A Band Down Under

The Sydney Opera House... home in 2015 to 14 sold out performances of Evil Squirrel's Nest: The Opera according to the helper monkeys.

The Sydney Opera House… home in 2015 to 14 sold out performances of Evil Squirrel’s Nest: The Opera according to the helper monkeys.

You can just feel the excitement of another manic Monday here at The Nest, as I am sure you are all a’twitter in anticipation of hearing another lost classic from Scratchy’s vault on the Dusty Vinyl Archive!  If you happen to be one of those buried under the 8,000 feet of snow that hit the east coast this weekend, today you can warm up to the feeling of a place where it is still summer and you can actually feel your fingers… Australia!  In honor of Australia Day tomorrow, DJ Scratchy let the Sponkies pick the record this week from one of their homeland artists… so crack open an ice cold Fosters and prepare for some down under goodness!

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If you were asked to rattle off a list of the biggest bands of the 80’s, how long would it take you before you remembered the Sydney, Australia sextet INXS?  Would they emerge from the cockles of your brain before Culture Club, New Edition or even fellow Aussies Men at Work?  Probably not… and that’s a shame because they may be one of the most under-appreciated acts not only of the decade, but ever.  For the most part, INXS is only remembered for a few hits they had in the late 80’s and the fact that their lead singer Michael Hutchence decided to hang himself in a hotel room in 1997…

Hey, at least the world got another quality reality show out of that tragedy.

Hey, at least the world got another quality reality show out of that tragedy.

But INXS had a number of under the radar songs in the early part of the decade you’ve undoubtedly heard before, and continued to be successful into the 90’s.  Part of the problem that plagued the band was that there was no way they could replicate the smashing success that was their 1987 album Kick.  In an age when the best of the best LP’s were spawning multiple hit singles, Kick put a whopping four tracks into the Top 10 within a year of its release.  For today’s dusty classic, I chose one of the last songs from INXS’s magnum opus to get radio airplay that didn’t fare as well on the charts, but is still one of my favorite cuts from the band… “Mystify”:

Because of their status as grossly underrated, there are literally at least half a dozen INXS songs that could classify as lost classics.  I almost used the title track from their album that preceded Kick, Listen Like Thieves, which is another amazing, rarely heard song that tickled me to no end when it came on Mecca Radio last week and got me singing along to it like I just didn’t care…

Well I guess I used it anyway!  Ha!

Everybody listen like an earworm ho!

Everybody listen like an earworm ho!

I’ll have more for you to listen to next week!

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Bored former 30-something who has nothing better to do with his life than draw cartoon squirrels.
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29 Responses to A Band Down Under

  1. I like it!!! and it’s even better than Need you tonight, think that was the only one what became really famous (at least in europe)

    • It was their most popular song in the US as well (Their only #1), and is probably my least favorite song of all of their hits. INXS’s early stuff when they were still considered New Wave is awesome!

  2. INXS was one of the best bands ever. Period.

  3. Piglove says:

    Shaking piggy head. This one is mystifying to say the least. Mom/dad says they’ve never heard of them. Of course, mom/dad knew Moby Dick when he was only a mere minnow so that tells you a lot about them. Snorts with piggy laughter. XOXO – Bacon

  4. I want to see the opera! I don’t suppose you can get it produced just a little closer to home??? You you going to have real squirrels in it?

    • I’ll have to find someone who can write opera music for me. The girls are already fighting over who has to be the fat lady to sing at the end. When it gets done and comes to town, there will definitely be VIP tickets for you and Garry at the will call window!

  5. Ally Bean says:

    I remember INXS. Liked them. Must of heard their music at work, but couldn’t tell you the name of a single song. Of course, I don’t know the name of most songs. Feel lucky to know my name most days.

    • I find that the best way to remember music from bygone eras is to surround yourself with it all the time like I do. I probably hear more 80’s songs now than I did…. well, back in the 80’s! Salt n Pepa’s playing on Music Choice in the background as I type this comment…

  6. draliman says:

    I remember the band but for me they kinda merged into the throng of very similar sounding bands of the era. Let’s face it, they were no Duran Duran :-). These two songs are okay, though.

  7. Trisha says:

    When I think of INXS (which is rare, I’d pretty much forgotten them) I always think of New Sensation and Need You Tonight. I don’t remember Mystify but, now that I’ve heard it, I like it better than any of the ones I do remember. Land Down Under is probably what I’ll have stuck in my head all day though because of your title!

    • I first heard Mystify on a short-lived all-80’s station we had in 2000… it wasn’t a very big hit, but should have been! I’m now regretting not showcasing “The One Thing”, which I passively linked to in the third paragraph because that’s the video I’ve replayed numerous times since I typed this post and I’ve just realized how cool of a song it is.

      • Trisha says:

        You could still do a post on it. I completely missed the link! Even if I had noticed it and clicked on it, I would probably just have a feeling of deja vu if you showcased The One Thing a few weeks from now. Of course not all your readers are as spacy as me…. 🙂

      • I’ll probably wait a while. A number of songs I’d like to include I originally profiled as cheesy, lost MTV videos several years ago… and I’m sure even my long-time readers have already forgotten about them!

  8. reocochran says:

    I dated a guy who loved INXS. He was a little bit one band man oriented though. Thanks for letting me know about your blog Evil Squirrel Opera, being on stage in Australia! 🙂

  9. Merbear74 says:

    Ah man, I was hoping for a Vegamite sandwich….

  10. I loved this band and had the absolute pleasure of seeing them live in Melbourne at the Crystal Ballroom. Back in the day all the bands played live and I found a great reference.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pub_rock_(Australia)
    I always loved live music. Happy Australia Day!! 😀

  11. The Cutter says:

    Coincidentally, I’ve been listening to INXS the past two days at work. I think all the snow outside reminds me of ski trips when I was younger when INXS was always playing at the ski lodge

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