“It’s Friday, Friday, gotta write ‘Song Of The Week’ on Friday” as a wise popfool known as Rebecca ‘Godbecca’ Black once sung. She was right about our writing habits; it IS Friday and it IS song of the week time. We bring you a retro choice this week from one of Britain’s best-loved Australian popstars (sorry, Holly Valance) – IT’S BLOODY KYLIE TIME!!!!
Kylie – queen of the gays, disco, and WOW WOW WOW WOW. Right? Well, half-right. If you aren’t a close follower of Kylie’s career, you may be completely unaware of what fans call ‘indie Kylie’ – the period during the mid-90s when she found a new record label (dance label Deconstructed) and started messing around with such friends as the Manic Street Preachers and Nick Cave. The ‘indie Kylie’ albums, self-titled Kylie Minogue (1994) and Impossible Princess which, due to the death of Princess Diana was in the UK renamed to the highly-original Kylie Minogue (1997), are definitely worth a listen. We were driving down to Brighton last Friday, and with our iPod plugged in to the car stereo, which song should pop up but this one? Just as we reached our final destination of central Hove. Combined with the sun and the endless possibilities of a bank-holiday weekend away, we have now fallen head-over-heels in love with I Don’t Need Anyone.
I Don’t Need Anyone was indeed one of the Manic Street Preachers tracks, and it’s hard to pin your finger down on exactly why it sounds so glorious and so regal. It was never released as a single, sadly. A video for this song would be amazing. Writing from the perspective of 2013, it does sound a little dated, but not in a bad way. It’s refreshing to hear the Minogue sing a song which isn’t dance-pop or disco and which revolves around slightly more than Spinning Around or WOW WOW WOW WOW. The hook of ‘I don’t need anyone / except for someone that I don’t know’ is delicious as it coincides with the period of time when our Kyles just may have been partying like crazy with various illegal substances and various men. Lovely.
Anyway, do yourself a favour and listen to this song before judging it. Kylie may have successfully rebranded herself now as Disco Aunt, but her back catalogue is full of gems like this. Fortune favours the brave.