Don't Change

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"Don't Change"
Single by INXS
from the album Shabooh Shoobah
B-side "Go West"
Released October 1982
Format 7"
Length 4:24
Label WEA
Writer(s) INXS
Producer(s) Mark Opitz
INXS singles chronology
"The One Thing"
"Don't Change"
"To Look at You"

"Don't Change" is a song by Australian rock band INXS.[1] It was released as a single from the album Shabooh Shoobah,[2] in October 1982. It has been described as the band's first international single.[3] "Don't Change" peaked at number 18[4] on the Australian Singles Charts and reached number 80 on the Billboard Hot 100 [5] and number 17 on the Billboard Top Tracks chart.[5]

In February 2014, after the Channel 7 screening of INXS: Never Tear Us Apart mini-series, "Don't Change" charted again in Australia via download sales. It peaked at #92 on the ARIA Singles Chart.

Music video[edit]

The music video, directed by Scott Hicks, was originally planned to be filmed on an airport runway, in South Australia, but was cancelled due to a bad weather and filming took place in a nearby airport hangar. Hutchence knew Hicks, who had previously directed Australian film Freedom, for which Hutchence had performed on two songs including on the film's soundtrack, "Speed Kills" and "Forest Theme", which were written by Don Walker (Cold Chisel). "Speed Kills" was Hutchence's first solo single and was released by WEA in early 1982.[6]

Other versions[edit]

The song has been covered by Brandon Flowers, The Audreys, The Bravery, Everclear, Face to Face, Goo Goo Dolls, Grinspoon, Zero (a post-punk band from Uruguay, covered the song with the title No cambies), A Fire Inside and Lazlo Bane. "Don't Change" plays during the credits of the movie Adventureland and is featured in its soundtrack.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed the song during their High Hopes Tour on 19 February 2014 show in Sydney, Australia, and played it for the first time in the United States in Albany, New York, on 13 May 2014.

The Baltimore Ravens play "Don't Change" at their home games when a call in their favor is being reviewed by the referees.

American rock band Goo Goo Dolls released a live version of this song on their 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition album A Boy Named Goo.

Track listing[edit]

7" single Track listing

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Don't Change" M. Hutchence, A. Farriss, T. Farris, J. Farris, K. Pengilly, G. Beers[7] 4:24
2. "Go West" J. Bushelman, A. Farriss, K. Pengilly[8] 3:10


Chart (1982) Peak
Australian Singles Chart[4] 14
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[5] 80
U.S. Billboard Top Tracks[5] 17


  1. ^ Dodshon, Mark (29 June 1983). "INXS back with high hopes of new hit". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 19 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "INXS – a group in search of identity". The Age. Fairfax Media. 13 January 1984. Retrieved 19 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Make a date with INXS on Feb 17". New Straits Times. 10 February 1994. Retrieved 13 March 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book Ltd. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.  Note: Used for Australian Singles and Albums charting from 1974 until Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) created their own charts in mid-1988. In 1992, Kent back calculated chart positions for 1970–1974.
  5. ^ a b c d "INXS – Awards". Allmusic. Retrieved 13 March 2014. 
  6. ^ St John, Ed (1998). Burn : The life and times of Michael Hutchence and INXS. Sydney, NSW: Bantam Books. ISBN 0-7338-0182-X. 
  7. ^ ""Don't Change" at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 13 March 2014. 
  8. ^ ""Go West" at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 13 March 2014. 

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