INXS – KICK Makes You Wonder How The Other Half Died

danieltalsky | Albums,My Favorite Things (Classics),Reviews | Monday, July 7th, 2014

Inxs-Kick-Fixed

I remember when I first pronounced INXS as "incks" in front of someone in my middle school class and was soundly ridiculed. (It's pronounced, har har, "In Excess" for anyone still not in the know.) KICK was one of the first cassettes I purchased and I think it holds up well. They were considered pop-pretty-boys but the songwriting and performance is still vital all these years later. If you're only familiar with the hits, do yourself a favor and get on Spotify (or whatever) and give it a listen.

However, if you already know the album, then you could do worse than to listen to this pretty and understated live cover of THE ENTIRE ALBUM. One of the great things about KICK was Michael Hutchence's unhinged and sexual performances, but Courtney Barnett does a great job of distilling this into a laid-back wistfulness.  She even does the Bob Dylan ripoff flash cards for Mediate.

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