THE LATE LATE REVIEW: KYLIE MINOGUE – FEVER

For the final review of the Pride month series, and conveniently coinciding with Glastonbury Festival, let’s go to a gay icon who was Kylie long before Miss Jenner came along and tried to take the title, and is filling the legends slot on the pyramid stage today!

Release Date: October 2001

Achievements: Number 1 in the UK, Ireland, Australia, Germany, Austria; Top 5 in the USA, Swiss, South African, New Zealand, Greek and Danish charts. A measly 7x Platinum in Australia, 5x Platinum in the UK, 2x Platinum in Canada and New Zealand along with Platinum in a smattering of other countries. Also Best International Album and International Female Act at the 2002 Brits, Best Pop Act and Best Dance act at the 2002 MTV Europe Music Awards. I think we can say this was fairly successful.

Rating: Pretty favourable reviews for Fever, although the most glowing review is the list of achievements above!

Kylie needs no introduction, although at 5’2” you probably wouldn’t be able to see her in a crowd. From her early days in soap operas like The Sullivans and The Henderson Kids (and a relatively unknown one called Neighbours) to a scheduled headline slot at Glastonbury festival in 2005 (which she sadly wasn’t able to attend because of a breast cancer diagnosis), Kylie’s success is undeniable.

So, Can’t Get You Out of My Head was released in September 2001 and hit number one in over 40 countries. This was the song which was on CONSTANTLY on my school bus when I first started secondary school. I thought that I would probably recognise one or two other tracks on this record, but there is barely a song on here I didn’t recognise; More More More, Love At First Sight, Give It to Me, Come into My World, In Your Eyes… the list goes on.

Kylie has well and truly earned her spot as a gay icon. As Juno Dawson so eloquently puts it in an article from earlier this year “Kylie’s songs are catchier than the clap”. Add the fact that she has an enduring gay fan base which she has embraced, along with a close relationship with Jake Shears of the Scissor Sisters (and an appearance with the band at Glastonbury in 2010) and her connections to the LGBT+ community are fairly concrete.

This is a totally upbeat party album, which is probably why it was such a success. If you were alive in 2001/2002 and walked past a radio at any point, I can absolutely guarantee you’ll recognise some of the tracks on this album. If you’re looking for something fun and lively to listen to, this is a safe bet.

So, will I be stood in front of the pyramid stage with thousands of other people this afternoon watching Kylie make Glastonbury 2019 her own and banging out the hits? You bet your gold hot-pants cladded ass I will be!

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