By the time "Never Tear Us Apart" was released as the fourth single from the group's sixth album, Kick
, INXS had become international superstars on the level they had previously reached only in their native Australia. When the album was issued in October 1987, their American fanbase was so meager, they started with a tour of colleges. The first single, "Need You Tonight
," put an end to that when it went to #1. Unfortunately, Michael Hutchence had a hard time managing the undertow of fame and lived just another 10 years.