Guns In The Sky


Guns In The Sky

Guns In The Sky is the opening track from the rock group INXS' 1987 album Kick. The lyrics revolve around hostility between nations (specifically the United States of America and the former Soviet Union during the Cold War), and the idea of them putting their "guns in the sky". This track also has the distinction of being the only song on the album with a vulgar expletive, in the line 'well I'm sick of it/it's a load of shit'.

Music video

According to commentary by lead singer Michael Hutchence from the 1988 release Kick: The Video Flick, the music video for Guns In The Sky was filmed in Prague using film left over from the video for New Sensation. Director Richard Lowenstein picked out the location; a large hallway. It is a simple video that, also according to Hutchence, was shot in twenty minutes.

It begins with the word "START", then proceeds with Hutchence singing the lyrics while walking down the hallway. Tim and Andrew Farriss, Garry Gary Beers and Kirk Pengilly are seen playing guitars, and drummer Jon Farriss is seen dancing. Split second frames flash on the screen periodically, including a picture of Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, and the words "S.D.I.", "USA", "CCCP","GUNS", "IN", and "SKY".The hallway scene is repeated in a similar fashion throughout the video, except for the guitar solo (which has Tim Farriss walking down the hallway, playing the solo while Hutchence is seen with the rest of the band) and the scene afterwards (which has Michael and the band walking the hallway one last time) before ending with the word "STOP". The band is also seen with different attire each time Hutchence walks down the hallway.

Trivia

The liner notes credit the song to Michael Hutchence, but the liner notes of the remastered edition of Kick note that Andrew Farriss assisted with the lyrics, and in return Michael helped with the lyrics to Mediate, another track from the album.


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