INXS 'In the Throes of Discussing' Next Album
INXS 'In the Throes of Discussing' Next Album

WE LOVE THE '80s, PART 1: INXS returns to Billboard's Dance/Club Play Songs chart, as "Original Sin," featuring Rob Thomas, opens at No. 48.

The song bookends the band's Dance/Club Play Songs discography, as the original "Original Sin" introduced the group to the chart the week of March 17, 1984, and peaked at No. 13. The venerable Australian band had last appeared on the survey with an update of another of its classics, "Need You Tonight (Remixes)," which reached No. 16 in 2006.

Singing the title cut, Thomas contributes to an impressive guest list on INXS' 12th studio album, on which the band reinvents its songbook with outside vocalists. Ben Harper fronts the group on "Never Tear Us Apart" and "Devil Inside," Nos. 7 and 2 Billboard Hot 100 hits, respectively, in 1988, and Train's Pat Monahan sings on "Beautiful Girl," which reached No. 24 on Pop Songs in 1993.

J.D. Fortune, who assumed lead vocals for the band after winning the CBS reality series "Rock Star: INXS" in 2005, takes the mic on the new set's two closing songs, "The Stairs" and "Love Is."

"We've re-invented these songs. Some have been done by an orchestra, some (are) stripped down and some tracks may take you (awhile) to recognize" the band's Jon Farriss said upon the album's release last fall.

"We wanted to celebrate the songs," added INXS drummer Jon Farriss, lauding the writing of Andrew Farriss and the vocals of the late Michael Hutchence. "I think initially there was a mixed bag of emotions and feelings, which was probably a good thing because we realized how much the songs meant to us.

"At the end, we started to realize that this is actually cathartic for us and it might be for everyone else, as well."

A mainstay on Billboard's Adult Pop Songs chart, where he has tallied the most visits to No. 1 (four fronting Matchbox Twenty's and four as a solo artist), Thomas had reigned with his lone prior appearance on Dance/Club Songs, "Lonely No More," which led the June 25, 2005, chart. Matchbox Twenty's one chart entry to-date, "How Far We've Come," climbed to No. 8 in 2008.

INXS has charted 12 tracks on Dance/Club Play Songs. It rose highest with the original version of "Need You Tonight" (No. 7) in 1988.

WE LOVE THE '80s, PART 2: In addition to INXS, a fellow late '80s chart juggernaut returns to a Billboard ranking.

slithers onto the Billboard 200 at No. 49 with "Forevermore," the band's 11th studio album.

The rank represents the band's highest on the Billboard 200 in exactly 21 years. This week in 1990, the group's "Slip of the Tongue" descended 38-43 after reaching a peak of No. 10.

Whitesnake posted its highest placement (No. 2) on the Billboard 200 with its self-titled album in 1987. The set yielded the Hot 100 No. 1 "Here I Go Again" and the No. 2 power ballad "Is This Love."

(Another veteran rock group is enjoying a chart rejuvenation. The Cars jump 17-15 on the Triple A adult alternative airplay tally with "Sad Song." The track previews the reunited band's May 10 album "Move Like This," its first studio release since 1987).