"INXS’ legacy and influence are still seen every day around the globe. Now, new fans are discovering the band and music through new platforms, non-traditional media and even an art/dance/visual short film based on their songs. We have found audiences are reacting, enjoying, and engaging.”
INXS are celebrating the 45th anniversary of their first show by making today, 16th August 2022, INXS Day. INXS Day will see the band commemorate their first-ever show with a series of exclusive releases and activities.
INXS Day will launch with an exclusive hour-long Tik Tok live stream celebrating the 35th anniversary of their masterpiece album Kick with a track-by-track feature, interviews with the band and their Executive Music Producer, Giles Martin. You can watch a trailer for the live stream below.
This Tuesday, August 16 marks the 45th anniversary of INXS 🌹 We're celebrating on @TikTok and honoring the 35th anniversary of KICK with a special documentary ft. BTS footage, interview clips, and more. Don't miss it 💢 #INXSDay♬ original sound - INXS
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The live stream will be shown across the world at different times, with Australian audiences able to tune in from 7 pm AEST this evening.
INXS will also be celebrating the 40th anniversary of their global breakthrough album Shabooh Shoobah in October and have chosen INXS Day to announce a deluxe digital boxset featuring 15 songs on streaming services for the first time, along with two special vinyl releases. Shabooh Shoobah will be issued as a very limited clear vinyl edition exclusively via INXS.com along with a vintage Shabooh Shoobah t-shirt.
Additionally, the band has confirmed that their breakthrough American performance Live At The US Festival will be officially released in October. The nine-track live set was recorded on May 28th, 1983, at the US Festival near San Bernadino in California. The four-day festival was the brainchild of Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple, and had attendances of over 300,000 people a day.
INXS Day will also see the announcement of INXS’s The Very Best mixed in Dolby Atmos. A 20-song compilation that features hits such as What You Need, Original Sin, Baby Don’t Cry & Bitter Tears, the original release of The Very Best recently celebrated 500 weeks in the Australian Top 100 ARIA charts and has been awarded Diamond status.
Speaking about the Atmos process guitarist Tim Farriss says, “What Giles has done is to not only recreate the original mixes but now you're blown away because you hear all this stuff that you just didn’t hear before.”
Giles Martin offers “Nowadays, we hear music too much, we don't listen to it enough. I think the great thing about Atmos is it makes people listen in a different way and it will be new again, and let's face it INXS are an amazing band”.
Saxophonist & guitarist Kirk Pengilly “I take my hat off to Giles, who has been able to process the sounds accurately with today’s technology. It sounds like the original album but now, spread out over a 3D space. It sounds incredible.”
Throughout August INXS will also celebrate the 30th anniversary of the 1992 album Welcome To Wherever You Are with five videos; Heaven Sent (directed by long-time INXS collaborator Richard Lowenstein), Baby Don’t Cry, the controversial Taste It directed by Baillie Walsh (Flashback Of A Fool), Beautiful Girl directed by Mark Pellington (Arlington Road & The Mothman Prophecies) & Not Enough Time all being upgraded to HD for the first time.
EVP International Marketing at the band's label, Universal Music Group, Andrew Daw, sums up the enduring appeal of INXS and how they continue to attract new audiences 45 years on “Thanks to the hard work of visionary manager Chris Murphy, his team and the band, INXS’ legacy and influence are still seen every day around the globe. Now, new fans are discovering the band and music through new platforms, non-traditional media and even an art/dance/visual short film based on their songs. We have found audiences are reacting, enjoying, and engaging.”
Forty-five years ago, on the 16th of August 1977, The Farriss Brothers, a band that would soon be renamed INXS, played their debut gig at a house party in Whale Beach, Sydney. Since that day, INXS has sold over 70 million albums worldwide, making them one of Australia's biggest-selling music acts of all time.