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INXS

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Miami Vice Performers
Current Members
Garry Gary Beers
Andrew Farriss
Jon Farriss
Tim Farriss
Kirk Pengilly
Active
1977-2012


INXS (pronounced "In Excess") is an Australian rock band, whose songs "I Send a Message" (in the episode "Glades"), "Three Sisters" (in the episode "Payback"), "What You Need" (in the episode "Trust Fund Pirates") and "Listen Like Thieves" (in the episode "Walk-Alone") appeared in the show Miami Vice.

Career

INXS was formed in 1977 as the Farriss Brothers Band, with Michael Hutchence (1960-1997, suicide) on lead vocals, Garry Beers (born 1957) on bass, Andrew Farriss (born 1959) on keyboards, Jon Farriss (born 1961) on drums, Tim Farriss (born 1957) on lead guitar and Kirk Pengilly (born 1958) on guitar/sax, the name was later changed to INXS. They recorded several albums released in Australia but had no international success until the group released the album Shabooh Shoobah with their first US Billboard Top 30 single, "The One Thing", and toured with the groups Hall & Oates, The Go-Go's, The Kinks, and the Stray Cats while their videos began getting heavy airplay on MTV. Their next album, The Swing featured the single "I Send a Message", and in 1985 Listen Like Thieves was released, featuring the title track, but it was "What You Need" that brought the group into the US Top 10 for the first time. After several tours, their next album, Kick in 1987 brought the group four Top 10 singles, the #1 "Need You Tonight", "New Sensation", "Devil Inside", and "Never Tear Us Apart". Two more Top 10's ("Suicide Blonde" and "Disappear") came from their 1990 album X, but their next two albums did not do well in the US but performed better in Australia and England.

In 1997 their album Elegantly Wasted was released, also doing well in Europe and Australia but not in the US. That same year Hutchence was found dead in his hotel room, his death ruled a suicide. The group performed one-off shows with various guest singers until 2005 when their new lead singer, J.D. Fortune, was chosen on a CBS-TV reality show, Rock Star: INXS, but left shortly thereafter. The band began toured without a lead singer until 2011, when Ciaran Gibbin was announced as the band's fourth lead singer. During a November, 2012 concert in Sydney, Australia, Jon Farriss announced the concert was INXS' last performance as a band after 35 years together, though in a 2014 Australian-produced miniseries about the band's backstage antics (INXS: Never Tear Us Apart) led to a resurgence in the group's music and talk began of a Broadway musical or a group revival.

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