197. THE SWING by INXS
This 1984 record by the Australian band (previously covered here), their fourth, marked a turning point from the post punk and new wave roots from which they stemmed to more of a pop and funk outfit. The Swing served as the launching point for international stardom that would finally arrive two albums later (1987's Kick).
Cursory fans will recognize the hit off this record, the Nile Rodgers (of Chic fame) produced 'Original Sin.' But there's much more to this record than meets the eye (or ear as the case may be). The tight rhythm section of Garry Beers (bass) and Jon Farriss (drums) is what stands out in my mind, as evidenced by, 'Love Is (What I Say),' 'I Send A Message' and 'Burn For You.'