Wednesday, October 31, 2012

INXS to release 25th anniversary reissues of 'Kick'

Has it really been 25 years since INXS released Kick? Read on for big news about exciting plans to celebrate the album's 25th anniversary...

INXS to release 25th anniversary reissues of the multi-platinum album Kick

Pick up the editions now exclusively at INXS.COM

Three special editions to include limited edition red LP, deluxe 2 CD, and Super Deluxe 3 CD+1 DVD + Hardcover book

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the release of the landmark album KICK, INXS has announced they will release three newly remastered KICK 25th Anniversary Editions of their acclaimed 1987 studio album. The KICK 25th Anniversary Editions are being made available as a limited edition LP on red vinyl, a 25-track expanded Deluxe 2CD set; and a 32-track collector's edition Super Deluxe 3CD set coupled with a 60-minute DVD and 80-page hard cover book. All three versions of the KICK 25th Anniversary Editions are available for purchase immediately and available exclusively online at Formed 35 years ago in 1977, INXS is one of the most notable and successful rock bands of all time, having sold over 35 million albums worldwide with the group's music remaining in constant radio rotation and in DJ sets nightly across the globe.

In addition to the INXS KICK 25th Anniversary Edition on limited edition red vinyl featuring the remastered original album, the Deluxe 2CD Edition includes the remastered version of the original album, along with a bonus disc of early demo recordings and outtakes, live concert tracks, rare b-sides and remixes. The collector's edition Super Deluxe 3CD+1DVD+80-page hardcover book edition includes the remastered version of the original album, a second CD of early demos, live concert tracks, rare b-sides and remixes, along with a third CD featuring special single edit versions and bonus remixes of "Never Tear Us Apart," "New Sensation," and "Devil Inside" among others. The added DVD features never-before-seen exclusive footage titled Through Our Eyes Only filmed by the band themselves, taking fans behind-the-scenes during the 1987-1988 KICK "Calling All Nations World Tour." Additional DVD features include unseen live-in-concert recordings, rare promos for the band and album, music videos, and a track-by-track documentary filmed during the late-80s to present on the making of the classic album featuring intimate interviews with the late Michael Hutchence and brothers Andrew, Jon and Tim Farriss. The collector's edition Super Deluxe set also comes with an 80-page art book that includes never-before-seen handwritten lyrics from the Michael Hutchence family archives, previously unseen photos, diaries, a Kick sticker sheet and original tour poster.

In addition, INXS has rolled out an entirely new line of merchandise and apparel commemorating the KICK 25th Anniversary available only online at: For more information please visit the bands' official website at

Originally released on October 19, 1987, KICK has been lauded by critics the world over as a work of "rhythm rock" perfection. Famously "rejected" at the time by their record label, who offered the band $1,000,000 to go back to Australia and record an entirely different album, KICK became a worldwide, multi-platinum success. Yielding the band four Top 10 singles, "Devil Inside," "New Sensation," "Never Tear Us Apart," and "Need You Tonight" which hit #1 in the U.S., KICK solidified the band as one of the world's top concert attractions with a relentless radio presence and constant video rotation at MTV.

During this prolific period - the album from beginning to end, front to back, including the now iconic imagery - everything contributed to conjuring up one of the most inspired INXS albums of their career and one of the most exciting albums of that musical era, with sales now approaching 20 million worldwide.

In the accompanying DVD of the KICK 25th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition Andrew Farriss recalled "the KICK album was a very important album for INXS' career on lots of levels. We'd had chart success prior to that album. It was our sixth studio album, but the chart success we'd had prior to that album was a mixed bag."

Tim Farriss remembered, "KICK, to me, was an extension of Listen Like Thieves, the album we had just made with producer Chris Thomas. And it just felt like we had really just gotten it happening."

"We came up with 'What You Need' which was a top 5 hit for us then in the United States...and that really did change things in a big way for us," said Andrew Farriss. We knew what we had to do with KICK as an album, so Michael and I talked with the other guys in the band on a tour bus, I think in Germany of all places and said to them 'Look, you know, this album we're about to make, it feels like a big career move for us...if you really trust us with the songwriting, we'll try to give you ten 'What You Need's.' And the guys, to their credit, said 'okay, you write all the songs.' And we (Michael and I) went, 'alright!,' because now we had our mission statement. So, we sat down and carefully designed KICK."

Jon Farriss described the album and bands' then evolving sound as having "a groove element, a dance element that lies underneath a lot of that stuff. Motown (was) definitely a very influential aspect of INXS."

Michael Hutchence continued "It's a soul thing, really. I sort of write songs where there's just a movement, an energy, and rhythm. But, they're basically moral songs. 'Being good to each other, taking care of each other.' They're love songs. They're not trite. They're very passionate."

One of the most notable and successful rock bands of all time, INXS has sold over 35 million albums worldwide with the group's music remaining in constant radio rotation and in DJ sets nightly across the globe. To this day, the group's multi-platinum landmark albums Listen Like Thieves, KICK, and X are all widely regarded as music collection staples. Huge chart-topping hit singles including "What You Need," "Need You Tonight," "Devil Inside," "Never Tear Us Apart," "New Sensation" and "Suicide Blonde" have been featured in numerous films, advertising campaigns and video games, earning the band countless accolades and awards around the world, including several Grammy nominations, and is the driving force behind selling over 15 million albums in the U.S. alone. With a career spanning three decades, first as the Farriss Brothers, then as INXS, brothers Tim, Jon, and Andrew Farriss, along with Kirk Pengilly, Garry Gary Beers, and Michael Hutchence have created some of the most enduring music in rock.

For more details on INXS and Kick, please visit the band's official Web site at

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