from the album X (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #8 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 12
Today's song of the day comes from the Australian rock band INXS, whose seventh studio album X had scored them another top ten pop hit in America with frenetic guitar-hook jam "Suicide Blonde". The second single from the record was the more laid back "Disappear". Written by lead singer Michael Hutchence with the band's Jon Farriss, the guitars are pushed to the side as a keyboard-led dreamy soundscape pushes the record along. With lyrics that start out depressing but give in to a love that takes him away from the ills of the world, the guitars come back in for the chorus...
"Disappear" became INXS' seventh (and so far last) top ten pop hit in America in February of 1991. The single also reached the top ten on both the Mainstream (#6) and Modern (#10) rock radio charts in Billboard. Internationally, the song topped the chart in Canada for two weeks, got to #9 in Ireland, and made the top 40 in the Netherlands (#15), the UK (#21), New Zealand (#25), and their native Australia (#23).
The third single from X, "Bitter Tears", just missed the American top-40 at #46, but did do better than "Disappear" on the Mainstream (#4) and Modern (#6) radio charts. A fourth release, "By My Side", missed the chart in America, but made the top-40 in Australia (#23) and the Netherlands (#35).
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Here's the band performing the song at Wembley Stadium in London in 1991...
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