My Sunday Song – “Don’t Change” by INXS

For My Sunday Song #241 we are going to cover the song “Don’t Change” by the Australian band INXS. Actually for the next 10 episodes, we will focus on the band INXS as I feel they are worthy of having a spotlight on them for a little while. The song “Don’t Change” is off the band’s third album,’Shabooh Shoobah’ from 1982. It was the second single from that album and the first that saw the band start to take off around the world.

The song is credited to all the band members and is the only song on the album to do so. The song talks about how there is always a point where do to nostalgia, we don’t want anything to ever change and keep that feeling we are currently feeling. The singer is trying to keep hold and never let go. But regardless, things are and will change. There is no stopping it. The singer is thinking back to a lost love and how that relationship made him feel. He doesn’t want that person to change, not for her or for him. Stay the way they are…which people never do.

Musically, it is a fun, upbeat, fast tempo track. A simple song with very few chords, but interesting enough to grab hold and get you moving. The guitars sound great, the keyboards are pleasant and Michael Hutchence’s vocals are stellar. The man could sing. The music feels familiar which ties to the song meaning of the feeling of familiarity. INXS was part of the new wave sound, with a little rock and these earlier songs were a little punk sounding as well.

Give the song a listen and let it take you back to a simpler time in music. Let me know what you think and I hope you enjoy it as much as I have. The guys look so young in this video and it is hard to believe it was shy of 40 years ago. Crazy how time flies. Thanks for stopping by and have a great and Happy Sunday!!

“Don’t Change”

I’m standing here on the ground
The sky above won’t fall down
See no evil in all direction
Resolution of happiness
Things have been dark
For too long

Don’t change for you
Don’t change a thing for me

I found a love I had lost
It was gone for too long
Hear no evil in all directions
Execution of bitterness
Message received loud and clear

Don’t change for you
Don’t change a thing for me

I’m standing here on the ground
The sky above won’t fall down
See no evil in all directions
Resolution of happiness
Things have been dark for too long

Don’t change for you
Don’t change a thing for me

Written by Garry Gary Beers, Andrew Farriss, Jon Farriss, Tim Farriss, Michael Hutchence and Kirk Pengilly

48 thoughts on “My Sunday Song – “Don’t Change” by INXS

  1. Great selection to kick off your Inxs series.

    It’s the song that won over the rock heads in Australia and suddenly at an Inxs show you had the new wave crowd mixing with the rock crowd.

    Sambora went he toured Australia as a solo artist with Orianthi covered this live and had the Inxs drummer Jon Farris make a guest appearance. And yep it rocked.

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  2. I got on INXS train with Listen like thieves. Have heard the first 4 but haven’t listened to them that much. Looking forward to seeing which tracks are going to be picked from this a bit unknown area to me.

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  3. Great pick, John. I’m really pretty fond of INXS and this is one of their best tunes, I reckon. As you say, this one really gives an indication as to just how big they’d get… The songwriting was there and they had a helluva frontman.

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  4. I though Original sin was one of the tracks on your Inxs series.

    Listening to The Swing at the moment and reading Michael, my brother, the lost boy of Inxs book. Learning new things about him. Didn’t know he was short-sighted. Nice to read about his childhood too. Only on page 96. How come most of these music related books all have more or less 300 pages in them?

    This year have been filled with music related books, Kravitz, linkin park, Menza and now Michael. Do u have a book that u are reading at the moment?


  5. Looking forward to reading your review on the Marx set. That’s both the book and cd, right?

    Is the Ted one about Van Halen? I remember when VH released that compilation Best of both worlds. Was so happy to hear those new songs. Think I listened to that compilation at least once a week for 2 years.

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