Group formed as The Farriss Brothers in Sydney, Australia. Line-up is: Andrew Farriss, Jon Farriss, Tim Farriss, Michael Hutchence, Kirk Pengilly, and Garry Gary Beers. Twenty years later, personnel will be unchanged.
Entire band moves from Sydney to Perth, a 7,000-kilometer journey across the Australian interior. The Farriss Brothers spend ten months writing, rehearsing, and playing local hotels and mining towns.
Returning to Sydney, group plays first inner city shows. Renamed INXS, they make live debut on September 1, at the Oceanview Hotel, Toukley.
May - First INXS single, Simple Simon/We Are The Vegetables, released in Australia by independent Deluxe Records. Also released in France.
October - Debut album, INXS, released in Australia; yields hit single, Just Keep Walking. Group tours country's East Coast extensively (Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane), often playing seven nights a week.
Cross-country touring of homeland begins in earnest... "Fear and Loathing Tour", "
The Campus Tour", "Stay Young Tour", "Tour With No Name"... some 300 shows altogether.
March - The Loved One single released in Australia; cover of #1 Australian hit by "The Loved Ones", a top Melbourne band of the '60s (INXS will record song again in 1987 for KICK album).
October - Second album, UNDERNEATH THE COLOURS, released. Commercial and critical success, it reaches top 15 on Australian charts and includes the anthemic single, Stay Young.
- INXS tours New Zealand for first time. Upon return to Australia, band
records The One Thing, produced by Mark Opitz.
June - Recording of third album begins, Mark Opitz producing.
July - INXS signed to WEA Records in Australasia. The One Thing single released, goes Top 15.
October - SHABOOH SHOOBAH released in Australia, hits top five, becomes INXS's third gold album down under. One critic comments: "INXS have a definite style, an instantly recognizable sound that cannot be confused with any other band in the country." Group performs nationwide on the 78-date "Una Brilliante Band De Musica Amenizara Espectaculo Tour."
January - INXS signed by Atlantic Records for North America.
- INXS makes North American debut with release of The One Thing
single. Video enters high rotation on MTV; song hits US top 30.
March - INXS begins marathon debut US tour.
May - Band plays first New York City headlining show, at The Ritz. Same month, appears at massive US Festival in California.
August - Atlantic releases DEKADANCE, mini-LP containing re-mixes of four songs from SHABOOH SHOOBAH.
- Original Sin recorded at New York's Power Station with Nile Rodgers
producing, Daryl Hall and Dave Skinner on backing vocals.
January - Original Sin hits #1 on Australian charts. INXS plays sold-out tour of homeland.
February - INXS embarks on first full-fledged world tour. THE SWING debuts at #1 on Australian charts.
May - THE SWING released in America. Debut London performance, at The Astoria.
June - Original Sin goes #1 in France.
July - First two albums, INXS and UNDERNEATH THE COLOURS, released in US.
September - Three-month North American tour concludes with sold-out show at Hollywood Palladium. INXS becomes first international group to play Guam.
December - Original Sin goes #1 in Argentina.
for total of 50,000 people at three summer shows in Australia - including
20,000 at sold-out Adelaide Football Park for Year of the Youth.
March - INXS commences recording fifth album at Sydney's Rhinoceros studios with producer Chris Thomas.
May - Band wins unprecedented seven Countdown Awards (Australian equivalent to US Grammies.)
July - INXS plays for Live Aid at Sydney's Entertainment Center; performance is beamed around the world.
August - Work on new album, LISTEN LIKE THIEVES, completed at Air Studios in London. 1985 World Tour begins in Australia.
October - LISTEN LIKE THIEVES released. First US single: This Time. Rolling Stone enthuses: "INXS rocks with passion and seals the deal with a backbeat that'll blackmail your feet." INXS tours South America.
November - Band returns briefly to Australia for "Rockin' The Royals," charity concert in the presence of Prince Charles & Princess Diana. Headlining North American tour commences with string of sold-out shows along West Coast.
December - Atlantic Video releases INXS long-form home video, THE SWING & OTHER STORIES. INXS plays pair of SRO shows at New York's Beacon Theatre.
January - What You Need, second single from LISTEN LIKE THIEVES, released. INXS plays dates in New Zealand and Europe before returning to North America in early February.
- LISTEN LIKE THIEVES certified RIAA gold in US and heads quickly
- INXS is back on the road for "If You Got It, Shake It!" world tour.
October - Atlantic Video releases WHAT YOU NEED home video compilation.
- INXS headlines extraordinary "Australian Made" tour of homeland. With
eight other Australian bands on bill, group plays for 200,000 fans across
country; event preserved in film and book documentaries.
October 16 - 1987-88 "Calling All Nations" world tour commences in US.
19 - KICK, sixth INXS album, released.
- KICK simultaneously certified RIAA gold and platinum. Album will
pass quadruple-platinum mark in US sales.
- US tour resumes. INXS plays three sold-out shows at Radio City Music
Hall in New York City.
- Third US leg of 1987-88 World Tour begins.
August - Fourth US tour leg begins. Included are trio of New York arena shows - Madison Square Garden, Meadowlands Arena, Nassau Coliseum. KICK yields fourth single, Never Tear Us Apart.
- INXS sweeps MTV Video Music Awards. Need You Tonight/Mediate
clip wins in five categories: Best Video, Best Group Video, Best Editing,
Breakthrough Video, Viewers' Choice.
January - INXS earns first Grammy nomination for "Best Rock Performance By A Group." Band also up for BPI (UK) and Juno (Canada) Awards.
months on the road, INXS finally takes a break. During hiatus, individual
November - INXS regroups to begin song rehearsals.
December - Band commences recording of new album, with production once again by Chris Thomas (his third consecutive INXS project).
January - Following holiday break, INXS reconvenes to continue recording.
- While group takes short hiatus from recording, Michael and Andrew write
more songs. Jon does the same at home.
- Michael and Chris Thomas begin album mixing in London.
August - Suicide Blonde, first single from new album, released. The single will go top ten around the world, including the US.
September 6 - INXS plays live in Los Angeles on MTV Video Music Awards show.
September 21 - X, the seventh INXS album, released. The album will go double-platinum in the US and Australia.
October 1 - INXS commences the "X Factor World Tour" in the tropics of Northern Australia.
28 - INXS plays the first of four sell-out shows at London's Wembley
January 28 - INXS performs their single, Disappear, on the American Music Awards. Two days later, they perform on the Arsenio Hall Show.
- The American "X Factor tour" is launched in LA's famous Whiskey
Au Go Go nightclub.
- Tickets go on sale for the Australian tour; a record breaking 22,000
tickets are sold in 20 minutes in Sydney.
July 13 - INXS reaches a milestone by headlining Summer XS to a sell-out crowd out 72,000 people at Wembley Stadium in London. This is filmed by David Mallet for release on video to coincide with a live LP, LIVE BABY LIVE.
July 14 - INXS records Shining Star, written by Andrew Farriss, in London.
August - Band finishes mixing and co-producing LIVE BABY LIVE with Mark Opitz at Sydney's Rhinoceros Studios.
11 - LIVE BABY LIVE, the eighth INXS album, released simultaneously
with Atlantic Video's release of LIVE BABY LIVE, the video.
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