Original Sin (INXS song)

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"Original Sin"
Single by INXS
from the album The Swing
B-side "In Vain"/"Just Keep Walking"
Released December 1983
Format 45 rpm
Recorded 1983
Genre Rock, new wave
Length 5:19 (album version)
3:45 (single edit)
6:35 (12" extended version)
Label WEA
Writer(s) Michael Hutchence, Andrew Farriss
Producer(s) Nile Rodgers
INXS singles chronology
"Black and White"
(1983)
"Original Sin"
(1984)
"I Send a Message"
(1984)

"Original Sin" was the first single by Australian rock group INXS released in 1984 from their fourth album The Swing. It was written by Michael Hutchence and Andrew Farriss, and produced by Nile Rodgers.

It was released as a single in the US in December 1983,[1] where it reached No. 58 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1984. In Australia, it reached No. 1 in 1984,[2] and became an international hit during that year.

Singer Daryl Hall sings the chorus along with Hutchence. According to an interview done in Australia, Hall says Nile Rodgers called him up and asked him to sing on the song.[3] Rodgers had participated in remixing the single "Adult Education" for Hall & Oates the previous year.

The music video was directed by Yamamoto San and was filmed in Japan, it features INXS singing the song arriving on motorbikes, as a fairground is set up and taken down around them, all brought in and removed with large trucks.

In 2010, INXS teamed up with American vocalist Rob Thomas and Cuban female rapper DJ Yalediys to rerecord "Original Sin", this time as a dance single. The single is featured in the 2010 INXS tribute album Original Sin.[4]

In February 2014, after the Channel 7 screening of "INXS: Never Tear Us Apart" mini-series, "Original Sin" charted again in Australia via download sales. It peaked at no. 61 on the ARIA Singles Chart.

Track listing[edit]

7" single Track listing

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Original Sin"   M. Hutchence, A. Farriss[5] 3:45
2. "In Vain/Just Keep Walking"   G. Beers, M. Hutchence, A. Farris, J. Farris, T. Farris, K. Pingily[6] 7:24

12"/CD Maxi single Track listing

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Original Sin" (Extended remix) M. Hutchence, A. Farriss[5] 6:23
2. "Jan's Song" (Live) M. Hutchence, A. Farriss[7] 3:06
3. "To Look at You" (Live) A. Farris[8] 3:39

Chart performance[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "INXS Singles > Original Sin (Dream On) (Dec 1983)". Inxsweb.com. Retrieved 11 July 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Australia No. 1 hits -- 1980's". World Charts. Retrieved 17 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "Nile Rodgers Talks About "Original Sin's" Original Lyrics". Waisthigh.net. 14 February 2012. Retrieved 11 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "INXS – Rob Thomas & DJ Yaleidys talk about recording "Original Sin" (Original Sin)". YouTube. 25 October 2010. Retrieved 11 July 2014. 
  5. ^ a b ""Original Sin" at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  6. ^ ""Just Keep Walking" at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  7. ^ ""Jan's Song" at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  8. ^ ""Johnson's Aeroplane" at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  9. ^ "Ultratop.be – INXS – Original Sin" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
  10. ^ (Dutch) "Original Sin – INXS". Top 30. Retrieved 11 July 2014. 
  11. ^ "RPM Top Singles." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
  12. ^ (French) "InfoDisc : Tous les Titres par Artiste". InfoDisc. Select "INXS" from the artist drop-down menu. Retrieved 17 June 2013. 
  13. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – INXS - Original Sin search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
  14. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – INXS – Original Sin" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
  15. ^ "Charts.org.nz – INXS – Original Sin". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
  16. ^ "INXS – Original Sin – swisscharts.com". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
  17. ^ a b "INXS – Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 17 June 2013. 
  18. ^ CASH BOX Top 100 Singles – Week ending JUNE 2, 1984 at the Wayback Machine (archived 1 October 2012). Cash Box magazine. Retrieved 11 July 2014.
  19. ^ "Lescharts.com – Kash vs. INXS – Dream On Black Girl (Original Sin)" (in French). Les classement single.
  20. ^ "Forum – ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts – Top 100 End of Year AMR Charts – 1980s". Australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 11 July 2014. 
  21. ^ (French) "TOP – 1984". Top-france.fr. Retrieved 11 July 2014. 

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Preceded by
"All Night Long (All Night)" by Lionel Richie
Australian Kent Music Report number-one single
30 January 1984 – 6 February 1984 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Love Is a Battlefield" by Pat Benatar
Preceded by
"Till the World Ends" by Britney Spears
US Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs number-one single
4 June 2011 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Hollywood Tonight" by Michael Jackson