New Sensation

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"New Sensation"
INXS New Sensation Australian cover art.jpg
Standard artwork (Australian 12-inch vinyl single pictured)
Single by INXS
from the album Kick
B-side"Guns in the Sky"
Released1988
Format
Length3:38
LabelAtlantic
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Chris Thomas
INXS singles chronology
"Devil Inside"
(1988)
"New Sensation"
(1988)
"Never Tear Us Apart"
(1988)
Music video
"New Sensation” on YouTube

"New Sensation" is a song by the Australian rock group INXS. It was the third single from their 1987 album Kick. The music was written by Andrew Farriss and the lyrics by Michael Hutchence. The song reached no. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, no. 9 in Australia, no. 25 in the UK, and no. 8 on the Album Rock Tracks in the US.

The song features a signature Kirk Pengilly sax solo and lyrics about a partying lifestyle. The first line "Live, baby, live", was later referenced in the title of the bands' 1991 release Live Baby Live.

The video for the song was filmed on the roof of Municipal House in Prague and directed by Richard Lowenstein

INXS and J.D. Fortune performed the song at the 2010 AFL Grand Final along with "Suicide Blonde". The song was also the first track to be performed at the London Astoria. It was later covered by Welsh band The Automatic at the final performance at the venue in 2009.[citation needed]

In February 2014, after the Channel 7 screening of "INXS: Never Tear Us Apart" mini-series, "New Sensation" charted again in Australia via download sales. It peaked at no. 56 on the ARIA Singles Chart.[citation needed]

In 2018, fast food chain McDonald's used the song to advertise their Big Mac collection.

Track listing[edit]

7": Atlantic / 7-89080 (US)[edit]

  1. "New Sensation" – 3:38
  2. "Guns in the Sky" (Kookaburra Mix) – 2:20
  • also available on MC (7 89080-4)

7": Mercury / INXS 9 (UK)[edit]

  1. "New Sensation" – 3:40
  2. "Do Wot You Do" – 3:16

12": Atlantic / 0-86572 (U.S.)[edit]

  1. "New Sensation" (Nick's Twelve Inch Mix) – 6:28
  2. "Guns in the Sky" (Kick Ass Mix) – 6:00

12": Mercury / INXS 912 (UK)[edit]

  1. "New Sensation" – 3:40
  2. "Do Wot You Do" – 3:16
  3. "Love Is (What I Say)"
  4. "Same Direction"

12": WEA Records / 0-258016 (Australia)[edit]

  1. "New Sensation" (Nick's 12" Mix) – 6:28
  2. "Guns in the Sky" (Kick Ass Mix) – 6:00
  3. "New Sensation" (Nick's 7" Mix) – 3:40

Chart performance[edit]

Covers[edit]

Alternative rock band Snow Patrol covered the song for their Late Night Tales compilation. Their rendition was received positively by Hot Press magazine, which wrote that the song had been "well and truly patroled".[16] The song was featured on a radio station in the 2014 re-release for Grand Theft Auto V on the station Non-Stop-Pop FM.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Australian-charts.com – INXS – New Sensation". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
  2. ^ "Ultratop.be – INXS – New Sensation" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
  3. ^ "Top RPM Dance/Urban: Issue 8558." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 12 May 2015.
  4. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 8595." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 12 May 2015.
  5. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – INXS – New Sensation". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
  6. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – New Sensation". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
  7. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – INXS - New Sensation" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
  8. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – INXS – New Sensation" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
  9. ^ "Charts.nz – INXS – New Sensation". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
  10. ^ "South African Rock Lists Website SA Charts 1969 – 1989 Acts (I)". Rock.co.za. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
  11. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (in Spanish) (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2.
  12. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
  13. ^ a b c d "Kick – Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
  14. ^ "CASH BOX Top 100 Singles – Week ending JULY 16, 1988". Archived from the original on 7 October 2012.. Cash Box.
  15. ^ "Top 100 Hits for 1988". The Longbored Surfer. Retrieved 13 July 2014.
  16. ^ "Snow Patrol cover INXS". Hot Press. 21 August 2009. Archived from the original on 19 September 2009. Retrieved 13 July 2014.
  17. ^ Hooton, Christopher (18 November 2014). "GTA 5 PS4/Xbox One gets new songs from Lorde, Kendrick Lamar, Danny Brown and more". The Independent. Retrieved 22 June 2017.

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