New Sensation 1987

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“New Sensation” is a song by the Australian rock group INXS. It was the third single from their 1987 album Kick. The music was written by Andrew Farriss and the lyrics by Michael Hutchence. The song reached no. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, no. 9 in Australia, no. 25 in the UK, and no. 8 on the Album Rock Tracks in the US.

The song features a signature Kirk Pengilly sax solo and lyrics about a partying lifestyle. The first line “Live, baby, live”, was later referenced in the title of the bands’ 1991 release Live Baby Live.

INXS performed the song at the 2010 AFL Grand Final, J.D. Fortune, along with Suicide Blonde, and was the first track to be performed at the London Astoria. It was later covered by Welsh band The Automatic at the final performance at the venue in 2009.

In February 2014, after the Channel 7 screening of “INXS: Never Tear Us Apart” mini-series, “New Sensation” charted again in Australia via download sales. It peaked at no. 56 on the ARIA Singles Chart.

Track listing

7″: Atlantic / 7-89080 (US)

“New Sensation” – 3:38
“Guns in the Sky” (Kookaburra Mix) – 2:20
also available on MC (7 89080-4)

7″: Mercury / INXS 9 (UK)

“New Sensation” – 3:40
“Do Wot You Do” – 3:16

12″: Atlantic / 0-86572 (U.S.)

“New Sensation” (Nick’s Twelve Inch Mix) – 6:28
“Guns in the Sky” (Kick Ass Mix) – 6:00

12″: Mercury / INXS 912 (UK)

“New Sensation” – 3:40
“Do Wot You Do” – 3:16
“Love Is (What I Say)”
“Same Direction”
12″: WEA Records / 0-258016 (Australia)
“New Sensation” (Nick’s 12″ Mix) – 6:28
“Guns in the Sky” (Kick Ass Mix) – 6:00
“New Sensation” (Nick’s 7″ Mix) – 3:40