The song was inspired by the Star Wars defense program and the subsequent unease such a scheme caused for many people, but as with all of INXS' more overtly political songs, the message is never allowed to get in the way of the song as a whole. With its soft guitar start, suggesting the Byrds just enough while not playing the revivalist card too openly, INXS then shifts into its fine full-band arrangements, building steadily up to one of the band's best-ever choruses. Michael Hutchence delivers the title with just enough drama and intensity while not absolutely going nuts (what Bono would have made of it can only be imagined in nightmares). The attractive overall performance and production (courtesy of Chris Thomas) incorporate everything from acoustic guitar to subtle synth drones and shades, and the whole song crackles with an energy that draws inspiration from the past while clearly being of its time and place. Not many groups could manage such a careful balance; INXS pulls it off without breaking a sweat.