INXS – The Greatest Hits (1994)

Posted: March 1, 2011 in Music

While I have slammed the subject of “best of” compilations in the past, everybody needs some Greatest Hits in their collection. INXS was basically a pumped-up pub band, and this collection of their best-known hits shows it. If you ever heard it on the radio, you’ll find it on here, from the catchy “The One Thing” to the funky “Need You Tonight” and the pounding “What You Need.” The sadly departed Michael Hutchence had a Jagger-like charisma, which often trancends the three-chords-and-a-beat tunes and sometimes treacly lyrics. But it made for good, clean, well-produced songs that were a staple of the early 90s.

I was pleased to see that “Disappear” (video below), the best song off the otherwise forgettable “X”, is here as well. This CD is a good place to start if you just started to listen to INXS (you’re either just entering high school, or lived on mars for a while if this is the case) or if you just want a quick trip down memory lane. Sure, “Not Enough Time” “Don’t Change” and a slew of other GREAT songs aren’t on this album, but the rest of the songs totally make up for that.

For those of you not familiar with the band, Hutchence died a few years after this release from an auto-erotic experience gone awry. What he left behind was a legacy of amazing – albeit simple – songs in a catalog of hit after hit after hit. The band has since continued on, but it’s a shell of its former self. Hutchence was the driving force behind the band, and with him gone, the energy, the sound, and the haunting charisma have been missing as well. It’s a shame, too, as INXS will forever be known to me as one of the better and more mysterious bands of the 80s & 90s.

01. One Thing
02. Original Sin
03. What You Need
04. Listen Like Thieves
05. Shine Like It Does
06. Need You Tonight
07. Devil Inside
08. New Sensation
09. Never Tear Us Apart
10. Suicide Blonde
11. Disappear
12. Stairs
13. Heaven Sent
14. Beautiful Girl
15. The Strangest Party (These Are the Times)
16. Deliver Me

MySpace: Link | Wiki: Link | Download (320kbps): Part One | Part Two


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