Need You Tonight

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"Need You Tonight"
Need you tonight.jpg
Single by INXS
from the album Kick
  • "I'm Coming (Home)"
  • "Mediate" (music video)
  • 1987
  • 2005 (remixes)
GenreFunk rock[1]
Producer(s)Chris Thomas
INXS singles chronology
"Good Times"
"Need You Tonight"
"Devil Inside"
Music video
"Need You Tonight" on YouTube

"Need You Tonight" is a song by the Australian rock band INXS, released as the first single from their 1987 album, Kick, as well as the fourth song on the album. It is the only INXS single to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. It also achieved their highest charting position in the United Kingdom, where the song reached number two on the UK Singles Chart; however, this peak was only reached after a re-release of the single in November 1988. On its first run on the UK charts in October 1987, it stalled at No. 58. It was one of the last songs recorded for the album, yet it would arguably become the band's signature song.

In February 2014, after the Channel 7 screening of the INXS: Never Tear Us Apart mini-series, "Need You Tonight" charted again in Australia via download sales. It peaked at No. 28 on the ARIA Singles Chart.[2] In January 2018, as part of Triple M's "Ozzest 100", the 'most Australian' songs of all time, "Need You Tonight" was ranked number 69.[3]


In INXS's official autobiography, INXS: Story to Story, Andrew Farriss said that the famous riff to the song appeared suddenly in his head while waiting for a cab to go to the airport to fly to Hong Kong. He asked the cab driver to wait a couple of minutes while he grabbed something from his motel room. In fact, he went up to record the riff and came back down an hour later with a tape to a very annoyed driver.

The song is a much more electronic track than most of the band's material before or after, combining sequencers with regular drum tracks and a number of tracks of layered guitars. To approximate the sound on the recorded track, the band often utilizes click tracks for a frequent synthesizer chord as well as rim shots heard throughout the song.

On the Kick album, the song is linked to the next song, which is entitled either "Mediate" or "Meditate", depending on the pressing of the album. On some compilations, the two tunes appear together and on others, only "Need You Tonight" appears (rarely, if ever, has "Mediate" appeared on its own).

Music video[edit]

The music video combined live action and different kinds of animation. Directed by Richard Lowenstein, the video was actually "Need You Tonight / Mediate", as it combined two songs from the album. Lowenstein claimed that the particular visual effects in "Need You Tonight" were created by cutting up 35mm film and photocopying the individual frames, before re-layering those images over the original footage.

For "Mediate", it segues into a tribute to Bob Dylan's "Subterranean Homesick Blues". The members flip cue cards with words from the song; the last one displays the words "Sax Solo," at which point Kirk Pengilly starts a saxophone solo. Beneath the lyric "a special date" in the "Mediate" portion of the video, the cue card shown reads "9-8-1945" which in Australian date format is 9 August 1945, the date which the atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, Japan.

The video won five MTV Video Music Awards including 1988 Video of The Year and was ranked at number twenty-one on MTV's countdown of the 100 greatest videos of all time.[4]

Track listings[edit]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Rogue Traders remix[edit]

"One of My Kind"
Rogue traders one of my kind INXS.jpg
Single by Rogue Traders vs. INXS
from the album We Know What You're Up To
Released24 February 2003 (2003-02-24)[31]
  • 3:20 (radio edit)
  • 4:18 (album version)
LabelVicious Grooves
Songwriter(s)James Ash
Producer(s)James Ash
Rogue Traders singles chronology
"Give in to Me"
"One of My Kind"

Rogue Traders covered and remixed "Need You Tonight" and released it as a single in Australia. The song was renamed "One of My Kind", where it reached No. 10 on the Australian Top 100 Singles Chart, becoming their first top-10 hit. "One of My Kind" is the second single released by the Rogue Traders for their debut album We Know What You're Up To.[citation needed]

The music video is set in a dance party where the lizard on the single cover wanders around looking for a girl of his kind. He finds one looking lonely. The two sit together and he sings the line 'you're one of my kind' before the video ends.[32]

Track listings[edit]

Maxi CD single

  1. "One of My Kind" (radio edit)
  2. "One of My Kind" (club mix edit)
  3. "One of My Kind" (Phunked remix)

12" vinyl

  1. "One of My Kind" (12" mix)
  2. "One of My Kind" (radio edit)
  3. "One of My Kind" (dub mix)

Australian CD single

  1. "One of My Kind" (radio edit)
  2. "One of My Kind" (Rogue Traders club adventure)
  3. "One of My Kind" (Swimming in blue mix)
  4. "One of My Kind" (Rogue Traders dub)
  5. "Make It Better" (original mix)


The single spent 15 weeks on the ARIA Charts, nine of which were in the top 50.[33][34] The single also topped the ARIA Club and Dance charts.[35][36]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2003) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[33] 10
Australian Club Chart (ARIA)[35] 1
Australian Dance (ARIA)[36] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2003) Position
Australian Dance (ARIA)[37] 15

Other cover versions[edit]

See also[edit]


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