26 November 2021

26 November 2021 - INXS - Never Tear Us Apart

This song isn't one I had ever really enjoyed by INXS.  It is NOT a song I really enjoyed all that much. It's not bad, mind you - but modern Vienna waltzes weren't my thing in the 1980s.  It was a pretty big hit, and one that was inescapable in 1988, between radio and heavy MTV rotation.  

But then, I got a girlfriend, and of course the song took on a new meaning.  The girlfriend and I didn't last forever, but the song resonated for our time together.  It's a classic love song for the ages, with a great arrangement by Andrew Farris. 

The song also resonated again in 1997, when INXS lead vocalist and lyricist for this song, Michael Hutchence, passed away.  The five remaining members of INXS, as well as Michael's brother, Rhett, served as pallbearers.  What song played as they carried the coffin from the cathedral?  This one.  

So, at the end of the day, because of its romantic meaningfulness and its meaningfulness to fans of INXS, it grew on me.  I hope it grows on you, too.  

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