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The Internet Swallowed INXS. Can a Movie Rescue Its Legacy?

INXS — which included Tim Farriss’s siblings Andrew (keyboards) and Jon (drums), along with Kirk Pengilly (guitar, saxophone), Garry Gary Beers (bass) and Hutchence — started out as the Farriss Brothers in 1977. After years of writing and performing, INXS broke out in the United States in 1983 with an MTV video for “The One Thing” that helped push the song into the Top 40. The band followed up with a freight train of high-energy hits: “What You Need,” “Need You Tonight,” “New Sensation,” “Suicide Blonde” and “Beautiful Girl.” But the group’s popularity started to wane around the time of its 1993 album “Full Moon, Dirty Hearts,” and in 1997 Hutchence hanged himself in a Sydney hotel room. He was 37.

The band went on hiatus, and returned with a series of guest singers, including Terence Trent D’Arby in a gutsy 1999 stadium performance. In 2005, it searched for a new vocalist on a CBS reality show, “Rock Star: INXS,” carrying on with the winner, J.D. Fortune, on and off until 2011 (though the experiment wasn’t as successful as Queen’s tours with Adam Lambert, or Journey’s live work with the singer Arnel Pineda). In 2012, INXS announced it was stopping touring entirely.

Article source: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/08/arts/music/inxs-live-baby-live.html

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