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Johnny Douglas on Body Language (from Steve Anderson’s podcast)


“With the Body Language album... the label’s brief was ‘hop-hop with glitter’ that was their brief to me... had to figure out what that kind of means. Whilst we’re making that record we’re also on SayHey Kylie forums looking at the outrage from the fans “Kylie’s making this urban kinda of record?!” It’s not that great if you’re making an album and there’s a load of guys with machine guns wanting to kill you like it was your idea. I was the guy that was there kind of going “Disco Down” now I’m kind of this guy almost being hung, drawn and quartered because I’ve got Ludacris rapping on her record.”
 
I can't believe it's been 4 years already since we were first aware of the modern day Kylie classic that is Dancing:
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Still an absolute joy it is too! Felt like she was back again but in an late 2010s following her other "wilderness years" of 2014-17.
 
Johnny Douglas on Body Language (from Steve Anderson’s podcast)


“With the Body Language album... the label’s brief was ‘hop-hop with glitter’ that was their brief to me... had to figure out what that kind of means. Whilst we’re making that record we’re also on SayHey Kylie forums looking at the outrage from the fans “Kylie’s making this urban kinda of record?!” It’s not that great if you’re making an album and there’s a load of guys with machine guns wanting to kill you like it was your idea. I was the guy that was there kind of going “Disco Down” now I’m kind of this guy almost being hung, drawn and quartered because I’ve got Ludacris rapping on her record.”

Asking for trouble.
 
Say Hey has never been the same since the great Body Language war. People really did the most over R&B being the direction they were going without hearing a single track. It’s still top five Kylie for me.
 
Say Hey has never been the same since the great Body Language war. People really did the most over R&B being the direction they were going without hearing a single track. It’s still top five Kylie for me.

There really was no synergy at all with BL. You've got the Bardot artwork and a minimalist electro lead single which is amazing and which made sense in the context of a campaign and as a follow up to Fever.

But then Red Blooded Woman comes along and you hear the rest of the album, and it's no wonder the album didn't connect with people like Parlophone thought it would. I was only a kid during the album campaign but when you look back at her amazing career it definitely wasn't as strong as it should be.

In hindsight Kylie should have left Parlophone at that time. Basically there was no good album campaign after Fever.
 
Johnny Douglas on Body Language (from Steve Anderson’s podcast)


“With the Body Language album... the label’s brief was ‘hop-hop with glitter’ that was their brief to me... had to figure out what that kind of means. Whilst we’re making that record we’re also on SayHey Kylie forums looking at the outrage from the fans “Kylie’s making this urban kinda of record?!” It’s not that great if you’re making an album and there’s a load of guys with machine guns wanting to kill you like it was your idea. I was the guy that was there kind of going “Disco Down” now I’m kind of this guy almost being hung, drawn and quartered because I’ve got Ludacris rapping on her record.”

It's funny how people think agressive stan culture began with Twitter and the 2008/9 American pop explosion/domination but anyone who hung around a message board at the turn of the century - it was all fully formed already. If Johnny Douglas read comments like that today he'd probably barely register then before scrolling past.
 
*does quick search of what tracks Johnny Douglas worked on for Body Language*

Chocolate? Cruise Control?! RED BLOODED WOMAN?!!!? A king if you ask me.
Johnny Douglas is a successful producer that has gone under the radar a bit. He doesn’t even have a Wikipedia page. Anyone know what he’s been doing recently?
 
I never knew Body Language was half finished when they released it, this makes me appreciate it even more. I always thought it was a stellar record and while yes, Slow is in a league of its own, it still works really well with the rest of the album. Also I don't think we would have necessarily ended up with an album full of Slows, had she had more time to work on the record – the stars align only so often for a track like that.
 
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