Music / INXS
"That's why - You need
That's why - This is what you need
I'll give you what you need"
—INXS, "What You Need"
were an Australian
rock band that existed from 1977 to 2012. Among their best known hits are "What You Need," "Need You Tonight" and "Never Tear Us Apart." Formed in 1977 they spent many years on the Aussie pub rock circuit and supporting other bigger bands before breaking through with their 1985 album Listen Like Thieves
and following up with the smash hit Kick
coinciding with the golden age of MTV
where their videos became highly popular. The band rode a wave of popularity for the next ten years releasing four more well received albums before tragedy hit the band. The charismatic lead singer and Face of the Band
Michael Hutchence was found dead of a suicide (though autoerotic asphyxiation is also a strong suspect) in a Sydney hotel room on November 22, 1997 dealing the band a body blow from which they never really recovered.
This obviously completely derailed the band for some years and despite a two year stint with ex Noiseworks
singer Jon Stevens the band didn't do much of note until they decided to recruit a new singer (J.D. Fortune) via the Reality Television
show Rock Star: INXS
. This lead to tours and two new albums in 2005 and 2010 before offscreen drama between Fortune and the rest of the band started to tell. The band soldiered on for a couple of years with Fortune's status as a permanent member, guest vocalist or hired gun fluctuating on a regular basis before finally calling it quits in 2012.
As usual, you can find a more comprehensive history at The Other Wiki
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