Kylie Minogue celebrates 25 years in the music business by reinventing her back catalogue, as Cameron Adams discovers
AFTER 25 years on the job, Kylie Minogue rarely gets flustered during interviews. Her 12- month celebration of her 25th anniversary in music ( K25) has seen the singer request fans to Tweet ‘ blast from the past’ photos to share.
Last month, mid- interview, Minogue was handed one such vintage photo, circa 1985.
‘‘ It was a black and white picture from (’ 80s TV show) The Henderson Kids’’, Minogue, 44, laughs. ‘‘ I genuinely thought ‘ Who is that? That’s me. Oh my God’. There have been some crackers.’’ Minogue’s been poring over visuals for
Kylie/ Fashion a book due next month. It’s a more high- end blast from the past.
‘‘ Imagine if I put out a glossy, chic, iconic fashion book. And then Kylie: Blast From the
Past with every dodgy moment I’ve ever had. It might be bigger than the other book.’’
Trawling through her past has been a consistent theme for K25. Her Anti- Tour was something no pop star at her level has ever done – ditch the hits and perform only B- sides, forgotten album tracks and rarities.
With no costume changes, water fountains or dancers in sight, it also showcased her vocals.
K25 spawns Minogue’s most vocally driven release to date, The Abbey Road
Sessions. It features her biggest hits, reinvented. ‘‘[ Producer] Steve Anderson and myself have been hatching this plan, or at least this fantasy, for years,’’ she says.
‘‘ Unless you’re a fan and you follow everything I do, you wouldn’t be aware I sang [ jazz singer Blossom Dearie’s] Try Your Wings on [ UK TV show] Jools Holland or little things dotted throughout the past.
‘‘ This album feels like it has come at the right time. I couldn’t have recorded it 10 years ago, I wouldn’t have been as secure in myself to do it.’’
Minogue says a decade of touring has improved her singing. A handful of performances with an orchestra have seen her receive comments on her vocals.
‘‘ I’ve had people being so impressed and saying ‘ I didn’t know you could sing like that’ and they think it’s so much more difficult doing an album like this than singing a pop song on stage with everything and the kitchen sink. I can guarantee you it’s not. It’s the opposite.’’
It’s a different, more relaxed Kylie Minogue in 2012. She’s re- written the rules with K25 by releasing one- off singles ( Time Bomb) and enjoyed a tour where the more obscure a song was, the better. ‘‘ Something has changed,’’ Minogue admits.