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Music Magic Created when Ben Harper and INXS collide at Splendour in the Grass

When Ben Harper invited Jon Farriss onstage last Friday night at Splendour in the Grass everyone knew that music magic was about to be created. The pair belted out an extended and spine tingling rendition of ‘Never Tear Us Apart’ at the end of Harper’s set. The powerful song has long been an anthemic tribute to the INXS and Michael Hutchence but took on a whole new meaning with this reinterpretation at the Queensland music festival.

“Ben is giving everything he’s got and he’s putting his stamp on it…By the time we got to that second verse, every time I had tears in my eyes”, Jon Farriss said of the star moment.

August 6th 2010 will see the worldwide release of this stunning rendition by man of the moment Ben Harper,  Covering Never Tear Us Apart is like covering Dock of the Bay. I am not here to make grandiose statements – it’s just a fucking fact – that’s one of the greatest soul songs ever written”, the artist said.

The single will be part of a collectection of INXS covers by contemporary bands.Famous singers from Australia and overseas will be contributing to the back catalogue of hits, including tracks by Rob Thomas [MatchBox 20,] Pat Monahan [Train] and Perth band Eskimo Joe. Farriss is the executive producer and the rumour is, the album might hit the shops before the end of the year.

Hit-making creative powerhouse INXS defined the music of their time over and paved the way for many more Australian artists overseas.  The band sold well over 30 million records, produced multiple No. 1 records and singles, hundreds of GOLD and Platinum albums, along with a swag of industry awards world-wide including ARIA and APRAs.  One of only two Australian bands to play to a heaving crowd of 75,000 people at Wembley, it comes as no surprise that contemporary musicians such as Ben Harper hold the band in iconic esteem.

Also coming up next week is the release of INXS greatest hits album entitled “PLATINUM” featuring singles from 1987 – 1993 . This will be the first time in two years an INXS greatest hits album will be available in Australia. PLATINUM features 16 tracks on the album performed by the original lineup with Michael Hutchence on lead vocals. 

Distributed throughout Australia by MGM, Two Flat Whites is excited to giveaway the Platinum album which has gone to Number 1 in 8 countries already to 6 lucky readers.

To be in the running simply tell us the name of the gorgeous naked model on the front cover of the album email your answers to estelle {at} twoflatwhites(.)com

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Article by Estelle Pigott

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