Beautiful Girl (INXS song)

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"Beautiful Girl"
Single by INXS
from the album Welcome to Wherever You Are
Released 13 February 1993
Format CD single, Cassette, 7" Vinyl
Recorded 1992
Genre Alternative rock, Pop Rock
Length 3:31
Label Mercury Records UK/Europe, Atlantic Records USA, EastWest Australia
Writer(s) Andrew Farriss
INXS singles chronology
"Taste It"
(1992)
"Beautiful Girl"
(1993)
"The Gift"
(1993)

"Beautiful Girl" was the fifth, internationally released single from the 1992 album Welcome to Wherever You Are, by Australian rock band INXS. The song was written by Andrew Farriss who was inspired to write this by the birth of his baby daughter. In an interview by Debbie Kruger[1] the INXS keyboardist explained: "I was writing lyrics like "Baby Don't Cry" and "Beautiful Girl" and lyrics just about how wonderful it is to have something else in your life besides yourself to worry about and think about." The most rare thing about this release, was it in the US was available only in Cassette format and not in digital format (Compact Disc) (see track listings).

The band recorded an album in memory of Michael Hutchence, Original Sin, featuring re-worked versions of INXS songs with guest vocalists.

This song was used for an American TV awareness campaign about the effects of anorexia.[2]

In February 2014, after the Channel 7 screening of "INXS: Never Tear Us Apart" mini-series, "Beautiful Girl" charted again in Australia via download sales. It peaked at #77 on the ARIA Singles Chart.

B-sides[edit]

The B-sides on the first of two UK CD Single releases include solo compositions from guitarist Tim Farriss; "In My Living room" and another by Lead guitarist Kirk Pengilly entitled "Ashtar Speaks" as well the original version of "Strange Desire" from the Welcome to Wherever You Are album. The second CD release contained a re-recorded version of Beautiful Girl, as well as a new remix of "Underneath The Colours" from the Underneath the Colours album and an instrumental version of "Wishing Well", also from the "Welcome to Wherever You Are" album.

Track listings[edit]

CD5 maxi single INXSCD24 Mercury/UK
  1. Beautiful Girl (3:31)
  2. Strange Desire (Original Recording) (4:40)
  3. In My Living Room (3:56)
  4. Ashtar Speaks (3:39)
CD maxi single INXCX24 Mercury/UK
  1. Beautiful Girl (Mendelsohn Mix) (3.11)
  2. Strange Desire (Original Recording) (4:40)
  3. Underneath The Colours (Chicken Mix) (4.08)
  4. Wishing Well (Instrumental) (3.26)
CD5 45099-18322 EastWest/Australia
  1. Beautiful Girl (3:31)
  2. Strange Desire (Original Recording) (4:40)
  3. In My Living Room (3:56)
  4. Ashtar Speaks (3:39)
  5. Wishing Well (Instrumental) (3.26)
7" Vinyl and Cassette single INXS24 Mercury/UK
  1. Beautiful Girl (3:31)
  2. Strange Desire (Original Recording) (4:40)
Cassette single 4-87383 Atlantic/US
  1. Beautiful Girl (3:31)
  2. Strange Desire (Original Recording) (4:40)
Cassette single 45099-1844-4 EastWest/Australia
  1. Beautiful Girl (3:31)
  2. Strange Desire (Original Recording) (4:40)
  3. In My Living Room (3:56)
  4. Ashtar Speaks (3:39)

Charts[edit]

Chart (1993) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Billboard Hot 100 46
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 10
UK Singles Chart 23
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 34

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Andrew Farriss - APrap". Debbiekruger.com. Retrieved 2012-01-15. 
  2. ^ "h2g2 - INXS - the Band". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-01-15.