Need You Tonight ~ INXS

INXS were an Australian rock band, formed as The Farriss Brothers in 1977 in Sydney, New South Wales. Mainstays were Garry Gary Beers on bass guitar, Andrew Farriss on guitar and keyboards, Jon Farriss on drums, Tim Farriss on lead guitar and Kirk Pengilly on guitar and saxophone. For 20 years, INXS were fronted by Michael Hutchence on lead vocals, whose “sultry good looks” and magnetic stage presence made him the focal point of the band. Initially known for their New Wave/ska/pop style, they later developed a harder pub rock style, including funk and dance elements.

INXS announced during a concert on 11 November 2012, at the newly opened Perth Arena, while supporting Matchbox Twenty, that they would no longer be touring. Kirk Pengilly stated that it was appropriate to finish where they had started 35 years earlier. Jon Farriss admitted, “I’m getting teary”, before the band performed their biggest hit, “Need You Tonight”.

Need You Tonight

Need You Tonight” is the fourth song on INXS’s 1987 album Kick as well as the first single from the album released worldwide.

In INXS’s official autobiography, INXS: Story to Story, Andrew Farriss said that the famous riff to the song appeared suddenly in his head while waiting for a cab to go to the airport to fly to Hong Kong. He asked the cab driver to wait a couple of minutes while he grabbed something from his motel room. In fact, he went up to record the riff and came back down an hour later with a tape to a very annoyed driver. This riff was later described as sounding like a cross between Keith Richards and Prince.

The song is a much more electronic track than most of the band’s material before or after, combining sequencers with regular drum tracks and a number of tracks of layered guitars. To approximate the sound on the recorded track, the band often utilizes click tracks for a frequent synthesizer chord as well as rim shots heard throughout the song.

On the Kick album, the song is linked to the next song, entitled either “Mediate” or “Meditate” depending on the pressing of the album. On some compilations, the two tunes appear together and on others, only “Need You Tonight” appears (rarely, if ever, has “Mediate” appeared on its own).

All you got it this moment
Twenty-first century’s yesterday
You can care all you want
Everybody does, yeah, that’s ok

So slide over here
And give me a moment
Your moves are so raw
I’ve got to let you know
I’ve got to let you know
You’re one of my kind

I need you tonight
Cause Im not sleeping
Theres something about you girl
That makes me sweat

How do you feel?
I’m lonely
What do you think?
Can’t think at all
Whatcha gonna do?
Gonna live my life
So slide over here
And give me a moment
Your moves are so raw
I’ve got to let you know
I’ve got to let you know
You’re one of my kind
[Lyrics from: http://djallyn.org]
I need you tonight
Cause Im not sleeping
There’s something about you girl
That makes me sweat

How do you feel?
I’m lonely
What do you think?
Can’t think at all
Whatcha gonna do?
Gonna live my life
How do you feel?
I’m lonely

What do you think?
Can’t think at all
Whatcha gonna do?
Gonna live my life
So slide over here
And give me a moment
Your moves are so raw
I’ve got to let you know
I’ve got to let you know
So slide over here
And give me a moment
I’ve got to let you know
I’ve got to let you know

You’re one of my kind

  • Audio from the 1987 album, Kick:
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About DJ Allyn

DJ Allyn is a burned out radio guy who went on to become a burned out sound engineer for a few Seattle area grunge bands in the 1980s and 1990s. Left the madness of worldwide tours with bands, cleaned up my act and went into the relative sanity of sound engineering for television series. Currently working as the Director of Sound for a television series being filmed in North Vancouver, British Columbia. I am always on the lookout for interesting videos, old music, and fun.

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