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"Need You Tonight"
Single by INXS
from the album Kick
B-side "I'm Coming (Home)"
Released September 23, 1987
June 1, 2005 (remixes)
Format 12" single, 7" single, CD single, Cassette
Genre Rock
Length 3:00
Label Atlantic records, Mercury Records, WEA
Writer(s) Andrew Farriss, Michael Hutchence
Producer Chris Thomas
INXS singles chronology
"Good Times"
"Need You Tonight"
"Devil Inside"

"Need You Tonight" is the fourth song on INXS's 1987 album Kick as well as the first single from the album released worlwide. It was also the only single of the band's to reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. It also achieved their highest peak at number two on the UK Singles Chart, however this peak was only reached after a re-release of the single in November 1988. On its first run on the UK Charts in October 1987, it stalled at No. 58. While it would arguably become the band's signature song, it was one of the last songs recorded for the album.



In INXS's official autobiography, INXS: Story to Story, Andrew Farriss said that the famous riff to the song appeared suddenly in his head while waiting for a cab to go to the airport to fly to Hong Kong. He asked the cab driver to wait a couple of minutes while he grabbed something from his motel room. In fact, he went up to record the riff and came back down an hour later with a tape to a very annoyed driver. This riff was later described as sounding like a cross between Keith Richards and Prince.

The song is a much more electronic track than most of the band's material before or after, combining sequencers with regular drum tracks and a number of tracks of layered guitars. To approximate the sound on the recorded track, the band often utilizes click tracks for a frequent synthesizer chord as well as rim shots heard throughout the song.

On the Kick album, the song is linked to the next song, entitled either "Mediate" or "Meditate" depending on the pressing of the album. On some compilations, the two tunes appear together and on others, only "Need You Tonight" appears (rarely, if ever, has "Mediate" appeared on its own).

Music video

The song is also notable for its promotional music video which combined live action and different kinds of animation. Directed by Richard Lowenstein, the video was actually "Need You Tonight / Mediate", as it combined two songs from the album. Lowenstein claimed that the particular visual effects in "Need You Tonight" were created by cutting up 35mm film and photocopying the individual frames, before re-layering those images over the original footage.

For "Mediate", it segues into a tribute to Bob Dylan's "Subterranean Homesick Blues". The members flip cue cards with words from the song, followed by a Kirk Pengilly saxophone solo. Beneath the lyric "a special date" in the "Mediate" portion of the video, the cue card shown reads "9-8-1945". This refers to the date 9 August 1945 which was the date the atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, Japan. As the date is in the Australian format, with the day first and month second, American observers sometimes confuse the date for 8 September 1945.

The video won five MTV Video Music Awards including Video of The Year and was ranked at number twenty-one on MTV's countdown of the 100 greatest videos of all time.[1]

Track listings

7" LP SINGLE - 7-89188 Atlantic/USA
7" LP SINGLE - 888813-7 Mercury/Europe
7" LP SINGLE - INXS8 Mercury/UK
7" LP SINGLE - PD 2573 Mercury/South Africa
7" LP SINGLE - 7-258181 WEA/Australia
7" LP SINGLE - P-2337 WEA/Japan
  1. "Need You Tonight" — 3:01
  2. "I'm Coming (Home)" — 4:54
  1. "Need You Tonight" — 3:01
  2. "Need You Tonight (Mendelshon Extended Mix)" - 7:02
7" LP SINGLE - INXS12 Mercury/UK (OCT 1988)
7" LP SINGLE - INXSG12 Mercury/UK Special 7" Magic Pack
  1. "Need You Tonight" — 3:01
  2. "Move On" - 4.47
7" LP SINGLE - INXRA12 Mercury/UK
  1. "Need You Tonight" — 3:01
  2. "Need You Tonight (Mendelshon 7" Mix)" - 3:58
12" LP SINGLE - 7-86645-0 Atlantic/USA
12" LP SINGLE - INXS812 Mercury/UK
12" LP SINGLE - 0-258181 WEA/Australia
  1. "Need You Tonight" — 3:01
  2. "Mediate" — 2:35
  3. "I'm Coming (Home)" — 4:53
12" LP SINGLE - 0-258076 WEA/Australia
  1. "Need You Tonight" — 3:01
  2. "Need You Tonight (Mendelshon Extended Mix)" - 7:02
  3. "Mediate" — 2:35
  4. "I'm Coming (Home)" — 4:53
  5. "Move On" - 4:47
  6. "Kiss The Dirt (Falling Down The Mountain)" - 3:54
12" LP SINGLE - INXS1212 Mercury/UK (OCT 1988)
  1. "Need You Tonight (Mendelshon Extended Mix)" - 7:02
  2. "Move On" - 4:47
  3. "Kiss The Dirt (Falling Down The Mountain)" - 3:54
12" LP SINGLE - INXSR1212 Mercury/UK (OCT 1988)
  1. "Need You Tonight (Ben Liebrand Mix)" - 7:18
  2. "Move On" - 4:47
  3. "New Sensation (Extended Mix)" - 6:30
CD3 - 10SW-2 WEA/Japan
  1. "Need You Tonight" — 3:01
  2. "I'm Coming (Home) (Edit)" — 4:12
CD5 - INXCD8 Mercury/UK
CD5 - 888 813-2 Mercury/Germany
  1. "Need You Tonight" — 3:01
  2. "Mediate" — 2:35
  3. "I'm Coming (Home)" — 4:53
CD VIDEO SINGLE - O80394-2 Mercury/UK
  1. "Tiny Daggers" - 3:20
  2. "Mediate" — 2:35
  3. "Need You Tonight" — 3:01
  4. "I'm Coming (Home)" — 4:53
  5. "Need You tonight (Video)" - 3:50
CD5 - INXCD12 (872 215-2) Mercury/UK
  1. "Need You Tonight (Mendelshon Mix Edit)" - 5:11
  2. "Move On" - 4:47
  3. "Original Sin" - 5:19
  4. "Don't Change" - 4:24


Chart (1987–1988) Peak
Austrian Singles Chart[2] 16
French SNEP Singles Chart[2] 10
German Singles Chart[3] 16
Irish Singles Chart[4] 2
Italian Singles Chart[5] 8
UK Singles Chart[6] 2
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[7] 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play[7] 7
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales[7] 10
U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks[7] 12
Chart (2005–2006)1 Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 1 [7] 16
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 2 [7] 40

1 Static Revenger/Koishii & Hush Mixes
2 Remixes

Preceded by
"The Way You Make Me Feel" by Michael Jackson
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
January 30, 1988 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Could've Been" by Tiffany

Rogue Traders Remix

"One of My Kind"
Single by Rogue Traders vs. INXS
from the album We Know What You're Up To
Released February 23, 2003 (2003-02-23) (Australia)
Format CD single
12" single
Recorded 2002
Genre Dance
Length 3:20 (radio edit)
4:18 (album version)
Label Vicious Grooves
Writer(s) James Ash
Producer James Ash
Rogue Traders vs. INXS singles chronology
"Give in to Me"
"One of My Kind"

Rogue Traders covered and remixed "Need You Tonight" and released it as a single in Australia. The song was renamed "One of My Kind", where it reached #10 on the Australian Top 100 Singles Chart, becoming their first top-10 hit. "One of My Kind" is the second single released by the Rogue Traders for their debut album We Know What You're Up To. Because it was the only hit single from the album, the band was publicly considered one-hit wonders until "Voodoo Child" reached #4 in 2005.


Track listings

Maxi CD single

  1. "One of My Kind" (radio edit)
  2. "One of My Kind" (club mix edit)
  3. "One of My Kind" (Phunked Remix)

12" vinyl

  1. "One of My Kind" (12" mix)
  2. "One of My Kind" (radio edit)
  3. "One of My Kind" (dub mix)

Music video

The music video is set in a dance party where the lizard on the single cover wanders around looking for a girl of his kind. He finds one looking lonely. The two sit together and he singles the line 'you're one of my kind' before the video ends.[8]


The single spent 15 weeks in the charts, 9 of which were in the top 50.[9][10] The single also topped the ARIA Dance chart.

Chart (2003) Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 10

Other cover versions


  1. ^
  2. ^ a b "Need You Tonight", in French and Austrian Singles Charts (Retrieved March 28, 2008)
  3. ^ German Singles Chart (Retrieved March 28, 2008)
  4. ^ Irish Single Chart (Retrieved March 28, 2008)
  5. ^ Italian Single Chart [1] (Retrieved July 22, 2008)
  6. ^ UK Singles Chart (Retrieved March 28, 2008)
  7. ^ a b c d e f Billboard (Retrieved September 1, 2008)
  8. ^ [2] "Youtube: One of My Kind Music Video"
  9. ^ [3] "Australian Charts"
  10. ^ [4] "Rogue Traders Discography"
  11. ^ Matthew Solarski (19 November 2008). "My Brightest Diamond, Frightened Rabbit Do Covers". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2009-06-11. 


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