Throwback: INXS-Bitter Tears

“Bitter Tears” was a single from INXS’s seventh studio album X. The title represented the 10 years since their 1980 debut album. The Australian band became international rock stars with the release of their 1987 album Kick. They had achieved their only number-one single, “Need You Tonight” and three more Top Ten singles in the United States. The work for X did not happen immediately because the band members took a break and worked on side projects in 1989. Frontman Michael Hutchence told a radio interviewer they had to follow up on the success of Kick or “they would disappear.” All six group members wrote ” Bitter Tears, ” released as the fourth single in the UK to coincide with their headlining show at Wembley Stadium in July 1991. The song about a failed relationship did not have the commercial fanfare of “Suicide Blonde” and “Disappear” which was also on X, but the fans did not care as the band was still in its prime. X was not as big as Kick but it was certified Gold two months after its release. In 2002, a remastered version of X was released with five bonus tracks. INXS announced they would stop touring in 2012 after working with Jon Stevens, J.D. Fortune, and Ciaran Gribbin as replacements for Hutchence who died in 1997. In January 2024, the band announced their partnership with jeweler Michael Hill for a limited edition collection of recycled silver pieces including guitar pick pendants, rings, dog tags, and bangles. 



Hero The Band & Deante Hitchcock Strut

Hero The Band released the video for “Strut” featuring rapper Deante Hitchcock, who also appears in the clip. The brothers drive around Atlanta, have an outdoor church service, and hang out in front of a bank while throwing money most of the time. “Strut” is them standing in their truth as rock stars enjoying a seemingly thankless ride and not pining for cash. “Strut” was their last single of 2023, following “Lullaby,” “Running In Place,” and “Humble.” These songs have increased hope that the Atlanta natives are cooking up their next album. Just a few years ago, they released their Unicorn EP and Sonic Leap: Songs From A Musical, posted on their Soundcloud in 2022. 


Media Questions Of The Week

Have Black media looked over Lenny Kravitz despite having Ebony, Essence, and Vibe magazine covers? Will BET ever add a rock category to their award show? 

Is 50 Cent really developing a documentary about Diddy’s abuse allegations? 

Throwback: The Red Hot Chili Peppers-Higher Ground

The Red Hot Chili Peppers covered Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground” for their 1989 album, Mother’s Milk. Bass player Flea said the band recorded the song as a tribute to Wonder’s influence on popular music. Their critically acclaimed version was an example of the funk metal style of the whole album. It was an international hit, and the video was regularly played on MTV. “Higher Ground” was another breakthrough moment for the band and helped Mother’s Milk become the album that led them to superstardom. MM was their first to make Gold status and the commercial success of it allowed them to go on a major tour with a full band and tour bus. In 2003, Mother’s Milk was remastered, and six additional songs were added to the CD version. The Red Hot Chili Peppers released their 13th album, Return Of The Dream Canteen in 2022. 2024, the band will headline the sixth annual Innings Festival in Tempe, Arizona.