“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.
“Original Sin” is a hit single by Australian rock group INXS released in 1984 on their fourth album The Swing. It was written by Michael Hutchence and Andrew Farriss, and produced by Nile Rodgers.
It was released as a single in the U.S. in December 1983,where it reached No. 58 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1984. In Australia, it reached No. 1 in 1984,and became an international hit during that year.
Singer Daryl Hall sings the chorus along with Hutchence. According to an interview done in Australia, Hall says Nile Rodgers called him up and asked him to sing on the song.Rodgers had produced the song “Adult Education” for Hall and Oates the previous year.
The music video was set in Japan and features INXS singing the song arriving on motorbikes, as a fairground is set up and taken down around them, all brought in and removed with large trucks.
In 2010, INXS teamed up with American vocalist Rob Thomas and Cuban female rapper DJ Yalediys to rerecord “Original Sin”, this time as a dance single. The single is featured in the 2010 INXS tribute album Original Sin.
INXS are an Australian rock band formed in Sydney in 1977, their first single “Simple Simon/We Are The Vegetables” was released in Australia and France in May 1980. The band received their first taste of worldwide attention in 1984 when the single “Original Sin” charted in New Zealand, Argentina, France, Canada, Switzerland, Netherlands and the US while also hitting #1 in Australia for two weeks.
Their success in 1984 continued into 1985 with the release of the album “Listen Like Thieves” and for the third single, the band released the title track.
For the 12″ remix of “Listen Like Thieves” the band turned to Francois Kevorkian who provided the band one of his best dance rock remixes and he would return to work with the band in 1987 for the single “Devil Inside” from the mega selling album “Kick”.
Both of Francois’ remixes for INXS can be tracked down on CD but one that has never been released is the instrumental remix of “Listen Like Thieves” from the US 12″ single. The remix is more of a dub than an instrumental so I can recommend this for fans of both FK and INXS.