What You Need (song)
|"What You Need"|
Cover art for US editions and Australian 12-inch vinyl maxi-single
|Single by INXS|
|from the album Listen Like Thieves|
|Writer(s)||Andrew Farriss and Michael Hutchence|
|INXS singles chronology|
"What You Need" is a song recorded by the Australian band INXS. It is the leadoff track from their 1985 album, Listen Like Thieves. "What You Need" was the first single off the album in Australia and New Zealand, while it was in USA and Europe the second single after "This Time" and was the band's first American Top Ten hit, peaking at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
After the album Listen Like Thieves was recorded and ready to be given to the record label for inspection, producer Chris Thomas was worried that the album didn't have a "hit". As Andrew Farriss recalled in a 2005 interview; "'What You Need' is another example of a huge hit that essentially took no time at all. We'd already finished the Listen Like Thieves album but Chris Thomas (the producer) told us there was still no "hit". We left the studio that night knowing we had one day left and we had to deliver "a hit". Talk about pressure. The band's performance on that track is amazing. We absolutely nailed it."
The music video for the song was created using an animation technique known as rotoscope. At the Countdown Music and Video Awards for 1985, the award for Best Video for "What You Need" by INXS was shared by Richard Lowenstein and Lyn-Marie Milbourn.
- UK 7" INXS 12
- "What You Need" (3:35)
- "Sweet As Sin" (2:20)
- UK 12" Single INXS 512
- "What You Need" (Remix) (5:35) Remix - Nick Launay
- "Sweet As Sin" (2:21)
- "What You Need" (Live) (3:56)
- "The One Thing" (Live) (3:31)
|Australian ARIA Singles Chart||2|
|UK Singles Chart||51|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||5|
|U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks||3|
|US Billboard Hot 100||56|
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