Elegantly Wasted

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This article is about the album. For the title track from this album, see Elegantly Wasted (song).
Elegantly Wasted
Studio album by INXS
Released 4 April 1997
Recorded December 1996 – February 1997
Genre Alternative rock
Length 51:53
Label Mercury
Producer Bruce Fairbairn & Andrew Farriss
INXS chronology
Full Moon, Dirty Hearts
(1993)
Elegantly Wasted
(1997)
Switch
(2005)
Singles from Elegantly Wasted
  1. "Elegantly Wasted"
    Released: March 1997
  2. "Everything"
    Released: May 1997
  3. "Don't Lose Your Head"
    Released: September 1997
  4. "Searching"
    Released: September 1997

Elegantly Wasted is the tenth studio album by Australian rock band INXS. It was released in April 1997, and is the final album recorded with lead singer Michael Hutchence, who was found dead in a Sydney hotel room in November that same year.

The band had spent April 1996 rehearsing in London, and moved over to Vancouver, Canada to record with Bruce Fairbairn in December that year.[1] Michael and Andrew Farriss also travelled to Dublin to put the finishing touches on the albums demos. Production of the album was completed by Michael and Andrew in Spain by February 1997.[2]

All three Farriss brothers dedicated the album to their mother, Jill, who passed away in 1995. Two songs that did not make the final cut of the album were included on the Bang the Drum EP (2004).

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2/5 stars[3]
Q 2/5 stars[4]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[5][6]
Entertainment Weekly 4/5 stars
Ultimate Guitar 9.5/10 stars

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Andrew Farriss and Michael Hutchence

No. Title Length
1. "Show Me (Cherry Baby)"   4:17
2. "Elegantly Wasted"   4:32
3. "Everything"   3:13
4. "Don't Lose Your Head"   4:02
5. "Searching"   4:04
6. "I'm Just a Man"   4:48
7. "Girl on Fire"   3:55
8. "We Are Thrown Together"   5:36
9. "Shake the Tree"   4:10
10. "She Is Rising"   5:24
11. "Building Bridges"   3:55
12. "Shine"   3:52
Total length:
51:53

Variations[edit]

  • "Shine" does not appear on the US/Canadian edition and is not to be confused with "Shine Like It Does".
  • The Japanese regular edition and Australian limited edition release of the album features the bonus track "Let It Ride".

Singles[edit]

  • "Elegantly Wasted"/"Need You Tonight" (March 1997)
  • "Everything"/"Let It Ride" (May 1997)
  • "Don't Lose Your Head"/"I'm Just a Man" (live) (September 1997)
  • "Searching" (September 1997)
  • 3 track Shagsonic Dub promo, A1 "Elegantly Wasted (Shagsonic Dub)", B1 "Elegantly Wasted (Shagsonic Remix)", B2 "Elegantly Wasted (Shagsonic Bonus Beats)" (1997)

Personnel[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Bruce Fairbairn – producer
  • Richard Guy – engineer
  • Mike Plotnikoff – engineer
  • Tom Lord-Alge – mixing engineer

References[edit]

  1. ^ "An Excess Of INXS > News > Archives - 1996". Inxsweb.com. Retrieved 2012-01-05. 
  2. ^ "INXS@Everything2.com". Everything2.com. Retrieved 2012-01-05. 
  3. ^ "allmusic ((( Elegantly Wasted > Overview )))". www.allmusic.com. Retrieved 2010-01-04. 
  4. ^ "Q Magazine | Music news & reviews, music videos, band pictures & interviews". Qthemusic.com. Retrieved 2012-01-05. 
  5. ^ "Internet Archive Wayback Machine". Web.archive.org. 16 May 2008. Retrieved 2012-01-05. 
  6. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian, eds. (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. p. 406. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  7. ^ INXS- Elegantly Wasted @Discogs.com Retrieved 12-21-2013.