Music: The Success Of Excess

A hot Australian band thrives on live performances

By actual count -- well, actual approximate count -- the Australian rock band INXS has played 2,000 performances during the past 13 years. And what have its members got to show for it? Folks still have trouble with the name. "In excess" would be phonetically correct, but it lacks the cool mystery of those four uppercase letters, which make the lads loom large, like something mythic: six electrified Druids with some new rhythmic spells to weave.

The spells are catching, and holding. The previous INXS album sold 9 million copies worldwide. The band's eighth and latest album, X, was released by...

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