NEWS: ‘Kylie’ at 30

‘Kylie’ by Kylie

A 30th anniversary celebration of Kylie Minogue’s eponymous debut album

4th July 1988. Where were you? Were you alive then?(!) Well for some of us it was a day we will not forget. They say you are defined by your teenage years, those around you and influences from music and film. Well in 1988 you couldn’t move for one 19 year old Australian lady by the name of Kylie Minogue.

She had wooed us all as the greasy mechanic Charlene Mitchell in the hit soap opera ‘Neighbours’. As if that wasn’t enough, she then branched out into singing with her version of Little Eva’s 1962 classic “The Locomotion”, which topped the Australian singles chart for SEVEN weeks in 1987. She came to London later that year to record with hit songwriters and producers Stock Aitken Waterman. The result was “I Should Be So Lucky”, a multi million selling number one across the world. That was followed by the Australian No.1, UK No.2 hit “Got To Be Certain”.

Kylie seemed unstoppable. Perhaps this success was made more possible without the presence of any chart competition from other female artists. Madonna was writing and recording her fourth studio album “Like A Prayer” and Whitney had released five singles from her 1987 long player “Whitney”. Belinda Carlisle and Gloria Estefan were both having success at home in the US and internationally, but it was the arrival of the diminutive Australian that seemed to fill the gap of a star female singer. And she was new too!

After three massive global smash hits, Kylie together with her PWL Studio released a whole album of songs that fourth day of July. Simply entitled “Kylie”. Ten songs sung by Kylie. Kylie on the cover. It needed nothing else.

K1988 Ad

Kylie embarked on a massive publicity tour to promote the album including here on Terry Wogan’s prime-time chat show in the UK.

Any fears the music buying public could not stomach a full album of Kylie songs were quickly blow away. “Kylie” took the global charts by storm reaching No.2 in Australia and selling 460,000 copies. In the UK the album entered the chart at No.2 and rested itself at the top spot the following week. To date it has sold over 2.1 million copies there, becoming the biggest seller of 1988 and the 5th biggest selling album of the 1980’s.
The rest of the world told a similar story:
France – 315,000
Germany – 390,000
Japan – 260,000
US – 500,000
Canada – 125,000

The album went on to sell over 5,500,000 copies worldwide, becoming Kylie’s most successful release until “Fever” in 2001.

kylie minogue platinum disc

A total of six singles were released from the album including “Je Ne Sais Pas Pourquoi” (UK No.2, Australia No.11), “It’s No Secret” (US No.37, Japan No.4) and “Turn It Into Love” (Japan No.1).

Amazingly that all happened thirty years ago! And who would of possibly thought that thirty years later we would not only be celebrating its release, but bathing in the glory of Kylie’s fourteenth studio album “Golden“!

We are so lucky. Lucky, lucky, lucky!

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!

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