Song Stories # 5 – "Don't Change" by INXS

INXS was one of the first bands I really got into. When I first heard “Don’t Change” off of their album “Shabooh Shoobah”, I absolutely loved it. Like many INXS fans, I discovered them after seeing the video for “Need You Tonight” on MTV. I then went out and bought that album and went back through their catalog. This song has stuck with me as one of my favorites through the years.

For my recording I turned up the guitars (I am, after all, primarily a guitar player) and made the drums and bass a little more prominent than the original. For the drums, I cheated and used a drum track I found online, everything else is me. The rhythm guitars were recorded direct into my PC using the Ampire plug in to get the tone I wanted. The lead guitar is my Laney amp mic’d. It took me several hours to get it right, but I’m happy with the result. The keys are a combination of my daughter’s keyboard and midi plugins.

The hardest part to record for me was the vocals. I knew going in that there is no way I could record vocals that come even close to Michael Hutchence’s original vocals. I mean, his voice is one of those iconic singing voices. So from the start, I just wanted it to sound like me singing one of my favorite tunes. Even with that mindset, it took me several takes to get vocals I could live with – it turns out this song is just outside my range.

Anyway, enough of that – here’s me playing one of my favorite songs. …I hope you enjoy.

Don’t Change (INXS) – Recorded by J. Jensen/Written by INXS (M. Hutchence, A. Farriss, T. Farriss, J. Farriss, G. Beers, K. Pengilly)