INXS – Listen Like Thieves

“Listen Like Thieves”, the fifth album from INXS, was the Australian band’s big worldwide breakout album. It found the band moving away from the purely alternative rock sound they had on previous albums to a more mainstream sound. 

I originally bought this album partly because I owned their previous one, Shabooh Shoobah, and in part because I was a big fan of the producer of this album, Chris Thomas. He had worked with George Martin on the Beatles White Album, helped mix Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, and produced albums by Roxy Music, The Sex Pistols, Pete Townshend, and many other albums I enjoyed. I honestly can’t say I know of one album he produced that I didn’t enjoy. He was a producer who was always able to bring out the best in a band. “Listen Like Thieves” was no exception.

“Listen Like Thieves” threw INXS into the national spotlight and yielded three hit singles for them; “What You Need”, “This Time”, and the title track. Their next album, “Kick”, which they wisely chose to also have produced by Chris Thomas, would prove to be even more successful for them.