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CLASSIC ALBUM

HAVING MADE HER TRIUMPHANT RETURN TO POP WITH 2000’S SHIMMERING DISCO OPUS LIGHT YEARS, KYLIE CAPPED HER COMEBACK THE FOLLOWING YEAR WITH A STREAMLINED NEW SOUND AND A COOL NEW IMAGE, WHICH SAW HER POPULARITY REACH FEVER PITCH

FEVER

KYLIE MINOGUE

It’s hard to imagine now, but when Kylie Minogue, mid-way through a concert at Manchester’s Apollo Theatre in March 2001, introduced the song that would be her next single, it was met with sheer ambivalence by the crowd – trips to the bar or toilet and polite nods – none of us there that night had the foresight to imagine the effect Can’t Get You Out Of My Head would have when it was unleashed onto an unsuspecting public a few months later.

At the time riding the wave of success that was her comeback album Light Years, her first UK No.1 single since 1989’s Tears On My Pillow, Spinning Around, a No.2 duet with pop’s golden boy Robbie Williams and a show-stopping performance at the closing ceremony of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, Kylie capped her remarkable comeback with the On A Night Like This Tour. Having experienced pitfalls and frustration towards the end of her time on Deconstruction Records, the singer’s career rejuvenation tasted that much sweeter and she was desperate to maintain momentum, already laying down the groundwork for her next album before touring her current one.

The genesis of the Fever album came towards the end of 2000 while Kylie and her label Parlophone were at loggerheads deciding what to release as a fifth single from Light Years (it had boundless possibilities). The Goddess of Pop wanted to release Your Disco Needs You, a rallying call to arms inspired by the Village People’s Go West as a thank you to her gay audience for supporting her during her career lull, the label felt that the campy disco track would push Kylie further into niche act territory rather than broaden her audience.

To indicate the kind of direction they envisaged for her, they played her a demo of Can’t Get You Out Of My Head. “From the very first time it was played to me I absolutely loved it,” Kylie said. “It was exactly what I was looking for – cool, edgy, simple. Then I started panicking: ‘Are you sure we’ve got it? No-one else is going to record it?’ I just wanted to get in the studio and record it as soon as possible, I was so excited.”

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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.