Never Tear Us Apart

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The quartet of amazing singles from Kick wrapped up with "Never Tear Us Apart" -- after setting the pop world on fire with one energetic smash after enough, the sextet released the album's one full-on ballad, a brilliant touch. Even better was the fact that said ballad was so wonderful (compare it to, say, Michael Bolton's towers of glop from the same time and he's so outclassed it isn't even funny). Synth strings start and lead the song throughout, but the band gets in its own tear-jerking, dramatic edge, with Jon Farriss' drums, the sweetly swaying backing vocals, and another brief-but-spot-on Kirk Pengilly sax break adding the right elements. Like "New Sensation," "Never Tear Us Apart" makes great use of sudden, dramatic pauses, but it really all comes down to Michael Hutchence's delivery on this one. Strong, direct, and unaffected, it never loses the commanding performance edge Hutchence had long since developed, and the end result just sparkles, a love song from someone who knew how to make one that didn't sound insufferably overwrought or boring.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Kick 1987 Virgin EMI
No Image 1988 A*Vision Entertainment / Atlantic
No Image 1989 Polygram
Live Baby Live [Video] 1991 Sanct./BMG
The Greatest Hits [Universal] 1994 Polygram / PolyGram 3:02
Sweet Love [Warner Special Products] 1996
Various Artists
Warner Music 3:04
Only Love 1985-1989 1997
Various Artists
Rhino / JCI Associated Labels 3:56
KFOG Live from the Archives, Vol. 4 1997
Various Artists
Radio San Francisco
No Image 1998
Various Artists
Universal Music TV
Pure Rock Ballads 1998
Various Artists
Polygram 2:59
Retro Night Romance 1998
Various Artists
WEA 3:04
Rock Ballads [Imprint] 1999
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
Love in the 80's, Vol. 1 1999
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:06
Heartbreak of Rock 2000
Various Artists
Virgin 3:01
New Millennium Love Songs 2001
Various Artists
Rhino 3:03
Passion: Songs for Lovers 2001
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 3:00
Shine Like It Does: The Anthology (1979-1997) 2001 Rhino Atlantic 3:06
Last Dance [Spectrum] 2002
Various Artists
Spectrum Music
The Best of INXS [Rhino] 2002 Rhino Atlantic 3:05
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: Best of Love 2002
Various Artists
Universal International 3:06
The Years 1979-1997 2002 UMVD 3:05
Drivin' 2003
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
Best of 80s Pop: Love Songs 2003
Various Artists
Rhino Flashback 3:04
No Image 2003
Various Artists
Classic Rock Ballads [Universal] 2004
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
Ultimate Rock Ballads Collection [Warner Music] 2004
Various Artists
WEA International 3:02
I'm Only Looking: The Best of INXS 2004 Rhino
Biggest & Best Ballads 2004
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 3:02
Acoustic 80's 2005
Various Artists
Universal International
Another Lost Decade: The '80s Romance 2005
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:02
Ultimate 16: Lite FM Love Songs 2005
Various Artists
Madacy 3:17
Rock Star: INXS 2005
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
What You Need: The Video Hits Collection [DVD] 2005 Rhino
The Best of the 80s [Madacy Box Set] 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 3:04
Songs for the Broken Hearted [Sony BMG] 2006
Various Artists
Sony BMG
Eazy Rock Ultimate Collection 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 3:03
Greatest Ever! Love: The Definitive Collection [2006] 2006
Various Artists
Union Square Music 3:01
Essential Songs 2006
Various Artists
UMVD 3:03
Rhino Hi-Five: INXS 2006 Rhino Atlantic 3:05
The Greatest 80's Hits of All Time 2006
Various Artists
Rhino 3:05
From the Heart: Classics 2007
Various Artists
Warner Music 3:05
The Ultimate Rock Ballads Collection [Time Life] 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:03
The Videos 2007 Universal Distribution
Rhino Classic Albums Collection [f.y.e. Exclusive] 2009 Rhino 3:05
No Image 2010
Mystify: Rockpalast Collection [Video] 2010 Eagle Vision
Now That's What I Call the 80's Hits 2011
Various Artists
Capitol / Emd 3:03
Original Sin 2011 Rhino 3:57
Live at Wembley Stadium '91 2014 Petrol Electric 3:47
Absolute 80's [Warner] 2014
Various Artists
Warner Music 3:04
100 Essential Love Songs
Various Artists
Universal Music 3:01
Fine Time Winter Love Songs
Various Artists
Gold Collection: The Videos Universal Distribution / Universal Music
Love [Charity]
Various Artists
Charity CDs 3:02
Love: A Collection of Everlasting Love Songs
Various Artists
PolyGram 3:00
Never Tear Us Apart Rhino 3:02
Now That's What I Call the 80s Hits [Deluxe Edition]
Various Artists
Now Joint Venture 3:04
Platinum: Greatest Hits MGM / MGM Australia
The  INXS Collection 1980-1993 Rhino 3:05
The Last Dance [Ireland on Sunday]
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 3:03
No Image
Original Soundtrack
WaterTower Music 3:04
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