With a career spanning 25 extraordinary years, INXS are undoubtedly one of the world's great bands. With more than 30 million records sold worldwide, countless awards from their peers and fans, platinum certifications, and a history peppered with outstanding achievements, the band are arguably Australia's most successful rock export.
From their first gig as the Farriss Brothers in Sydney's Northern beaches in August 1977, Michael Hutchence, Kirk Pengilly, Garry Gary Beers, Tim Farriss, Andrew Farriss and Jon Farriss quickly won Australian then international acclaim.
Throughout the '80s and into the '90s INXS were a consummate global rock band with a musical distillation of strength, sensitivity, unity and intelligence. Asked to describe their own music, the members would use such terms as "white boy dance music", "big, basic dirty noise", "intoxicating little songs". Critics were more eloquent. They spoke of certain songs' "blend of instrumental colours, the silky glide of vocal melody over sinewy rhythms" and of an overall "spare, elegant funk" and "dense, glossy beauty."
Determined, dedicated and sure-footed, INXS propelled themselves out of the frantic new wave, indie label environment of Sydney, Australia at the end of the 70s with such energy and resilience that in less than a decade they were being hailed by major music journals as being, with U2 and Guns N'Roses, one of the three biggest bands in the world.
With each step of their path to the upper strata of international music carefully considered and deftly executed, they performed before gauchos in Buenos Aires, Royals in Melbourne and teens in Tokyo, on their way to number one American singles, headlining before 75,000 at Wembley Stadium - a show captured and released on DVD in the shape of "Live Baby Live" - , playing to 100,000 at Rock In Rio, seven MTV awards, three Grammy nominations, and albums which hit ..1 all over the world.
"It's incredible that a bunch of friends should end up such good players - never thrown anyone out, never needed help" vocalist Michael Hutchence marveled around the time of the ten million selling Kick album. "We know each other so well. I find that rather frightening. Andrew and I may write most of the songs but this is a real band. It's not two writers and four dumb musicians; it's a very active, competitive, democratic group of people. We're a band that sounds very much like a band, a live band, that's who we are, where we came from. "