Original Sin (INXS song)

Original Sin (INXS song)
"Original Sin"
Single by INXS
from the album The Swing
B-side "Jan's Song" / "To Look at You"
Released December 1983
Format 45 rpm
Recorded 1983
Genre Rock
Length 5:19 (album version)
3:49 (single edit)
Label WEA
Writer(s) Michael Hutchence, Andrew Farriss
Producer Nile Rodgers
INXS singles chronology
"Black and White"
"Original Sin"
"I Send a Message"

"Original Sin" is a hit single by Australian rock group INXS released in 1984 on their fourth album The Swing. It was written by Michael Hutchence and Andrew Farriss, and produced by Nile Rodgers.

It was released as a single in the U.S. in December 1983,[1][2] where it reached No. 58 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1984. In Australia, it reached No. 1 in 1984,[3] and became an international hit during that year.

Singer Daryl Hall sings the chorus along with Hutchence. According to an interview done in Australia, Hall says Nile Rodgers called him up and asked him to sing on the song.[citation needed] Rodgers had produced the song "Adult Education" for Hall and Oates the previous year.

The music video was set in Japan and features INXS singing the song arriving on motorbikes, as a fairground is set up and taken down around them, all brought in and removed with large trucks.

In 2010, INXS teamed up with American vocalist Rob Thomas and Cuban female rapper DJ Yalediys to rerecord "Original Sin", this time as a dance single. The single is featured in the 2010 INXS tribute album Original Sin.[4]


Chart (1984) Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 1
French Singles Chart 2
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 58
U.S. Billboard Top Tracks 43
Chart (2011) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs[5] 1


Preceded by
"All Night Long (All Night)" by Lionel Richie
Australian Kent Music Report number-one single
30 January 1984 – 6 February 1984
Succeeded by
"Love Is a Battlefield" by Pat Benatar

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