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INXS on stage on 2 July 2007, with J. D. Fortune singing.
Background information
Origin Sydney, Australia
Genres Rock, alternative rock, dance rock, New Wave, post-punk
Years active 1977–2012
Labels Atlantic, Epic, 101 Distribution
Associated acts Jimmy Barnes, Max Q (Australian band)


Gary Beers
Andrew Farriss
Jon Farriss
Tim Farriss
Kirk Pengilly
J.D. Fortune
Past members Michael Hutchence (dead)
Jon Stevens

INXS were an Australian rock band. The band became popular during the 1980s. They formed in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia in 1977. They did not get international attention until around 1982 when their third album came out.

INXS was originally called "The Farriss Brothers" and it started with 3 members: Andrew, Tim, and Jon Farriss. They were all brothers. In 1978, 3 more people joined the band: Michael Hutchence (1960-1997), Garry Gary Beers, and Kirk Pengilly. After the band expanded their line-up, they changed their name to INXS, which is pronounced as "in excess".

Hutchence was the singer of INXS until he died. A man named Jon Stevens was his temporary replacement for about 5 years. After Jon Stevens left, the other 5 members did a television show called "Rock Star INXS" to choose a permanent replacement for Michael Hutchence. A Canadian man named J.D. Fortune won the show and became the new singer for INXS.

The most famous song by INXS is "Need You Tonight" which came out in 1987. Some of their other songs are "What You Need", "The One Thing", and "New Sensation".


These are the albums made by INXS:

  • INXS (1980)
  • Underneath the Colours (1981)
  • Shabooh Shoobah (1982)
  • The Swing (1984)
  • Listen Like Thieves (1985)
  • Kick (1987)
  • X (1990)
  • Welcome to Wherever You Are (1992)
  • Full Moon, Dirty Hearts (1993)
  • Elegantly Wasted (1997)
  • The Switch (2005)
  • Original Sin (2010)

Other websites

  • INXS Official Site
  • An Excess of INXS The oldest INXS internet site. Started in 1993, the site was maintained until April, 2003