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Released: Oct. 20, 1987

Rating: 4.333 (average of 6 ratings)

Genre: college pop/rock

Quotable: “One of the best mainstream pop albums of the ‘80s” – Steve Huey, All Music Guide

Album Tracks:

  1. Guns in the Sky
  2. New Sensation
  3. Devil Inside
  4. Need You Tonight
  5. Mediate
  6. The Loved One
  7. Wild Life
  8. Never Tear Us Apart
  9. Mystify
  10. Kick
  11. Calling All Nations
  12. Tiny Daggers

Sales (in millions):

sales in U.S. only 6.0
sales in U.K. only - estimated 0.9
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 10.0


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 3
peak on U.K. album chart 9

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Need You Tonight (10/24/87) #1 US, #58 UK, #12 AR, #73 RB
  • Devil Inside (12/26/87) #2 US, #2 AR
  • New Sensation (3/19/88) #3 US, #8 AR
  • Kick (6/18/88) #33 AR
  • Never Tear Us Apart (8/13/88) #6a US, #5 AR, #28 MR, #42 AC
  • Mystify (12/17/88) #14 UK, #17 AR

Notes: The 2002 reissue adds and alternate of “Mystify” as well as the songs “Move On,” “Jesus Was a Man,” and “The Trap.” A 2005 deluxe edition adds a whole second disc of bonus material, including the aforementioned material as well as the songs “I’m Coming Home” and “On the Rocks;” remixes of “New Sensation,” “Guns in the Sky,” and “Need You Tonight;” and live versions of “Mediate,” “Never Tear Us Apart,” and “Kick.”


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more.

“Throughout the early 1980s, INXS kept threatening to go big league;” MR “‘What You Need’ had taken INXS from college radio into the American Top Five, but there was little indication that the group would follow it with a multi-platinum blockbuster like Kick. Where the follow-ups to ‘What You Need’ made barely a ripple on the pop charts, Kick spun off four Top Ten singles, including the band’s only American number one, Need You Tonight,” SH and “the shimmering ballad Never Tear Us Apart.” MR

“The rest of Kick, especially the strutting Guns in the Sky and the groovy Wild Life, is of similar quality.” MR The album “crystallized all of the band’s influences” SH – “Stones-y guitars and angular, funk-tinged rhythms” MR alongside “contemporary dance-pop – into a cool, stylish dance/rock hybrid.” SH “Vocalist Michael Hutchence’s MTV good looks and Aretha-meets-Aerosmith swagger completed the musical equation for both the girls and the boys.” MR Also putting the band in the spotlight was Hutchence’s “feline sexuality, which certainly didn’t hurt the band’s already inventive videos.” SH

In fact, “Need You Tonight” was the ultimate blend of both qualities, showcasing Hutchence’s sexual presence with one of the most iconic videos ever made. The video was often paired with Mediate, which was the band’s own spin on Bob Dylan’s classic lyrics-printed-on-cards video for “Subterranean Homesick Blues.”

“But it wasn’t just image that provided their breakthrough. For the first (and really only) time, INXS made a consistently solid album that had no weak moments from top to bottom. More than that, really, Kick is an impeccably crafted pop tour de force, the band succeeding at everything they try. Every track has at least a subtly different feel from what came before it; INXS freely incorporates tense guitar riffs, rock & roll anthems, swing-tinged pop/rock, string-laden balladry, danceable pop-funk, horn-driven ‘60s soul, ‘80s R&B, and even a bit of the new wave-ish sound they’d started out with. More to the point, every song is catchy and memorable, branded with indelible hooks. Even without the band’s sense of style, the flawless songcraft is intoxicating, and it’s what makes Kick one of the best mainstream pop albums of the ‘80s.” SH

Review Source(s):

Need You Tonight


Devil Inside

New Sensation

Never Tear Us Apart

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Last updated January 22, 2011.