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 U.S. in December 1983,[1][2] where it reached No. 58 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1984. In Australia, it reached No. 1 in 1984,[3] 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.[4] Rodgers had participated in remixing the single "Adult Education" for Hall and 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.[5]

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 #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[6] 3:45
2. "In Vain/Just Keep Walking"   G. Beers, M. Hutchence, A. Farris, J. Farris, T. Farris, K. Pingily[7] 7:24

12"/CD Maxi single Track listing

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Original Sin" (Extended remix) M. Hutchence, A. Farriss[6] 6:23
2. "Jan's Song" (Live) M. Hutchence, A. Farriss[8] 3:06
3. "To Look at You" (Live) A. Farris[9] 3:39

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1984) Peak
position
Australian (Kent Music Report)[10] 1
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[11] 29
Canadian RPM Top Singles[12] 20
France (SNEP)[13] 2
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[14] 29
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[15] 31
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[16] 6
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[17] 23
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[18] 58
Chart (2006) Peak
position
France (SNEP)[19] 55
Chart (2011) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs[18][20] 1

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ An Excess Of INXS > INXS Discography > Singles
  2. ^ INXS - 'Original Sin (Dream On)' (Vinyl) at Discogs
  3. ^ http://www.onmc.iinet.net.au/AUST/84.htm
  4. ^ Nile Rodgers Talks About "Original Sin's" Original Lyrics.
  5. ^ from Youtube 25 October 2010
  6. ^ a b ""Original Sin" at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  7. ^ ""Just Keep Walking" at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  8. ^ ""Jan's Song" at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  9. ^ ""Johnson's Aeroplane" at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  10. ^ "Australia n°1 Hits - 80's". Worldcharts.co.uk. Retrieved 17 June 2013. 
  11. ^ "Ultratop.be – INXS – Original Sin" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  12. ^ "Original sin in Canadian Top Singles Chart". Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 17 June 2013. 
  13. ^ "Original sin in French Chart" (in French). Dominic DURAND / InfoDisc. 17 June 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2013.  You have to use the index at the top of the page and search "INXS"
  14. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – INXS search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  15. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – INXS – Original Sin" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  16. ^ "Charts.org.nz – INXS – Original Sin". Top 40 Singles.
  17. ^ "INXS – Original Sin – swisscharts.com". Swiss Singles Chart.
  18. ^ a b "INXS awards on Allmusic". Allmusic. Retrieved 17 June 2013. 
  19. ^ "Lescharts.com – Kash vs. INXS – Dream On Black Girl (Original Sin)" (in French). Les classement single.
  20. ^ "Chart Highlights: Adult Contemporary, Country Songs & More". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media). Retrieved 2011-05-23. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"All Night Long (All Night)" by Lionel Richie
Australian Kent Music Report number-one single
30 January 1984 – 6 February 1984
Succeeded by
"Love Is a Battlefield" by Pat Benatar