A dedicated group of fans are trying to change it.
ONE change.org petitionsimply titled “Induct INXS into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame,” is well on its way to reaching its goal of 15,000 signatures.
At the time of writing, more than 11,000 fans have joined the petition, which declares: “After many years of great music and dynamic ‘live’ performances, it’s time to secure the legacy of one of the greatest bands in the world – INXS!”
The campaign was established by “Team Induct INXS”, consisting of fans Dina Ghram, Shanon Steele and Jim Skivalidas.
“All three of us are huge music fans and have a deep appreciation for bands that have touched our lives and inspired us over the years,” the trio wrote in a message to Billboard.
“INXS are at the top of all three of our lists – we grew up with them, saw them ‘live’, bought all their albums and have come to think of INXS as a kind of family.”
Alongside the Rock Hall signature collection, the team invested in a website at inductinxs.com. “We wanted to make sure the fans knew we were taking this induct campaign seriously,” they explained.
Despite Australia’s acknowledged lineage in rock music, few acts from the great southern country have graduated to the Rock Hall.
The Bee Gees and AC/CD are both immortalized, as is Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, who was born Michael Balzary, in Melbourne. The Bee Gees, AC/DC and INXS are all members of ARIA Hall of Fame.
Formed in Perth, Australia in 1977, and fronted by the charismatic Michael HutchenceINXS began to become one of the most popular alternative rock bands of the 80s.
Across their career, the new wave act sold over 60 million records worldwide, according to their label, Petrol, and bagged No.1s on both sides of the Atlantic.
The rockers scored six UK top 10 albums (including a bestseller with Welcome wherever you are from 1992) and five US top 20 albums.
The album from 1987 Kick went on to become the group’s highest and longest-charting album in the US, peaking at No. 3 on the Billboard 200. It remained on the survey for 81 weeks, and four of its singles cracked the top 10 on the Hot 100: “New Sensation”, “Never Tear Us Apart,” “Devil Inside” and “Need You” Tonight,” which led the chart.
INXS was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2001, four years after the death of Hutchence, 37. The band has been eligible for induction into the Cleveland, Ohio-based Rock Hall since 2006, although to date their name has not been called.
Although the surviving members of INXS have called time on toura popular podcast, INXS: Access all areasled by Haydn Murdoch and Bridgit “Bee” Hewitt, explores the band and their many hits, which include “Original Sin,” “What You Need,” “Don’t Change,” “Burn For You” and others.
The newly inducted 2022 Rock Hall class included contemporaries Pat Benatar, the Eurythmics and Duran Duran, who tapped Nile Rodgers to produce their 1983 hit “The Reflex” after hearing his smooth vocal work on “Original Sin.”
“We will not stop this campaign until INXS is nominated and inducted,” notes Team Induct INXS. “This should have happened years ago.”