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KYLIE

AFTER 14 STUDIO ALBUMS, TOP 10 SINGLES APLENTY AND WITH WORLDWIDE RECORD SALES OF MORE THAN 80 MILLION, KYLIE MINOGUE JUST KEEPS ON GETTING BETTER. FROM RAMSAY STREET AND PWL TO CLUB CLASSICS AND NASHVILLE, JOIN US AS WE HONOUR THE DOYEN OF THE DANCEFLOOR…

THE PRINCESS OF POP 30 ANNIVERSARY

It’s hard to believe that it has been 30 years since Kylie Minogue first entered our consciousness… Maybe we don’t want to believe it. For those of us that bunked off school to watch Scott and Charlene’s wedding on Neighbours and have grown up with Kylie – going through our own dance, sex, indie and pop phases, but not in the glare of the media and had each prefixed to our names in order to define us as she has – it is a shocking reminder of the passing of time. We were all set to add Country Kylie to that ever-expanding list when the star revealed that she was recording her Golden album in Nashville last year, but it appears we may have jumped the gun and Miss Minogue is not vacating the disco and strapping on her banjo for nights at the Grand Ole Opry any time soon.

“I was recording synth-pop dance songs that were more like what people would expect from me, I suppose,” Kylie recently told Entertainment Weekly. “Then I went to Nashville in July, and it all started to make sense. We managed to find this country inspiration but bring it back into my world. It was super fun. It felt like it took an eternity to get there. You go through so much experimentation to get to a point where you go: ‘Okay, this is the foundation, we’re going to build on this’. Once we had those foundations after my two weeks in Nashville, everything I did when I got back to London was coloured by that. But it’s still a ‘Kylie’ album, whatever that is…”

Whatever indeed. Like much of the UK, Stock, Aitken nor Waterman had heard of Kylie Minogue when they received a call from Gary Ashley, head of Australia’s Mushroom Records in the summer of 1987. Her debut single, a cover of Little Eva’s The Loco-Motion (she led the Neighbours cast in an impromptu singalong at a charity dinner) released under the title Locomotion, had spent seven weeks at No.1 there and he was desperate for her to record a follow-up. Agreeing to write something for her, Pete booked the singer in for a recording session before promptly forgetting all about her. With no song for Kylie when she turned up at the studio, I Should Be So Lucky was written on the spot and she had recorded her vocals within an hour.

Kylie Minogue – refining the art of pop reinvention since 1987

“We managed to find this country inspiration but bring it back into my world… After my two weeks in Nashville, everything I did was coloured by that. But it’s still a ‘Kylie’ album, whatever that is…” KYLIE

In the UK Kylie was the best-selling album by a female artist in the 80s
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The UK’s love affair with Kylie started in 1986 when she first appeared on our screens as tomboy mechanic Charlene Robinson in Neighbours
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“We treated Kylie so badly that first time we met her,” recalls Mike Stock. “Not deliberately, but to the extent that I had to fly to Melbourne and apologise. Nobody had told me she was in London and we were booked in to work with her. As usual, Matt and I were in the studio working on half a dozen acts all screaming for songs – the last thing we needed was another.”

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In the new Classic Pop we celebrate 30 years of Kylie Minogue – from the PWL early days through to the iconic noughties classics and her new No.1 album, Golden. We also take an in-depth look at Kylie’s Fever for our Classic Album feature. As a special treat for Kylie fans, we have an exclusive limited edition special fan pack issue of the magazine available with four fantastic A4 glossy art cards of the star. Subscribers will receive an exclusive version of the issue with a collectable cover. Elsewhere, we are granted a rare audience with Scritti Politti's Green Gartside, we serve up our Top 15 sophisti-pop albums of all time and Prefab Sprout feature in The Lowdown. We chat to Kim Appleby about her new TV show and the prospect of new music; Sophie Ellis-Bextor talks to us about her new album of orchestral reworkings of her back catalogue and Daphne & Celeste return to the pop fray. Our album reviews section features Sting and Shaggy, CHVRCHES and Alison Moyet. This month’s reissues section includes John Foxx, The Human League and Brian Eno. On the live front, we check out gigs by Erasure, Morrissey, Paul Weller and Lloyd Cole.