02.24.10 Ben Harper sings 'Devil Inside' on upcoming INXS album

by kevin

INXS Recruit Brandon Flowers, Ben Harper to Cover Their Big Hits

For their first album in five years, INXS are “reimagining” their classic hits with different arrangements and singers, including Ben Harper, Rob Thomas and the Killers’ Brandon Flowers. The still-untitled release is slated for the fall.

” ‘Original Sin’ with Rob Thomas almost has a Cuban connection with some Spanish rap in it. That was really exciting,” drummer Jon Farris tells Rolling Stone, adding that Thomas also recorded a version of “Never Tear Us Apart.” He says many backing tracks were laid down in London with most of the London Symphony Orchestra, “So that is really rich and juicy and almost has a James Bond-y sort of rhythm bed along with that. So it was the juxtaposition of the classic and Sixties’ secret agent.”

Brandon Flowers did a “really beautiful, heart-wrenching rendition” of “Beautiful Girl” when the Killers were in Australia for V-Fest. Ben Harper sang “Devil Inside” when INXS were in L.A. before Christmas. Nikka Costa and Tricky have also “been involved,” although Farriss won’t say on which tracks. He is also trying to “prepare” a song for Argentina’s Deborah de Corral so she can sing one in Spanish and English.

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