Definitive INXS

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Definitive INXS
Compilation album by INXS
Released 14 October 2002
Recorded 1980-1997
Genre Rock, new wave, alternative rock, post-punk, dance-rock
Label Mercury Records
Producer Various
INXS chronology
Stay Young 1979–1982
Definitive INXS
The Years 1979–1997

Definitive INXS is a two-CD compilation of Australian rock band INXS released in 2002. It has almost the same track listing as The Best of INXS. The compilation features most of their hit singles, as well as two previously unreleased tracks, "Salvation Jane" and "Tight". "Salvation Jane" is an outtake taken from the X sessions in 1990. The 2002 remaster of X features the song's original demo. "Tight" was written by songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Farriss and recorded by the band during the sessions for Welcome to Wherever You Are in 1992. The song was reworked by the remaining members of INXS in 2002 after the death of vocalist Michael Hutchence in 1997. The compilation also features a cover of Steppenwolf's "Born to Be Wild", which was specially recorded for the April 1993 launch of Virgin Radio in the UK[1] and was first included on the Japanse release of Full Moon, Dirty Hearts.


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]

In his AllMusic review, writer Andy Kellman rated the compilation four stars out of five and compared Definitive INXS with other different double-disc INXS anthologies released that same year, calling Definitive INXS "considerably different" and highlighted the differences in both discs. He said, "While it's nice to have the disc of videos, it's the type of thing that only hardcore fans - and not people who just want the hits - would care to have." He ended his review by saying, "The saving grace is that Definitive INXS goes for the price of a single disc, but a band with too many key moments to fit onto one disc is deserving of better, like Shine Like It Does and The Years."[2]

Commercial performance[edit]

Although the album never charted in the band's native Australia, it was soon certified platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) in March 2003 for sales of 70,000 copies.[3] The album entered the New Zealand charts three years later on 8 August 2005 were it peaked at number 4 and remained in the charts for 4 weeks.[4] It was certified platinum by the Recorded Music NZ (RMNZ) for sales of 15,000 copies.[5] Definitive INXS also performed well in the United Kingdom peaking at number 15 and staying in the charts for 4 weeks.[6] The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) certified the album gold on 22 July 2013 for sales of 100,000 copies.[7]

Track listing[edit]

Disc 1
1."Need You Tonight"Andrew Farriss, Michael HutchenceKick 19873:04
2."What You Need"A. Farriss, M. HutchenceListen Like Thieves 19853:36
3."Disappear"Jon Farriss, M. HutchenceX 19904:07
4."Baby Don't Cry"A. FarrissWelcome to Wherever You Are 19924:41
5."Elegantly Wasted"A. Farriss, M. HutchenceElegantly Wasted 19974:34
6."Mystify"A. Farriss, M. HutchenceKick3:19
7."Just Keep Walking"Garry Gary Beers, A. Farriss, J. Farriss, Tim Farriss, M. Hutchence, Kirk PengillyINXS 19802:51
8."Suicide Blonde"A. Farriss, M. HutchenceX3:51
9."Never Tear Us Apart"A. Farriss, M. HutchenceKick3:03
10."Shining Star"A. FarrissLive Baby Live 19913:43
11."Beautiful Girl"A. FarrissWelcome to Wherever You Are3:10
12."Listen Like Thieves"G. Beers, A. Farriss, J. Farriss, T. Farriss, M. Hutchence, K. PengillyListen Like Thieves3:45
13."New Sensation"A. Farriss, M. HutchenceKick3:41
14."Bitter Tears"A. Farriss, M. HutchenceX3:52
15."Original Sin"A. Farriss, M. HutchenceThe Swing 19844:02
16."Devil Inside"A. Farriss, M. HutchenceKick3:57
17."The Gift"J. Farriss, M. HutchenceFull Moon, Dirty Hearts 19934:03
18."By My Side"A. Farriss, M. Hutchence, Chris ThomasX3:06
19."Born to Be Wild"Mars BonfireFull Moon, Dirty Hearts (Japanese Edition)3:50
20."Salvation Jane"A. Farriss 4:41
21."Tight"A. Farriss 3:38
Disc 2 (Bonus content)
1."Mystify" (Live)A. Farriss, M. Hutchence3:28
2."Suicide Blonde" (Live)A. Farriss, M. Hutchence4:06
3."New Sensation" (Live)A. Farriss, M.Hutchence4:12
4."Tight" (The Automator remix)A. Farriss4:36
5."Precious Heart" (Radio edit) 2:59
6."I'm So Crazy" (Radio edit) 3:11
7."Suicide Blonde" (Multimedia track)A. Farriss, M. Hutchence3:30

Charts and certifications[edit]


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