INXS - Kick - 12" Vinyl LP Album - 1980s New Wave

Kick is the 1987 album by the Australian Rock / New Wave band "INXS".


INXS - Kick 1980s Pop / New Wave 12" Vinyl LP Album front cover

Album Description:

In the vibrant and ever-evolving landscape of 1980s music, few bands captured the essence of the era quite like INXS. With their iconic 12" vinyl LP album "Kick", released in 1987, the Australian rock band solidified their status as pioneers of the New Wave movement. Led by the charismatic and enigmatic frontman Michael Hutchence, INXS delivered an album that remains a testament to their musical brilliance and timeless appeal.

Comprising of members Michael Hutchence, Andrew Farriss, Kirk Pengilly, Tim Farriss, Garry Gary Beers, and Jon Farriss, INXS brought a fresh and dynamic sound to the music scene. Each member contributed their unique talents to create a cohesive and eclectic musical experience, with "Kick" serving as a prime example of their collective brilliance.

The album opens with the irresistible groove of "Need You Tonight", a track that embodies the slick production and infectious hooks that define the New Wave genre. Hutchence's seductive vocals and the band's tight musicianship instantly captivate listeners, setting the tone for the rest of the album.

As the album progresses, "Kick" reveals its diverse range of styles and influences. "Devil Inside" showcases a darker and edgier side of the band, with its brooding atmosphere and haunting lyrics. The cover of "The Loved One" pays homage to their Australian roots while infusing it with their signature energy and flair.

The title track, "Kick", stands out as a bold anthem that exemplifies INXS's ability to fuse rock with pop sensibilities. With its infectious guitar riffs and powerful chorus, the song encapsulates the band's knack for crafting memorable and radio-friendly hits.

"Guns in the Sky" and "Wild Life" exude a rebellious spirit, addressing social and political themes with a sense of urgency. These tracks serve as a reminder of INXS's willingness to tackle important issues and use their platform to make a statement.

One of the album's undeniable highlights is "New Sensation". Its vibrant energy and catchy hooks make it an instant classic. Hutchence's dynamic vocal performance shines through, perfectly complemented by the band's tight instrumentation and memorable melodies.

INXS showcases their versatility and emotional depth in the haunting ballad "Never Tear Us Apart". Hutchence's soulful vocals and the band's delicate arrangement create a timeless and heartfelt song that resonates with listeners.

"Calling All Nations" and "Mystify" continue to demonstrate the band's ability to seamlessly blend different musical elements, ranging from rock to funk, while maintaining their distinctive sound. These tracks showcase the band's musical dexterity and their willingness to experiment with various styles.

Closing out the album is "Tiny Daggers", a frenetic and energetic track that leaves listeners craving more. Its frenzied tempo and infectious rhythm provide a fitting conclusion to a musical journey filled with memorable moments.

One cannot discuss INXS without mentioning the magnetic presence of Michael Hutchence. As the band's charismatic frontman, his powerful and seductive vocals, combined with his captivating stage presence, made him an icon of the era. Hutchence's tragic and untimely death in 1997 left a void in the music world, but his contributions to "Kick" and INXS's legacy remain indelible.

"Kick" catapulted INXS to international stardom, reaching the top of the charts in numerous countries and solidifying their status as one of the most influential bands of the 1980s. Its seamless blend of rock, pop, and New Wave elements, combined with Hutchence's magnetic presence, made it a genre-defining album that continues to resonate with audiences to this day.

Decades after its release, "Kick" remains a testament to the musical prowess and creative vision of INXS. With its infectious hooks, dynamic arrangements, and emotionally charged performances, the album showcases the band's ability to push boundaries and create music that stands the test of time. INXS's "Kick" is a true masterpiece that continues to captivate and inspire generations of music lovers around the world.

Music Genre:

  New Wave 
Producers: Produced by Chris Thomas. Engineer: David Nicholas  

Album Packaging / Information:

  Original custom inner sleeve with album details, lyrics and photos. 

Record Label & Catalognr:

Mercury 832 721 (832721)  

Media Format:

 12" LP Vinyl Gramophone Record 

Year & Country:

  1987 Made in Holland  
Band Members and Musicians on: INXS Kick


Track Listing of: INXS Kick

    Side One:
  1. Need you tonight
  2. Devil Inside
  3. The Loved One
  4. Kick
  5. Guns in the Sky
  6. Wild Life
  7. New Sensation
  8. Never tear us apart
  9. Calling all nations
  10. Mystify
  11. Tiny Daggers
  12. Mediate


Front Cover Photo Of INXS - Kick 1980s Pop / New Wave 12" Vinyl LP Album


INXS - Kick 1980s Pop / New Wave 12" Vinyl LP Album front cover

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INXS - Kick 1980s Pop / New Wave 12" Vinyl LP Album back cover

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INXS - Kick 1980s Pop / New Wave 12" Vinyl LP Album custom inner sleeve

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"Kick" Record Label Details: Mercury 832 721

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