Thursday, February 15, 2007

Put The Line In The Coconut

"Coconut" is Dannii's most tragifabulous pop moment. According to Dannii, she was inspired to cover the song while waiting in a doctor's surgery after being bitten by an insect. Apart from the refrain of "Doctor!", I don't really see the connection between the song and Dannii's terrifying medical emergency, but that's beside the point. Dannii was moved to record "Coconut" and it ended up as the hidden track on Dannii's criminally underappreciated third album, "Girl". I find the very concept of hidden tracks baffling, but releasing the hidden track as a single is simply bizarre.

In fact, just about everything about "Coconut" is crazy. The song was released as the fourth single from "Girl" in Australia well after the album was dead and buried, without a video and with even less promotion than usual. There is a video clip that plays on high rotation in Sydney gay bars but that is a fanmade montage of old material. It's not that unusual to release an underpromoted single but the quality of the the song's tracklisting is. "Coconut" contains the brilliant "Everybody Changes Under Water", "Someone New" - the mammoth 9 minute plus Japanese bonus track, as well as several rare mixes of "Heaven Can Wait". The excellent "Someone New" would have to be one of Dannii's most stunning B-sides. Its omission from the album is an utter disgrace. While "Heaven Can Wait" is one of the many fabulous tracks Dannii recorded with Xenomania before they went shit and starting working with Whores Aloud and unloaded the stinking "Giving You Up" on poor Kylie.

On its release, "Coconut" limped to #62 on the Singles Chart but became an instant gay classic. I still hear the song almost every time I go to a club. There is even a popular drug taking game, which takes the lyric "put the line in the coconut" quite literally. Not that I have any knowledge of that kind of outrageous behaviour. In any case, "Coconut" is still being played and enjoyed almost a decade later - no small feat for a song that failed to make the top 50.


Robpop said...

Oh oh! this place just keeps on getting better. I reviewed the Dannii-transition on DSTP. Just fabulous.

As for the Someone New edit. Let me first just say "lol". It was DontStopthePops 4th posting back in the early days of its creation. I used a pic of her as Lady MacBeth...

It brings back memories of the blogs early days....(think drunk, drunk and drunk).

Soooo classy. I kinda leaked this edit which is semi-official. Odd fact: along with Movin' Up it was going to be the lead single to Girl. Somehow it got lost and ended up on the Ja release of Girl. However, by accident, the extended [unfinished] was picked instead of the album edit.

I only know this cos the horse said so in LAM [Living Abroad Magazine-a london publication for Australians in London]. Back then it was the only place you could read about the Minogues. No other publication would bother to print about the sisters in those dark days of Deconstruction, Electric Circus and Eternal Records.


As for sold more in the UK on import than it did in Australia. I often wondered however why Dannii thought of releasing this strange cover over and above some excellent material on Girl. Indeed, the last two singles from Girl were perplexing. They were crap! What about Heaven Can Wait, Its Amazing, Movin' Up and the stunning So In Love With Yourself? The latter included some sibling of hers and covered by the Greek goddess Anna Bitchi.

PS. I have taken the liberty to promote your dannii transfer (not only on my blog but elsewhere) so dont get juicy on my ass if weirdo's start to appear here.

Trash Addict said...

As you well know, Dannii has never been selective about who she lets into her dirty box - so the more the merrier! Thanks for spreading the word!

So you were behind the "Someone New" edit? You've had your sticky fingers everywhere! I can't believe the song was overlooked for the album. It's an absolute corker. I actually love "Disrememberance" but I agree that "Everything I Wanted" is rubbish. "So In Love With Yourself" and "It's Amazing" would have made nice singles. That said, I have had plenty of fun times listening the craptastic "Coconut" - so no complaints!

tommie said...

I was just going to add that I didn't actually make the edit - though, it's in no way "semi-offical". The 7" edit that was due to be included on The Platinum Collection even has different lyrics! Too bad the silly whore stopped the release.

And from what I understand, Coconut wasn't really a single from Girl, but released to promote her first floptastic Greatest "Hits" album.

It's true that Someone New was going to be the lead single - it's the song that got her signed to Warner the first time around! She even filmed a cheap promotional video - it sooooo should've been a single after All I Wanna Do, but then again, Dannii and actual $ucce$$ would be too odd of an combination...

Miss Heide Von Binterschlappen said...

I do love exploring Dannii's Dirty Box! Though Coconut is vile.

Miss Halliwell said...

Caption for the 'Dannii on Phone' pic...

"Hello is that lost property?, This is Trannii Minogue here, i was wondering if you could help me. I seem to have 'misplaced' my career!...Oh, you do?! Where? Oh, down the shitter. Just as i thought!"