My Sunday Song – “Need You Tonight” by INXS

For My Sunday Song #246, we are going to review the song “Need You Tonight” by INXS. The song is off their massive hit album, ‘Kick’, which was released in 1987. The song was the first single off the album and took the band in to the stratosphere. The song went to #1 in the US and ended at #2 in the year end chart. It became a mainstay on MTV and the band were the new darlings of the time. The song was written by Andrew Farriss and Michael Hutchence and would boost their confidence and turn them in to the main song writers for the band.

The music was written by Andrew who had come up with the rhythm section of the song while waiting on the cab. When the cab driver arrived he asked the driver to wait as he had to get something from his room. An hour later Andrew came back down. I don’t think the driver was very pleased, but the rest of us are because in that hour, he demoed the song much to the dismay of the taxi driver. When Andrew played the song to Michael, Michael wrote those lyrics in about an hour. Now, the lyrics aren’t real deep as it is basically Michael trying to get a booty call which I am sure was pretty easy for him to get one as they were quickly becoming one of the biggest bands in the world.

The song is mostly an electronic track with a drum machine and a click track with a little cymbal hit every so often. But is that guitar riff that takes the song up a notch. It is very recognizable riff which the band was actually quite adept at coming up with those riffs in their songs. When you take the sexiness of that riff and through in the sultry vocals of Michael, it is no wonder that the women swooned over this band. The song had a bounce to it, a slick groove and was over-the-top sexy and made for a perfect combination to make this a #1 song.

Give the song a listen and let me know what you think. I hope you enjoy it has much as I have over the years. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you all have a wonderful and Happy Sunday!!

“Need You Tonight”

All you got is this moment
Twenty-first century’s yesterday
You can care all you want
Everybody does yeah that’s okay

So slide over here
And give me a moment
Your moves are so raw
I’ve got to let you know
I’ve got to let you know
You’re one of my kind

I need you tonight
‘Cause I’m not sleeping
There’s something about you girl
That makes me sweat

How do you feel
I’m lonely
What do you think
Can’t think at all
Whatcha gonna do
Gonna live my life

So slide over here
And give me a moment
Your moves are so raw
I’ve got to let you know
I’ve got to let you know
You’re one of my kind

I need you tonight
‘Cause I’m not sleeping
There’s something about you girl
That makes me sweat

So how do you feel
I’m lonely
What do you think
Can’t think at all
Whatcha gonna do
Gonna live my life

So how do you feel
I’m lonely
What do you think
Can’t think at all
Whatcha gonna do
Gonna live my life

So slide over here
And give me a moment
Your moves are so raw
I’ve got to let you know
I’ve got to let you know

So slide over here
And give me a moment
I’ve got to let you know
I’ve got to let you know

You’re one of my kind

Written by Andrew Farriss and Michael Hutchence

23 thoughts on “My Sunday Song – “Need You Tonight” by INXS

  1. “Slide over here” is my favorite line of this song. Not sure why but that line always pops up in my mind when thinking or listening to this song. Great song.

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  2. The intro guitar riff is memorable.

    I like this song because it feels like a jam and Michael is coming up with a few different melodic verses to give the jam a little bit of structure. Like the “I’m lonely” verse.

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              1. True. I’m a bit of a magpie though, I see things on, say, LP and buy them up, but I already have the CD at home. Funny, at the time, I don’t think about that. It’s just automatic pilot somehow. And I was getting LPs so cheap, it seemed a crime to not pick them up, you know? Sigh. Clutter clutter clutter.

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  3. Kick was such a huge album. It’s hard to find a song on it that I don’t like. So many hits. Worth doing a retrospect on it myself. Thanks for the double ‘My Sunday Song’ entries on INXS.

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