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Andrew Farriss Recalls The Pressure Of Kick

INXS songwriter Andrew Farriss still remembers the pressure he and his co-writer, the late Michael Hutchence, were under to write the album Kick 30 years ago.

The record went on to be a massive success for the band, charting globally and alerting the world to their musical brilliance, but Farriss didn't know that at the time.

The band's previous album, Listen Like Thieves, had given the band their first American top ten hit, What You Need, but Farriss says instead of celebrating that, he and Hutchence just felt the expectation that they would have to do it all again.

"I felt really weird about it and then I realised, it hit me like a tonne of bricks: 'wow, if we're going to stay in this game I've got to go do that again'," Farriss told AAP.

"And Michael was thinking the same thing. We said 'oh my God, what do we do now?'"

So Farriss and Hutchence holed themselves up for a few months and wrote Kick, an album that was initially rejected by three record companies before it went on to be a massive smash, featuring some of the band's biggest hits including Never Tear Us Apart and New Sensation.

The album has just been re-released following a remix at Abbey Road Studios by producer Giles Martin - the son of Beatles producer George Martin - in Dolby Atmos surround sound.

Farriss says he was relieved to hear just how current some of the songs still sound, when listening to the album in this new mix.

"What occurred to me from listening to it, some of it was a snapshot of the 80s but some of it, when I sat there and listened, some of it I could hear on contemporary radio," he said.

Kick's re-release also comes with a new video for the album's title track, featuring skateboarders Leandre Sanders, Justin Burbage and Brooks Humphrey at Venice Skate Park in California.

"We were really interested in that culture," Farriss said.

"If you look at the Kick album cover you'll see a skateboard on it. That's not a coincidence, the reason is because we used to skateboard when we were kids,."

INXS were also recently presented with a 50 million global sales award as they celebrate 40 years together.

"I'm still completely overwhelmed sometimes that the music has done as well as it has" Farriss said.

"When you start out doing all this you really don't know what's going to happen to you ... there's no instruction manual."

* The 30th anniversary edition of Kick is out now


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