Welcome back to the Coming Around Again podcast, part of the Pop Shop family, where host Andrew Unterberger and a variety of guests discuss notable anniversaries being celebrated in the music world.
This week we revisit INXS’ blockbuster 1987 LP, Kick. The album, an impossibly seductive blend of rock, pop, funk and soul, made the Australian rock band international superstars, spawning four Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hits in the U.S. (including the chart-topping, VMAs-sweeping “Need You Tonight”) — though they struggled to match its success over the next decade, before the band’s original run was of course cut tragically short by the 1997 death of lead singer Michael Hutchense.
Writer Eric Spitznagel calls in this week to discuss the piece he wrote for Billboard magazine about the controversial circumstances surrounding the album’s release — in which manager Chris Murphy claims that Atlantic Records, the band’s U.S. label at the time, was distraught by the album’s pop-leaning content, offering the band $1 million to delete the record and start over. Label head Doug Morris denies Murphy’s story, and Spitznagel can’t say for sure who’s telling the truth — though he acknowledges the unlikeliness that anyone would so dramatically reject an album with so many obviously great singles.
Listen below, and be sure to check back every week to see which classic artists, albums and songs are Coming Around Again!