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This article is about the band. INXS_sentence_0

For the album, see INXS (album). INXS_sentence_1

For the TV miniseries, see INXS: Never Tear Us Apart. INXS_sentence_2

"In Excess" redirects here. INXS_sentence_3

For the racehorse, see In Excess (horse). INXS_sentence_4


Background informationINXS_header_cell_0_1_0
Also known asINXS_header_cell_0_2_0 The Farriss BrothersINXS_cell_0_2_1
OriginINXS_header_cell_0_3_0 Frenchs Forest, New South Wales, AustraliaINXS_cell_0_3_1
GenresINXS_header_cell_0_4_0 INXS_cell_0_4_1
Years activeINXS_header_cell_0_5_0 1977–2012INXS_cell_0_5_1
LabelsINXS_header_cell_0_6_0 INXS_cell_0_6_1
Associated actsINXS_header_cell_0_7_0 INXS_cell_0_7_1
WebsiteINXS_header_cell_0_8_0 INXS_cell_0_8_1
Past membersINXS_header_cell_0_10_0 INXS_cell_0_10_1

INXS (pronounced "in excess") were an Australian rock band, formed as The Farriss Brothers in 1977 in Sydney, New South Wales. INXS_sentence_5

The band's founding members were bassist Garry Gary Beers, main composer and keyboardist Andrew Farriss, drummer Jon Farriss, guitarist Tim Farriss, lead singer and main lyricist Michael Hutchence, and guitarist and saxophonist Kirk Pengilly. INXS_sentence_6

For 20 years, INXS was fronted by Hutchence, whose magnetic stage presence made him the focal point of the band. INXS_sentence_7

Initially known for their new wave/pop style, the band later developed a harder pub rock style that included funk and dance elements. INXS_sentence_8

In 1984, INXS had their first number-one hit in Australia with "Original Sin". INXS_sentence_9

The band would later achieve international success in the mid-to-late 1980s and early 1990s with the hit albums Listen Like Thieves, Kick, and X, as well as the singles "What You Need", "Need You Tonight" (the band's number-one single in the United States), "Devil Inside", "Never Tear Us Apart", "Suicide Blonde" and "New Sensation". INXS_sentence_10

After Hutchence's death on 22 November 1997, INXS made appearances with several guest singers, and toured and recorded with Jon Stevens as lead singer, beginning in 2000. INXS_sentence_11

In 2005, members of INXS participated in Rock Star: INXS, a reality television series that culminated in the selection of Canadian J.D. INXS_sentence_12 Fortune as their new lead singer. INXS_sentence_13

Irish singer-songwriter Ciaran Gribbin replaced Fortune as lead singer in 2011. INXS_sentence_14

During a concert on 11 November 2012, INXS stated that the performance would be their last, although they did not announce the band's permanent retirement. INXS_sentence_15

INXS won six Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) awards, including three for "Best Group" in 1987, 1989 and 1992; the band was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2001. INXS_sentence_16

INXS has sold over 70 million albums worldwide, making them one of Australia's highest selling music acts of all time. INXS_sentence_17

History INXS_section_0

Early years INXS_section_1

The origins of the band began with Andrew Farriss convincing his fellow Davidson High School classmate, Michael Hutchence, to join his band, Doctor Dolphin. INXS_sentence_18

The band contained two further classmates, Kent Kerny and Neil Sanders, as well as Garry Beers and Geoff Kennely, both from a nearby high school, Forest High School. INXS_sentence_19

In 1977, Tim Farriss, Andrew's older brother, invited Andrew, Hutchence and Beers to join him and his schoolmate Kirk Pengilly. INXS_sentence_20

Tim and Pengilly had been playing together since 1971 as either an acoustic duo, Kirk and Tim, or as a four-piece band called Guinness (named after their bass player's dog). INXS_sentence_21

Together with younger brother Jon Farriss they formed "The Farriss Brothers", who consisted of Garry Beers on bass guitar, Andrew Farriss on keyboards, Jon Farriss on drums, Tim Farriss on lead guitar, Michael Hutchence on lead vocals and Kirk Pengilly on guitar and saxophone. INXS_sentence_22

The band made their debut on 16 August 1977 at Whale Beach, 40 km (25 mi) north of Sydney. INXS_sentence_23

The parents of the Farriss boys relocated to Perth, Western Australia in 1978, taking Jon to continue his schooling and, as soon as Hutchence and Andrew finished school, the rest of the band followed. INXS_sentence_24

They briefly performed as The Vegetables, singing "We Are the Vegetables", before returning to Sydney ten months later, where they recorded a set of demos. INXS_sentence_25

At a chance meeting in the car park of the Narrabeen Antler, a pub in Narrabeen on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, New South Wales, Tim was approached by Gary Morris, the manager of Midnight Oil. INXS_sentence_26

The band began to regularly support Midnight Oil and other local bands. INXS_sentence_27

Morris advised that a member of the Oils crew had come up with a new name and suggested they change it to INXS. INXS_sentence_28

The name INXS was inspired by English band XTC and Australian jam makers IXL. INXS_sentence_29

Pengilly later explained that Morris was interested in turning the group into a Christian band, which the band briefly considered before rejecting the idea. INXS_sentence_30

The band's first performance as INXS was on 1 September 1979 at the Ocean Beach Hotel in Umina on the Central Coast of New South Wales and by the end of 1979, after passing on the Christian band image, they hired Chris "CM" Murphy as their manager and continued taking on the Oz pub circuit. INXS_sentence_31

Murphy was an adept business manager and negotiator and by early 1980 the band had signed a five-album record deal with a Sydney independent label, Deluxe Records, run by Michael Browning, a former manager of AC/DC. INXS_sentence_32

1980s INXS_section_2

From "Simple Simon" to Shabooh Shoobah INXS_section_3

INXS released their first single, "Simple Simon"/"We Are the Vegetables", in Australia and France in May 1980. INXS_sentence_33

The single had its debut TV performance on Simon Townsend's Wonder World. INXS_sentence_34

Their self-titled debut album, INXS, was recorded at Trafalgar Studios in Annandale, Sydney, it was co-produced by the band and Duncan McGuire (ex-Ayers Rock), with all songs attributed to the entire band, at the insistence of Murphy. INXS_sentence_35

Deluxe gave them a budget of $10,000 to record the album, so to keep within the budget they had to record from midnight to dawn, usually after doing one or more performances earlier that night. INXS_sentence_36

The album was released in October 1980. INXS_sentence_37

It featured "Just Keep Walking" which was their first Australian Top 40 single, with the album peaking in the Top 30 of the Kent Music Report for Australian albums. INXS_sentence_38

The album eventually went gold (selling over 35,000 units) but it took a number of years to do so. INXS_sentence_39

These early records demonstrated their new wave/ska/pop style, and were followed by near constant touring with almost 300 shows during 1981 as the band developed their status as a live act. INXS_sentence_40

In 1981, they signed Gary Grant as their tour manager, who then became co-manager a year later. INXS_sentence_41

Between touring commitments, the band released their third single in May 1981, "The Loved One", which was a cover of a 1966 song by Australian group The Loved Ones. INXS_sentence_42

The song was recorded at Studios 301 in Sydney, produced by Richard Clapton, and peaked in the Top 20. INXS_sentence_43

The success of the single led to Clapton and the band returning to Studios 301 between July and August 1981 to create an album. INXS_sentence_44

In October 1981, their second album Underneath the Colours was released and became a hit in Australia peaking at No. INXS_sentence_45

15. INXS_sentence_46

Soon after recording sessions had finished, band members started work on outside projects. INXS_sentence_47

Beers, Jon and Andrew Farriss played on Clapton's solo album, The Great Escape. INXS_sentence_48

Hutchence recorded "Speed Kills", written by Don Walker of Cold Chisel for the soundtrack of the film Freedom directed by Scott Hicks. INXS_sentence_49

It was his first solo single and was released by WEA in early 1982. INXS_sentence_50

In January, INXS toured New Zealand as support act for Cold Chisel. INXS_sentence_51

Band manager, Murphy, became convinced their future no longer lay with Deluxe Records. INXS_sentence_52

RCA (who distributed Deluxe) had employed music lover Rockin Rod Woods, who had been promoting Eric Clapton, Split Enz and some of the world's biggest acts. INXS_sentence_53

Woods was passionate about the band and brought key music people along to their gigs. INXS_sentence_54

He encouraged RCA to sign them worldwide because Murphy had played him some demos. INXS_sentence_55

Deluxe had been unable to attract international interest, and decided to record a new song, "The One Thing" at their own expense, with Mark Opitz at Paradise Studios. INXS_sentence_56

The song turned out so well that Murphy hired Opitz to produce three more songs. INXS_sentence_57

Murphy approached WEA Australia with copies of the song, leading to INXS signing a recording deal in July 1982 with WEA for releases in Australia, South East Asia, Japan and New Zealand, Atco Records (a subsidiary of Atlantic Records) for North America and Polygram for Europe and the UK. INXS_sentence_58

Murphy and the band were not entirely convinced that Opitz could produce an entire album that would attract international interest, so before recording their third album Pengilly, Hutchence and Andrew Farriss visited the UK and USA, with a view to selecting a suitable producer, only to find that no one they wanted was available and that most people advised them that Opitz's work on their single was as good as they could wish for. INXS_sentence_59

In mid-1982, they began recording at Rhinoceros Studios, with Opitz. INXS_sentence_60

In October 1982, Shabooh Shoobah was released internationally on Atlantic/Atco Records, peaking at No. INXS_sentence_61

52 on the US Billboard 200 and No. INXS_sentence_62

46 on the Hot Pop Albums chart. INXS_sentence_63

In Australia it peaked at No. INXS_sentence_64

5 and remained in the albums charts for 94 weeks. INXS_sentence_65

The single "The One Thing" brought them their first Top 30 hit in United States peaking at No. INXS_sentence_66

30 on 28 May 1983, it was a Top 20 hit in Canada, and peaked at No. INXS_sentence_67

14 in Australia on 23 August 1982. INXS_sentence_68

"One Thing" was their first video to air on the fledgling MTV and significantly added to the ultimate success of the single. INXS_sentence_69

13 February 1983, saw INXS play the Stop the Drop Nuclear Disarmament concert to 14,000 at the Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne, alongside Midnight Oil, Colin Hay, Redgum and Goanna. INXS_sentence_70

It was simulcast on Australian TV by Channel 10 and Radio 2MMM. INXS_sentence_71

INXS undertook their first US performance in San Diego in March 1983, to a crowd of 24 patrons. INXS_sentence_72

Their first tour was as support for Adam and the Ants, then support for Stray Cats, The Kinks, Hall & Oates followed by The Go-Go's. INXS_sentence_73

INXS played alongside many of their contemporaries on New Wave Day in May 1983, at the US Festival in Devore, California. INXS_sentence_74

It was during this time that Grant, their co-manager, relocated permanently to New York to ensure a continual presence in the northern hemisphere. INXS_sentence_75

The band remained on the road in the US for most of the year, including support for Men at Work and by mid-1983 were headlining venues such as The Ritz in New York. INXS_sentence_76

From "Original Sin" to Listen Like Thieves INXS_section_4

INXS started out as a new wave act, but gradually moved in a more straight-ahead rock-oriented direction through the first half of the 1980s. INXS_sentence_77

After a performance in Toronto, Canada, the band was approached by producer Nile Rodgers; by September 1983, the band had recorded "Original Sin" (originally entitled "Brand New Day") at New York's Power Station Studios. INXS_sentence_78

Three tracks from Shabooh Shoobah were featured in the soundtrack for the 1984 film Reckless. INXS_sentence_79

The band then travelled to the UK to begin sessions on their fourth album with Nick Launay at the Manor Studios in Oxford. INXS_sentence_80

The album The Swing, released in April 1984, received significant attention from around the world, as "Original Sin" became the band's first No. INXS_sentence_81

1 single in Australia and was popular worldwide with fans and reviewers. INXS_sentence_82

During 1984, the single reached no. INXS_sentence_83

1 in Australia (for two weeks in January), Argentina, and France; No. INXS_sentence_84

6 in New Zealand; No. INXS_sentence_85

11 in Canada; No. INXS_sentence_86

23 in Switzerland; No. INXS_sentence_87

31 in the Netherlands; and No. INXS_sentence_88

58 in the U.S. INXS_sentence_89

Yet "Original Sin" was largely ignored in the U.K., where INXS was described in New Musical Express as a "depressingly definitive example of excruciating, boring, incredibly unimaginative MTV rock"; INXS did not have any Top 50 chart success in the United Kingdom until the 1985 album Listen Like Thieves. INXS_sentence_90

During 1984, INXS toured non-stop, performing across Europe, the UK, the US and Australia. INXS_sentence_91

By December 1984, The Swing had gone double platinum, making it one of the five biggest domestic albums in the history of Australian music at the time. INXS_sentence_92

In March 1985, the band re-entered Sydney's Rhinoceros Studios to record their next album, together with producer Chris Thomas (Sex Pistols, Pink Floyd, The Pretenders, Elton John). INXS_sentence_93

As the band was finishing the recording sessions, Thomas stated that the album was not good enough and still had no "killer" track. INXS_sentence_94

Andrew produced a demo tape of a funk song he had been working on called "Funk Song No. INXS_sentence_95

13" and evolved it into "What You Need". INXS_sentence_96

Whilst the band was recording, WEA released Dekadance, a limited edition 12" Vinyl and cassette only EP of INXS remixes from their albums The Swing and Shabooh Shoobah. INXS_sentence_97

On 19 May 1985, INXS won seven awards at the 1984 Countdown Music and Video Awards ceremony. INXS_sentence_98

They performed "Burn for You", dressed in Akubras (hats) and Drizabones (outdoor coats/oilskin jackets). INXS_sentence_99

The band performed five songs for the July 1985 Oz for Africa concert, in conjunction with the Live Aid benefit. INXS_sentence_100

Two INXS songs, "What You Need" and "Don't Change", were also in the BBC broadcast and are contained on Live Aid's four DVD boxed set released in 2004. INXS_sentence_101

Listen Like Thieves was released in October 1985 to critical approval, reaching No. INXS_sentence_102

3 on the Australian charts and No. INXS_sentence_103

11 on the US charts. INXS_sentence_104

With the release of Listen Like Thieves, the band developed a rock sound influenced by Led Zeppelin and XTC while remaining true to the band's original roots in Aussie pubs. INXS_sentence_105

It was also the first album to feature songs written by a combination of band members, with Andrew Farris and Hutchence becoming the primary songwriters in the years to follow. INXS_sentence_106

The first U.S. single from the album, "This Time", stalled at No. INXS_sentence_107

81 in late 1985, but the next single, "What You Need"—released there in early 1986—became a top five Billboard hit, bringing INXS its first break-out US success. INXS_sentence_108

The single was also a top 20 hit in Canada and reached No. INXS_sentence_109

2 in Australia (September 1985), but only reached No. INXS_sentence_110

51 on the UK charts. INXS_sentence_111

The British press dismissed the album, with New Musical Express calling the band 'INX-cusable' and a reviewer declaring Listen Like Thieves to be a 'complete and utter turkey'. INXS_sentence_112

In the United States, however, Rolling Stone wrote: "INXS rocks with passion and seals the deal with a backbeat that'll blackmail your feet." INXS_sentence_113

In August 1985, INXS toured ahead of the release of Listen Like Thieves, touring South America before returning to Melbourne to play for Prince Charles and Princess Diana of Wales at a concert. INXS_sentence_114

The concert was filmed and later released on a home video entitled Living INXS; an edited version of the concert was played on MTV in the U.S. in 1985 on its Saturday night concert series. INXS_sentence_115

In November, December, January, and February, INXS toured North America, Europe, and New Zealand. INXS_sentence_116

The band then took a two-month break, with Andrew Farriss writing and producing "You're Gonna Get Hurt" for Jenny Morris (who had previously been a backing vocalist with the band), and Hutchence featuring in Richard Lowenstein's second feature film Dogs in Space. INXS_sentence_117

Lowenstein had previously made the video clip for "Dancing on the Jetty". INXS_sentence_118

Whilst a song from the movie, "Rooms for the Memory", written by Ollie Olsen, with vocals by Hutchence charted, the movie was received well by critics but was not a commercial success. INXS_sentence_119

Beginning in May 1986, the band performed 32 European shows (including support for Queen at their Live at Wembley '86 concert on 12 July), 42 U.S. shows, and 12 Australian shows. INXS_sentence_120

America's influential Musician magazine called INXS "the best live band in the world." INXS_sentence_121

From "Good Times" to Kick INXS_section_5

Whilst on an eight-month break before beginning work on a new album, their manager Murphy decided to stage a series of major outdoor concerts across Australia, featuring INXS, Jimmy Barnes, Models, Divinyls, Mental as Anything, The Triffids and I'm Talking. INXS_sentence_122

To promote the tour INXS recorded two songs with Jimmy Barnes of Cold Chisel: The Easybeats cover "Good Times" and "Laying Down the Law" which Barnes co-wrote with Beers, Andrew Farriss, Jon Farriss, Hutchence and Pengilly. INXS_sentence_123

"Good Times" was used as the theme song for the Australian Made series of concerts in the summer of 1986–1987. INXS_sentence_124

It peaked at No. INXS_sentence_125

2 on the Australian charts, and months later was featured in the Joel Schumacher film The Lost Boys and its soundtrack, allowing it to peak at No. INXS_sentence_126

47 in the US on 1 August 1987. INXS_sentence_127

After the success of "What You Need" and Listen Like Thieves, the band knew their new material would have to be even better and wanted every song on the album to be good enough to be a single. INXS_sentence_128

They recorded Kick in Sydney and Paris, and it was produced by Chris Thomas. INXS_sentence_129

According to the 2005 official autobiography, Atlantic Records was not happy with the result; the label offered the band $1 million to go back to Australia and record another album, but the band declined. INXS_sentence_130

Despite Atlantic's protests, Kick was released in October 1987 and provided the band with worldwide popularity. INXS_sentence_131

The album peaked at No. INXS_sentence_132

1 in Australia, No. INXS_sentence_133

3 on the US Billboard 200, No. INXS_sentence_134

9 in UK, and No. INXS_sentence_135

15 in Austria. INXS_sentence_136

It was an upbeat, confident album that yielded four Top 10 US singles: No. INXS_sentence_137

1 single "Need You Tonight", "Devil Inside", "New Sensation", and "Never Tear Us Apart". INXS_sentence_138

"Need You Tonight" peaked No. INXS_sentence_139

2 on the UK charts, No. INXS_sentence_140

3 in Australia, and No. INXS_sentence_141

10 in France. INXS_sentence_142

The band toured heavily behind the album throughout 1987 and 1988. INXS_sentence_143

The video for the 1987 INXS track "Mediate" (which played after the video for "Need You Tonight") replicated the format of Bob Dylan's video for "Subterranean Homesick Blues", even in its use of apparently deliberate errors. INXS_sentence_144

In September 1988, the band swept the MTV Video Music Awards with the video for "Need You Tonight/Mediate" winning in 5 categories. INXS_sentence_145

Kick was, by far, INXS's best-selling album of all time. INXS_sentence_146

During 1989, Hutchence collaborated with Ian "Ollie" Olsen on a side project, Max Q, the two had previously worked together on Lowenstein's film Dogs in Space. INXS_sentence_147

The rest of the band also took a break to work on side projects, but soon returned to the studio to record their follow-up album to Kick. INXS_sentence_148

1990–1997: From X to Elegantly Wasted INXS_section_6

In October 1990, INXS released X, which was produced by Chris Thomas. INXS_sentence_149

The album peaked at No. INXS_sentence_150

3 in Australia, No. INXS_sentence_151

5 in the US, No. INXS_sentence_152

2 in the UK, No. INXS_sentence_153

5 in Switzerland and No. INXS_sentence_154

10 in Sweden. INXS_sentence_155

It followed in the same vein as Kick, and added harmonica to some songs. INXS_sentence_156

X scored hits with "Suicide Blonde" and "Disappear" (both Top 10 in the US). INXS_sentence_157

"Suicide Blonde" peaked at No. INXS_sentence_158

2 in Australia, No. INXS_sentence_159

11 in the UK and in Switzerland. INXS_sentence_160

Other singles from X were "Bitter Tears" and "By My Side", which had less chart success. INXS_sentence_161

INXS performed at Wembley Stadium on 13 July 1991, during their "Summer XS" tour stop in London to a sold-out audience of 74,000 fans. INXS_sentence_162

This performance was recorded and filmed to become Live Baby Live, a live album that was released in November 1991 and peaked in the Top 30 in the Australia and UK album charts. INXS_sentence_163

The album had less success on The Billboard 200. INXS_sentence_164

A video version of the album was also released under the same title. INXS_sentence_165

This concert was the band's most well-attended show of all time; according to a 2017 article by Paul Donoughue of, it "solidified [INXS's] place in pop history". INXS_sentence_166

On 28 March 1992, INXS performed at the controversial Concert for Life at Centennial Park in Sydney (a fundraiser for the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Centre), and other performers included Crowded House, Yothu Yindi, Jenny Morris, Diesel, Ratcat and Def FX. INXS_sentence_167

Due to inclement weather, the expected attendance of 100,000 never came through, and the event only raised $500,000. INXS_sentence_168

Welcome to Wherever You Are, produced by Mark Opitz and released in August 1992, was an experimental album using sitars and a 60-piece orchestra while adding a more "raw" sound. INXS_sentence_169

It received good critical reviews and went No. INXS_sentence_170

1 in the UK and in Sweden; No. INXS_sentence_171

2 in Australia and Switzerland, and No. INXS_sentence_172

3 in Norway, but had less chart success in the US (peaking at No. INXS_sentence_173

16). INXS_sentence_174

Singles from the album included "Taste It" and "Baby Don't Cry", which were Top 20 successes in UK but had less success in US and Australian markets. INXS_sentence_175

Full Moon, Dirty Hearts, produced by Opitz, was released in November 1993 and peaked at No. INXS_sentence_176

3 on the UK charts, No. INXS_sentence_177

4 in Australia, No. INXS_sentence_178

8 in Sweden, No. INXS_sentence_179

9 in Switzerland, No. INXS_sentence_180

14 in Norway; it did not reach the Top 50 in the US. INXS_sentence_181

The title track featured The Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde, and another track--"Please (You Got That)"—featured Ray Charles. INXS_sentence_182

The band made a full video album for the record using unknown Australian students to direct with help from Richard Lowenstein. INXS_sentence_183

Full Moon, Dirty Hearts received mixed reviews, and was the last record under INXS' contract with Atlantic in the States. INXS_sentence_184

The band took time off to rest and be with their families, while Hutchence remained in the public eye through modelling and film acting. INXS_sentence_185

In 1997, the group released a comeback album titled Elegantly Wasted, which garnered mixed reviews. INXS_sentence_186

It fared respectably in Australia (No. INXS_sentence_187

14), Canada (No. INXS_sentence_188

14), France (No. INXS_sentence_189

30), UK (No. INXS_sentence_190

16) (where INXS had more success in the 1990s than in the 1980s), Belgium (No. INXS_sentence_191

7), Switzerland (No. INXS_sentence_192

13), but only No. INXS_sentence_193

41 in US. INXS_sentence_194

On 22 November 1997, Michael Hutchence was found dead in his Sydney Ritz-Carlton hotel room. INXS_sentence_195

On 6 February 1998, New South Wales State Coroner Derrick Hand presented his report, which ruled that Hutchence's death was a suicide while depressed and under the influence of drugs and alcohol. INXS_sentence_196

Despite the official coroner's report, there was continued speculation that Hutchence's death was accidental. INXS_sentence_197

1997–2003: Transitional years INXS_section_7

After Hutchence's death, INXS did not perform publicly for almost a year, and then only made a few one-off performances with different guest singers until 2000. INXS_sentence_198

On 28 November 1998, they played at the Mushroom 25 Concert with Jimmy Barnes fronting for two songs: "The Loved One" and "Good Times". INXS_sentence_199

On 12 June 1999, they headlined the opening of Stadium Australia in Sydney, with US singer-songwriter Terence Trent D'Arby and Russell Hitchcock as guest vocalists, they performed "New Sensation", "Kick", "Never Tear Us Apart" and "What You Need". INXS_sentence_200

In December 2000, INXS performed a concert with singers Suze DeMarchi and Jon Stevens sharing the spotlight. INXS_sentence_201

The former lead singer of Australian band Noiseworks, Jon Stevens began singing with INXS on regular basis. INXS_sentence_202

INXS played as one of the headline acts at the Sydney 2000 Olympics and then toured through South America and Europe. INXS_sentence_203

Stevens was officially named a member of INXS in 2002, and the band started recording new material in November. INXS_sentence_204

Stevens left the band in October 2003 to pursue a solo career, and only recorded a contractual obligation song called "I Get Up." INXS_sentence_205

2004–2005: Rock Star: INXS INXS_section_8

INXS returned to the news in 2004 when it was announced that a new reality television program titled Rock Star: INXS would feature a contest to find a new lead vocalist for the band. INXS_sentence_206

The show, which debuted on the CBS network on 11 July 2005, featured 15 contestants vying for the position of lead singer. INXS_sentence_207

The show was executive produced by Survivor's Mark Burnett and hosted by Brooke Burke and Jane's Addiction and former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Dave Navarro. INXS_sentence_208

On 20 September 2005, J.D. INXS_sentence_209 Fortune won the eleven-week competition, which culminated in his singing the Rolling Stones's "You Can't Always Get What You Want" and INXS' "What You Need" in the finale to become the new lead singer of INXS. INXS_sentence_210

2005–2011: J.D. Fortune era INXS_section_9

With Fortune as lead singer, INXS released the single "Pretty Vegas" on 4 October 2005. INXS_sentence_211

The single reached No. INXS_sentence_212

5 on the iTunes Store ranking of daily most downloaded songs on its first day. INXS_sentence_213

It peaked at No. INXS_sentence_214

9 in Australia and No. INXS_sentence_215

37 on the Billboard Hot 100, and became a huge radio airplay hit in Fortune's native Canada. INXS_sentence_216

On 29 November 2005, Switch—the band's first album with Fortune as lead singer—was released in the United States via Epic Records. INXS_sentence_217

The band's new line-up started a world tour in support of Switch in January 2006. INXS_sentence_218

In September 2006, INXS and Epic Records parted ways. INXS_sentence_219

The band then performed at the 2006 NRL Grand Final. INXS_sentence_220

INXS toured Australia and New Zealand in March 2007, with Simple Minds and support band Arrested Development. INXS_sentence_221

After the cancellation of a 31 August 2007 show in Cleveland, Ohio, INXS placed a statement on their website stating "Due to ongoing medical issues with Garry Beers' hand, the band's doctor has urged the band to not play more than three shows in a row or risk permanent damage to Garry's hand." INXS_sentence_222

The band signed with Petrol Electric Records in December 2008, reuniting them with former manager Chris Murphy. INXS_sentence_223

On 16 February 2009, J.D. INXS_sentence_224 Fortune told Entertainment Tonight Canada that INXS had let him go from the band with a shake of the hand at an airport in Hong Kong. INXS_sentence_225

On 23 February 2009, Chris Murphy, INXS creative director and global business strategist and former manager, in an interview with The Daily Telegraph, said J.D. was not sacked and, in fact, "the band made it known to him that they had not ruled out seeing a return by Fortune." INXS_sentence_226

He also stated J.D. was next on his list to call regarding a major recording contract he was negotiating for the band. INXS_sentence_227

In an interview with Sun Media published on 6 March 2009, J.D. Fortune clarified his claim that he had been fired at an airport. INXS_sentence_228

After returning to Canada from Hong Kong, Fortune believed there were still two more legs of the INXS 2007 tour to complete. INXS_sentence_229

When the rest of the tour was cancelled and the band did not return his calls for 10 months, he believed he was out of the band. INXS_sentence_230

On 30 November 2009, Andrew Farriss, Jon Farriss, and Kirk Pengilly performed an acoustic version of "Don't Change" with the Qantas Choir at the Pride of Australia Awards. INXS_sentence_231

On 8 December 2009, INXS announced they would be embarking on a world tour commencing with a performance in Vancouver for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. INXS_sentence_232

The band announced on 11 February 2010 that J.D. Fortune would be vocalist for the performance at the 2010 Winter Olympics, but that it would be a one-off performance; the band added that a vocalist for the subsequent world tour had yet to be announced. INXS_sentence_233

The band performed at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics on 24 February 2010 with guest singers J.D. Fortune and Argentine singer Deborah de Corral. INXS_sentence_234

On 22 April 2010, INXS announced that Fortune would again front the band for a performance on 10 July 2010 at Townsville, QLD, Australia, and then again on 16 July 2010 in Broome, WA, Australia During a radio interview with Kirk Pengilly and J.D. Fortune in July 2010 just before the Broome concert, Pengilly confirmed that Fortune had returned as the band's permanent singer. INXS_sentence_235

In August 2010, Petrol Records issued Australian radio stations with a one-track promo "Never Tear Us Apart" featuring Ben Harper on vocals, a preview from the upcoming INXS Michael Hutchence tribute album Original Sin. INXS_sentence_236

On 25 September 2010, the band performed before the 2010 AFL Grand Final. INXS_sentence_237

On 19 October 2010, it was announced in the Courier Mail that INXS, fronted by J.D. Fortune, would tour as part of the A Day on the Green winery concerts in February." INXS_sentence_238

The band recorded an album in memory of Michael Hutchence titled Original Sin. INXS_sentence_239

Released in November 2010, the album featured well-known singers from Australia and around the world, including Ben Harper, Patrick Monahan, and Rob Thomas. INXS_sentence_240

In March 2011, INXS confirmed they would return to the United Kingdom and headlining with support from New Zealand band Shihad for an outdoor event called Southern Sounds on Clapham Common, London on Saturday 11 June. INXS_sentence_241

The event was an all-Australian, New Zealand and South African celebration lineup, with INXS fronted by J.D. INXS_sentence_242 Fortune. INXS_sentence_243

INXS toured extensively throughout 2011 with singer J.D. Fortune to support the album Original Sin. INXS_sentence_244

2011–2019: Later activities INXS_section_10

The band released a demo of a song, called "Tiny Summer" in streaming format on their official website in September 2011, along with news that J.D. Fortune had left the band again and that Northern Irish singer-songwriter Ciaran Gribbin would be the band's frontman for their forthcoming tour of Australia, South America and Europe in November and December 2011. INXS_sentence_245

On 6 October 2012, INXS were the headline act at the annual charity ball organised by the Hong Kong Foreign Correspondent's Club. INXS_sentence_246

During a concert on 11 November 2012 at the newly opened Perth Arena, while supporting Matchbox Twenty, INXS announced that they would no longer be touring. INXS_sentence_247

Kirk Pengilly stated that it was appropriate to finish where they had started 35 years earlier. INXS_sentence_248

Jon Farriss admitted that he was "getting teary" before the band performed their biggest hit, "Need You Tonight". INXS_sentence_249

In 2014, INXS released a tell-all history of the band on an Australian television interview special, The Story Behind INXS. INXS_sentence_250

During the interview, Jon Farriss made the statement, "Never say never" regarding the possibility that the band could record and perform more music in the future. INXS_sentence_251

In 2013, Australian TV network Seven Network announced that it would produce a miniseries focusing on the band's behind-the-scenes stories called INXS: Never Tear Us Apart. INXS_sentence_252

Band member Tim Farriss was a pre-production consultant on the show. INXS_sentence_253

The miniseries commenced production at the end of June 2013 and premiered on 9 February 2014; the finale aired the following Sunday night (16 February 2014). INXS_sentence_254

The miniseries rated very highly for both nights and created a renewed interest in the band, which translated to a resurgence in sales of their music that brought them once again to the number one position on the Australian popular music charts. INXS_sentence_255

Luke Arnold was cast as Michael Hutchence, Alex Williams as Kirk Pengilly, Nicholas Masters as Tim Farriss, Hugh Sheridan as bass guitarist Gary Beers, Ido Drent as Jon Farriss and Andy Ryan as Andrew Farriss. INXS_sentence_256

In addition, Damon Herriman played band manager CM Murphy and Samantha Jade played Kylie Minogue. INXS_sentence_257

Given the popularity of this TV miniseries, there was talk of a Broadway musical and a feature film about INXS in the future. INXS_sentence_258

In 2019, a documentary film was released about Michael Hutchence titled Mystify. INXS_sentence_259

A soundtrack was also released featuring INXS tracks. INXS_sentence_260

Band members INXS_section_11


Discography INXS_section_12

Main article: INXS discography INXS_sentence_261


Legacy INXS_section_13

INXS have been cited as an influence by several acts, such as The 1975, Maroon 5 and Savage Garden. INXS_sentence_262

Recognition, awards, and nominations INXS_section_14

According to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), INXS has sold over 30 million units in the United States alone, making them the third-highest selling Australian music act in the United States behind AC/DC and The Bee Gees. INXS_sentence_263

INXS has sold an estimated 70 million records worldwide. INXS_sentence_264

INXS has been nominated for numerous music awards, including ARIA Awards, Grammy Awards, and MTV Video Music Awards. INXS_sentence_265

ARIA Awards INXS_section_15

INXS has won seven Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Awards. INXS_sentence_266

The band was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2001 alongside The Saints. INXS_sentence_267

This induction recognised their achievement of a "significant body of recorded work" and that they "had a cultural impact within Australia". INXS_sentence_268

INXS has won six other ARIA Awards, including three for 'Best Group' in 1987, 1989 and 1992. INXS_sentence_269


YearINXS_header_cell_1_0_0 Nominee / workINXS_header_cell_1_0_1 AwardINXS_header_cell_1_0_2 ResultINXS_header_cell_1_0_3
1987INXS_cell_1_1_0 "Listen Like Thieves"INXS_cell_1_1_1 Best GroupINXS_cell_1_1_2 WonINXS_cell_1_1_3
"Good Times" (INXS & Jimmy Barnes)INXS_cell_1_2_0 Single of the YearINXS_cell_1_2_1 NominatedINXS_cell_1_2_2
Highest Selling SingleINXS_cell_1_3_0 NominatedINXS_cell_1_3_1
1988INXS_cell_1_4_0 INXSINXS_cell_1_4_1 Best GroupINXS_cell_1_4_2 NominatedINXS_cell_1_4_3
1989INXS_cell_1_5_0 INXSINXS_cell_1_5_1 Outstanding Achievement AwardINXS_cell_1_5_2 WonINXS_cell_1_5_3
"Never Tear Us Apart"INXS_cell_1_6_0 Best VideoINXS_cell_1_6_1 WonINXS_cell_1_6_2
Best GroupINXS_cell_1_7_0 WonINXS_cell_1_7_1
Single of the YearINXS_cell_1_8_0 NominatedINXS_cell_1_8_1
1991INXS_cell_1_9_0 XINXS_cell_1_9_1 Album of the YearINXS_cell_1_9_2 NominatedINXS_cell_1_9_3
Best GroupINXS_cell_1_10_0 NominatedINXS_cell_1_10_1
1992INXS_cell_1_11_0 Live Baby LiveINXS_cell_1_11_1 Best GroupINXS_cell_1_11_2 WonINXS_cell_1_11_3
1993INXS_cell_1_12_0 "Baby Don't Cry", "Heaven Sent", "Taste It"INXS_cell_1_12_1 Engineer of the YearINXS_cell_1_12_2 NominatedINXS_cell_1_12_3
Welcome to Wherever You AreINXS_cell_1_13_0 Best GroupINXS_cell_1_13_1 NominatedINXS_cell_1_13_2
1994INXS_cell_1_14_0 "The Gift"INXS_cell_1_14_1 Best VideoINXS_cell_1_14_2 WonINXS_cell_1_14_3
Full Moon, Dirty HeartsINXS_cell_1_15_0 Best GroupINXS_cell_1_15_1 NominatedINXS_cell_1_15_2
2001INXS_cell_1_16_0 INXSINXS_cell_1_16_1 Hall of FameINXS_cell_1_16_2 WonINXS_cell_1_16_3
2004INXS_cell_1_17_0 I'm Only LookingINXS_cell_1_17_1 Best Music DVDINXS_cell_1_17_2 NominatedINXS_cell_1_17_3

Countdown Awards INXS_section_16

Countdown was an Australian pop music TV series on national broadcaster ABC-TV from 1974–1987, it presented music awards from 1979–1987, initially in conjunction with magazine TV Week but then independently. INXS_sentence_270

The Countdown Music and Video Awards were succeeded by the ARIA Awards. INXS_sentence_271

INXS won seven awards at the 1984 awards ceremony, which was broadcast on 25 May 1985. INXS_sentence_272

On 20 April 1986 they won three further Countdown awards for 1985. INXS_sentence_273

They won further award in the final awards in 1986, from five nominations. INXS_sentence_274


YearINXS_header_cell_2_0_0 Nominee / workINXS_header_cell_2_0_1 AwardINXS_header_cell_2_0_2 ResultINXS_header_cell_2_0_3
1980INXS_cell_2_1_0 INXSINXS_cell_2_1_1 Johnny O'Keefe New TalentINXS_cell_2_1_2 NominatedINXS_cell_2_1_3
1982INXS_cell_2_2_0 Shabooh ShoobahINXS_cell_2_2_1 Best Australian AlbumINXS_cell_2_2_2 NominatedINXS_cell_2_2_3
"One Thing"INXS_cell_2_3_0 Best Australian SingleINXS_cell_2_3_1 NominatedINXS_cell_2_3_2
INXSINXS_cell_2_4_0 Most Popular GroupINXS_cell_2_4_1 NominatedINXS_cell_2_4_2
1984INXS_cell_2_5_0 "Burn for You"INXS_cell_2_5_1 Best Group Performance in a VideoINXS_cell_2_5_2 WonINXS_cell_2_5_3
The SwingINXS_cell_2_6_0 Best AlbumINXS_cell_2_6_1 WonINXS_cell_2_6_2
INXSINXS_cell_2_7_0 Most Popular Australian GroupINXS_cell_2_7_1 WonINXS_cell_2_7_2
Andrew Farriss, Michael HutchenceINXS_cell_2_8_0 Best SongwriterINXS_cell_2_8_1 WonINXS_cell_2_8_2
"Burn for You"INXS_cell_2_9_0 Best Promotional VideoINXS_cell_2_9_1 WonINXS_cell_2_9_2
"Burn for You"INXS_cell_2_10_0 Best SingleINXS_cell_2_10_1 NominatedINXS_cell_2_10_2
"I Send a Message"INXS_cell_2_11_0 Best SingleINXS_cell_2_11_1 NominatedINXS_cell_2_11_2
INXSINXS_cell_2_12_0 Most Outstanding AchievementINXS_cell_2_12_1 WonINXS_cell_2_12_2
Michael HutchenceINXS_cell_2_13_0 Most Popular MaleINXS_cell_2_13_1 WonINXS_cell_2_13_2
1985INXS_cell_2_14_0 "What You Need"INXS_cell_2_14_1 Best VideoINXS_cell_2_14_2 WonINXS_cell_2_14_3
INXSINXS_cell_2_15_0 Most Popular Australian GroupINXS_cell_2_15_1 WonINXS_cell_2_15_2
INXSINXS_cell_2_16_0 Most Outstanding AchievementINXS_cell_2_16_1 WonINXS_cell_2_16_2
1986INXS_cell_2_17_0 "Kiss the Dirt"INXS_cell_2_17_1 Best Group Performance in a VideoINXS_cell_2_17_2 WonINXS_cell_2_17_3
"Good Times" (with Jimmy BarnesINXS_cell_2_18_0 Best Group Performance in a VideoINXS_cell_2_18_1 NominatedINXS_cell_2_18_2
"Kiss the Dirt"INXS_cell_2_19_0 Best VideoINXS_cell_2_19_1 NominatedINXS_cell_2_19_2
"Listen Like Thieves"INXS_cell_2_20_0 Best VideoINXS_cell_2_20_1 NominatedINXS_cell_2_20_2
INXSINXS_cell_2_21_0 Most Popular Australian GroupINXS_cell_2_21_1 NominatedINXS_cell_2_21_2

Grammy Awards INXS_section_17

INXS received three Grammy Award nominations. INXS_sentence_275


YearINXS_header_cell_3_0_0 Nominee / workINXS_header_cell_3_0_1 AwardINXS_header_cell_3_0_2 ResultINXS_header_cell_3_0_3
1988INXS_cell_3_1_0 KickINXS_cell_3_1_1 Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with VocalINXS_cell_3_1_2 NominatedINXS_cell_3_1_3
1990INXS_cell_3_2_0 "Suicide Blonde"INXS_cell_3_2_1 Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with VocalINXS_cell_3_2_2 NominatedINXS_cell_3_2_3
1994INXS_cell_3_3_0 "Beautiful Girl"INXS_cell_3_3_1 Best Short Form Music VideoINXS_cell_3_3_2 NominatedINXS_cell_3_3_3

International Rock Awards INXS_section_18

The International Rock Awards (1989–91) was a music award ceremony broadcast on ABC Television, to honor the top musicians in the genre of rock music. INXS_sentence_276


YearINXS_header_cell_4_0_0 Nominee / workINXS_header_cell_4_0_1 AwardINXS_header_cell_4_0_2 ResultINXS_header_cell_4_0_3
1989INXS_cell_4_1_0 ThemselvesINXS_cell_4_1_1 Artist of the YearINXS_cell_4_1_2 NominatedINXS_cell_4_1_3

MTV Video Music Awards INXS_section_19

INXS won five MTV Video Music Awards for their 1988 video "Need You Tonight/Mediate". INXS_sentence_277


YearINXS_header_cell_5_0_0 Nominee / workINXS_header_cell_5_0_1 AwardINXS_header_cell_5_0_2 ResultINXS_header_cell_5_0_3
1986INXS_cell_5_1_0 "What You Need"INXS_cell_5_1_1 Best Group VideoINXS_cell_5_1_2 NominatedINXS_cell_5_1_3
1988INXS_cell_5_2_0 "Need You Tonight/Mediate"INXS_cell_5_2_1 Viewer's ChoiceINXS_cell_5_2_2 WonINXS_cell_5_2_3
Video of the YearINXS_cell_5_3_0 WonINXS_cell_5_3_1
Best Group VideoINXS_cell_5_4_0 WonINXS_cell_5_4_1
Best Concept VideoINXS_cell_5_5_0 NominatedINXS_cell_5_5_1
Breakthrough VideoINXS_cell_5_6_0 WonINXS_cell_5_6_1
Best Special Effects in a VideoINXS_cell_5_7_0 NominatedINXS_cell_5_7_1
Best Art Direction in a VideoINXS_cell_5_8_0 NominatedINXS_cell_5_8_1
Best Editing in a VideoINXS_cell_5_9_0 WonINXS_cell_5_9_1
"Devil Inside"INXS_cell_5_10_0 Best Editing in a VideoINXS_cell_5_10_1 NominatedINXS_cell_5_10_2
1989INXS_cell_5_11_0 "New Sensation"INXS_cell_5_11_1 Best Art Direction in a VideoINXS_cell_5_11_2 NominatedINXS_cell_5_11_3

Pollstar Concert Industry Awards INXS_section_20

The Pollstar Concert Industry Awards is an annual award ceremony to honor artists and professionals in the concert industry. INXS_sentence_278


YearINXS_header_cell_6_0_0 Nominee / workINXS_header_cell_6_0_1 AwardINXS_header_cell_6_0_2 ResultINXS_header_cell_6_0_3
1986INXS_cell_6_1_0 ThemselvesINXS_cell_6_1_1 Next Major Arena HeadlinerINXS_cell_6_1_2 NominatedINXS_cell_6_1_3
TourINXS_cell_6_2_0 Small Hall/Club of the YearINXS_cell_6_2_1 NominatedINXS_cell_6_2_2
1989INXS_cell_6_3_0 Most Creative Stage ProductionINXS_cell_6_3_1 NominatedINXS_cell_6_3_2

Brit Awards INXS_section_21


YearINXS_header_cell_7_0_0 Nominee / workINXS_header_cell_7_0_1 AwardINXS_header_cell_7_0_2 ResultINXS_header_cell_7_0_3
1989INXS_cell_7_1_0 INXSINXS_cell_7_1_1 Best International GroupINXS_cell_7_1_2 NominatedINXS_cell_7_1_3
1991INXS_cell_7_2_0 INXSINXS_cell_7_2_1 Best International GroupINXS_cell_7_2_2 WonINXS_cell_7_2_3
Michael HutchenceINXS_cell_7_3_0 Best International MaleINXS_cell_7_3_1 WonINXS_cell_7_3_2
1992INXS_cell_7_4_0 INXSINXS_cell_7_4_1 Best International GroupINXS_cell_7_4_2 NominatedINXS_cell_7_4_3

Juno Awards INXS_section_22


YearINXS_header_cell_8_0_0 Nominee / workINXS_header_cell_8_0_1 AwardINXS_header_cell_8_0_2 ResultINXS_header_cell_8_0_3
1989INXS_cell_8_1_0 INXSINXS_cell_8_1_1 International Entertainer of the YearINXS_cell_8_1_2 NominatedINXS_cell_8_1_3

World Music Awards INXS_section_23


YearINXS_header_cell_9_0_0 Nominee / workINXS_header_cell_9_0_1 AwardINXS_header_cell_9_0_2 ResultINXS_header_cell_9_0_3
1993INXS_cell_9_1_0 INXSINXS_cell_9_1_1 World's Best Selling Australian ArtistINXS_cell_9_1_2 WonINXS_cell_9_1_3

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