Thursday, May 23, 2013

Serious Contenders: INXS, "Need You Tonight"

What a bizarre come-on: "You're one of my kind." Sometimes, I'll read lyrics and just think, "How do they get away with this?" And it's all in the delivery. Michael Hutchence, whether you dug INXS or not, had this ability to completely transform what is, on the page, a whole bunch of nonsense and nonsequitors, into a come-hither beckoning. It's a sexy, unashamed down-and-dirty pickup/hookup song, completely unashamed of its nature and the dubious methods it uses to express itself. And it works, as good music does, when you have the right mix of elements, that minor, but not detached, instrumentation striking the right slinking tone behind Hutchence's vocals.

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