Saturday, January 23, 2016

"Don't Change" by INXS

Song#:  1529
Date:  07/16/1983
Debut:  90
Peak:  80
Weeks:  4
Genre:  Rock, New Wave

Pop Bits:  The Australian band broke through to the US with their single "The One Thing" (#30 Pop/#2 Rock) from their third album Shabooh Shoobah. This second single made a slight indent in the Rock chart reaching #17, but it only entertained Pop audiences for a short month. The singles pushed the album to #46. It would end up being a gold-seller for them in the US while going double platinum in their Australian home.

ReduxReview:  They are given a more cinematic/atmospheric production for this song, which makes it sound rather grand. It takes a while for the tune to really resonate in the ears, but once it does it hangs around. It's not as pop-ish as "The One Thing," so I can see why it had some trouble at Pop radio. The track may not be a great candidate for a single, but it is a worthy listen.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  The video for this song was directed by Scott Hicks. His involvement most likely came through an association with INXS lead singer Michael Hutchence. Hicks' first full-length directorial effort was the 1982 Australian road film Freedom. Don Walker, of the popular Aussie rock band Cold Chisel, wrote the music for the film and for a couple of songs he employed Hutchence as vocalist. One song titled "Speed Kills" was issued as a single. Unfortunately, it didn't get anywhere, but it is considered Hutchence's first solo recording. Hutchence would start recording a full solo album in 1995, but it wouldn't get issued until 1999 - two years after his unfortunate death. As for Hicks, he went on to direct the 1996 Oscar winning film Shine that starred Best Actor winner Geoffrey Rush. Hicks would be nominated for Best Director.


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