Monday, January 25, 2016

Songoftheday 1/25/16 - Sleep baby sleep now that the night is over, and the sun comes like a god into our room...


"New Sensation" - INXS
from the album Kick (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #3 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 12

Today's song of the day is by the Australian rock band INXS, who broke huge in America with their sixth album Kick, and landed a #1 pop single with "Need You Tonight" along with a #2 follow-up in "Devil Inside". The third single and in my opinion best of the bunch was the uptempo dance-rock track "New Sensation". Written by lead singer Michael Hutchence along with band keyboardist Andrew Farris, the song floats along the inescapable rhythm guitar bed until the sax kicks in on the chorus...


"New Sensation" became the third straight top-ten pop hit in the U.S. for the band in July of 1988. The single also climbed to #8 on Billboard's Rock radio chart (then called the "Album Rock Tracks"), while the extended version stopped short at #11 on the Dance Club Play list. Internationally, the record topped the chart in Canada, made the top ten in their native Australia (#9) and Spain (#9), and top-40 in the UK (#25), the Netherlands (#14), Ireland (#15), Germany (#35), Belgium (#19), and New Zealand (#16).

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First off, the 12" extended remix of the song that just missed the top 10 on the dance chart...


Here's the band performing the song at the MTV Video Awards in 1988...


...and three years later at Wembley for their Live Baby Live show in 1991 (named for the line in this song) and the energy of this is overwhelming...


...and finally, live in 1997, the year of Michael's unfortunate death...


Up tomorrow: Time to smooch for this duo.

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