INXS-“Kiss the Dirt (Falling Down the Mountain)”-1985

The year was 2002 and a young, slightly overweight 18 year old was sitting in his room getting his first taste of adulthood with the dulcet, soothing, oddly appealing croons of Michael Hutchence playing softly in the background. In authentic, 80’s style,  the loaded lyrics were complemented by heavy synth and distorted guitars giving way to a unique sound.  True, the song was first released in 1986 but I did not discover it until 2002 when it was part of the soundtrack to controversial and oft-imitated video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.  Strangely enough, “Kiss the Dirt” by INXS, the ’80’s hit which was once as high as number 24 on the Billboard charts, was part of the soundtrack to my 2002 and part of the proverbial Mt. Rushmore of hit songs by the band.

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