Underneath the Colours

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Underneath the Colours
Studio album by INXS
Released 19 October 1981
Recorded July - August 1981
Genre New Wave, rock, post-punk
Length 38:35
Label Deluxe Records
Mercury Records
Atco Records (US)
Producer Richard Clapton
INXS chronology
INXS
(1980)
Underneath the Colours
(1981)
Shabooh Shoobah
(1982)
Singles from Underneath the Colours
  1. "Stay Young"
    Released: September, 1981
  2. "Underneath the Colours"
    Released: January 1982
  3. "Night Of Rebellion"
    Released: January 1982
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
Alpha 3/5 stars
Rolling Stone 2.5/5 stars[2]

Underneath the Colours is Australian rock group INXS' second album. It was released in Australia in October 1981 on the Deluxe Records label and reached No 15 on the Australian album charts.

Background[edit]

In 1981, INXS signed Gary Grant as their tour manager, who then became co-manager a year later.[3] Between touring commitments, the band released their third single in May 1981, "The Loved One", which was a cover of a 1966 song by Australian group The Loved Ones. The song was recorded at Studio 301 in Sydney,[3] produced by Richard Clapton,[4] and peaked in the Top 20.[5][6]

The success of the single led to Clapton and the band returning to Studio 301 between July and August 1981 to create their second studio album. The album was released on 19 October 1981 and became a hit in Australia peaking at No. 15.[6]

It was with this album that Michael Hutchence's songwriting started to mature and the band started to find a unique sound. Included were political songs and their very first ballad. It was released outside Australia and New Zealand in 1984, as the band were gaining momentum in their success.

Kirk Pengilly said of the album, "It was very difficult for us. We'd toured the first album and then we had to come up with a follow up. We weren't really prepared for it and I think the album suffered a bit because of that."[7]

The first single from the album was "Stay Young" in October, which reached No 21 on the Australian Singles chart in November,[6] it was followed by "Night of Rebellion" in January 1982. In July 1982 INXS signed a new deal with WEA Australia for releases in Australia, South East Asia, Japan and New Zealand; with sister label Atco Records (a subsidiary of Atlantic Records) for North America and with Polygram for United Kingdom and the rest of Europe.[3][4][5][8]

The cover is an uncredited linocut by British artist Cyril Power titled Underneath The Colours.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Stay Young"   Andrew Farriss, Michael Hutchence 3:25
2. "Horizons"   A. Farriss, Hutchence 5:13
3. "Big Go Go"   Garry Gary Beers, A. Farriss, Jon Farriss, Tim Farriss, Hutchence, Kirk Pengilly 3:12
4. "Underneath the Colours"   A. Farriss, Hutchence 3:59
5. "Fair Weather Ahead"   Beers, A. Farriss, J. Farriss, T. Farriss, Hutchence, Pengilly 4:21
6. "Night of Rebellion"   A. Farriss, Hutchence, Pengilly 3:44
7. "Follow"   Hutchence, Pengilly 3:53
8. "Barbarian"   Beers, A. Farriss, J. Farriss, T. Farriss, Hutchence, Pengilly 3:00
9. "What Would You Do"   Beers, A. Farriss, J. Farriss, T. Farriss, Hutchence, Pengilly 3:08
10. "Just to Learn Again"   Beers, A. Farriss, Hutchence 4:43
Total length:
38:35

Personnel[edit]

Singles[edit]

  1. "Stay Young"/"Lacavocal" (September 1981) (AUS #21)
  2. "Underneath the Colours"/"Prehistoria" (January 1982) (New Zealand only)
  3. "Night of Rebellion"/"Prehistoria" (January 1982)

Videos[edit]

  1. "Stay Young"
  2. "Underneath the Colours"
  3. "Night of Rebellion"

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/r9881
  2. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian, eds. (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. p. 406. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  3. ^ a b c St John, Ed (1998). Burn : The life and times of Michael Hutchence and INXS. Bantam Books, Sydney. ISBN 0-7338-0182-X. 
  4. ^ a b Holmgren, Magnus; Shaw, Julian; Meyer, Peer. "INXS". Australian Rock Database. Passagen (Magnus Holmgren). Archived from the original on 1 April 2012. Retrieved 11 February 2014. 
  5. ^ a b McFarlane, Ian (1999). "Encyclopedia entry for 'INXS'". Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop. Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-86448-768-2. Retrieved 13 March 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, Sydney: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.  Note: Used for Australian Singles and Albums charting until ARIA created their own charts in mid-1988.
  7. ^ Tracee Hutchison (1992). Your Name's On The Door. Sydney, New South Wales: ABC Enterprises. p. 19. ISBN 0-7333-0115-0. 
  8. ^ Nimmervoll, Ed. "INXS". HowlSpace. Archived from the original on 22 July 2008. Retrieved 17 November 2008.