Song Review: INXS – “Suicide Blonde”

“Suicide Blonde” was released as the lead-off single from INXS’ 1990 album, X. The single was released in August 1990 and peaked at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

I was 15 years old and just about to start my sophomore year of high school when “Suicide Blonde” was released. I liked what I heard from INXS’ previous album, Kick, so I was excited to hear a new song from the band when I heard “Suicide Blonde” for the first time. It’s a very catchy song, and I liked it immediately. While I still enjoy this song over 25 years later, I have to admit that it’s not among the strongest songs in INXS’ catalog. In a lot of ways, it’s not terribly surprising that I hardly ever hear this song receive any recurrent airplay anywhere, unlike many of the singles from Kick. “Suicide Blonde” is good for what it is, but it doesn’t have the lasting impact that other songs by INXS have.

I re-watched the music video for “Suicide Blonde” for the first time in a number of years right before I wrote this. Seeing it now, I realize just how cheap it actually looks. I admit that I thought the video looked more impressive to me when I was 15 years old. Now, I can pick up on all the various shortcuts and tricks the director used to try to make the video look more impressive than it really is. There’s a lot of reused footage, and the director relied a lot on zooming in on the band when they’re lip-syncing. And, as expected, all females that appear in this video are blonde. Unfortunately, this is a music video that really doesn’t stand the test of time. It just looks cheap and dated now.

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