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“New Sensation” is a song by the Australian rock band INXS. It was released in March 1988 with “Guns in the Sky” on the B-side as the third single (second in the UK) from their sixth studio album, “Kick,” which came out in October 1987. The song is known for its vibrant energy, catchy melody, and the band’s dynamic performance, making it one of INXS’s most enduring hits.

“New Sensation” was written by INXS’s primary songwriting duo, Andrew Farriss and Michael Hutchence. Farriss composed the music, while Hutchence, the band’s charismatic lead singer, penned the lyrics. The song was produced by Chris Thomas, who worked with the band on the entire “Kick” album. The goal was to create a high-energy track that captured the band’s distinctive blend of rock, pop, and dance elements.

The lyrics of “New Sensation” celebrate the exhilarating feelings of life and love. The song encourages listeners to embrace the excitement of new experiences and the joy that comes with living life to the fullest. The chorus, “Live baby live, now that the day is over / I got a new sensation,” reflects a sense of liberation and a call to revel in the moment. The lyrics are imbued with a sense of optimism and celebration, aligning with the song’s upbeat tempo and lively instrumentation. “New Sensation” is characterized by its upbeat rhythm, infectious guitar riffs, and punchy brass sections. The song opens with a distinctive guitar riff played by Tim Farriss, setting a vibrant tone that persists throughout the track. Jon Farriss’s driving drums and Garry Gary Beers’s bass line provide a solid rhythmic foundation, while Kirk Pengilly’s saxophone adds a melodic and dynamic layer. Michael Hutchence’s charismatic and powerful vocal delivery further enhances the song’s energetic appeal.

“New Sensation” was a commercial success, particularly in the United States and Canada. It topped the RPM singles chart in Canada, and peaked at number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the US. The song’s success contributed significantly to the overall impact of the “Kick” album, which became one of INXS’s most successful and critically acclaimed releases.

The music video for “New Sensation,” directed by Richard Lowenstein. It was filmed in Prageu, Czech Republic.

INXS – New Sensation – Lyrics