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STEPPING OUT OF THE SHADOW

FIFTEEN YEARS AGO, DANNII MINOGUE REINVENTED HERSELF AS A CLUB SCENE ICON WITH NEON NIGHTS, A CLASSIC OF THE GENRE WHICH BEARS FAVOURABLE COMPARISON TO BIG SIS KYLIE’S FEVER AND MADONNA’S CONFESSIONS ON A DANCE FLOOR. AS THE ALBUM IS RE-RELEASED ON VINYL, SHE REFLECTS ON A TURNING POINT IN HER CAREER, AND MUCH MORE.

Rarely does an artist achieve that perfect symmetry of commercial success and critical acclaim. The public and the pundits aren’t often in agreement but they certainly were when Dannii Minogue, her pop career arguably floundering, emerged as queen of the dancefloor with 2003’s Neon Nights. The Australian renaissance woman – singer, songwriter, actress, model and fashion designer – acquired a whole new audience with her fourth album, which marked the beginning of an unprecedented run on the UK Dance Chart, including 13 No.1 singles at the last count.

Now, to celebrate the 15th anniversary of its original release, Minogue’s magnum opus is being reissued on limited edition blue and pink vinyl, along with standard black version, and as well as a deluxe CD package.

“I’m super proud of it”, she tells Classic Pop on the phone from her home Down Under. “I think it stands up and all of the memories come flooding back. When I listen to it, I remember the first time I heard that it had charted, or I was competing with Christina Aguilera’s song Beautiful for the No.1 spot, or I danced to it in a nightclub – some DJ saw me walk in and was like: ‘Oh, I’m going to drop that record now, she’s here’. All of those memories come flooding back.

“Dancing with my friends, listening to it in my lounger before it went out and going: ‘What do you think of this?’ It’s nice to look back and think: ‘I did it. I made an album that was so me, and I was able to get so involved in it, and people liked it.’ So, that’s cool. Job done.”

DANCEFLOOR DOYENNE

By the time Neon Nights recast her as a doyenne of the clubbing scene, Minogue had already been a household name on Aussie TV in soaps such as The Sullivans and Home And Away, and clocked up hits in both southern and northern hemispheres during the 90s.

But her star was, if not falling, certainly fading until American DJ Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley remixed Baby Love from her debut, Love And Kisses. He was one third of a triumvirate she credits with spurring her dance music interest.

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In the latest issue of Classic Pop, our cover star is the mighty Rick Astley. We have an exclusive in-depth chat with the singer as he returns with new record Beautiful Life – the pressure's on as he attempts to follow up his hit album 50. Synth-pop icons Heaven 17 look back on their superb LP The Luxury Gap and the legends keep on coming this month as The Human League talk us through their back catalogue, album by album. For ABBA fans, we go behind the scenes with Carl Magnus Palm for the inside track on their career in the recording studio and also serve up a buyer's guide to Sweden's finest. We travel Down Under to speak to Dannii Minogue as she relives her Neon Nights album 15 years on – it's the record that transformed her into a bona fide dancefloor icon. Massive Attack's imperious Blue Lines is our Classic Album this issue and we also meet Jennifer Warnes to talk about her brand new studio LP as well as her Oscar-winning songs that soundtracked the 80s. Our packed reviews section features new albums from All Saints, Gorillaz, The Proclaimers, Rick Astley and Gabrielle and many more while the reissues take in a superb Soft Cell boxset, Depeche Mode 12" singles, Morrissey and Jean-Michel Jarre. On the gig front, we're bowled over by an astonishing David Byrne live show, travel to the Isle of Wight Festival to see Depeche Mode and check out two legends, George Benson and Quincy Jones. Enjoy the issue! Steve Harnell Editor Classic Pop