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“Welcome Wherever You Are”: No. 1 from INXS

After three consecutive top 10 albums in the UK, the Australian band went straight to no. 1 with a 1992 record.

All those years of building a UK fan base reached critical mass for INXS in 1992. After three consecutive UK Top 10 albums, they wasted no time with the new release of Welcome to Whatver You Are. It reaches number one on August 15 of the same year.

The Australian band’s previous two albums went platinum in the UK. In fact, 1987’s “Kick” was certified triple platinum over the course of a chart run of just over two years. The Eighth Inxs’ Welcome to Eighth Studio’s Wheerever was an ambitious event featuring a 60-piece orchestra, but they also simultaneously returned to their raw rock roots.

The new album was not the best in the UK. In the United Kingdom, the lead single, “Heaven Sent”, peaked at number 31 in July, despite being one of the top rock hits in the United States. However, another part of the LP, “Not Long Time”, provided excellent promotion for several new Barcelona Gold Artists releases, which were released that month to coincide with the start of the Summer Olympics. The track reached the top 30 in the United States.

It remains in the UK charts.

Produced by the band who reunited with premiere producer Mark Opitz, the INXS album hit the streets in the final weeks of the Olympics. In the UK (as in Sweden) it quickly outperformed it in their own country. The album went straight to no. 1, topping Neil Diamond’s Greatest Hits compilation and reaching a total of 33 weeks in the UK charts, last appearing a year and one week after its debut.

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Listen to the best INXS songs on Apple Music and Spotify.

Baby Don’t Cry was a No. 20 single in the UK in September, with further top 30 hits on “Taste It” and “Beautiful Girl” on Welcome to You where it was re-released in 2002.

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