Australia’s rekindled love affair with INXS continues with the new wave band’s “The Very Best” (Universal) spending its third week atop the national albums chart.
The double-platinum certified hits compilation is one of six INXS titles in the top 50 of the latest ARIA Albums Chart, ahead of Kick (No. 3), “Live At Wembley” (No. 17), “The Swing” (No. 34), “Listen Like Thieves” (No. 37) and “Shabooh Shoobah” (No. 46).
The stadium rockers have enjoyed a revival thanks to a popular two-part mini-series which tracked the band’s rise and the untimely passing of its charismatic lead singer, Michael Hutchence. What makes INXS’ ongoing chart domination so impressive is the fact the mini-series wrapped up Feb. 16, well before the latest chart-cycle.
The music and personalities of INXS have remained in the limelight. A controversial interview with founding member and saxophonist Kirk Pengilly was aired Feb. 23 on free-to-air Channel 7’s “Sunday Night”, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s “Rage” music-video show has devoted a chunk of programming to INXS clips, and the 1987 hit “Devil Inside” features in the promo for public-broadcaster SBS’ second season of “Vikings”.