Live (1991)
Welcome to Wherever You Are (1992)
Full Moon, Dirty Hearts (1993)
The Greatest Hits (1994)
Elegantly Wasted (1997)
Shine Like it Does: The Anthology (1979-1997) (2001)
The Years 1979-1997 (2002)
Stay Young 1979-1982 (2002)
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