Kylie Minogue - DISCO: Guest List Edition

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I can remember some shitty muso writer trying to entirely remove Kylie from the success of Can't Get You Out of My Head when it was huge.: "She's no more than a featured vocalist on a Daft Punk hit" or words to this effect.

I think she would have continued to be moderately successful without it, but it was definitely the tentpole moment of her 2000-2005 Pop Queen phase.

Music snobbery at its finest from the past.


We all know it wasn't just the song, it was the video, the style, the sass, the Kylie.

And then to pull out that Brit awards performance.

Pure KYLIE!
 
Also, to my understanding, Kylie never really went away like Cher did. Yes, Impossible Princess underperformed (in the UK) but KM94 did really well for her and Confide in Me and Put Yourself in My Place are classics.

Cher didn't go away either, she was having Top 10s during the 90s, had a UK No 1 Hits album and the album that was released before Believe was a big UK / Europe seller and spawned hits in Walking in Memphis and the absolute classic One By One - hence Believe starting as a UK era too, with the US playing catch up later.
 
This sounds stupid, but time felt a lot longer in the 90s than it does now. The gaps inbetween everything felt like an eternity. That's why it always felt like a sudden surprise!!!! when your favs came back. But then social media didn't exist, so time didn't feel so ruthlessly and ephemerally scrutinised like it does today. Now you know everything all the time, even when you don't need to.
 
Cher didn't go away either, she was having Top 10s during the 90s, had a UK No 1 Hits album and the album that was released before Believe was a big UK / Europe seller and spawned hits in Walking in Memphis and the absolute classic One By One - hence Believe starting as a UK era too, with the US playing catch up later.

This is exactly why describing Believe as a comeback irks me no end. I won't stand for One By One erasure.
 
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Cher's best single for me.

I do think Believe smashed because of the vocoder at first, but you don't score 5 weeks at Number One or sell 10 million albums and thousands of tickets (Believe album / tour) on a gimmick alone.

Don't forget that Paradise (Eurodance Remix) walked so Believe could run!

 
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@Vasilios, @Suburbia et al are right on the money. Scoring a massive, career-reinvigorating, world-conquering hit like Believe, Can't Get You Out of My Head, Hung Up when you're that deep into your career is no easy feat and won't happen for any 10/10 pop song. Like, yeah, Get Outta My Way is one of my favorite Kylie songs ever, but it was never going to be the hit being described. Fans of Madonna, Kylie, Britney, etc. in particular are extremely unrealistic with their expectations when it comes to this. I would argue that Shallow is a more recent example of a song transcending in that way.
 
Music snobbery at its finest from the past.


We all know it wasn't just the song, it was the video, the style, the sass, the Kylie.

And then to pull out that Brit awards performance.

Pure KYLIE!

When another singer covers a Kylie song it becomes clear what Kylie brings to it. I don't think there is a more perfect pop voice than Kylie's. For example, I don't think many singers can pull off Miss A Thing and it's nothing to do with belting out crazy notes.

Mel B singing Can't Get You Out Of My Head is case in point. And it's nothing against Mel B who has a great voice.

 
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Mel B singing Can't Get You Out Of My Head is case in point. And it's nothing against Mel B who has a great voice.

I have said this for years, NO ONE can pull of Can't Get You Out of My Head in the way Kylie can; even if the best-toned, widest-ranged, most pitch-perfect singer sang it, it just would not be the same. Kylie is the only person who has ever been able to pull that song off
 
The missing ingredient that everyone's failed to mention, regardless of what chart system, is actually having a song as bulletproof and brilliant as Believe which is what made the world love it in the first place, looking far beyond gender, age, etc. Kylie hasn't released anything since All the Lovers that would or should warrant such acclaim, so quibbling over how the charts work these days seems irrelevant.

I mean I agree that Kylie hasn’t released anything as good as Believe, but that’s a high benchmark, and I don’t see how that invalidates discussion over how charts work. Kylie (and any other artist) should be able to chart with songs not as good as Believe, but the way the charts work at the moment, she is essentially locked out from that. When was the last time a song reached the top 40 that wasn’t on major Spotify playlists, or a novelty/charity song? I mean my take on it is that it’s probably not fair that she’s not put on any playlists, but as it is the case it just means that the singles chart is irrelevant to her success.
 
I was working in HMV when Believe was released and heard so much music in work I never listened to the radio outside work. So when it was released I hadn't heard it as we never even had a pre release copy (plus the 'cool' indie kids wouldn't play it in store even if we had. So it sort of passed me by until it was inescapable.

The charts could be unpredictable at times though. I mean, I knew 'Whole again' was going to do well but not sure anyone thought it would go straight to number one though.
 
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