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INXS (pronounced "in excess") was an Australian rock band, formed as The Farriss Brothers in 1977 in Sydney, New South Wales. They began playing covers in Western Australian pubs and clubs, occasionally playing some of their original music. Mainstays were main composer and keyboardist Andrew Farriss, drummer Jon Farriss, guitarists Tim Farriss and Kirk Pengilly, bassist Garry Gary Beers and main lyricist and vocalist Michael Hutchence. For twenty years, INXS was fronted by Hutchence, whose "sultry good looks" and magnetic stage presence made him the focal point of the band. Initially known for their new wave/pop style, the band later developed a harder pub rock style that included funk and dance elements.

In 1980, INXS first charted in their native Australia with their debut self-titled album, but later garnered moderate success in other countries with Shabooh Shoobah and a single, "The One Thing". Though The Swing brought more success from around the world, its single "Original Sin" was even greater commercially, becoming their first number-one single. They would later achieve international success with a series of hit recordings through later in the 1980s and the 1990s, including the albums Listen Like Thieves, Kick, and X, and the singles "What You Need", "Need You Tonight", "Devil Inside", "New Sensation", and "Suicide Blonde".

In the 1990s, INXS achieved a greater fan following through Hutchence's romance with fellow Australian singer Kylie Minogue, and achieved greater acclaim in the United Kingdom. However, starting with Welcome to Wherever You Are, in 1992, they achieved less success in the United States. After Hutchence was found dead in his hotel suite in Sydney in November 1997, the band did not perform publicly for a year. They made appearances with several guest singers, including Jimmy Barnes, Terence Trent D'Arby and Jon Stevens; Stevens formally joined the band for a tour and recording session in 2002. In 2005, members of INXS participated in Rock Star: INXS, a reality television series broadcast worldwide, culminating in the selection of their new lead singer, Canadian J.D. Fortune. With Fortune, the band released "Pretty Vegas" and "Afterglow" as singles, and the album Switch.

In late 2010, the band recorded and released Original Sin, a tribute album, featuring guest artists such as Kavyen Temperley (of Eskimo Joe) and Ben Harper. In September 2011, the band announced that Irish singer-songwriter Ciaran Gribbin had replaced Fortune as their lead vocalist ahead of a planned tour of South America, Australia and Europe later in the year. On November 11, 2012, during their performance as support act to Matchbox Twenty at Perth Arena, Australia, INXS announced that the performance would be their last, though they did not officially announce a permanent band retirement. In 2014, INXS released a tell-all history of the band on an Australian television interview special, The Story Behind INXS. 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 won six Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) awards including three for 'Best Group' in 1987, 1989 and 1992, and was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2001. As of June 2015, INXS has sold over 45 million records worldwide.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1980 INXS INXS 3
1981 Underneath the Colours INXS 2
1982 Shabooh Shoobah INXS 5 4
1984 The Swing INXS 6
1985 Listen Like Thieves INXS 5 9
1987 Kick INXS 4.5 18
1990 X INXS 5 7
1992 Welcome to Wherever You Are INXS 5
1993 Full Moon, Dirty Hearts INXS 4
1997 Elegantly Wasted INXS 3
2005 Switch INXS 3
2010 Original Sin INXS 5

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1991 INXSive INXS 1
1994 The Greatest Hits INXS 5 6
2001 Shine Like It Does: The Anthology 1979-1997 INXS 1
2002 The Best of INXS INXS 1
2002 Definitive INXS 3
2002 Stay Young 1979-1982 (The Complete 'Deluxe Years') INXS 1
2002 The Years 1979-1997 INXS 1
2004 I'm Only Looking: The Best of INXS INXS 1
2004 Original Sin: The Collection INXS 2 1
2004 Need You Tonight and Other Hits INXS 1
2011 Platinum: Greatest Hits INXS 1
2011 The Very Best INXS 1
2011 The Complete B-Sides Collection, Volume 2 INXS 1
2011 The Very Best INXS 1
Greatest Hits INXS 1
Taste It: The Collection INXS 1
The Very Best of INXS INXS 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1991 Live Baby Live INXS 4

Album + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2004 INXS²: The Remixes INXS 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1980 Simple Simon INXS 1
1980 Just Keep Walking INXS 1
1981 The Loved One INXS 1
1981 Stay Young INXS 1
1982 Night of Rebellion INXS 1
1983 Original Sin INXS 2
1984 Burn for You INXS 1
1985 What You Need INXS 2
1986 Good Times INXS and Jimmy Barnes 2
1987 Need You Tonight INXS 5
1987 Never Tear Us Apart INXS 7
1987 New Sensation INXS 3
1988 Devil Inside INXS 2
1991 Bitter Tears INXS 1
1991 Shining Star INXS 1
1991 By My Side INXS 1
1992 Baby Don't Cry INXS 1
1992 Heaven Sent INXS 1

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