Note: the CD I listened to was the original 1987 release, not any of the subsequent re-releases/bonus editions/deluxe editions/anniversary editions.
I was a marginal INXS fan in the early '80s. Singer Michael Hutchence is arguably one of the best frontmen of the '80s. I liked their songs The One Thing and Original Sin and owned a cassette version of the band's 1983 EP, Dekadance which included a fantastic extended mix of the former. Sadly, that tape is no longer in my collection. I officially became a fan of the band with 1985's Listen Like Thieves album which I had on a dubbed C-90 cassette (Wang Chung's To Live and Die in L.A. was on the flip side. Spring break 1986. Classic.) Then, when I heard the tasty mix of hook-filled dance music and rock music in this album, I was blown away. It was fun to listen to back then and it still sounds good today (to me, anyway).
Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #3
Tracks: New Sensation rivals What You Need for my favorite INXS song. My other top picks are Need You Tonight/Mediate, Wild Life, and Kick. It's pretty much a great collection of songs from top to bottom. The only song I don't particularly care for is the ballad, Never Tear Us Apart, but that song was a #7 hit in August 1988, so I must be in the minority.
Personal Memory Associated with this CD: Even though it was released in 1987, this album was a large part of the soundtrack to my summer in 1988 (usually referred to on this blog as "The Lost Summer of Mark"), which means it was in heavy rotation on my car stereo as I drove from summer school in Commerce to my job at a book warehouse in Greenville. I'm also reminded of a party at my rental house that summer (in August, maybe?). It was a pretty good party, but by about two in the morning, I was ready for it to be over. It seems I was the only one. So I walked down the block to the laundromat parking lot, piled into the back of my girlfriend's father's cargo van, and passed out until the next morning. Good times.
Of course, who could forget the 2005 reality TV show Rock Star: INXS with beautiful host Brooke Burke? (luv ya, Brooke! Call me.)