Remembering INXS' Michael Hutchence: 8 Classic Songs Revisited

Michael Hutchence of INXS
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Michael Hutchence of INXS photographed in London in 1990. 

Today we're celebrating INXS frontman Michael Hutchence's legacy by revisiting eight classic songs.

"Need You Tonight"

"I've got to let you know, you're one of my kind"

The only song in the band's career to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The innovative video took home five MTV Video Music Awards, including video of the year in 1988. You may recall the extended version of the song, which tacked the song "Mediate" on at the end (beginning at 3:20). "Try not to hate. Love your mate." And who hasn't wondered... was that whole "cue card" part done in one take?

"Devil Inside"

"Every single one of us the devil inside"

The song, off the band's most successful studio album Kick, peaked at No. 2 on the Hot 100 chart. It's no coincidence that the music video, set in Balboa, CA, shares a similar vibe to vampire horror flick The Lost Boys released the same year (1987) and also directed by Joel Schumacher. INXS provided two unrelated songs to the soundtrack.

"Don't Change"

"Don't change for you, don't change a thing for me"

The song peaked at No. 80 on the Hot 100 chart and the music video, which features the band letting loose inside an airport hangar, was directed by Scott Hicks, best known for his Academy Award-nominated film, Shine.

"The One Thing"

"You're too pretty in the daylight. It keeps them coming back for more"

INXS' first top 40 hit in the U.S. peaked at No. 30 on the Hot 100 chart. As for the music video, there's more than one thing you'll notice, including a woman sensually devouring a fig and Hutchence working a fedora.

"Never Tear Us Apart"

"Two worlds collided and they could never tear us apart"

Some consider the ballad, which peaked at No. 7 on the Hot 100 chart, to be Hutchence's anthem, as it was played during his funeral in 1997.

"The Stairs"

"We share the same spaces"

The song about singular city life was noted to be Hutchence’s “most ambitious song ever written.” In an interview with Spin in 1990, Andrew Farriss spoke about the track, "which deals with people in highly urbanized environments not communicating. We should have town squares like they used to have where people go to these little socially instituted environments where it's fashionable. Personally, I don't think fashion and trends are really going to solve the world's problems." 

CBS played the song over the 1994 Winter Olympics closing credits.


"Make me realize all that I am"

“Disappear” was the band's seventh and last top 10 single on the Hot 100 chart.

"Not Enough Time"

"If I could just be everything and everyone to you"

You can watch Andrew Farriss talk about the video, which he refers to as a "contrast of fire and water." The song peaked at No. 28 on the Hot 100 chart and No. 2 on the Alternative Songs chart. 


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