“You can do the work and the result isn’t there. You have to keep trying”
in the game. Her go-to reply was a lyric from the album: “We’re not young, we’re not old, we’re golden.”
Upon reflection, Minogue says of being 50, “It’s about taking ownership of it. You can’t pretend it’s not happening – it’s about having a different mindset and a different attitude.”
Even by her lofty standards, Golden has been a major success. As well as reaching number one in Australia and returning her to commercial radio with the hit ‘Dancing’, the country-tinged pop album has been particularly embraced in the UK, where it’s gone gold and now spawned five singles.
“You just never know how something will go until it gets out there,” she says. “You just can’t force a project to do something that isn’t its destiny. What has transpired has been brilliant.”
An eternal hustler, Minogue has been promoting and touring the album relentlessly, from gay festivals in California to stadium shows across the UK and Europe. “It’s been a crazy, busy year. But I’ve had crazy, busy years that were not as successful, like with [2014’s Kiss Me Once]. It’s only time and distance where you can reflect upon those things. You have to go into every campaign the same way because you don’t know in advance what will happen. Sometimes you have a feeling. I did think Golden was a risk worth taking, but you can do all the work and the result isn’t there. It might come later. But you have to keep trying. I look at some actors’ work, and they do a lot of movies to get to the one that strikes gold. It’s the same with albums.”
Golden contains a song called ‘Shelby ’68’, a nod to her father Ron’s beloved car. Her parents are notoriously media-shy, stealthy at avoiding red carpets and politely refusing interviews. “People have realised they’re just not interested in the attention,” she says. “They were hoodwinked into it a couple of times in the early days, back in the beginning. It would have scared the life out of them, particularly my mum. She barely likes being in pictures at home. How Dan