Need You Tonight – INXS

THIS DAY IN MUSIC……………………………..on January 30th of 1988 INXS reach #1 on Billboard with “Need You Tonight” a song taken from their album “Kick”.  This was a throwaway song that became INXS’ biggest hit. Andrew Farriss came up with the riff, and Michael Hutchence quickly added some lustful lyrics.The song is basically a musical booty call, with lines that could work if you’re Michael Hutchence (“All you got is this moment,” “There’s something about you girl that makes me sweat”). It’s not clear how his night ends, but he takes his best shot at the end. Andrew Farriss had the idea for the riff for this song while waiting for a taxi to take him to the airport. He asked the taxi driver to wait for a couple of minutes as he’d left something behind in the motel. He kept the unfortunate taxi driver waiting for an hour while he quickly recorded the riff and eventually returned to a very frustrated driver with a tape. Kick is the best-selling INXS album, selling more than 7 million copies in the US alone. Other US Top 10 hits include “Devil Inside,” “New Sensation” and “Never Tear Us Apart.” Bonnie Raitt covered this song in 2016 for her album Dig In Deep. She’s a big fan of the band, and says singing this “feels exactly as sexy as it sounds.” That year, her version was used in the Quantico episode “Drive.” The song came close to reaching the top of the UK Singles Chart peaking at #2.