Thursday 10/20/22 6pm ET: Feature LP: INXS – X (1990)

X is Australian rock band INXS’s seventh studio album, released on September 25, 1990. The follow-up to the massive seller Kick, X scored hits with “Suicide Blonde” and “Disappear” (both Top 10 in the US). Both singles were later used in the soundtrack to the 1991 American teen comedy Mystery Date. Two other singles from X were “Bitter Tears” and “By My Side” but they had less chart success. A fifth single, “The Stairs”, was only issued in the Netherlands to coincide with the release of the Live Baby Live album.

X was the third consecutive INXS album produced by Chris Thomas. The title, the Roman numeral for “10”, represents the band’s tenth year since their debut album was released in 1980. X features a sample of blues-harp player Charlie Musselwhite on “Suicide Blonde”, and Musselwhite himself playing on “Who Pays the Price” and “On My Way”.

  1. “Suicide Blonde” 3:53
  2. “Disappear” 4:10
  3. “The Stairs” 4:56
  4. “Faith in Each Other” 4:09
  5. “By My Side” 3:06
  6. “Lately” 3:37
  7. “Who Pays the Price” 3:37
  8. “Know the Difference” 3:18
  9. “Bitter Tears” 3:49
  10. “On My Way” 2:56
  11. “Hear That Sound” 4:05

Michael Hutchence – lead vocals, backing vocals
Andrew Farriss – keyboards, programming, guitars
Jon Farriss – keyboards, programming, drums
Tim Farriss – guitars
Kirk Pengilly – guitars, saxophone, backing vocals
Garry Gary Beers – bass
Charlie Musselwhite – harmonica (7, 10)