Tuesday, March 21, 2017

"I Send a Message" by INXS

Song#:  1982
Date:  07/21/1984
Debut:  90
Peak:  77
Weeks:  7
Genre:  Rock, New Wave

Pop Bits:  INXS broke through to the US charts with "The One Thing" (#30 Pop, #2 Rock) from their fourth LP Shabooh Shoobah. However, their next effort The Swing was having difficulty expanding upon that success. The LP's first single, "Original Sin," stopped early at Pop (#58) and Rock (#43) and this next single fared even worse. However, both songs did see some action at Dance getting to #13 and #18, respectively. The story was greatly different in their native Australia where "Original Sin" got to #1 and this tune made it to #3. The hits helped the album reach #1 in that country. It would take another album before the band would fully capture the attention of US listeners.

ReduxReview:  I love the opening of this song and it starts off good, but it kind of slacks off after the first verse and then there is not much in the way of a hooky chorus to draw in a listener. It's not a bad new wave jam, but it doesn't really go anywhere for me. You can tell, however, that they were beginning to hone in on a good formula. They just needed a little more focus and hook, which they were able to accomplish on their next LP.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  Capitalizing on the the success they were having on the dance floor with tracks from The Swing, the band's label issued a release titled Dekadance that consisted of remixed songs from the album. The collection was only issued on cassette in Australia and it was quite successful reaching #2 on the chart. This set should not be confused with a similar collection that appeared in the US in 1983. That same-titled release featured four remixed songs from Shabooh Shoobah and was issued on 12" vinyl and cassette. It sold a few copies and got to #148 on the chart.


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