Suicide Blonde

Composed by Andrew Farriss / Michael Hutchence

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The return of INXS to the fray of international stardom wasn't quite as striking and attention-grabbing a lead single as "Need You Tonight" was for Kick, but "Suicide Blonde" still showed the band in good creative health, the more so because newer elements were being effortlessly incorporated by the band. On the one hand, Jon Farriss' pulsing drums almost (perhaps accidentally) suggest the beats of acid house sweeping the band's overseas stronghold in the U.K., while, on the other hand, Andrew Farriss introduced the compelling blues harp riff to the track via sampling rather than live performance. It was a great calling card for the song, while the compressed, stinging funk guitar hook at the center made another perfect jumping-off point for a sharp, fiery Michael Hutchence vocal. More than once he's almost testifying gospel-style, and why not? Kirk Pengilly's sudden sax parts and extra semi-Morricone moodiness on guitar provide the icing on the cake for the track as a whole, while the use of creative sudden stops and starts once again works for the group.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
X 1990
Virgin EMI
Billboard Top Modern Rock Tracks 1990 1990
Various Artists
Rhino 3:52
Live Baby Live [Video] 1991 Sanct./BMG
Now: 1990 [1993] 1993
Various Artists
Power and the Glory 1994
Various Artists
Polygram 3:52
Impossible Concert 1994
Various Artists
Alex 3:52
The Greatest Hits [Universal] 1994 Phantom
No Image 1995
Various Artists
The Best Live 1996
Various Artists
18 Dance Mix Classics 1997
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels 3:53
Rock On 1990 1998
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:55
Champions of Rock-n-Roll, Vol. 3: Stud Rock - Wild Ride 1998
Various Artists
Simitar Distribution 3:52
Now: 1990 [1998] 1998
Various Artists
Virgin/EMI 4:15
No Image 1999
Various Artists
Telstar TV Records 3:52
Rockin' 90's, Vol. 1 1999
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:53
Double Shot: Pop Alternative 2000
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:50
Shine Like It Does: The Anthology (1979-1997) 2001 Rhino 3:52
The Best of INXS [Rhino] 2002 Rhino Atlantic 3:49
The Years 1979-1997 2002 UMVD
INXS Squared: The Remixes 2004 Universal Distribution / Universal International 5:40
I'm Only Looking: The Best of INXS 2004 Rhino
Rewind: The Best In Music & Video [Bonus DVD] 2004
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:50
Casey Kasem Presents: America's Top Ten - The 90's  Rock's Greatest Hits 2005
Various Artists
Top Sail Productions 3:48
Rock Star: INXS 2005
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
What You Need: The Video Hits Collection [DVD] 2005 Rhino
Rhino Hi-Five: INXS 2006 Atlantic / Rhino / Rhino Atlantic 3:52
90s Anthems 2007
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 3:49
No Image 2007
Various Artists
Hit Club
Modern Rock Number 1's 2007
Various Artists
Hip-O 3:53
The Videos 2007 Universal Distribution
No Image 2010
Mystify: Rockpalast Collection [Video] 2010 Eagle Vision
Listen Like Thieves/X 2012 ADA / Relayer Records 3:52
Live at Wembley Stadium '91 2014 Petrol Electric 4:32
Platinum: Greatest Hits MGM / MGM Australia
No Image
Various Artists
Allegro / Allegro Corporation / Rolling Stone
No Image
Various Artists
Digital 3:51
The  INXS Collection 1980-1993 Rhino 3:52
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