Kylie Minogue is the pure, pop perfection!
While keeping a bottle of wine occupied, I took a ride down musical memory lane via YouTube with none other than Ms. Kylie Minogue.
After one or two top ups of my wine glass and a deep dive into Kylie’s back catalogue I had a sudden realisation. For myself and perhaps also for anyone else who was born in the 70’s and grew up in the 80’s…
Kylie Minogue’s musical journey is MY music journey too!
What do I mean by this? Well, when Kylie first hit the airwaves in 1987 I was nine years old – all innocent, fresh-faced and not yet aware of what the big, bad world might have in store for me.
In a pop parallel, Kylie, already well-known as Charlene Mitchell from the Australian soap opera, Neighbours, was a squeaky clean, untainted, breath of fresh air – bouncing her way to the top of the pop charts.
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Two songs really showing how pure Kylie was when she first started out are:
When I watch these now it reminds me of the years when everything was so more simple.
Similarly, Kylie obviously couldn’t care less at that time what the media thought of her, how she dressed, how she looked and who she was dating.
Take 5 minutes of your day, watch these two videos and prepare to be transported back to that care-free time…
Fast forward two years and it’s 1989, I am 11 years old about to start high school. Everything within me and everything around me is starting to change.
What’s happening? Why do things have to change? Will I get through this? These are just a few of the many questions that would constantly play in my mind.
Meanwhile, in Kylie’s world, she too is changing during this time and following a similar journey as my own. The last of the innocence is left behind with “Hand On Your Heart“. There is a period of reflection on these changes from the album “Enjoy Yourself” with “Never Too Late” and “Wouldn’t Change a Thing“
“we both got through it and came out the other side much stronger.”
Of course, there was lots of tears shed along the way but we emerged – fighting.
Two songs that show this are:
The first one would be for the sad times.
The second one for the end result.
Have a listen…
Have a cry…
And then stick two fingers up at the world and say…
“I’m coming to get you!”
In the year to follow the sexy videos, naked flesh and sex took over – and that was just me! Kylie was also discovering/showing off her sexuality through her music…
High school ends and I go off to University still not sure of what I want to be in this crazy world. This was the time for meeting new people from different backgrounds and trying different things.
Realising that some experiments work and some experiments don’t but having the balls to try!
I’m lucky (lucky, lucky, lucky) that my experiments weren’t broadcast around the world.
At the same time as I was re-inventing myself, Kylie was also trying to do the same.
She wanted to drop her pop princess persona and become an indie chick.
I was a big fan of this experiment but it didn’t sell so well for her.
Two songs from “Indie Kylie” that didn’t quite get her the praise she deserved were:
Go on, mess your hair up, have a few beers, take a risk and get listening…
The subject I studied at University wasn’t for me. I did, however, see it through to completion, I got my degree but I decided not to follow that career path. I was a people person not an engineer (sorry engineers). Kylie tried her hand at indie but again, it wasn’t for her. We both needed to do what we were good instead and what people wanted from us. After a period in the wilderness Kylie went back to her roots and I started my career in roles that would help people.
After a break which even although wasn’t actually that long – it still seemed like forever.
There were two songs which allowed Kylie to not just return to Pop Princess status but also give the Queen Of Pop a run for her money were:
At the same time I was making big steps to get to where I wanted to be.
My outfits were, however, far less exciting…
During a period of my life which had a massive turning point, Kylie released “I Believe In You” and I am so glad that she did as I needed it right then.
She still believed in me and I still believed in her!
10 studio albums and 20 years later and both me and Kylie were getting to where we knew we always wanted to be. It was a time for the new to meet the old again and be joined with love. “Wow” and these “Two Hearts” were always meant to come together.
By 2010 both myself and Kylie were not just happy with who we were we also knew that we could take on the world. Not just take it on – but win and not really give a shit about what other people thought of us. “Get Outta My Way” everyone because we are going to make sure that every new day is “Better Than Today“.
With nothing to lose, into the blue…
Ups and downs, ins and outs we’ve all had them – we never know what’s going to come next as this wonderful life of ours moves on.
All we can do is go “Into The Blue” with a smile and a desire to get through whatever life throws at us.
As if Kylie hadn’t give me enough gifts, these days Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without it being a “Kylie Christmas“.
In 2018 Kylie gave us something we didn’t know we wanted until we got it “Golden“.
This was a golden year for me as it was the first time I ever saw her live and I was lucky enough to see her TWICE.
When everyone gets to a certain age nostalgia always kicks in and Kylie certainly helped us indulge in that when she invited none other than Jason Donovan on stage with her as she performed “Especially For You“.
I’m quite sure there wasn’t a dry eye in the audience that night!
The album was a massive success, the tour was a massive success.
A GOLDEN year for everyone!
2019 saw the pop LEGEND finally get her moment of glory on the Glastonbury stage drawing the biggest crowds and viewers ever.
If there’s one thing you can say about Kylie Minogue is that she absolutely listens to her fans and gives them what they want.
62 year old Madonna (dethroned Queen of Pop) could learn a lot here. Rather than try to be “current” and collaborate with the new style and artists of the moment, Kylie knows and exceeds her audience’s expectations every time.
Madge, if you read this just ditch the eye patch, weird tweets and give us more stuff like ‘Vogue’, yeah?
The new Kylie era promised ‘grown up disco’ and if the first single “Say Something” is anything to by then bring on the disco!
I, for one, am so excited for this new era that I am just one step away from getting a shiny horse and having my very own galactic Disco!
Thank you Kylie!