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Need You Tonight by INXS

Album: KickReleased: 1987Charted:
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • This was featured in the 2000 film Coyote Ugly.
  • 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."
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Comments: 12

Easily, one of the best and most underrated 80's bands. Just look at the quality /depth of their funk rock. They plus The Eurythmics, The Police , The Talking Heads and The Pretenders. WORST- REM, diss the Beatles, punks.....P.a - Co. Spgs., Co
Just look at the quality/ depth of the funk rock that INXS made in the 80's. Easily, one of the best 80' groups. To me along with The Eurythymics, Talking Heads, Police, and Pretenders. The last decent decade of rock.P.a - Co. Spgs., Co
@Greg, Price, UT I always had the doubt that Geldof could had something to do with Hutch's death, as he has became very powerful since Live Aid, but I never read or heard anyone accusing him for that. Can you tell me where did you read or heard the rumors you are talking about?

I love INXS and I hope to see them one day playing with Tiger Lilly.
Sami - Monsummano Terme, Italy
Love this song!Megan - Stevenson, Al
"Need You Tonight" was the group's only No. 1 in the states (peaking in January 1988). They went to No. 2 with "Devil Inside," #3 with "New Sensation" and to number five with "What I Need" (from the "Listen Like Thieves" LP in 1986.

There was also a rumor that Bob Geldolf had something to do with Hutchence's death - allegedly being in the same hotel on the night of his "suicide." Evidently, Hutchence was romantically involved with the mother of Geldorf's children. It was pretty ugly, I'm led to understand.
Greg - Price, Ut
noticed how the video goes from " I need you tonight" to "Mediate"?!?!?Chris - Sevierville, Tn
This DOES sound like "Another One Bite The Dust"! Good song thoughEmily - Around Chicago, Il
Michael Hutchence was a true Aussi Legend!!! Stella song the beat draws u in!!!Dekota - Sydney, Australia
VH1's "Top 100 songs of the 80's" called this song's riff- a musical interpretation of sex, sliding up and downMatt - Boston, Ma
anybody else hear a similarity in the base to Queen's "Another One Bite The Dust"?Lalah - Wasilla, Ak
Michael, you went too early....RIPTracey - Johannesburg, South Africa
RIP michael hutchence ur the man of the 80sAmethyst - New Haven, Ct
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