The Australian soap opera Neighbours was very popular when I was growing up and I’ve felt like Kylie Minogue has been my neighbour ever since…
Last night while keeping a bottle of wine occupied I had my quarterly stroll down musical memory lane via YouTube.
Upon eventually coming to videos by the great Kylie Minogue I had a sudden realisation.
For myself, perhaps also for anyone else who was born in the 70’s and grew up in the 80’s….
Kylie Minogue’s musical journey is my life’s journey.
What do I mean by this? Well, when Kylie first hit the airwaves in 1987 I was nine years old – all innocent, fresh-faced and not yet aware of what the big world might have in store for me.
In a pop parallel, Kylie, who was already well-known as Charlene Mitchell from the Australian soap opera, Neighbours, was a squeaky clean, untainted breath of fresh air bouncing her way to the top of the pop charts.
Two songs that show how pure Kylie was when she first started out are “I Should Be So Lucky” and “Got To Be Certain”. When I watch these now it reminds me of those years when everything was so simple. Similarly, Kylie obviously couldn’t care less about what the media thought of how she dressed, how she looked and who she was dating. Have a look and be transported back to that care-free time….
Fast forward two years to 1989 when I am 11 years old about to start at high school while everything within me and around me is starting to change.
What’s happening? Why do things have to change? Will I get through this? These are just a few of the many questions that would constantly play in my mind.
Meanwhile, in Kylie’s world, she too is changing during this time and following a similar journey as my own. The last of the innocence is left behind with “Hand On Your Heart“. There is a period of reflection on these changes with “Never Too Late” and “Wouldn’t Change a Thing“
Thankfully, we both got through it and came out the other side much stronger. There were a lot of tears shed on the way, however, before we emerged – fighting. Two songs that show this are “Tears On My Pillow” for the sad times and “Better The Devil You Know” for the end result. Have a listen, have a cry and then stick two fingers up at the world and say “I’m coming to get you!”
In the year to follow the sexy videos, naked flesh and sex took over – and that was just me! Kylie was also discovering/showing off her sexuality through her music…
The two songs “Shocked” and “Word Is Out” show how a fresh face innocent has changed and emerged as a force to be reckoned with…have a listen and get sexy!
High school ends and I go off to University still not sure of what I want to be in this crazy world. This is the time for meeting new people from different backgrounds and trying different things. Experimenting! Realising that some experiments work and some experiments don’t.
I’m lucky (very lucky) that my experiments weren’t broadcast around the world. At the same time as I was re-inventing myself, Kylie was also trying to do the same. She wanted to drop her pop princess persona and become an indie chick. I was a big fan of this experiment but it didn’t sell so well for her. Two of the songs from “Indie Kylie” that didn’t quite get her the praise that she deserved for them were “Did It Again” and “Some Kine Of Bliss”. Go on, mess your hair up, have a few beers and get listening…
The subject I studied at University wasn’t for me. I did, however, see it through to completion, I got my degree but I decided not to follow that career path. I was a people person not an engineer (sorry engineers). Kylie tried her hand at indie but again, it wasn’t for her. We both needed to just do what we were good at and what people wanted from us. After a period in the wilderness Kylie went back to her roots and I started my career in roles that would help people.
The two songs which allowed Kylie to not just return to Pop Princess status but also give the Queen Of Pop a run for her money were “Spinning Around” and “Cant’ Get You Out Of My Head”. At the same time I was making big steps to get to where I wanted to be. My outfits were, however, far less exciting…
Alas, this part of our journey is almost at an end but the future looks very promising for us both and I look forward to travelling there with Ms Minogue.
During a period of my life which had a massive turning point, Kylie released “I Believe In You” and I am so glad that she did as I needed it right then. I believe in you too Kylie…thank you!
Who are your neighbors? Are you friends with them, barely say hi, or avoid them altogether? Tell us a story — real or invented — about the people on the other side of your wall (or street, or farm, or… you get the point).
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