INXS mini-series sees the band take the Australian charts’ Number One spot

'Never Tear Us Apart: The Untold Story' concluded last night

A mini-series based on the story of INXS singer Michael Hutchence and his band has seen the group’s ‘The Very Best’ collection take the top spot in the Australian Aria charts.

The first part of Never Tear Us Apart: The Untold Story was aired Down Under last Sunday and led to the band’s greatest hits compilation hitting the Number One spot. The band’s 1987 album ‘Kick’ also went to Number Seven in the chart following the broadcast, reports The Guardian.

The series, which concluded last night (February 16), was aired on the Seven Network and directed by Daina Reid. It starred Luke Arnold as Hutchence. The show received criticism from Hutchence’s half sister Tina, who, reports the Gladstone Observer, said the show was a “complete fabrication of our family”.

Hutchence died in 1997. In November 2012 INXS officially confirmed they were splitting up. The band formed in 1977 in Perth, Australia and went on to sell more than 30 million albums worldwide, including six UK Top 10 albums. Their biggest success came with 1987’s ‘Kick’, which sold over 10 million albums worldwide.

Speaking at the time of the split about the impact Hutchence’s death had had on the group, drummer Jon Farriss said: “It’s been 35 years for INXS as a live touring band and unbelievably it’s been 15 years since we lost Michael. We lived for each other in the trenches and we loved each other. It was the six of us against the world and then suddenly and inexplicably we were but five. We were lost right at the moment we were on top.”