INXS, the Australian rock band formed in Sydney in 1977, has left an indelible mark on the music industry. From their first hit single "Just Keep Walking" to their chart-topping hits "Need You Tonight" and "Never Tear Us Apart", INXS has become one of the most successful bands of all time. Despite their success, the story behind "Never Tear Us Apart" has remained largely untold. This article will explore the history and legacy of INXS and uncover the untold story of their most iconic single.
The Rise of INXS
INXS was formed in 1977 by brothers Michael and Andrew Farriss, and soon after added Garry Gary Beers, Jon Farriss, Kirk Pengilly, and Tim Farriss to the lineup. The band quickly gained a following in Sydney and soon released their debut album, "INXS", in 1980. The album was a success, spawning the hit single "Just Keep Walking". INXS soon became one of the most successful bands in Australia, and their popularity spread to the United States, where they released their second album, "Underneath the Colours".
The band’s third album, "Shabooh Shoobah", was released in 1982 and was an even bigger success than their previous albums. The album spawned the hit singles "The One Thing" and "Don’t Change", and helped to launch INXS into international stardom. The band released a string of successful albums and singles throughout the 1980s, culminating in the release of their most successful album, "Kick", in 1987. The album featured the hit singles "Need You Tonight" and "Never Tear Us Apart", which became the band’s signature song and helped to cement their legacy.
Uncovering "Never Tear Us Apart"
"Never Tear Us Apart" was written by Michael and Andrew Farriss and was recorded for the band’s album "Kick". The song was inspired by the band’s relationship with their fans, and its lyrics detail the struggles of trying to stay together despite the pressures of fame. The song was an immediate success and became one of the most iconic singles of the 1980s.
The song’s music video, directed by Richard Lowenstein, was released in 1988 and featured a montage of live performances and behind-the-scenes footage of the band. The video was a huge success and helped to further propel the song to international fame. The song has since become one of the most beloved singles of all