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Don’t Change :: Inxs
from the album, Shabooh Shoobah
Throwback Thursday

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.”


A Little History:

Don’t Change is a song by Australian rock band INXS. It was released as a single from the album Shabooh Shoobah, in October 1982. It has been described as the band’s first international single. Don’t Change peaked at # 18 on the Australian Singles Charts and reached # 80 on theBillboard Hot 100 and # 17on the Billboard Top Tracks chart.


The music video (see above), directed by Scott Hicks, was originally planned to be filmed on an airport runway, in South Australia. Due to bad weather the plan was cancelled, and instead the filming was took place in a nearby airport hangar. Michael Hutchence knew Scott Hicks, who had previously directed the Australian film Freedom, for which Hutchence had performed on two songs including on the film’s soundtrack.


Lead singer Michael Hutchence and keyboardist Andrew Farriss wrote Don’t Change in 1982, during the recording of the album it appeared on, Shabooh Shoobah.

leibovitz_photo2A Little Memory:

It wasn’t 1982, but a few years later (1984, I believe), when I discovered INXS. It was on the radio that I first heard them. It was late, middle of the night and I can’t sleep late, and it was a different song from the album that Don’t Change is on — The One Thing.

INXS had that “one thing” to me, and I remember going to buy the cassette a few days later with a wallet full of babysitting and on-job money. On my very first listen I fell for this song, feeling that within song itself was that undefinable something that my favorite love stories at the time had. It had what Julie and Randy had in Valley Girl, and what Samantha felt when Jake Ryan showed up outside her sister’s wedding.

Don’t Change would find its way into a lexicon of what I would consider my kind of love songs. It was all mixed up with a desire to be wanted for who I was, with the attraction of individualism and artistic rebellion, and my undeniable desire for a musician of my own to fall in love with (who would fall along with me). Was I naive? Oh my stars, YES, I was a hopeless romantic with an edgy side. Was I wrong to be? Honestly, I don’t think so. Looking back at my choices in love, well, I did always fall for the artsy, unique types who were rife with rebellion and who almost always were musically inclined (or if not, were obsessed with music like I am).

I guess I took the Don’t Change to heart. I guess I never changed all that much through the years. Maybe none of us do.


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