Afterglow (INXS song)

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Afterglow INXS.jpg
Single by INXS
from the album Switch
Released 25 April 2006
Format CD single, Digital download
Genre Alternative rock
Soft rock
Length 4:09
Label Epic
Writer(s) Andrew Farriss, Desmond Child
Producer(s) Guy Chambers
INXS singles chronology
"Pretty Vegas"
"Devil's Party"

"Afterglow" is a song by Australian rock band INXS, released as the second single from the band's eleventh studio album, Switch, on 25 April 2006.[1]

The song was written by Andrew Farriss and Desmond Child,[2] and was a tribute to Michael Hutchence, one of INXS' founders, who was alleged to have committed suicide in 1997.[3] In singing the song, J. D. Fortune, winner of Rock Star: INXS, described his role in Hutchence's legacy—his "afterglow". The song is described as "soft rock", with melody reminiscent of INXS' earlier work with Hutchence.[2]

"Afterglow" peaked at #24 on the ARIA Singles chart, spending 10 weeks in the top 50.[4] The song reached #22 on the Billboard Adult Top 40 chart, and #20 on the Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks.[5] "Afterglow" appeared on the Kuschelrock, Vol. 20 compilation released in September 2006.[6]

Music video[edit]

The video for the single features actress Estella Warren and J. D. Fortune in a loft in downtown Los Angeles. J. D. Fortune walks alone on the empty Sixth Street Viaduct and is later joined by the rest of the band of INXS.

Additionally Randy Boyer has reworked the song in a remix with Eric Talda.


Music critic Matt Collar of the publication Allmusic praised the song as an "epic ballad", noting how it drew influence from U2's track "With or Without You".[7]


Chart (2006) Peak
Canadian Singles Chart 3
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 24
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks 20


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  2. ^ a b "Put your mind to rest while listening.......". EOpinions. Retrieved 2008-03-05. 
  3. ^ "Paula challenges Hutchence verdict". BBC. 10 August 1999. Archived from the original on 27 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-05. 
  4. ^ "INXS - Afterglow". Retrieved 2008-03-05. 
  5. ^ "INXS > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-03-05. 
  6. ^ "Kuschelrock, Vol. 20 > Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-03-05. 
  7. ^