The idea came from Gary Morris, the manager of Midnight Oil. He suggested that the Farris Brothers change the name of their band to INXS, making them somewhat ‘inaccessible’, a mix inspired by the British band XTC and Australian jam makers IXL. The two bands were touring together in 1978, making the rounds on the Oz pub and club circuit. The three Farris brothers, Jon, Tim, and Andrew agreed, as did fellow band members Kirk Pengilly, Garry Gary Beers and Michael Hutchence. Morris also advised INXS to adopt a Christian Rock sound and live a clean life.
AC/DC released their seventh album, Back in Black, in July 1980. In the late 1970s, AC/DC began to gain publicity beyond their native Australia, fueled by their high-energy concerts and a few successful albums. In 1979, they brought on producer John “Mutt” Lange and recorded their worldwide breakthrough album,Highway to Hell. Shortly before the recording of their planned follow-up effort, lead vocalist Bon Scott died after a night of heavy alcohol consumption.
Primus’s major label debut was the album Sailing the Seas of Cheese. The album was supported by the singles “Jerry Was a Race Car Driver” and “Tommy the Cat”, both of which appeared on MTV. A third single, “Those Damned Blue-Collar Tweekers”, was also released but did not feature a video. The band appeared as contestants for the Battle of the Bands in Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey and made music for a Beavis and Butt-Head tribute album with a song entitled “Poetry and Prose”. With a major label behind them, Sailing the Seas of Cheese went gold.