On July 13, 1991, Aussie rockers INXS played to a sold-out crowd of 72,000 fans at London’s Wembley Stadium, exactly six years to the day after Live Aid was held at the same venue. The concert was recorded for a live album and film, and in this installment of Vintage Video, we present the entire 90-minute “Live Baby Live” concert film.
Welcome to the Week in Rock, where we round up all of the headlines posted on this site over the past week. This edition includes items about INXS, Depeche Mode, My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult, Johnny Marr, Alison Moyet, The Cure, Public Image Ltd., The Dream Syndicate, Franke Goes to Hollywood, The Fixx and more.
INXS’ 1987 album ‘Kick’ sold 6 million copies and spawned four Top 10 singles in the U.S., turning the Aussie rockers into global superstars. Now, 25 years later, the band this fall will release an expanded edition of the album featuring three CDs and a DVD packed with remixes, demos, “unheard tracks” and a documentary.
One-man electropop outfit Cassettes Won’t Listen — aka Brooklyn’s Jason Drake, who last fall released his own version of Duran Duran’s ‘Ordinary World’ and has remade songs by The Cure and INXS — returns with another cover of an ’80s alt classic: the Pixies’ ‘Hey.’ Stream it here.
Today we roll out the second of four days’ worth of results from our second-annual Slicing Up Eyeballs Readers Poll, in which nearly 500 of you cast ballots for your favorite new, reissued and freshly compiled music of the year. This time, it’s your Top 10 reissues of the year.
This week’s new releases include the mammoth 20th anniversary reissue of U2’s landmark ‘Achtung Baby’ (including a $470 ‘Uber Deluxe’ edition with six CDs, four DVDs, two LPs and five 7-inches), plus ‘Lulu,’ the joint album from Lou Reed and Metallica, and a new INXS best-of.
Cassettes Won’t Listen is no stranger to ’80s alternative fare, having covered, in recent years, The Cure’s ‘Let’s Go to Bed’ and INXS’s ‘Need You Tonight. Now comes a brand-new cover of Duran Duran’s early ’90s comeback smash, ‘Ordinary World.’
Our round-up of last week’s Slicing Up Eyeballs headlines includes news about New Order, R.E.M., Wall of Voodoo, Pet Shop Boys, Peter Murphy, INXS, Kate Bush and more, plus a new Slicing Up Eyeballs mixtape and a contest to win the new B-52s live album.
The surviving members of INXS this week announced they’ve replaced game-show winner J.D. Fortune with new lead singer Ciaran Gribbin — a Grammy-nominated Irish singer-songwriter who has worked with Madonna, Paul McCartney and Snow Patrol — and already have begun work on songs slated for the band’s next studio album.
This week’s headlines on Slicing Up Eyeballs included news of a new Kate Bush album, tour dates from X and Dinosaur Jr, new music from Simple Minds, INXS and The Waterboys, and a very cool contest for fans of The Smiths.
Following last year’s release of a disc of re-recorded greatest hits, the surviving members of INXS have been promising new music — and today they deliver, offering the first taste of what’s to come in the form of an Andrew Farriss home-studio demo called ‘Tiny Summer.’
This week’s new releases include 10 remastered INXS albums (without bonus material), a 2CD remastered edition of Sebadoh’s ‘Bakesale,’ Gary Numan’s ‘Replicas Live’ CD and DVD, and Joe Jackson’s ‘Live Music.’
This week’s new releases include ‘Ninth,’ the new solo album from Peter Murphy; ‘Remixes 2: 81-11’ from Depeche Mode; the ‘Total: From Joy Division to New Order’ compilation; a 10 CD box set of remastered INXS albums; a disc of Buzzcocks re-recordings; and Duncan Sheik’s compilation of ’80s alternative covers, ‘Covers 80s.’
The surviving members of INXS — accompanied, presumably, by frontman/game show winner J.D. Fortune — will mount a 25-date North American tour this summer in support of the band’s ‘Original Sin’ collection of re-recorded greatest hits. Berlin opens at least 11 of the U.S. shows.