Human on the Inside

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"Human On the Inside"
Single by Divinyls
from the album Underworld
Released 1996
Format CD Single
Recorded 1995
Genre Pop rock, adult contemporary
Length 4:12
Label BMG Records
Writer(s) Mark McEntee, Shelly Peiken
Producer(s) Charley Drayton
Divinyls singles chronology
"Heart of Steel"
"Human On the Inside"
"Hard On Me"

"Human On the Inside" is a song originally recorded by Australian rock duo Divinyls, released in 1996 as the third single from their fifth studio album Underworld. A minor hit in Australia in 1996, the song became better known after it was covered by The Pretenders in 1999 under the title "Human". In this version, the song became a 1999 chart hit in the UK, New Zealand and the US.


"Human On the Inside" was one of many tracks from the album Underworld to be produced by Divinyls drummer Charley Drayton. The two previously released singles "I'm Jealous" and "Heart of Steel" were produced by Peter Collins and Keith Forsey respectively, and although "I'm Jealous" was a hit, "Heart of Steel" did not even chart. This created an air of doubt as to whether a third single would be successful. "Human On the Inside" did manage to chart but only peaked at number fifty-nine on the Australian Singles Chart. Likewise, the album Underworld proved to be unsuccessful and only just made the top fifty of the Albums Chart.[1]

Track listing[edit]

Australian CD Single[2]
  1. "Human On the Inside" - 4:12
  2. "I Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore" - 4:30
  3. "Human On the Inside" (Lonely Mix) - 4:08


Chart (1996) Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[3] 59

Pretenders version[edit]

This song was covered by The Pretenders (as "Human") on their 1999 album, Viva el Amor. Issued as a single, the track peaked at #33 UK and #17 New Zealand. In the US, it made #30 on the Adult Alternative charts.


  1. ^ Steffen Hung (1996-09-15). "Divinyls - Underworld". Retrieved 2012-02-22. 
  2. ^ "Divinyls Discography". Retrieved 2012-02-22. 
  3. ^ Steffen Hung (2010-01-18). "Divinyls - Human On The Inside". Retrieved 2012-02-22. 

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