Review of INXS: Never Tear Us Apart

Review of INXS: Never Tear Us Apart

I grew up listening to the music of INXS. They remind me of my years in Wollongong, when I first heard the haunting sounds of “To Look At You” as I was driving up to Corrimal Beach in the early 80’s. I followed them right through their extraordinary career, through the ups and downs and became a fully fledged INXS fan.

Highlights of that time for me include DJ-ing at the Dapto League’s Club before INXS came on stage and played their single, “Original Sin”, to a screaming packed audience. I also remember seeing them play live at Heathcote in the mid 80’s when they had as string of hits including “Burn For You”.

So you now get the picture, I was obsessed by this band and when I heard they were making a mini-series last year I was over the moon with anticipation.

In recent weeks all those ads we’ve been seeing about ‘the TV event of 2014’ have raised my excitement levels even higher, but the icing on the cake was when I received a much sought after preview copy of the shows first episode.

I slid the disk into the player and waited.

The opening scenes dazzle with that iconic INXS performance at Wembley stadium – its stunningly shot and  leaves you feeling like you are there in the crowd! But the story of INXS couldn’t have started more differently; withing minutes we’re transported back to the late 70s when the band was called ‘the Farriss Brothers’ and they play covers to unappreciative fans in country towns. 

Despite being pelted with beer cans, their musical brilliance shone through, and the cast led by the stellar Luke Arnold as Michael Hutchence had me believing I was watching the real thing. This was something special!

Luke Arnold almost channels Michael’s charisma as he grabs the ‘sex drugs and rock n roll’ lifestyle by the horns delivering a stunning performance.

The rest of the cast are equally good too, with special mention going to Andrew Ryan who plays Andrew Farriss, the band’s tortured but brilliant songwriter and keyboard player. Ryan never seemed  happy with the fame and fortune and we watch his torment on the screen.

I was excited to see Samantha Jade make her long awaited appearance as Kylie Minogue, Hutchence’ one-time lover. She certainly didn’t disappoint and within seconds had me believing she was Kylie, as she took on the pop icon’s mannerisms and voice.

Damon Herriman also deserves singling out for his portrayal as the band’s manager Chris Murphy who was responsible for getting them out of the pub scene and to the top of the charts around the world.

Episode 1 can best be described as the story of INXS’s rise from a bunch of kids playing in their parents garage, to becoming the biggest rock band in the world. The story of how they got to the top is compelling; it’s a window to the world of rock and roll decadence, but we also get to see a vulnerable side.

The first episode of this two part series is a triumph and I’m giving it 5 stars.

It’s probably one of the best pieces of Australian drama I have ever seen and although I know the final instalment will end sadly, I can’t wait to get my hands on the preview copy.

Australia, you will not be disappointed, and as far as I’m concerned, it is ‘the TV event of the year’!

18 Comments

  1. Can wait to see it 🙂

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  2. Fabulous review Geoff, just as I anticipated, glad it’s fabulous! Bring on Sunday night!!!!!!

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  3. Great review Geoff, I myself am a diehard INXS fan and when the opportunity came along to look after both Kylie (more Kylie) and Michael I was over the moon!

    Some old memories may just surface… cannot wait!

    Adam x

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    • Geoff

      They will boys – and I predict INXS will hit the top of the charts again!

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  4. Can’t wait Geoff, I love the music I’ve already heard, but look forward to finding out more about them 🙂

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  5. I too Geoff have been teased and pleased by the promos for this series. Obsessed is right, watching, following, listening and loving INXS. A chance meeting with Michael and Kirk after leaving the Rex at Kings Cross one night, I had them sign a copy of the Sunday Telegraph and then I had to go in and pay the shop keeper. Still got that clipping, Kirk wished me a Hapoy Birthday….both 4th of July babies. Loved the group and believe Andrew is a genius. So glad you’ve enjoyed it and can’t wait for Sunday. Lock the front door, take the phone off the hook and warn the teens to stay away. Mummas getting her fix, woohoo!

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    • Geoff

      You WILL love it – and I’m not exaggerating Ann – I was spellbound 🙂

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  6. great review. can’t wait to see it this weekend!

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  7. That was a fabulous review (as usual) I can’t wait to see it. How long does the series run for?

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    • Geoff

      Thanks Joy 🙂 It runs for two hours this Sunday night and again the following Sunday x

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  8. I’ve been waiting for your review, almost as much as I am waiting to see the show !! Great stuff Geoff – thanks

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  9. Well written Geoff , you have sold me ..

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  10. Love it Geoff ! Will you be watching it again on Sunday? 🙂

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    • Geoff

      YES 😀

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  11. very good review. im also stoked because big expectations on this ! yewwwwww awesome well done and ur very lucky

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  12. I was at Summer XS, one of the best days of my life!

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    • Geoff

      Yes, Aus Crawl played as well i think Mike!

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