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"Mystify" is a song by Australian rock band INXS
INXS are an Australian rock band, formed as The Farriss Brothers in 1977 in Sydney, New South Wales. Mainstays are Garry Gary Beers on bass guitar, Andrew Farriss on guitar/keyboards, Jon Farriss on drums, Tim Farriss on lead guitar and Kirk Pengilly on guitar/sax...

, and is the fifth (and last) single from their 1987 album Kick.

The song was written by Andrew Farriss
Andrew Farriss
Andrew Charles Farriss is a rock musician , best known as the keyboardist and main composer for the Australian band INXS.-Career:...

 and Michael Hutchence
Michael Hutchence
Michael Kelland John Hutchence was an Australian musician and actor. He was the founding lead singer-songwriter of rock band :INXS from 1977 to his death in 1997, a period of twenty years. Hutchence was a member of short-lived pop rock group Max Q and recorded solo material which was released...

 as part of the first sessions for "Kick". The song was first previewed to Australian audiences on the Australian Made
Australian Made
Australian Made was a festival concert series held during 1986–1987 in the six state capitals of Australia and featured local rock acts Mental as Anything, I'm Talking, The Triffids, The Saints, Divinyls, Models, Jimmy Barnes and INXS. The series started in Hobart on 26 December 1986 and...

 tour in January 1987.


The B-sides include remixes and LP versions of previous INXS songs, that following the trend of previous "Kick" releases, showcase the bands previous work. The German edition of the CD single included the 12" Vinyl versions of 'Shine Like It Does' and 'Never Tear Us Apart' from the 1988 US Tour.

Track listing

  • UK 7"
  1. "Mystify (LP Version)"
  2. "What You Need (12" Remix)"

  • UK 12" Single
  1. "Mystify (LP Version)"
  2. "Need You Tonight (Ben Liebrand Remix)"
  3. "Devil Inside" (Extended Remix)"
  4. "Listen Like Thieves (Album Version)"

  • UK 12" Global Tour Pack
  1. "Mystify (LP Version)"
  2. "Biting Bullets"
  3. "Shine Like It Does (Live)"
  4. "Never Tear Us Apart (Live)"

  • UK CDS
  1. "Mystify (LP Version)"
  2. "What You Need (12" Remix)"
  3. "Listen Like Thieves (Album Version)"
  4. "Devil Inside" (Extended Remix)"

  • German CDS
  1. "Mystify (LP Version)"
  2. "What You Need (12" Remix)"
  3. "Listen Like Thieves (Album Version)"
  4. "Devil Inside" (Extended Remix)"


The Video was a performance-style video showing the writers of the song, Hutchence and Farriss, being filmed in black and white, seemingly 'composing' the song in the studio on a piano. The video then cuts over to the band recording and then performing the track to a live audience.

Mellow Trax Remix

German DJ Mellow Trax released a remixed version of "Mystify" across Europe in 2003.

Original Sin

A French-language version of "Mystify" was released in 2010 on the album Original Sin, featuring John Mayer
John Mayer
John Clayton Mayer is an American pop rock and blues rock musician, singer-songwriter, recording artist, and music producer. Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut and raised in Fairfield, Connecticut, he attended Berklee College of Music in Boston. He moved to Atlanta in 1997, where he refined his...

 and Loane
- Biography :Loane was born in Paris, France. Living with a musically-inclined family, she quickly became quite distinguished at the piano even performing pieces by Satie and Debussy. She refined her skills for a few years at a music conservatory. Aside from her musical pursuits, the young pianist...



"Mystify" peaked at number fourteen on the UK Singles Chart
UK Singles Chart
The UK Singles Chart is compiled by The Official Charts Company on behalf of the British record-industry. The full chart contains the top selling 200 singles in the United Kingdom based upon combined record sales and download numbers, though some media outlets only list the Top 40 or the Top 75 ...

 and number five in Canada.
Chart (1989) Peak
Canadian Singles Chart
Canadian Singles Chart
The Canadian Singles Chart is currently compiled by the U.S.-based music sales tracking company, Nielsen SoundScan . The chart is compiled every Wednesday, and is published by Jam! Canoe on Thursdays....

Dutch Singles Chart 53
German Singles Chart 46
UK Singles Chart 14
U.S. Billboard Album Rock Tracks 17