Kiss the Dirt (Falling Down the Mountain)

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"Kiss the Dirt (Falling Down the Mountain)"
Kiss the Dirt.jpg
Cover art for Australian and US vinyl editions
Single by INXS
from the album Listen Like Thieves
Released March 1986
Format 7" single, 12" Single
Recorded 1985
Genre Alternative rock, pop rock, post-punk
Length 3:56
Label Atlantic
Songwriter(s) Andrew Farriss
Michael Hutchence
Producer(s) Chris Thomas
INXS singles chronology
"What You Need"
"Kiss the Dirt (Falling Down the Mountain)"
"Listen Like Thieves"

"What You Need"
"Kiss the Dirt (Falling Down the Mountain)"
"Listen Like Thieves"

"Kiss the Dirt (Falling Down the Mountain)" is a song by the Australian rock band INXS. It was written by Andrew Farriss and Michael Hutchence and included as the third track on the 1985 album Listen Like Thieves.

It was released as the album's fourth single in March 1986 and reached #15 on the Australian singles chart,[1] becoming the band's tenth Top 20 hit in their country.[1] It was, however, the band's seventh single that failed to chart in the United States, but it did manage to reach #24 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.[2]

In 2002, "Kiss the Dirt (Falling Down the Mountain)" was included on the soundtrack of the popular and critically acclaimed Rockstar video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.

The music video shows the band performing on a salt lake and on the moon plains in Coober Pedy in South Australia. The band flew direct from the United States to the site and filmed the clip overnight then flew back to the United States. In the bridge, the band is shown performing while fire and gloom cover the area, before the skies clear up at the end.


Chart (1986) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[1] 15
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[3] 42
UK Singles Chart[4] 54
US Billboard Album Rock Tracks[2] 24


  1. ^ a b c Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (Illustrated ed.). St. Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 149. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.  N.B. the Kent Report chart was licensed by ARIA between mid 1983 and 19 June 1988.
  2. ^ a b "Billboard > Artists / INXS > Chart History > Mainstream Rock Songs (page 2)". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-03-30. 
  3. ^ " > INXS – Kiss the Dirt (Falling Down the Mountain) (song)". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2016-03-30. 
  4. ^ "Official Charts > INXS". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 2016-03-30.