Released today in 1986: Kiss The Dirt (Falling Down The Mountain)

Mercury INXS7

Mercury INXS7

From 1980 to 1985 INXS issued around a dozen singles in their native Australia, but only a handful of them saw release here in the UK. None of the British releases made our charts, while in their home country INXS were becoming one of the biggest bands of the decade. They had had three Top 10 hits on the official ‘Kent Music Report’ singles charts there, and a #1 album with 1984’s The Swing. The follow-up to that album, Listen Like Thieves, gave them their second at the end of 1985. It was also their breakthrough album here, although their British record company promoted it differently.

In Australia, INXS were signed with WEA, who launched the album in September 1985 with the release of the first of four singles taken from it, What You Need. It went to #2 and the album went one place better shortly afterwards. Here in the UK, the band’s label Mercury chose to wait until the beginning of 1986 and led with This Time instead, which was the second single in Australia and was in the charts there (on its way to #19) at the time of its UK release. It didn’t quite give them a hit here, as it only made it to #79, but when What You Need was issued as the second single they finally became a hit act in Britain: it reached #51.

Mercury also reversed the order of the third and fourth singles from the album. The title track was the third single in the UK (#46) and the fourth in Australia (#28). Kiss The Dirt (Falling Down The Mountain) made #15 in Australia when it was released there in March 1986 and #54 here when it appeared in the summer. Meanwhile, Listen Like Thieves the album first charted here in February and returned on two further occasions, the most successful of which would see it reach #48 during the promotion of the Kiss The Dirt (Falling Down The Mountain) single.

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INXS Kiss The Dirt (Falling Down The Mountain) (Mercury INXS7)


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