YEAR RELEASED: 1980
CHART ACTION: #164 (when it was released in 1984 here)
SINGLES: Just Keep Walking
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Nooooope
LINEUP: Michael Hutchence, Kirk Pengilly, Garry Gary Beers, Andrew Farriss, Jon Farriss, Tim Farriss
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Young Australian band records a derivative, yet pleasant, new wave record.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: There’s nothing absolutely horrible about the INXS debut album. Michael Hutchence already had the vocal charisma that would make him famous, and the band plays synth based new wave (with saxophone highlights) competently.
There’s nothing fresh or original here, either. You’ve kind of heard songs like this before, especially if you were of the era. The songs aren’t terrible either, but definitely show that the young band didn’t quite know how to keep the good ideas away from the bad.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Their debut single, “Simple Simon”, isn’t included.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: The US version is missing “Unloved One”, the closing track of the album. Meh.
GRADE: B–: I don’t know how much I’d play this, but I don’t think I’ll get rid of it, either.