INXS (album)

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Studio album by
Released13 October 1980
StudioTrafalgar (Annandale, New South Wales)
GenreNew wave, rock, post-punk
LabelDeluxe, Mercury
ProducerDuncan McGuire, INXS
INXS chronology
Underneath the Colours
Singles from INXS
  1. "Just Keep Walking"
    Released: October 1980

INXS is the debut studio album by Australian rock band INXS. It was released on Deluxe Records in Australia on 13 October 1980. The band recorded the album in midnight to dawn sessions during 1979 to 1980 after performing, on average, two gigs a day at local pubs around Sydney. All tracks were credited to band members, Garry Gary Beers (bass guitar and double bass); brothers Andrew (keyboards and guitar), Jon (drums, keyboards) and Tim Farriss (lead guitar); Michael Hutchence (lead vocals); and Kirk Pengilly (guitar, saxophone and backing vocals). The album was co-produced by the band and Duncan McGuire (ex-Ayers Rock). It spawned the single, "Just Keep Walking" (September 1980), which became their first Australian Top 40 hit. INXS peaked in the Top 30 of the related Kent Music Report Albums Chart. The album did not appear internationally until 1984.


INXS released their first single, "Simple Simon", in May 1980.[1][2][3] The single had its debut TV performance on Simon Townsend's Wonder World.[4] Their self-titled debut album, INXS, was recorded at Trafalgar Studios in Annandale, Sydney, it was co-produced by the band and Duncan McGuire (ex-Ayers Rock), with all songs attributed to the entire band.[2][5] In 1977 INXS had formed with a line-up of Garry Gary Beers (bass guitar and double bass); brothers Andrew (keyboards and guitar), Jon (drums, keyboards) and Tim Farriss (lead guitar); Michael Hutchence (lead vocals); and Kirk Pengilly (guitar, saxophone and backing vocals).[1]

INXS signed with Deluxe Records which gave them a budget of $10,000 to record the album, during 1979 to 1980 they recorded from midnight to dawn, usually after doing one or more performances earlier that night.[2] The album was released by Deluxe on 13 October 1980. Later Hutchence recalled working on INXS:[5]

I'm not a great fan of the first album. It's naïve and kinda cute, almost. It's these young guys struggling for a sound. All I can hear is what was going to happen later and it's probably an interesting album because of that. "Just Keep Walking" was the first time we thought we'd written a song. And that became an anthem around town. It's funny, I remember kids in pubs saying it and hearing it on the radio the first time. We'd never heard that before.

Tim Farriss remarked that the lyric "Shove it, brother / Just keep walking" from the song "sort of summed up our attitude. We took on an 'angry young man' status because we were working our guts out and still starving."[6]

INXS' early records demonstrated their new wave-ska-pop style, and were followed by near constant touring with almost 300 shows during 1981 as the band developed their status as a live act.[1][7] 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. This track was recorded at Studios 301 in Sydney,[5] produced by Richard Clapton,[8] and peaked in the Top 20.[1][3][9]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Rolling Stone[11]

AllMusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine was not impressed by INXS "playing a competent but unremarkable variation on droning new wave synth pop" but noted that Hutchence "exuded a powerful vocal charisma".[10]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Garry Gary Beers, Andrew Farriss, Jon Farriss, Tim Farriss, Michael Hutchence, Kirk Pengilly[12].

1."On a Bus"3:49
3."Just Keep Walking"2:43
4."Learn to Smile"4:55
6."In Vain"4:26
7."Roller Skating"2:47
8."Body Language"2:05
9."Newsreel Babies"2:41
10."Wishy Washy"3:51
Total length:33:23


Chart (1980/81) Peak
Australian (Kent Music Report)[9] 27


INXS Members[1]
Production details


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  4. ^ Jenkins, Jeff; Meldrum, Ian (2007). "25: INXS – Sometimes You Kick". Molly Meldrum presents 50 years of rock in Australia. Melbourne: Wilkinson Publishing. pp. 179–184. ISBN 978-1-92133-211-1.
  5. ^ a b c St John, Ed (1998). Burn : The life and times of Michael Hutchence and INXS (doc). Bantam Books, Sydney. ISBN 0-733-80182-X. {{cite book}}: |format= requires |url= (help)
  6. ^ McGee, David (June 1983). "Inxs: Angry Young Men at Work". Record. 2 (8): 3, 30.
  7. ^ Nimmervoll, Ed. "INXS". HowlSpace – The Living History of Our Music (Ed Nimmervoll). Archived from the original on 21 February 2001. Retrieved 23 January 2014.
  8. ^ Holmgren, Magnus. "INXS". Passagen. Australian Rock Database. Archived from the original on 22 October 2013. Retrieved 16 November 2008.
  9. ^ a b Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 149. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  10. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "INXS – INXS". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 18 March 2012.
  11. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian, eds. (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. p. 406. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  12. ^ "'On a Bus' at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Archived from the original on 28 September 2013. Retrieved 18 March 2012. Note: To search for other titles click on Search again and enter track name.