devils inside


On this day in music history: October 19, 1987 - “Kick”, the sixth album by INXS is released. Produced by Chris Thomas, it is recorded at Rhinoceros Studios in Sydney, Australia and Studio De La Grande Armée in Paris, France from Late 1986 - Mid 1987. Following the Platinum selling success of their previous album “Listen Like Thieves”, INXS return to the studio with producer Chris Thomas to work on the follow up. From the outset, the band write and record the album with the goal of every track being a potential single. When the band hands the finished album in to Atlantic Records, the label tell them bluntly that they hate the record, saying that “it was only suited for "black radio”. Atlantic offers the band a million dollars to scrap it and record another one. INXS stands their ground, and steadfastly refuses to conform to their record labels wishes. The band are vindicated when it receives universal praise by fans and critics alike upon its release, becoming the biggest selling album of their career. It spins off four top 10 singles in the US including “New Sensation” (#3 Pop), “Devil Inside” (#2 Pop), “Never Tear Us Apart” (#7 Pop) and “Need You Tonight” (#1 Pop). The album is remastered and reissued on CD in 2002 with four additional bonus tracks. Audiophile label Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab reissues the album on vinyl in 2011 as part of their “Silver Label Vinyl Series” (re-pressed again in 2015 when the original pressing sells out), making it available in that format in the US for the first time in more than twenty years. And in 2012, a twenty fifth anniversary edition is released in Europe, including a three CD/DVD Super Deluxe Edition with sixty four page booklet, a poster and sticker sheet. The three CD’s include a remastered version of the original album, live performances, demos, 7" and 12" single mixes. The DVD features three original music videos, live performance footage from the “Kick Tour” and a documentary on the making of the album. “Kick” peaks at number three on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 6x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.