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Kirk Pengilly (born 4 July 1958, Kew, Victoriamarker, Australia) is an Australian musician, best known as a member of the rock group, INXS.

Early career

Pengilly moved to Sydneymarker in 1966, and became best friends with fellow band member Tim Farriss with whom he attended Forest High School.

Their first band Guinness, formed in 1971, was a high school band in which Pengilly was the principal songwriter and lead singer. The band included American David Stewart on pedal-steel guitar, Malcolm Walker on drums, and was named after bass player Steve Spencer's dog. The group disbanded when David Stewart returned to America.

But when The Farriss Brothers formed in 1977 he gave up the main vocalist responsibilities to Michael Hutchence.


As principal backing vocalist, saxophonist and guitarist, he contributes to a great deal of the music that INXS release. He has written, produced and performed numerous b-sides. Pengilly was also the creator of the rare Happy Christmas record sent to early 1980s fanclub members in Australia and the United Statesmarker. His main instrument though is the guitar. "My eldest brother, Drew, gave me a beat up acoustic guitar when I was about nine and I taught myself playing along to records," Pengilly recalls. His position also sees him as the key publicity spokesperson, a role he does not take lightly. Pengilly also holds the distinction of being the band's archivist, faithfully logging daily entries in diaries that date back to the beginning of INXS.

Other projects

  • In 1982 Pengilly became involved in a one-off EP project with the band, The Igniters.
  • In 1983 Andrew Farriss, Garry Gary Beers and himself worked on the 12" release of "Flaming Hands" / "Cast My Love".
  • In 1987, Pengilly appeared in the music video "You're Gonna Get Hurt", released by Australian singer Jenny Morris, unrecognizable without his trademark glasses.
  • In 1989 when the band was on a break, Pengilly along with Tim Farriss produced an album for local Sydney band, Crash Politics.
  • 1993 saw Pengilly playing saxophone on Richard Clapton's album Distant Thunder, and he has also been a session guitarist for Shona Laing and saxophonist for Martin Plaza.
  • Produced an album for his brother Drew's band, Coo, in 1999.
  • In 2002, Pengilly co-wrote and co-produced the album Still in Bed by Hughie Murray.

Private life

  • Pengilly has one daughter, April (who is now a model), born in 1988, to his ex-girlfriend Karen Hutchinson. Hutchinson and Pengilly were together for ten years, in which time she toured with the band.
  • In December 1993, Pengilly married singer Deni Hines. The marriage lasted ten months, and the two parted ways in early 1995.
  • Hines sang backing vocals on INXS' "Not Enough Time".
  • Pengilly was once engaged to freelance DJ Louise Hegarty, the relationship lasted for seven years.
  • He is currently engaged to former world champion pro surfer, Layne Beachley.
  • During the 'Dirty Honeymoon' tour of 1994, he sold his Cammeraymarker home for around $1.3 million, monitoring the auction by phone from Los Angelesmarker.
  • He bought a large farm in Kangaroo Valleymarker.
  • Kirk Pengilly became an ambassador of The Eye Foundation in May 2007
  • Pengilly starred in the first series of Celebrity Masterchef Australia and progressed to the finals where he came second to Eamon Sullivan.


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