This week in... 1988
THE SONG: Devil Inside
THE ARTIST: INXS
This song was most successful in the US, reaching No. 2 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and US Billboard Album Rock Tracks charts and holding its position for two weeks.
It was the second single off the Australian rock band's sixth and most successful album Kick, which was certified six times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America and spawned three other US top 10 singles - New Sensation, Never Tear Us Apart and Need You Tonight.
THAT WAS THEN...
Throughout the 80s and into the early 90s, INXS created a mark on the pop music scene Down Under and beyond.
It was on home ground, where members, the Farriss Brothers (Andrew, Jon and Tim), were inducted into the West Australian Music Industry Awards Hall of Fame.
INXS won six Australian Recording Industry Association Music Awards, including three for Best Group in 1987, 1989 and 1992. The band had received only three Grammy nominations over their 30-year career.
But the mid-90s saw their popularity wane, especially in the US, after their Greatest Hits compilation failed to crack the Top 100. On Nov 22, 1997, frontman Michael Hutchence was found dead in a Sydney hotel room from an apparent suicide while under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
THIS IS NOW...
Even though the group are no longer touring or performing since 2012, interest in them was recently re-ignited thanks to the telecast of INXS: Never Tear Us Apart, a TV miniseries about the untold story of the band.
Band member Tim Farriss served as a pre-production consultant on the show, which attracted 1.98 million viewers across Australia.
INXS benefited from the high ratings, with its The Very Best compilation - the first to feature only Michael Hutchence on the cover - going to No. 1 on iTunes over the course of the telecast.
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