Mediate (song)

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"Mediate"
Song by INXS from the album Kick
Released 19 October 1987 (1987-10-19)
Genre New wave
Length 2:36
Writer Andrew Farriss, Michael Hutchence
Producer Chris Thomas
Kick track listing
"Need You Tonight"
(4)
"Mediate"
(5)
"The Loved One"
(6)

"Mediate" is a song by INXS from their 1987 album, Kick. On the album, the song segues from their big hit single, "Need You Tonight." The song has the distinction of having almost every line rhyme with the word "ate" (as in "Mediate").

Lyrical content[edit]

According to the liner notes of the remastered Kick, Andrew Farriss received help from Michael Hutchence with the lyrics. In return, Farriss helped Hutchence with the lyrics to "Guns in the Sky," and a compromise was reached: Farriss received sole credit on "Mediate," and Hutchence received sole credit on "Guns in the Sky."

Music video[edit]

Main article: Need You Tonight

The song was never released as a single, but there was a video for it, which followed "Need You Tonight". Both the video and the song pay homage to Bob Dylan's "Subterranean Homesick Blues", as the members flip cue cards with words from the song on them, followed by Kirk Pengilly with a saxophone solo.

Beneath the lyric "a special date" in the "Mediate" portion of the video, the cue card shown reads "9-8-1945". This refers to the date 9 August 1945, which was the date the atomic bomb, codenamed Fat Man, was dropped on Nagasaki, Japan. As the date is in the little endian format, with the day first and month second (as per convention in Australia), American observers sometimes confuse the date for 8 September 1945.

The cards contain multiple spelling mistakes, E.G. "Facinate" which should have been "Fascinate", further emulating Dylan's video.

Mediate: The Ralphi Rosario Remixes (featuring Tricky)[edit]

"Mediate"
Single by INXS featuring Tricky
from the album Mediate: The Ralphi Rosario Remixes
Released 20 September 2011
Format MP3
Recorded 2010–2011
Genre Rock, pop, dub, house, electronic
Length 19:51
Label Petrol Electric
Writer(s) Andrew Farriss
Michael Hutchence
Producer(s) Ralphi Rosario
INXS singles chronology
"Never Tear Us Apart"
(2010)
"Mediate"
(2011)
Promotional single cover

In 2010, "Mediate" was re-recorded by INXS and featured Tricky on vocals. The song was remixed by Ralphi Rosario. The recording was originally released on the band's twelfth studio album, Original Sin.[1] On 29 July 2011, a promotional, three-track single was released through Petrol Electric/Atco Records to U.S. Billboard and radio stations.[2] The disc contained three different remix versions of "Mediate" all done by Rosario. 16 September 2011, the song peaked at #5 on the Billboard dance chart.[3] 20 September 2011, an official, three-track single entitled Mediate: The Ralphi Rosario Remixes was released as a digital download by Petrol Electric (Rhino). The MP3 album had the same track listing as the aforementioned promo disc. Additional promotional remixes were released to Billboard Dance Chart reporters, entitled "The Empulsive Naked Highway Mixes" by Reed McGowan and Sy Boccari.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are remixed by Ralphi Rosario and feature Tricky on vocals.

Mediate: The Ralphi Rosario Remixes
No. Title Length
1. "Mediate" (Ralphi Rosario Vocal) 7:46
2. "Mediate" (Ralphi Rosario Minimal Vocal/Dub) 7:59
3. "Mediate" (Ralphi Rosario Radio) 4:06
Total length:
19:51

Charts[edit]

Chart (2011) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs 5[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Covered... Tricky 'Mediate' (INXS Cover)". stereotypedlife.wordpress.com. 10 November 2010. Retrieved 16 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "INXS Featuring Tricky - Mediate". Discogs. Retrieved 16 April 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "No. 5 on the Billboard Dance Chart". trickysite.com. Retrieved 16 April 2012. 

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