There are some acts that don't get their due even at the points one would imagine they'd have earned it. The painful loss of Michael Hutchence, lead singer of INXS, didn't give the Australian pop-rockers the posthumous respect they deserved; the remaining members did that whole reality show thing and Rhino reissued a few of the band's albums in the U.S., and that was it.
This year, however, with a new album full of guest vocalists, it's a pretty fair-sized year for INXS. And Universal Music Group, which controls the band's catalogue outside of America, has some ambitious plans in the works to bring the band's catalogue back to audiences. British magazine Music Week reports that Universal is gaining the rights to all ten of the band's studio LPs with Hutchence as lead singer - the first time all of them are under one label, Mercury Records, internationally - with intentions to reissue the albums both physically and digitally as well as provide some content from the vaults.
Among the plans discussed by Universal Strategic Marketing vice president Andrew Daw:
- Physical and digital reissues on May 30 (no Amazon listings have sprouted yet)
- A new best-of compilation in the fall of 2011, as well as a televised documentary with previously unseen footage
- A 25th anniversary, multi-format deluxe edition of Kick to be released in 2012 (of course Universal's done a deluxe edition in the U.K. before)
- The first career-spanning box set for the band, slated for a fourth quarter 2012 release
- "Other bits and pieces," with possible vintage live material