Kylie 2011 UK tour takes in Glasgow SECC date
Much beloved Aussie pop royalty
Perhaps you have heard of Kylie Minogue.
- She is a pop star first and foremost – you might say The Pop Star: an Australian singer, dancer and actor who has sold nearly 70 million records and reaped scores of global hits since her brilliant debut ‘I Should Be So Lucky’ in 1987. Chronicling the titles of her 51 singles and 11 albums – not to mention her collaborations with everyone from Jason Donovan to the Pet Shop Boys – would defy our given column inches, but among our timeless favourites were the soul-rock shimmy of ‘Some Kind of Bliss’ (1997); the bike shed anguish of ‘Hand On Your Heart’ (1989) or the Goldfrapp-does-INXS romp of ‘2 Hearts’ (2007).
- She is also an indie icon: Kylie dueted with Nick Cave on ‘Where the Wild Roses Grow’ (1996), and provided backing vocals for him on ‘Death is Not the End’, then collaborated with the Manics’ James Dean Bradfield for her 1998 album, Impossible Princess. Channelling Barbarella on the video for hip-locking ballad ‘Put Yourself in My Place’ (see below) didn’t harm her cult credentials either.
- She is a dancefloor monarch: witness her signing to clubland establishment Deconstruction in the early 90s; or her enduring, vintage floor-fillers such as ‘Spinning Around’ (2000) and ‘Can’t Get You Out of My Head’ (2001).
- She is a showbiz deity: her best friend is Joan Collins (according to celebrity tongue-wags), and her Twitter mates include Jake Shears, Boy George and Jane Fonda.
- She is Aphrodite herself – at least she is on the face of her latest album and forthcoming tour: who are we to argue?
- She should not be confused with Kylie Minoise – aka Glasgow-based sonic arsonist Lee Cummings. By virtue of their parallel names, however, you can trace La Minogue’s cultural influence as deep as the Central Belt underground noise scene. That’s the markings of a star, indeed.
SECC, Glasgow, Mon 28–Wed 30 Mar, supported by The Ultra Girls.