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"New Sensation" is a song by Australian pop group INXS. It was the third single from their 1987 album Kick. The music was written by Andrew Farriss and the lyrics by Michael Hutchence. The song reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United Statesmarker, #9 in Australia, #25 in the UKmarker, and #8 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks in the US.

The song features a signature Kirk Pengilly sax solo and lyrics about a partying lifestyle. The first line "Live, baby, live", was later referenced in the title of the bands's 1991 release Live Baby Live. The track is notable as being the first track to be performed at the London Astoria, and it was later covered by Welsh band The Automatic at the final performance at the venue in 2009.

The song was used in a commercial for SeaWorldmarker in 1996-1997, shortly before Michael Hutchence's death.

Track listing

7": Atlantic / 7-89080 (US)

  1. "New Sensation" - 3:38
  2. "Guns in the Sky" (Kookaburra Mix) - 2:20


  • also available on MC (7 89080-4)


7": Mercury / INXS 9 (UK)

  1. "New Sensation" (Remix) - 3:40
  2. "Do Wot You Do" - 3:16


12": Atlantic / 0-86572 (U.S.)

  1. "New Sensation" (Nick's Twelve Inch Mix) - 6:28
  2. "Guns in the Sky" (Kick Ass Mix) - 6:00


12": Mercury / INXS 912 (UK)

  1. "New Sensation" (Remix) - 3:40
  2. "Do Wot You Do" - 3:16
  3. "Love Is (What I Say)"
  4. "Same Direction"


12": WEA Records / 0-258016 (Australia)

  1. "New Sensation" (Nick's 12" Mix) - 6:28
  2. "Guns in the Sky" (Kick Ass Mix) - 6:00
  3. "New Sensation" (Nick's 7" Mix) - 3:40


Charts

Chart (1988) Peak

position
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 9
Canadian Singles Chart 15
German Singles Chart 35
UK Singles Chart 25
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 3
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 8


Covers

Alternative rock band Snow Patrol covered the song for their Late Night Tales compilation. Their rendition was received positively by Hot Press magazine, which wrote that the song had been "well and truly patroled".

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