Kick (INXS album)
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|Released||12 October 1987 (LP & Cassette)|
26 October 1987 (CD)
|Recorded||1986–1987 at Rhinoceros Recordings, Sydney, Australia, and Studio De La Grande Armée, Paris, France|
|Singles from Kick|
As the band's most successful studio album, it is certified six times platinum by the RIAA, and spawned four US top 10 singles, "New Sensation", "Never Tear Us Apart", "Devil Inside" and "Need You Tonight", the last of which reached the top of the US Billboard singles charts. At the 1988 MTV Video Music Awards, the band took home five Moonmen for the "Need You Tonight"/"Mediate" video.
Between 1980 and 1984, INXS had released four studio albums and had toured their native country Australia extensively. The band was receiving a great amount of attention in their homeland yet they were still determined to achieve international success. Although their first four albums resonated most strongly in Australia, with their fourth album, The Swing, enjoying success in both Australia and parts of Europe, it would be their 1985 release of Listen Like Thieves that brought the group international acclaim, as well as their long-awaited breakthrough in the US. The album peaked at No.11 on the US Billboard 200, and featured the band's first top 5 single in the US, "What You Need". Listen Like Thieves also marked the band's first of three album collaborations with producer Chris Thomas.
In August 1985, INXS toured ahead of the release for Listen Like Thieves. The fourteen-month world tour began in Australia, and was followed by a short promotional tour of Argentina and the Netherlands in October. One month after the release of Listen Like Thieves, INXS set off on a two-leg tour of the US. The first US leg continued into February of the New Year, and was soon followed by a two-month break. During the band's time off, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Farriss joined singer-songwriter Jenny Morris, to write and produce "You're Gonna Get Hurt", the first single of her 1987 debut album, Body and Soul. Vocalist and songwriter Michael Hutchence took up his first acting role, in the Australian film Dogs in Space, directed by long-time INXS music video collaborator Richard Lowenstein. In May, the band members reconvened and travelled to the UK to resume their Listen Like Thieves tour. For the next six months, they relentlessly toured Europe, the US and Australia.
After the success of Listen Like Thieves and its second single "What You Need", INXS knew their new material would have to be even better, according to guitarist and saxophonist Kirk Pengilly, "We wanted an album where all the songs were possible singles". Towards the end of 1986, the band members gathered at the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, NSW, Australia to rehearse the songs that Hutchence and Andrew had written for Kick. Thomas would return to produce, contributing his craft, influence and wisdom; all the key elements that helped make Listen Like Thieves a success.
Before commencing work on Kick, INXS participated in the 1986-1987 Australian Made tour. The brief tour was organized by the band's manager Chris Murphy, and was held in the six state capitals of Australia. Beginning in Hobart on 26 December 1986 and concluding in Sydney on 26 January, the six show event featured other Australian acts, including Jimmy Barnes, Mental as Anything, Divinyls, Models, The Saints, I'm Talking and The Triffids. To help promote the tour, INXS paired up with former Cold Chisel front man Barnes, to record two new songs: a cover of The Easybeats song "Good Times" and "Laying Down the Law", which Barnes co-wrote with INXS. Both songs were later featured in the Joel Schumacher film The Lost Boys and the associated The Lost Boys soundtrack. This version of "Good Times" proved a success in the charts, peaking at No.1 in New Zealand and No.2 in Australia, as well as obtaining chart positions in both the US (where it peaked at #47) and UK (where it peaked at No.18, in 1991).
Recording and production
In January 1987, INXS entered Rhinoceros Studios in Sydney to begin recording Kick, their sixth studio album, and second with Thomas. At the band's request, fellow engineer David Nicholas was brought in to assist with the album's production. Nicolas co-owned Rhinoceros recordings and had previously worked with the band on their 1982 album, Shabooh Shoobah, five years earlier. In the band's 2005 official autobiography – INXS: Story to Story, Nicholas was optimistic about the album's production as he recalls, "There was a really good feeling in the studio that this was going to be something big. The band had just come off a really successful tour of the US on the back of Listen Like Thieves, which really broke them there and they were on fire".
During production, management booked dates for the band's upcoming European tour. This proved a problem for Thomas as he felt the album needed more songs. Thomas recalls, "They had an incredible momentum building and were gaining fans all the time. There was an audience waiting for the product, but I decided that they didn't have the right songs yet". Thomas persuaded primary songwriters Hutchence and Andrew to fly to Hong Kong (where Hutchence and drummer Jon Farriss owned an apartment) to write more material for Kick. While waiting for a cab to go to the airport to fly to Hong Kong, Andrew thought up the famous guitar riff for "Need You Tonight". He told the cab driver to wait a couple of minutes while he went back to his motel room to grab something. In fact, he went back to record the riff on cassette. The cab driver was furious when Andrew returned to the cab forty-five minutes later. When Hutchence heard the demo in Hong Kong, he began to write the song's lyrics, penning most of them in just ten minutes.
At the end of their two-week seclusion in Hong Kong, Hutchence and Andrew returned to the recording sessions in Australia with a handful of demo tapes, including "Need You Tonight", "Kick" and "Calling All Nations". Thomas knew the album was done the moment he heard the recordings, and would soon organize for the last portion of the album's production to be carried out at the Studio De La Grande Armee in Paris, France. It was at this point that the album's title came to fruition as Hutchence and Andrew wrote a song of the same name during their time in Hong Kong. The title was previously considered during the recording sessions in Australia, when it was seen that the word "Kick" was featured in a couple of tracks at that point. There was also the appeal that the word had four letters like the band name.
Certain songs that were recorded early in production remained close to their demo counterparts, while others were changed drastically. Originally, "Never Tear Us Apart" was a piano ballad having no orchestral structure at all; the song's original arrangement is featured on Kick's 25th anniversary reissue. The demo of "Mediate" was also longer; when Andrew first played its demo in the studio, "Need You Tonight" was playing in the background. Upon hearing both tracks being played simultaneously, Nicholas labored to have the two tracks combined. Nicholas said in the band's official autobiography, "I rewound his tape and hit play just as "Need You Tonight" ended and synced up so perfectly that I actually thought something was wrong".
The members of INXS spent the final Kick sessions contributing their talents on Richard Clapton's Glory Road, which was being produced in the same studio. Clapton previously produced the band's second studio album, Underneath the Colours, and remained a close friend and collaborator with the band.
Music and lyrics
With Kick, Thomas fused the funk and soul of The Swing with the mainstream rock of Listen Like Thieves. In an interview with MusicRadar, Andrew stated, "The melding of funk and rock was always in our heads. We were very excited about the idea of overlaying two types of songs and genres together." This combination, along with the songwriting prowess between Andrew and Hutchence resulted in Kick: an energetic, emotional and upbeat album. Music Journalist Steve Huey of AllMusic identified with the album's musical style, stating, "Kick crystallized all of the band's influences – stones-y rock & roll, pop, funk, contemporary dance-pop – into a cool, stylish dance/rock hybrid. Nick Launay, producer of the band's fourth studio album The Swing noted, "They'd lean more toward funk on The Swing and then they'd lean toward rock on Thieves to make it in America. By the time Kick came around, it was time to lean toward funk again. When I heard that album [Kick], I thought, wow, they got it right".
The success of "What You Need" provided primary songwriters Hutchence and Andrew with the confidence and optimism to pen bigger material, and with the rest of the band's blessing, Kick is the first INXS album written by Hutchence and Andrew without input from the other members. When it came time to write and record Kick, the band set out to make an album that didn't share any musical formula with other hits of the time. According to Andrew, "Anyone can write a song that sounds contemporary. We wanted our songs to sound like the future". The resulting album features twelve accessible compositions, with each track possessing a different feel from the one previous, yet the whole album maintains a level of originality from song to song. Some of the album's guitar riffs are layered with synthesisers such as "Need You Tonight", while others feature timed pauses for effect before the instrumental breaks: "New Sensation" and "Never Tear Us Apart". Pengilly provides saxophone duties on a number of songs, including a signature saxophone solo on "New Sensation" and a cathartic solo on "Never Tear Us Apart". He also performs a well-paced saxophone lead on the album's title track.
Like the band's previous albums, Hutchence exhibits a warm and nimble vocal delivery on Kick, while extending his range in a breathy vocal register. From his opening grunts on "Guns in the Sky" to his intense shouting on "New Sensation" to his intimate whispers captured on "Need You Tonight" - Kick displays the singer's large scope of vocal abilities. As Andrew recalls, "Hutchence's instrument was his voice; he couldn't explain what he was thinking in musical terms. He would say things like, 'It needs to feel like this.' And I'd try to translate that into notes. The vocal hooks in the singer's melodies are supported by the band's instrumentation, giving the songs on the album a much more dynamic effect.
Upon its release, Kick was noted for being in sync with the visual media of the late 80's, which is instantly evident in the album's opening track "Guns in the Sky", as the song describes the state of the world and its obsession with arms. The rest of the album focuses on themes of fun, love and excess; "New Sensation" and "Calling All Nations" are both about a partying lifestyle, while "Never Tear Us Apart" describes an instant connection between two people who form a bond that will last forever. The lyrics to "Devil Inside" are about a life of excess. The sequencing of "Need You Tonight" and "Mediate" contrast in lyrics, as the former exudes intimacy while the latter addresses social concerns such as apartheid.
Upon completion of Kick, Murphy immediately flew to New York to play the finished album for the top executives of Atlantic Records. The record label rejected the album, feeling that the funk and dance elements would alienate the band's traditional rock following. Despite Atlantic's protests and their offer of one million dollars to produce the album all over again, Murphy resisted their proposition, and devised a strategy to get Kick released. Unbeknownst to Atlantic, Murphy arranged a secret meeting with the staff of Atlantic's radio promotion division to play them "Need You Tonight". He found a market when the head of College radio promotion agreed to play the song on campus radio. The song was a chart success on the radio network, and received heavy replay while the album's second single, "Devil Inside", crossed over onto classic rock play lists. Over the course of four consecutive top 5 singles and the support of a short college tour, with INXS playing concerts in college bars and university auditoriums across North America, Kick was quickly becoming popular among American fans.
Murphy's strategy had worked; Atlantic finally added Kick to their release schedule, however, the label agreed to do as little as possible to promote it. Kick was released in October 1987 to worldwide critical acclaim, and provided the band with worldwide popularity; it peaked at No. 1 in Australia, No. 3 on the US Billboard 200, No. 9 in the UK and No. 15 in Austria. In the US, the album spent a total of 79 weeks on the Billboard 200, staying 22 consecutive weeks in the top 10. It was an upbeat, confident album that yielded four Top 10 US singles, "New Sensation", "Never Tear Us Apart", "Devil Inside" and the No. 1 "Need You Tonight". In Canada, the album debuted at number 14 on the RPM Albums Chart on December 5, 1987. It reached the top of the charts on May 14, 1988 and remained there for 1 week. The album's biggest single "Need You Tonight" peaked at No. 2 on the UK charts, No. 3 in Australia, and No. 10 in France.
Within a year of its release, Kick had achieved gold and platinum status in many countries: in the US, the album was certified platinum on 22 December 1987 (less than two months after its release) by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), for sales of one million copies. Five months later, the album had attained double platinum status, and by the end of 1989, it was certified quadruple platinum, having sold in excess of four million units alone in the United States. Kick remains the band's best-selling album in Canada, earning a diamond certification from the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA), for shipments of one million copies. In the UK, Kick was the band's first album to attain a platinum certification by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI), achieving this in July 1988. Kick was a commercial success in other territories across Europe, earning platinum accreditations in France, Spain and Switzerland, all within a year of its release.
In 1989, a special edition of Kick was released in Japan through WEA, featuring six additional tracks: the b-sides "Move On" and "Different World", and four remixes of the songs "Devil Inside", "New Sensation", "Need You Tonight" and "Guns in the Sky".
Kick was first re-issued in 2002 by Rhino Entertainment as a remastered version. This expanded release included four previously unreleased bonus tracks: a bonus demo of "Mystify", as well as the demos "Jesus Was a Man" and "The Trap". It also features a guitar version of the b-side "Move On", which is one minute shorter and features a number of removed lyrics.
Mercury/Universal reissued the album in 2004 as part of their Deluxe Edition series of albums. This two-disc collection was exclusive to the UK only and featured two b-sides: "I'm Coming (Home)" and "On the Rocks", as well as three live tracks recorded during the band's 1987-1988 Kick tour in America. This release also featured a number of the extras from both the 1989 Japan special edition and the 2002 Rhino reissue.
A 2014 reissue (box set of 10 vinyl LP's entitled "All the Voices") of every INXS full-length studio release from 1980-1997 includes Kick. The pressing referred to can be identified by its UPC:0602537778966. The record jacket will show 2014 as the date of copyright by UI (Universal International).
A 2017 4-Disc 30th Anniversary Edition was released featuring the remastered original album, B-Sides, rare mixes & more across 3CDs plus a Blu-ray disc with the full Kick album mixed in Dolby Atmos immersive surround sound by Giles Martin with all the music videos. Housed within DVD sized fan-deluxe packaging including 48-page booklet with interviews, essays & rare photos.
Following the release of Kick, INXS embarked on a sixteen-month global tour playing arenas and stadiums in major cities across North America, Europe, Japan and Australia. The band started off their Kick tour on August 14 with a number of secret warm-up shows being played across south-eastern and north-eastern Australia, before setting off on a three leg tour of the US beginning in East Lansing, Michigan on September 16. The first American leg ran right through to November, followed by UK dates in December.
With the growing popularity of Kick, and the release of its first single, "Need You Tonight", all twelve songs from the album quickly became staples of the tour's setlists, with "Don't Change" being regularly played during a show's encore. Most of the songs from Kick became permanent staples for future INXS tours.
The US tour resumed in March with the band playing three sold-out shows at Radio City Music Hall in New York City from March 18 to March 20. Fleets of trucks were hired to transport the band's equipment, lighting and wardrobe across thousands of miles of road over the next three months. During the band's time spent commuting across America, Andrew began writing and playing new material with a guitar. According to INXS: The Official Inside Story of a Band on the Road, Andrew said, "Prior to the Kick tour I'd never written on the road – mainly because I didn't have time I guess. But with Kick I started writing with a guitar, and I was kind of proud that I'd taught myself to do that". INXS finished up the second leg of the American tour with a hand-full of shows being played in key cities across the California state, including San Francisco, Fresno and San Diego.
In October, INXS made a brief stopover in Japan to play a small number of shows and festivals in Tokyo and Yokohama, before flying on to Australia to finish the last segment of the Calling All Nations tour. By the time the Kick tour had reached Australia, INXS were global superstars, especially Hutchence, who was now seen as a world-class live performer.
Since the culmination of the Kick tour in November 1988, INXS agreed to a one-year respite, allowing the member's time off to spend with their families and to work on side projects. Bass guitarist Garry Gary Beers recalls, "By the end of that tour we were completely exhausted and burnt out. I mean we'd done Listen Like Thieves, toured on that for ages, recorded Kick straight away and then toured for 16 months". During 1989, Hutchence collaborated with Ian 'Ollie' Olsen on a side project, Max Q, the two had previously worked together on Lowenstein's film Dogs in Space. The rest of the band also took a break to work on side projects, but returned to the studio to record their follow-up album X (1990).
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AllMusic's Steve Huey described the album as "an impeccably crafted pop tour de force, the band succeeding at everything they try". He added, "More to the point, every song is catchy and memorable, branded with indelible hooks". Robert Christgau describes INXS as "silly middlebrow hacks" but acknowledges that Kick delivered "danceable rock and roll that sounds smart in the background". Australian rock music historian, Ian McFarlane, advises that "it became the band's most enduring release by mixing the hard rock sound of Thieves with a looser approach to dance grooves". In a retrospective review, Q wrote, "Hutchence's knowing, Jaggeresque vocal swagger turned 'Devil Inside,' 'Never Tear Us Apart' and the mighty 'Mystify' into something beyond what INXS had done before and what they would do again".
BBC Music's Cormac Heron reviewed the 2004 deluxe edition, "superfluous second disc notwithstanding, this is a near flawless collection of songs" and felt that the "production still sounds fresh and the song-writing partnership of Hutchence/Farriss wins you over with an anthemic glory". In a 2012 special review celebrating the anniversary of albums released in 1987, Classic Album Review admired Kick, calling it a "Well crafted pop/rock/dance album" and that it "transformed the band from the status of an alternative niche to that of a mainstream pop headlinder".
The video for the 1987 INXS track "Mediate" (which played after the video for "Need You Tonight") replicated the format of Bob Dylan's video for "Subterranean Homesick Blues," even in its use of apparently deliberate errors. In September 1988 the band won 5 categories in the MTV Video Music Awards with the video for "Need You Tonight/Mediate".
Kick is the band's best-selling album, with reported sales approaching 20 million worldwide as of 2012. According to the band's official autobiography, the album sold nearly 10 million units internationally only two years after its release. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified Kick as six times Platinum, with shipments of six million units, in 1997. In Canada, Kick is the second album by an Australian act to receive a diamond accreditation, the first being AC/DC's Back in Black.[better source needed] Kick remains the band's best selling album in the UK, having gone three times platinum in 1989, with over 1 million units sold. In the band's native Australia, Kick has gone seven times platinum, marking just over 500,000 in sales. 27 years after its release, Kick re-entered the Australian and New Zealand charts where it peaked again at No.2 in Australia and No.11 in New Zealand.
The album has been lauded by critics the world over as a work of "rhythm rock" perfection, and has made its way onto many "best of" lists; in their 1988 issue of "Best Albums of the Year", Rolling Stone readers allocated Kick at number 3. Two years later, the magazine ranked the album at number 11 in their 1990 Australian issue of "100 Greatest Albums of the 80s". The album achieved the same ranking on ABC's (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) list of 100 Best Australian Albums; a compendium compiled by Australian journalists John O’Donnell, Toby Creswell and Craig Mathieson. Kick was listed at number 5 in a similar list of "Hottest 100 Australian Albums of all time". Slicing up Eyeballs ranked Kick at number 6 in their 2013 list of "Top 100 Albums of 1987". VH1 placed the album's biggest single "Need You Tonight" at number 16 on its list of "Top 100 songs of the 80's". LA Weekly also listed the song at number 5 on their list of "20 Sexiest Songs of All Time".
In March 2010, as part of his Record Club series where he covers classic albums in their entirety, Beck released the first video of his cover version of Kick on his website. The videos were submitted weekly in the same track order as the original release, although the whole album was recorded in just twelve hours on 3 March.
The album's third single, "New Sensation", was recently featured on the radio station Non-Stop-Pop FM, in the 2014 re-release for Grand Theft Auto V, the fourth best-selling video game of all time (as of February 2017).
In July 2012, Universal Music Group announced that Kick would be re-issued in various formats to celebrate the album's 25th anniversary. This marked the third time the album has been expanded since its initial release. Although the announcement was not officially confirmed on the band's website, track listings for the album's 25th anniversary began appearing on various UK retail websites via Mercury Records, with release dates set in the fall of 2012. INXS confirmed the news on their website a few days after the announcement by Universal Music Group. It was later reported by the Daily Express that a DVD would be included in the collection, featuring brand new video clips of Hutchence, as well as never before seen handwritten lyrics, sourced directly from the singer's family archives. The band's manager stated, "It'll be an amazing, super-duper package. There's stuff that was recorded with Michael for Kick that didn't go on the album".
Various formats of Kick were simultaneously released on 12 September 2012: a deluxe edition, a super deluxe edition, two digital editions available for download and a limited-edition red-vinyl release. Each format includes the original Kick album remastered, with all of the bonus tracks from the 2002 Rhino expanded release and the 2004 Mercury UK deluxe set. The deluxe edition, a two-disc set, includes b-sides, remixes, demos and live performances on the second disc. The super deluxe edition comes in a ten-inch square slipcase, with an 84-page hard back book inside, a red disc wallet for the four discs (three CD’s and 1 DVD), an original tour poster and a Kick sticker sheet. The book features unseen photos, interviews and never before seen lyrics penned by Hutchence. The DVD offers video footage from the band's Calling All Nations world tour, promo videos, and a brand new documentary titled 'Track Baby Track', featuring clips and interviews about the making of the album.
|1.||"Guns in the Sky"||Michael Hutchence||2:21|
|4.||"Need You Tonight"||3:01|
|6.||"The Loved One"||Ian Clyne, Gerry Humphreys and Rob Lovett||3:37|
|8.||"Never Tear Us Apart"||3:05|
|11.||"Calling All Nations"||3:02|
|1989 Japan special edition|
|13.||"Devil Inside (Re-mix Version)"||6:30|
|14.||"New Sensation" (Nick 12" Mix)"||6:30|
|16.||"Need You Tonight (Mendelsohn Mix)"||7:02|
|18.||"Guns in the Sky (Kick Ass Mix)"||Hutchence||6:02|
|2002 reissue bonus tracks|
|13.||"Move On (Guitar Version)"||3:48|
|14.||"Jesus Was a Man"||6:10|
|15.||"Mystify (Chicago Demo)"||4:11|
|16.||"The Trap (Demo)"||2:32|
|2004 deluxe edition disc 2|
|2.||"I'm Coming (Home)"||T. Farriss||4:50|
|3.||"On the Rocks"||K. Pengilly||3:06|
|4.||"Mystify (Chicago Demo)""||4:06|
|5.||"Jesus Was A Man (Demo/Outtakes)"||6:07|
|6.||"The Trap (Demo)"||2:29|
|7.||"New Sensation (Nick 12" Mix)"||6:30|
|8.||"Guns In The Sky (Kick Ass Remix)"||6:01|
|9.||"Need You Tonight (Mendelson Extended Mix)"||7:12|
|10.||"Mediate (Live From America)"||3:50|
|11.||"Never Tear Us Apart (Live From America)"||3:35|
|12.||"Kick (Live From America)"||3:47|
|2012 deluxe edition disc 2|
|1.||"Never Tear Us Apart (Soul Version)"||3:31|
|2.||"Move On (Guitar Version)"||3:44|
|3.||"I'm Coming (Home)"||T. Farriss||4:50|
|4.||"On the Rocks"||K. Pengilly||3:06|
|5.||"Mystify (Chicago Demo)"||4:06|
|6.||"Jesus Was A Man (Demo/Outtakes)"||6:07|
|7.||"The Trap (Demo)"||2:29|
|8.||"Never Tear Us Apart (Live From America)"||3:35|
|9.||"Do Wot You Do"||3:16|
|10.||"Guns In The Sky (Kick Ass Remix)"||Hutchence||6:01|
|11.||"New Sensation (Nick 7")"||3:40|
|12.||"Different World (7")"||4:16|
|13.||"Calling All Nations (Kids On Bridges Remix)"||3:09|
|2012 super deluxe edition disc 2 (25th anniversary limited edition)|
|1.||"Move On (Guitar Version)"||3:44|
|2.||"I'm Coming (Home)"||T. Farriss||4:50|
|3.||"Mediate (Live From America)"||3:50|
|4.||"Never Tear Us Apart (Live From America)"||3:35|
|5.||"Kick (Live From America)"||3:47|
|6.||"On the Rocks"||K. Pengilly||3:06|
|7.||"Do Wot You Do"||3:16|
|8.||"Mystify (Chicago Demo)"||4:06|
|9.||"Jesus Was a Man (Demo/Outtakes)"||6:07|
|10.||"The Trap (Demo)"||2:29|
|11.||"Guns In The Sky (Kick Ass Remix)"||Hutchence||6:01|
|12.||"Need You Tonight (Mendelsohn Extended Mix)"||7:12|
|2012 super deluxe edition disc 3 (25th anniversary limited edition)|
|1.||"Never Tear Us Apart (Soul Version)"||3:31|
|2.||"New Sensation (Nick 12" Mix)"||6:30|
|3.||"New Sensation (Nick 7" Mix)"||3:40|
|4.||"Devil Inside (Extended Remix)"||6:29|
|5.||"Devil Inside (7")"||5:11|
|6.||"Different World (7")"||4:16|
|7.||"Calling All Nations (Kids On Bridges Remix)"||3:09|
|2012 super deluxe edition DVD (25th anniversary limited edition)|
|1.||"Track Baby Track - Documentary"||35:13|
|2.||"Kick World Tour Exclusive Band Footage"||15:43|
|4.||"Guns In The Sky (Video)"||2:21|
|5.||"Need You Tonight (Video)"||3:10|
|2017 (30th anniversary expanded edition)|
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