Kiss the Dirt (Falling Down the Mountain)

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"Kiss the Dirt (Falling Down the Mountain)"
Cover art for Australian and US vinyl editions
Single by INXS
from the album Listen Like Thieves
Released August 1986
Format CD single, 12" Single
Recorded 1985
Genre Alternative rock, pop rock, post-punk
Length 3:56
Label Atlantic
Writer(s) Andrew Farriss
Michael Hutchence
Producer(s) Chris Thomas
INXS singles chronology
"What You Need"
"Kiss the Dirt (Falling Down the Mountain)"
"Listen Like Thieves"

"Kiss the Dirt (Falling Down the Mountain)" is a song by the Australian alternative rock band INXS. It was written by Andrew Farriss and Michael Hutchence and included as the third track on the 1985 album Listen Like Thieves.

It was released as the album's fourth single on August 1986 and reached #15 on the Australian singles chart, becoming the band's eighth Top 20 hit in their country. It was, however, the band's seventh single that failed to chart in the United States, but it did manage to reach #24 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks.

On 2002, "Kiss the Dirt (Falling Down the Mountain)" was included on the soundtrack of the popular and critically acclaimed Rockstar video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.

The music video shows the band performing on a salt lake in South Australia. The band flew direct from the USA to the site and filmed the clip overnight then flew back to the USA. In the bridge, the band is shown performing while fire and gloom cover the area, before the skies clear up at the end.


Chart (1986) Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 15
UK Singles Chart 54
U.S. Billboard Album Rock Tracks 24