INXS were an Australian rock band fronted by the dynamic lead singer and main lyricist Mitchael Hutchence. They achieved international success from the mid to late 80s and early 90s with records like Listen Like Thieves, Kick and X selling an estimated 60 million records worldwide.
My favourite song of theirs for what its worth is What You Need. I remember the tabloids were all over Hutchence and Kylie Minogue when they dated. He had a string of love affairs with prominent actresses and models until he was found deceased in his Sydney apartment which the coroner determined suicide by hanging.
Following Hutchence’s death in 1997 INXS made appearances with several guest singers until turning to a Reality TV show Rock Star: INXS in 2005 which culminated in the selection of Canadian J.D. Fortune as their new lead singer. He sang today’s next music library selection: Afterglow which I’ve always liked for the drumming cadence and melody. J.D Fortune was eventually replaced in 2011 and INXS would give their final appearance in 2012 although they’ve never officially announced a retirement.
Afterglow came from the bands 11th studio album Switch released in 2006. The song was written as a tribute to Michael Hutchence who was one of INXS founders.
According to Wikipedia: The song is described as “soft rock”, with melody reminiscent of INXS’ earlier work with Hutchence. Afterglow peaked at #24 on the ARIA Singles chart, spending 10 weeks in the top 50…. Music critic Matt Collar of the publication Allmusic praised the song as an “epic ballad”, noting how it drew influence from U2’s track “With or Without You”.