The NATIONAL – ” Never Tear Us Apart ” (INXS Cover)

Posted: February 27, 2020 in MUSIC
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The National - "Never Tear Us Apart" (INXS Cover)

“Songs For Australia” is the new Julia Stone-curated compilation benefitting Australian brushfire Relief. The compilation features artists including Damien Rice, Joan As Police Woman, Kurt Vile, Martha Wainwright, Sam Amidon, and more covering Australian classics by the likes of Nick Cave, Sia, Gotye, and Gang Of Youths. Upon the announcement of “Songs For Australia” we heard Stone’s own rendition of Midnight Oil’s “Beds Are Burning,” and today we get to hear one of the album’s more anticipated tracks.

The National’s contribution to the compilation is a cover of “Never Tear Us Apart” from INXS’s world-conquering 1987 album Kick. It’s a mostly faithful rendering that nonetheless seems like it could slip right into the Trouble Will Find Me tracklist — which makes sense given that the INXS original already existed in that melancholy National sweet spot (as opposed to the tight-leather funk of “Need You Tonight,” although Matt Berninger’s stage maneuvers do bare some resemblance to Michael Hutchence’s moves in that song’s video).

The National’s “Never Tear Us Apart” cover,is taken from the album ‘Songs For Australia’; an extraordinary album made by a collection of artists from around the world who have each donated their time to record a cover of an Australian song.

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