Kick to reboot reissue
The spirit of Michael Hutchence will be resurrected on the 25th anniversary release of INXS’S album, writes Cameron Adams
INXS will mark the 25th anniversary of their iconic album Kick with previously unseen material featuring late singer Michael Hutchence.
The 1987 release has sold more than 14 million copies worldwide making it one of the biggest- selling Australian albums of all time.
The band has unearthed unreleased demo versions of songs from Kick, which included the hits Need You Tonight, Never Tear Us Apart, Mystify, Devil Inside and New Sensation.
Documentary footage featuring Hutchence will also be included across a handful of deluxe editions all released on September 21.
A super- deluxe version will include an 80- page art book featuring never- beforeseen handwritten lyrics by Hutchence from his family’s archives. An original Kick tour poster and red vinyl album are spread across the various formats.
‘‘ It’ll be an amazing, super- duper package, INXS manager Chris Murphy said. ‘‘ There’s stuff that was recorded with Michael that didn’t go on the album.’’
Murphy has been actively planning reissues of the entire INXS catalogue, which the band now own.
‘‘ I don’t want INXS dumbed- down into five hits, Murphy said.
‘‘ They’ve got so many tracks it’s frightening. I don’t want them known for three or four songs. That’s deadly. That’s a band who had a couple of hits in the ’ 80s. Every band has a cycle. The cycle of INXS has come around.’’
After releasing two successful INXS compilations, Kick will kick start the reissue of their studio albums.
‘‘ The band are still a successful touring act and a great brand,’’ Murphy said.
‘‘ I can see INXS being one of the strongest musical brands in the world over the next 10 to 20 years. I told the band, ‘ Your grandchildren will thank me for what we’ve done’.
‘‘ I’m looking after the brand and the band. INXS are playing better than I ever remember them playing.’’
The plan is for INXS, now fronted by Irish singer Ciaran Gribbin, to play Kick from start to finish in Australia later this year.
‘‘ We’re thinking about a very limited tour, a 25th anniversary tour to play Kick live, Murphy said.
‘‘ Ciaran has been an extraordinary find. It’s like fate. This guy is heaven sent, pardon the pun. Michael is helping us here.
‘‘ He would have loved Ciaran. It’s scary. I keep saying to the band ‘ Michael’s with us on this one, it’s different.
‘‘ I’ve never seen INXS so happy and motivated. They’re writing some serious new songs.’’
Murphy is also writing his autobiography, including memories of INXS, who he started managing in 1980, and his dealings with Hutchence.
‘‘ Poor INXS, the five guys have copped a lot. You see on their Facebook all the time people saying, ‘ Give it up, boys’,’’ Murphy said.
‘‘ But Michael was a nightmare towards the end. He was a beautiful man, but he was a nightmare.’’