INXS were an Australian rock band, formed as The Farriss Brothers in 1977 in Sydney, New South Wales. They began playing covers in Western Australian pubs and clubs, occasionally playing some of their original music, mainstays were main composer and keyboardist Andrew Farriss, drummer Jon Farriss, guitarists Tim Farriss and Kirk Pengilly, bassist Garry Gary Beers and main lyricist and vocalist Michael Hutchence. For twenty years, INXS was fronted by Hutchence, whose good looks. Initially known for their new style, the band later developed a harder pub rock style that included funk. In 1980, INXS first charted in their native Australia with their debut self-titled album, but later garnered moderate success in countries with Shabooh Shoobah. Though The Swing brought more success from around the world, its single Original Sin was even greater commercially, in the 1990s, INXS achieved a greater fan following through Hutchences romance with fellow Australian singer Kylie Minogue, and achieved greater acclaim in the United Kingdom. However, starting with Welcome to Wherever You Are, in 1992, after Hutchence was found dead in his hotel suite in Sydney in November 1997, the band did not perform publicly for a year. They made appearances with several guest singers, including Jimmy Barnes, Terence Trent DArby and Jon Stevens, Stevens formally joined the band for a tour and recording session in 2002. In 2005, members of INXS participated in Rock Star, INXS, with Fortune, the band released Pretty Vegas and Afterglow as singles, and the album Switch. In late 2010, the recorded and released Original Sin. INXS won six Australian Recording Industry Association awards including three for Best Group in 1987,1989 and 1992, and was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2001, as of June 2015, INXS has sold over 50 million records worldwide. The origins of the band began with Andrew Farriss convincing his fellow Davidson High School classmate, Michael Hutchence, to join his band, Doctor Dolphin. The band contained two other classmates, Kent Kerny and Neil Sanders and a player, Garry Beers and Geoff Kennely, from a nearby high school. In 1977, Tim Farriss, Andrews older brother, invited Andrew, Hutchence and Beers to join him, Tim and Pengilly had been playing together since 1971 as either an acoustic duo, Kirk and Tim, or as a four-piece band called Guinness. The band made their debut on 16 August 1977 at Whale Beach,40 km north of Sydney. Andrew Farriss remembers, I thought the show went really well, but I think my dad summed it up the day, Great show. I think everyone might have been stoned and they briefly performed as The Vegetables, singing We Are the Vegetables, before returning to Sydney ten months later, where they recorded a set of demos. At a chance meeting in the car park of the Narrabeen Antler, a pub in Narrabeen on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, New South Wales, Tim was approached by Gary Morris, the manager of Midnight Oil
INXS performing in 2007
In the mid-1980s, INXS reached their commercial peak. Garry Beers is seen here on tour in 1986.
The death of singer Michael Hutchence kept INXS virtually dormant for a decade
The instrumentalists from INXS collaborated with several Australian singers before settling on Jon Stevens as a replacement for Hutchence