Need You Tonight

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"Need You Tonight"
Single by INXS
from the album Kick
B-side "I'm Coming (Home)"
"Mediate" (Music video)
Released 23 September 1987
1 June 2005 (remixes)
Format 12" single, 7" single, CD single, Cassette
Genre New wave, funk rock[1]
Length 3:00
Label Atlantic, Mercury Records, WEA
Writer(s) Andrew Farriss, Michael Hutchence
Producer(s) Chris Thomas
INXS singles chronology
"Good Times"
(1987)
"Need You Tonight"
(1987)
"Devil Inside"
(1988)

"Need You Tonight" is the fourth song on INXS's 1987 album Kick as well as the first single from the album released worldwide. It is the only INXS single to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. It also achieved their highest charting position in the United Kingdom, where the song reached number two on the UK Singles Chart, however this peak was only reached after a re-release of the single in November 1988. On its first run on the UK Charts in October 1987, it stalled at No. 58. While it would arguably become the band's signature song, it was one of the last songs recorded for the album.

In February 2014, after the Channel 7 screening of "INXS: Never Tear Us Apart" mini-series, "Need You Tonight" charted again in Australia via download sales. It peaked at No. 28 on the ARIA Singles Chart.[2]

Background[edit]

In INXS's official autobiography, INXS: Story to Story, Andrew Farriss said that the famous riff to the song appeared suddenly in his head while waiting for a cab to go to the airport to fly to Hong Kong. He asked the cab driver to wait a couple of minutes while he grabbed something from his motel room. In fact, he went up to record the riff and came back down an hour later with a tape to a very annoyed driver. This riff was later described[by whom?] as sounding like a cross between Keith Richards and Prince. (Actually, the riff is an ingenious variation of Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust".)

The song is a much more electronic track than most of the band's material before or after, combining sequencers with regular drum tracks and a number of tracks of layered guitars. To approximate the sound on the recorded track, the band often utilizes click tracks for a frequent synthesizer chord as well as rim shots heard throughout the song.

On the Kick album, the song is linked to the next song, entitled either "Mediate" or "Meditate" depending on the pressing of the album. On some compilations, the two tunes appear together and on others, only "Need You Tonight" appears (rarely, if ever, has "Mediate" appeared on its own).

Music video[edit]

The music video combined live action and different kinds of animation. Directed by Richard Lowenstein, the video was actually "Need You Tonight / Mediate", as it combined two songs from the album. Lowenstein claimed that the particular visual effects in "Need You Tonight" were created by cutting up 35mm film and photocopying the individual frames, before re-layering those images over the original footage.

For "Mediate", it segues into a tribute to Bob Dylan's "Subterranean Homesick Blues". The members flip cue cards with words from the song; the last one displays the words "Sax Solo," at which point Kirk Pengilly starts a saxophone solo. Beneath the lyric "a special date" in the "Mediate" portion of the video, the cue card shown reads "9-8-1945" which in Australian date format is 9 August 1945, the date which the atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, Japan.

The video won five MTV Video Music Awards including 1988 Video of The Year and was ranked at number twenty-one on MTV's countdown of the 100 greatest videos of all time.[3]

Track listings[edit]

Charts[edit]

Preceded by
"The Way You Make Me Feel" by Michael Jackson
US Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
January 30, 1988 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Could've Been" by Tiffany
US Cash Box number-one single
January 30, 1988 (1 week)

Ac Rock version[edit]

"Need You Tonight"
Single by Ac Rock
from the album Acapellago
Released 13 August 1999
Format CD single
Genre Pop, a cappella
Length 3:05
Label Mercury Records
Writer(s) Andrew Farriss, Michael Hutchence
Producer(s) Ac Rock

In 1999, a cappella group Ac Rock covered Need You Tonight on their album Acapellago. The a cappella passages in the cover is designed to model the instrumentation of the original, but it is in contrast to the original very pop backed heavy and as a bonus track on the cd-single is a cover of Crowded House song Don't Dream It's Over there. besides there are also different length versions of the cover: For example, an extended version with a length of 6:36 and a 4:03 minute long remix.

Track listings[edit]

Maxi CD single

  1. "Need You Tonight" — 3:05
  2. "Don't Dream It's Over" — 4:00
  3. "Need You Tonight" (Extended version) — 6:36
  4. "Need You Tonight" (Remix) — 4:03

Rogue Traders remix[edit]

"One of My Kind"
Single by Rogue Traders vs. INXS
from the album We Know What You're Up To
Released 23 February 2003 (2003-02-23) (Australia)
Format CD single, 12" single
Recorded 2002
Genre Dance
Length 3:20 (radio edit)
4:18 (album version)
Label Vicious Grooves
Writer(s) James Ash
Producer(s) James Ash
Rogue Traders vs. INXS singles chronology
"Give in to Me"
(2002)
"One of My Kind"
(2003)
"Stay?"
(2003)

Rogue Traders covered and remixed "Need You Tonight" and released it as a single in Australia. The song was renamed "One of My Kind", where it reached No. 10 on the Australian Top 100 Singles Chart, becoming their first top-10 hit. "One of My Kind" is the second single released by the Rogue Traders for their debut album We Know What You're Up To. Because it was the only hit single from their album, the band was publicly considered a one-hit wonder until "Voodoo Child" reached No. 4 in 2005.

The music video is set in a dance party where the lizard on the single cover wanders around looking for a girl of his kind. He finds one looking lonely. The two sit together and he singles the line 'you're one of my kind' before the video ends.[25]

Track listings[edit]

Maxi CD single

  1. "One of My Kind" (radio edit)
  2. "One of My Kind" (club mix edit)
  3. "One of My Kind" (Phunked Remix)

12" vinyl

  1. "One of My Kind" (12" mix)
  2. "One of My Kind" (radio edit)
  3. "One of My Kind" (dub mix)

Australian CD single

  1. "One of My Kind" (Radio Edit)
  2. "One of My Kind" (Rogue Traders Club Adventure)
  3. "One of My Kind" (Swimming in blue mix)
  4. "One of My Kind" (Rogue Traders Dub)
  5. "Make It Better" (Original Mix)

Charts[edit]

The single spent 15 weeks in the charts, 9 of which were in the top 50.[26][27] The single also topped the ARIA Dance chart.

Chart (2003) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[26] 10

Other cover versions[edit]

References[edit]

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