INXS (In Excess) Original Sin
Label: Mercury INXS 312 DJ
Format: Vinyl, 12″, Promo, 45 RPM
Style: Pop Rock
A Original Sin 6:23
B Original Sin 6:23
“Original Sin” is a song by Australian rock group INXS, released as the first single from the band’s 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 US in December 1983, where it reached No. 58 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1984. In Australia, it reached No. 1 in 1984, and became an international hit during that year. Daryl Hall sings the chorus with Hutchence. During an interview in Australia, Hall said Nile Rodgers called him and asked him to sing on the song. Rodgers had participated in remixing the single “Adult Education” for Hall & Oates the previous year. The music video was directed by Yasuhiko Yamamoto and was filmed in Japan. It features INXS singing on motorbikes as a fairground is set up and taken down around them. In 2010, INXS rerecorded “Original Sin” with American vocalist Rob Thomas and Cuban female rapper DJ Yalediys as a dance single. It is featured in the 2010 INXS tribute album Original Sin. In February 2014, after the Seven Network airing of INXS: Never Tear Us Apart mini-series, “Original Sin” charted again in Australia via download sales. It peaked at no. 61 on the ARIA Singles Chart.
This is the first track from INXS’s 1984 album The Swing. Written by Andrew Farriss and Michael Hutchence, it was produced by Chic guitarist Nile Rodgers. Daryl Hall sings backup vocals.
In a 1986 interview, Hutchence said the song was about “kids and conditioning. Growing up. How you grow up through other people’s ideas or your own.”
It was producer Nile Rodgers’ idea to give the lyrics an interracial spin, though. He said: “The original lyrics were ‘Dream on white boy, dream on white girl.’ I said ‘Why not make it ‘black boy white girl?’ I come from an interracial couple. Psychologically that makes it a bigger statement.”
It was a bold move for the ’80s, when many kids were still clinging to their parents’ views of segregated relationships. Daring to tell a white boy and black girl to “play with fire” and “dream on, the name of love”
got the song banned from some US radio stations.
This song opens with the lyrics “You might know of the original sin.” The biblical concept of original sin goes back to Genesis, the first book of the Bible. In chapter 3, Adam and Eve were sinless in the Garden of Eden until they succumbed to temptation and ate from the forbidden tree to attain God’s knowledge. Many theologians believe man is born with the stain of original sin because of Adam’s fall and, therefore, humans are inherently sinful (this is why the Catholic church ascribes to infant baptism, so original sin can be cleansed from the individual, though its effects still influence mankind). Some Christian denominations (namely Mormonism), and other religions that examine the Eden narrative, argue that Jesus Christ atoned for original sin, and children are born without guilt.
In the context of the song, original sin is about how beliefs are passed down to children by their parents. The first step to breaking free from the chains of those ideas is daring to question them.
The music video, directed by Yamamoto San, was filmed in Japan and shows the group riding motorcycles through a fairground.
The group rerecorded this as a dance track with Rob Thomas and Cuban rapper DJ Yalediys in 2010.
This song enjoyed the spotlight again when the 2014 miniseries INXS: Never Tear Us Apart aired in the band’s homeland, Australia. It peaked at #61 on the ARIA Singles Chart.
A young Michael Hutchence serves up a slice of hot Aussie nostalgia.
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