07.06.10 Ben Harper singing 'Never Tear Us Apart' on upcoming INXS album

by kevin

I had posted a while back that Ben would be singing 'Devil Inside' with INXS on their upcoming album, but according to this article he will now be singing 'Never Tear Us Apart'. I like the song 'Never Tear Us Apart' better than 'Devil Inside', but I want to hear both. Hopefully they will still release Ben's version of 'Devil Inside' as a bonus track or b-side. Here is the article & a link:

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http://www.triplem.com.au/sydney/music/news//blog/ben-harper-joins-inxs/...

Ben Harper Joins INXS
Chris E Leigh 7 July, 2010 - 10:50 AM

Ben Harper will be stepping in for the mighty Michael Hutchence on INXS' brand new, star-studded 'covers' album.

The band's first record in five years is a re-imagining of their classic hits with new arrangements and singers.

Harper was originally slated for INXS classic 'Devil Inside,' but Harper's heart-wrenching performance on 'Never Tear Us Apart' has been confirmed as the final cut to appear on the album, out later this year.

In fact, Ben Harper has been covering 'Never Tear Us Apart' live for years. Check him out riffing on the INXS classic in the video above when opening for Pearl Jam.

Other artists roped into the project include Matchbox 20's Rob Thomas and The Killers' Brandon Flowers. ‘Original Sin’ with Rob Thomas almost has a Cuban connection with some Spanish rap in it,' drummer Jon Farriss told Rolling Stone earlier this year.

We're a bit apprehensive about filthing up Aussie rock classics with rap, but it will still be very interesting to hear what the other special guests come up with.

Who would you like to hear sing INXS?
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Here is a video with an interview & some in studio performance footage:

http://www.triplem.com.au/sydney/music/news//blog/hear-ben-harpers-never...

Hear Ben Harper's "Never Tear Us Apart"
Dave-O 19 July, 2010 - 9:25 AM

Hooray - today we finally get a look into INXS' much-talked about covers album. You know, the one they've been been working on for, like, forever!

Ben Harper's version of "Never Tear Us Apart" officially hit the streets this morning and we have to say it's pretty damn impressive.

Harper hasn't messed with it too much. The song is a personal fave of his and he occasionally pulls it out at his live shows.

"Covering "Never Tear Us Apart" is like covering "Dock Of The Bay". I'm not hear to make grandiose over-statements but it's just a f***in fact - that's one of the greatest soul songs ever written," stated a very-pumped up Harper.

Other singers said to be on the album include Rob Thomas and Brandon Flowers from The Killers. The Farriss brothers said the album is changing on a daily basis and it would be unfair to send another rumour in the wrong direction about when the album would come out.

However, the band did hit back at critics who accuse them of selling out and that this album is just a grab for cash.

"It was one of the first things we talked about after Michael died when we decided that we really did want to continue as a band," said Kirk Pengilly. "Michael always wanted us to continue and I'm sure he'd be throwing his 2 bobs worth in on who some of the singers should be."

INXS say the covers album will hopefully be out in August.

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According to this article from the same site as the previous article, Ben's version of 'Never Tear Us Apart' will be out in 2 weeks. Here is the quote from the article:
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"But at the same time we've been doing this project (the INXS covers album) with lots of different singers, singing stuff that we've recorded in the past and JD may well be on that as well."

While there's been no date for the release of the covers album, Tim says it's "sounding really good" and they've recorded two songs including Ben Harper's version of "Never Tear Us Apart", which will be out in two weeks!"
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Hopefully we will get to hear this song soon! Here is the full article & a link:

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http://www.triplem.com.au/sydney/music/news//blog/inxs-ready-to-rock-v8s...

INXS Ready To Rock V8s
Dave-O 8 July, 2010 - 7:23 AM

Music FeedINXS Ready To Rock V8s
Dave-O 8 July, 2010 - 7:23 AM

INXS are all revved up to make their first Aussie appearance this year at the V8 Supercars in Townsville this weekend.

"These kind of [shows] are incredibly intense and the only way we can meet that kind of energy is to rock it up," Jon Farriss told Triple M.

"That's what we do best - get on stage, turn everything up, put on the rock hat and get rock n' roll!"

And if you're needing an excuse to make the trek up to North Queensland the boys have promised a set-list of classics including songs they haven't played in ages. "We'll be doing "Suicide Blonde", "Need You Tonight" and "Don't Change"," Jon revealed.

When this V8 gig was first announced there was no word on who their singer would be, which led to loads of speculation. Well, the boys confirmed that JD Fortune will again fill the role of Michael Hutchence, with the door open for future projects.

"JD is singing at the Townsville show with us," said Tim. "He kicked some serious butt in Vancouver (at the 2010 Winter Olympics) and I'm sure he'll do the same in Townsville.

"But at the same time we've been doing this project (the INXS covers album) with lots of different singers, singing stuff that we've recorded in the past and JD may well be on that as well."

While there's been no date for the release of the covers album, Tim says it's "sounding really good" and they've recorded two songs including Ben Harper's version of "Never Tear Us Apart", which will be out in two weeks!

The band play the V8 Supercars in Townsville on Saturday, July 10 followed by a show at the Mangrove Resort Hotel in Broome, WA, July 16.

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