Sunday, April 10, 2016
INXS - Kick - 1987
On day two, Julie Jensen walked up to me and asked me what I was listening to. To this day, I can't remember what it was. She seemed un-impressed, and asked me if she could listen to a new tape that she just got, Kick by INXS. Well, having a girl talk to me was more than I could ever hope for, so, of course! She took my walkman and played the tape for most of the class, while I sat with her, quietly, and waited. It's all I really needed, honestly. Her and I sitting side by side on a bench at the bowling alley.
As we got our stuff together to get back on the bus, she gave me the walkman back. I asked her if the tape was any good, and she said it was great. She asked me if I wanted to borrow it, as I could make a copy of it for myself. Great!
The next day, she came back, looking for her tape, and looking for my walkman. I had made a copy of the album and had it in the walkman waiting for her. Again, she sat by my side and listened to that tape. Again, I sat with her, in seventh heaven.
On the fourth day, she asked me what I had in the walkman, and, of course, I said I had INXS in there. Her exact words to me - "Geez. Don't you listen to anything else? How boring." And she turned around and walked back to her group of friends.
Now, I would like to say that after that, Julie and I were still friends, if you could call it that. She hung out with the people that I hung out with at the time. But, we never had another time when I could have tried to ask her out, or impress her, or even just talk to her. I sort of missed it.
In hindsight, I would have done things differently, but wouldn't we all.
This is simply the album with all of the b-sides demos and unreleased tracks mixed in. The album itself was a great album, and I feel that including all of the extra materiel may have spoiled it, making it too long and dragging it out. You be the judge. Regardless, I miss Michael's voice.