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INXS Release 30th Anniversary Edition Of KICK

It's been 30 years since INXS released the hits Never Tear Us Apart and New Sensation from their album Kick, and the band are celebrating with a re-issue of the record.

While the album was not the band's first (they had been together 10 years before its release in 1987) it did launch INXS to the world, and the stratosphere, selling more than six million copies.

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In 2014, Kick re-entered the Australian ARIA album charts at number 2 following the screening of the Seven Network's mini-series INXS: Never Tear Us Apart, while the band's greatest hits album, The Very Best, was at number 1.

Ironically, Kick was initially dismissed by the band's record labels around the world.

"It is really surreal that 30 years ago when three record label companies rejected this album," the band's long-term manager Chris Murphy had previously said.

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Producer, Giles Martin - the son of Beatles producer George Martin - remixed the album at Abbey Road Studios, alongside Sam Okell in Dolby Atmos surround sound.

"You can hear this album like never before," Martin said.

"You can hear Michael so close to you, you can hear his breath. You feel like you're in the studio with the band.

"You have a record that's 30 years old, but it's been taken in a completely new direction and you can listen to it in a completely new way and it becomes new again. Great music and great songs, they don't get old."

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The 30th anniversary edition of Kick also features additional B-sides, rare mixes and bonus tracks over 3CDs and there will also be a half-speed remaster of the cut over two heavyweight 180g black vinyl LPs at 45rpm.

The album's re-release comes at a time of renewed activity for the band. Not only do they celebrate their 40th anniversary, but this month marks the 20th anniversary of Michael Hutchence’s death.

96FM’s Mark ‘Smiley’ Pascoe spoke to INXS’ Andrew Farriss and Kirk Pengilly. Click the vid up top for the full, unedited interview.

 

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