By Mark Nobes, chief editor

Need You Tonight was the first single to be taken from the band's sixth studio album, Kick, and was released in October 1987. It reached No.1 in the U.S. Billboard Top 100, but initially only reached No.58 in the UK.

However, after its re-release in November 1988, the song re-entered the UK singles chart at No.18 on 6th Nov, jumping to No.4 on the 13th, and then to a peak position of No.2 on 20th for one week, while Robin Beck's "First Time" was at No.1. The song featured as track four on the Kick album

The Kick album sold 6 million units in the U.S. achieving 6 x Platinum. Other UK hit singles from the album were New SensationNever Tear Us Apart and Mystify

The video combines animation with live action and also colour and black and white in the same frame. It was directed by Richard Lowenstein. It won "Video of the Year" at the 1988 MTV Video Music Awards.

The original UK vinyl releases include a mix by Julian Mendelsohn on the B-side, with the 12" featuring an extended version. However, the re-released 7" and 12" featured "Move On" on the B-side.

On 22 November 1997, lead singer Michael Hutchence was found dead in his Sydney Ritz-Carlton hotel room. An inquest revealed it was suicide caused by erotic asphyxiation, apparently.
Nee You Tonight UK 7 inch vinyl sleeve front ft. INXS

UK 7" vinyl sleeve


7" Single (1987)

A. "Need You Tonight" - 3:01

B. "I'm Coming (Home)" - 4:54

7" Single (1988)

A. "Need You Tonight" - 3:01

B. "Move On" - 4:47

12" Single (1988) Mendelsohn Mix

A1. "Need You Tonight" (Julian Mendelsohn Mix) - 7:02

A2. "Move On" - 4:47

B1. "Kiss The Dirt" - 3:53

B2. "Need You Tonight" - 3:03

12" Single (1988) Liebrand Mix

A. "Need You Tonight" (Ben Liebrand Mix)

B1. "New Sensation" (Extended Dance Mix)

B2. "Move On"

12" Single (Promo) (1988)

A. "Need You Tonight" (Mendelsohn Mix) - 7:02

B1. "Need You Tonight" - 3:06

B2. "Mediate" - 2:32

CD Single (1988)

1. "Need You Tonight" (Mendelsohn Mix) - 5:11

2. "Move On" - 4:47

3. "Original Sin" - 5:16

4. "Don't Change" - 4:24


This is a great clip from the TV show TFI Friday which was aired on Channel 4 between 1996 and 2000. Firstly, Michael Hutchence is interviewed by host Chris Evans and then the band perform "Need You Tonight" live in the studio.
INXS Need You Tonight Dutch vinyl sleeve front with sillhouette of band

Dutch vinyl sleeve front