Kick to re­boot reis­sue

The spirit of Michael Hutchence will be res­ur­rected on the 25th an­niver­sary re­lease of INXS’S al­bum, writes Cameron Adams

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Music -

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.’’

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