Mrs. T gave me Kylie’s new album “Golden” as a tongue in cheek wedding anniversary pressie – it’s been a running joke that I have had a mild crush on Kylie since decades ago which continues to amuse her. This all started when I heard “I should be so lucky” on the car radio when it was originally a hit and turned it off in disgust – the person I was with told me it’s the actress off “Neighbours” (which I had never seen). Fast forward to Thursday night – Top of The Pops. They show the video of ISBSL. I am utterly smitten. I don’t particularly like the song, but her delivery is perfect. Beyond perfect actually – watching it again now, not having seen it for years, it’s not obvious that this cute girl is going to be one of the biggest stars, like, ever, but she absolutely owns it and it’s almost impossible not to be won over.
Of course we all know the story – Kylie has a string of hits with SAW, goes indie and makes a more cutting edge dance/rock album with the Manic Street Preachers amongst others, falls in with more disreputable Aussie rock types like Nick Cave and Michael Hutchence, beats breast cancer, hoovers up awards and gongs, sends herself up and punches Simon Cowell on the nose in a Christmas special with sister Dannii, sells 85m albums and along the way it’s almost impossible to find anyone who doesn’t like her. You might not like her music, but there would have to be something fundamentally wrong with someone who doesn’t feel a slight lift in the heart if Kylie appears on the telly.
The interesting thing about Kylie is her work ethic. She’s pretty, with a decent voice, acts a bit, but this goes for many people and she’s seen pretty much all of them off. The difference is her undoubtable sunny charm, her ability to apply what she’s got in the right way and to work hard. She’s a feminist icon par excellence actually. She’s sold all those albums, been in films (none notable sadly), flogged clothes, perfume….work, work work. She’s aged well, doubtless had a bit of work but not so it shows too much and stays a bit more covered up these days but basically she seems to have stayed pretty much the same for all these years.
In the new CD there’s a flier for the current tour – enormodomes across the country. Obviously she’ll sell them all out, probably did last time she toured and will next time too. I very much doubt anyone could actually see her at Hyde Park – she’s so tiny you’d probably struggle to see her across a pub. But everyone I know who went said she was absolutely superb and filled the whole space with cheezy grin good vibes. I watched it on the telly and had a moment when Jason Donovan came on and the sang “Especially for you”. Shades of the great moment when Charlene married Scott in “Neighbours”. Just, umm, well, lovely.
Her latest album was partially written in “Nashville” and has banjos, acoustic guitars and other country flavours. It’s still a 4 on the floor dance album, but has some cracking tunes. I like it. A funny story from an interview with her was that they came to do the video for “Dancing” and the director asked the dancers to line dance – not only did they not know how to line dance, they couldn’t do it either. A local showed them the basics and they sort of did their version of it. But who cares about the dancers, when stage front is Kylie in rhinestones and sparkly cowboy boots. I mean, come on.