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Kylie Minogue in the 80s

By the end of the 1980s it seemed like every Australian soap star was releasing a pop record - Stefan Dennis, Jason Donovan and Craig McLachlan are probably the best-remembered examples.

Kylie was still playing Charlene in Aussie soap Neighbours when she made her first record, The Locomotion, which was originally released only in Australia. The song was re-released in the rest of the globe as The Loco-Motion, and here in the UK it was her third top five single.

Both of kylie's 1980s albums (the self-titled Kylie and Enjoy Yourself) were British chart-toppers, with all seven singles released from both albums reaching the UK top five.

Who'd ever have thought that, over a quarter of a century later, she would still be releasing albums? No one would have predicted that Kylie would achieve success with 31 top ten hit singles in the UK alone.

At the start, she was merely the puppet of Stock, Aitken and Waterman, and a song like I Should Be So Lucky was never going to be regarded as one the masterpieces of the 1980's.
After several weeks of airplay that song became more than slightly annoying for me! Nonetheless, it was the song that kick-started Kylie's very lucrative musical career here in the UK and the singer still has a lot to thank S/A/W for, as without them she would never have had a successful pop music career.

Hand On Your Heart was the first track to be lifted from Kylie's second Album Enjoy Yourself, and reached #1 in the UK and #4 in her home country of Australia. Both the single and album received mixed reviews from the critics, but that didn't stop Enjoy Yourself from selling over one million copies in ten weeks and reaching 4x Platinum in the UK.

Produced by Stock, Aitken and Waterman and released on the PWL label, in October 1989 the album spawned three more massive hit singles; Wouldn't Change A Thing (#2), Never Too Late (#4) and Tears On My Pillow (#1).

Overal, Kylie had seven Top five hits during the 80s.

Kylie Monogue in a ra-ra skirt on the cover of her 80s single The Locomotion
Here we see Kylie embracing 80s fashion by wearing a red ra-ra skirt on the cover of her single The Locomotion.
I Should Be So Lucky vinyl sleeve (1987) Kylie Minogue
Released in 1987, I Should Be So Lucky is probably Kylie's most-recognised 80s tune, although this bubblegum pop chart topper received very mixed reviews when it was released, with harsh criticism of both the lyrics and production.
Kylie Minogue - Hand On Your Heart vinyl 7

Hand On Your Heart - Single Sleeve

Je Ne Sais Pas Pourquoi
Je Ne Sais Pas Pourquoi was one of my favourite Kylie songs and that's because it sounds more quirky and less irritating than the other S/A/W songs. The video depicts 1940s Paris, and Kylie has her hair in waves to depict the era's fashion. I particularly like the black and white scene where only Kylie herself is in colour and wearing a floral dress while dancing with a man in the streets.

On the Australian version of the single Kylie is wearing that dress on the cover, but for the British sleeve (shown above) she's just wearing her typical eighties clothing.
Kylie Minogue - Tears On My Pillow (1990)
Tears On My Pillow was the final single to be released from Enjoy Yourself in January 1990 (Nov 1989 in Australia) and also featured on The Delinquents soundtrack, a film in which she starred. The Doo-Wop song was originally recorded in 1958 by Little Anthony And The Imperials and reached #4 in the U.S. Kylie's cover topped the UK singles chart in January 1990 and also reached #35 in Canada.
What's Kylie Up To These Days?

During 2012, Kylie released a new album entitled Kylie: The Abbey Road Sessions. Produced by Steve Anderson, a full orchestra was used to recreate her hit songs.

During 2014, Kylie released her Twelfth studio album Kiss Me Once along with three singles Into The Blue, I Was Gonna Cancel and Crystalize, with only Into The Blue becoming a major UK hit reaching #12.
The Best Of Kylie Minogue
Kylie's 2012 Best Of album has a very 80s style sleeve with a stone-washed denim jacket covered in button badges. However, the compilation also features many hits from more recent decades including Can't Get You Out Of My Head and Wow.
Team Kylie T-Shirt

 

Kylie Calendar 2014