New Sensation

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For the Nana Mizuki's single with the same song name, see New Sensation (Nana Mizuki song).
"New Sensation"
Single by INXS
from the album Kick
B-side "Guns in the Sky"
Released 1988
Format 7", 12"
Recorded 1987
Genre Alternative rock, new wave
Length 3:38
Label Atlantic
Writer(s) Andrew Farriss
Michael Hutchence
Producer(s) Chris Thomas
INXS singles chronology
"Devil Inside"
(1988)
"New Sensation"
(1988)
"Never Tear Us Apart"
(1988)
Kick track listing
"Guns in the Sky"
(1)
"New Sensation"
(2)
"Devil Inside"
(3)

"New Sensation" is a song by the Australian rock group INXS. It was the third single from their 1987 album Kick. The music was written by Andrew Farriss and the lyrics by Michael Hutchence. The song reached no. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, no. 9 in Australia, no. 25 in the UK, and no. 8 on the Album Rock Tracks in the US.

The song features a signature Kirk Pengilly sax solo and lyrics about a partying lifestyle. The first line "Live, baby, live", was later referenced in the title of the bands' 1991 release Live Baby Live. The track is notable as being the first track to be performed at the London Astoria, and it was later covered by Welsh band The Automatic at the final performance at the venue in 2009.

The song was used in a commercial for SeaWorld in 1996-1997, shortly before Michael Hutchence's death.

At the 2010 AFL Grand Final, J.D. Fortune with INXS performed the song, along with Suicide Blonde.

In February 2014, after the Channel 7 screening of "INXS: Never Tear Us Apart" mini-series, "New Sensation" charted again in Australia via download sales. It peaked at no. 56 on the ARIA Singles Chart.

Track listing[edit]

7": Atlantic / 7-89080 (US)[edit]

  1. "New Sensation" – 3:38
  2. "Guns in the Sky" (Kookaburra Mix) – 2:20
  • also available on MC (7 89080-4)

7": Mercury / INXS 9 (UK)[edit]

  1. "New Sensation" (Remix) – 3:40
  2. "Do Wot You Do" – 3:16

12": Atlantic / 0-86572 (U.S.)[edit]

  1. "New Sensation" (Nick's Twelve Inch Mix) – 6:28
  2. "Guns in the Sky" (Kick Ass Mix) – 6:00

12": Mercury / INXS 912 (UK)[edit]

  1. "New Sensation" (Remix) – 3:40
  2. "Do Wot You Do" – 3:16
  3. "Love Is (What I Say)"
  4. "Same Direction"

12": WEA Records / 0-258016 (Australia)[edit]

  1. "New Sensation" (Nick's 12" Mix) – 6:28
  2. "Guns in the Sky" (Kick Ass Mix) – 6:00
  3. "New Sensation" (Nick's 7" Mix) – 3:40

Chart performance[edit]

Covers[edit]

Alternative rock band Snow Patrol covered the song for their Late Night Tales compilation. Their rendition was received positively by Hot Press magazine, which wrote that the song had been "well and truly patroled".[16]

Use in media[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Australian-charts.com – INXS – New Sensation". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
  2. ^ "Ultratop.be – INXS – New Sensation" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
  3. ^ "Top Singles – Volume 48, No. 14, July 23, 1988". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "Dance/Urban – Volume 48, No. 20, September 03 1988". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "Officialcharts.de – INXS – New Sensation". GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
  6. ^ "The Irish Charts – All there is to know". Irishcharts.ie. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 
  7. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – INXS - New Sensation search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
  8. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – INXS – New Sensation" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
  9. ^ "Charts.org.nz – INXS – New Sensation". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
  10. ^ "South African Rock Lists Website SA Charts 1969 – 1989 Acts (I)". Rock.co.za. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 
  11. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (in Spanish) (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  12. ^ "Archive Chart: 1988-01-23" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
  13. ^ a b c d "Kick – Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 
  14. ^ CASH BOX Top 100 Singles – Week ending JULY 16, 1988 at the Wayback Machine (archived 7 October 2012). Cash Box magazine. Retrieved 13 July 2014.
  15. ^ "Top 100 Hits for 1988". The Longbored Surfer. Retrieved 13 July 2014. 
  16. ^ "Snow Patrol cover INXS". Hot Press. 21 August 2009. Archived from the original on 19 September 2009. Retrieved 13 July 2014. 

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