Song Stories

“Need You Tonight”

INXS | 1987

Singer Michael Hutchence wrote the lyrics for what would be the Aussie band's lone U.S. chart-topper in a Hong Kong hotel room the night before the arrival of keyboard player/songwriting partner Andrew Farriss, who came up with some music in the cab on the way to the airport. When they hooked up, Farriss played a tape of what he'd just composed for Hutchence, who pulled out his lyrics and started singing along. "It stopped at the end, and it was exactly how you hear it on the record," Hutchence noted. They were both stunned at this improbably perfect match, as Hutchence sang "I'm lonely" over Farriss' final note.

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“Don't Dream It's Over”

Crowded House | 1986

Early in the sessions for Crowded House's debut album, the band and producer Mitchell Froom were still feeling each other out, and at one point Froom substituted session musicians for the band's Paul Hester and Nick Seymour. "At the time it was a quite threatening thing," Neil Finn told Rolling Stone. "The next day we recorded 'Don't Dream It's Over,' and it had a particularly sad groove to it — I think because Paul and Nick had faced their own mortality." As for the song itself, "It was just about on the one hand feeling kind of lost, and on the other hand sort of urging myself on — don't dream it's over," Finn explained.

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