“What You Need” is a song recorded by the Australian band INXS. It is the leadoff track from their 1985 album, Listen Like Thieves. “What You Need” was the first single off the album in Australia and New Zealand, while it was in USA and Europe the second single after “This Time” and was the band’s first American Top Ten hit, peaking at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
After the album Listen Like Thieves was recorded and ready to be given to the record label for inspection, producer Chris Thomas was worried that the album didn’t have a “hit”. As Andrew Farriss recalled in a 2005 interview; “What You Need is another example of a huge hit that essentially took no time at all. We’d already finished the Listen Like Thieves album but Chris Thomas (the producer) told us there was still no “hit”. We left the studio that night knowing we had one day left and we had to deliver “a hit”. Talk about pressure. The band’s performance on that track is amazing. We absolutely nailed it.”
The song was covered by “Weird Al” Yankovic in his 1986 polka Polka Party!. A remixed version of “What You Need” was featured in the soundtrack of sports video game FIFA Football 2005.
“What You Need” was remixed by Nick Launay for the 12″ single release.
What You Need (Remix) 5:36
Original Sin (Live Version) 5:20
Sweet As Sin 2:19