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Sunday, October 29, 2006

 

ModMusic: Vintage INXS

Old 80's bands never die...they just put out another hits compilation, right? But in the case of INXS, we do feel that what was so special about them -- their iconic, unforgettable and regrettably late lead singer, Michael Hutchence -- was a loss they never really recovered from. Sure, the band has continued on, with a succession of guest singers including Terrence Trent D'Arby, Jon Stevens, Jimmy Barnes, and reality show winner J.D. Fortune. But they've never matched their mid-1980's run of superb soul-rock tunes. Making music is a tricky thing, a combination of ingredients without a recipe to follow.

The worldwide acclaim came with hits like "Need You Tonight," "Listen Like Thieves" and "What You Need," but prior to that they put out their best album, 1984's The Swing. It led off its stellar ten tracks with the savage dance anthem "Original Sin," exploring the social ostracism of interracial relationships. The album continued through surprising and unique musical terrain, including the not-quite-romantic "Love Is (What I Say)". We miss you, Michael. It's just not the same without you.

Download: "Original Sin," INXS
Download: "Love Is (What I Say)," INXS
Then Get: The Swing, INXS
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