Sunday, November 11, 2007

Kylie & Jason - Together Again

I've been preoccupied with the other Minogue this week, with the release of "Club Disco", "Unleashed", "The Video Collection" and two re-released albums (!!) but Kylie's reunion with Jason Donovan (pictured above) for ITV's "The Kylie Show" grabbed my attention and sent me into a tailspin of nostalgia and childhood memories. Like every other kid in Australia in the late 1980s, I followed Kylie and Jason with an almost religious fervour. It's hard to explain the extent of their popularity for a brief burst of time approximately 20 years ago (FUCK!!). You had to be there; following the adventures of Scott & Charlene on Neighbours, buying Kylie & Jason's singles with your pocket money and reading about their every move in Smash Hits magazine.

While Kylie has remained at the top of her game, Jason's star faded faster than his hairline. Jason never really left the spotlight completely, appearing in various TV shows and stage productions, but most of the headlines he generates involve some kind of derogatory or revealing comment about Kylie. I'm so glad that they've managed to put the bitterness behind them. Their reunion promises to be the highlight of "The Kylie Show", the idea of them coming together after almost two decades warms my heart. Kylie is even revisiting Charlene! Apparently she's now an unemployed alcoholic (pictured below)!

Kylie and Jason will always be best remembered for their massive hit "Especially For You". And with good reason. That song remains one of Stock/Aitken/Waterman's finest ballads. As much as I love to give that golden oldie the occasional spin, I've always preferred the B-side. "All I Wanna Do Is Make You Mine" is a rambling 6 minute epic that borrows strongly (ie. blatantly rips off) "You're The One That I Want". Little more than a demo, the song sounds strangely underdone but it never fails to lift my spirits. This one goes out to everyone who cried when Scott and Charlene left Ramsey Street to live it up in Brisbane!

"The Kylie Show" premieres in the UK tonight. It has been picked up by Foxtel in Australia and will air in the very near future.

8 comments:

Poster Girl said...

Oh, I was sold at "rips of 'You're The One That I Want'"! I'm not really sure why they chose to make it 6 minutes long, but whatever--it's great and made me smile.

Mike said...

I don't understand the running time either. The song needed to be two or three minutes shorter (they could have cut the entire last minute) but I still love it. It's also something of a rarity given SAW's notorious tightness with B-sides! Glad you liked it!

J'ason D'luv said...

Maybe backstage, Kylie decided to go for an old-time bounce with Jason, and he fucked her eyebrows back into place.

Mike said...

I'm sure Kylie just whipped out her jewel encrusted syringe and gave Jase a much needed brow lift. Kylie might be a desperate, old spinster but she has her standards.

mobius said...

"fucked her eyebrows back into place"??? If he's capable of doing that she can send him over to my place!

I think the idea behind the extended mixes was that EFY was exactly 5 minutes long and AIWDIMYM was exactly 6 mins.

BTW, there's an official 7" edit of "All I Wanna Do".

Mike said...

Poor Jason probably can't even get it up without a truckload of viagra these days!

Yeah, the 7" version of "All I Wanna Do" is on the "Especially For You" vinyl single. Did it ever turn up on CD? I'll have to check all those god awful "Greatest Remixes" CDs!

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