Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Kylie's #93 Christmas Smash!

The UK singles chart is positively overrun with Christmas tunes this year. The usual suspects are all represented (Mariah's "All I Want For Christmas Is You", Band Aid and Wham's fabulous "Last Christmas") but my favourite dose of festive cheer is currently lodged at #93. In one of the year's most amusing chart quirks, Kylie's seven year old cover of Eartha Kitt's "Santa Baby" has been downloaded enough times in the lead up to Christmas to break into the top 100. If, like me, you prefer your Yuletide happy and very GAY, then it's hard to go past "Santa Baby" for a bit of harmless festive cheer.

Kylie's camp Christmas carol originally appeared alongside her 2000 top ten hit "Please Stay". Much maligned by fans and critics, I've always had a soft spot for Kylie's lame attempt to jump on the Latin bandwagon. "Please Stay" is pure pop fun, the video remains a trash classic (who can forget Kylie's slow motion slide down the fireman's pole?) and the CD Single was a most unusual package with the loungetastic "Good Life" and "Santa Baby". From memory "Please Stay" even came with a calender! Given the single's December release, Kylie ended up performing "Santa Baby" several times on British TV including a camp rendition on Top Of The Pops.

While the studio version of "Santa Baby" originates from 2000, Kylie had already performed the song a year earlier for Australian soldiers during her tour of duty in East Timor! The 90s really were a weird and wonderful time for Minogue senior and the televised "Tour For The Troops" concert remains one of my favourite Kylie moments of that entire decade. Kylie looks adorable in her sexy santa wrap and the salivating soldiers make the entire experience slightly surreal. Enjoy Kylie belting out "Santa Baby" and "Rockin' Robin" for the troops in the clip below:


Fans might also enjoy Kylie's duet with John Farnham from the same concert. "Santa Baby" is available to download from Australian and UK iTunes now.

10 comments:

D'luv said...

I've always loved "Please Stay," too! It's very understated for her, and wasn't a huge hit, but it's pretty. Like her p***y.

Mike said...

It's definitely one of my favourite songs from "Light Years". I think people were just bitter that it was chosen as a single over "Your Disco Needs You".

Miss Heide Von Binterschlappen said...

Please Stay is fabulous.

Santa Baby is awful regardless of who is singing it.

Adem With An E said...

Never liked Please Stay, but loved the cover of Santa Baby. It is certainly better than the hilariously awful Madonna one (which I still love really.)

Mike said...

Madonna's version is plain weird. I have no idea why she uses that Betty Boop voice. In all fairness, Eartha's version is still the best but I do like Kylie's breathy take.

Mari'Jean said...

Great Blog!!!

Jamie said...

You cant go wrong with the original Eartha version although these days Santa would have a heart attack if he found Eartha waiting for him whilst making a break and entry through her chimney.

'Please Stay' is made even funnier by the over-camp male dancers in the video. Like they are really interested in the Minogue.'

Mike said...

Thanks Mari'jean!

I think Santa would love to plough Eartha's moist love chimney! The entire "Please Stay" video is a camp masterpiece. The tragic dance routine on the pool table is bliss!

Tommy said...

Wow, it feels wierd thinking this was seven years ago now.. I quite liked "Please Stay" too. It's not her best, but it's got a great melody and is a great pop song for it's time, IMO..

Now that you mention it, I totally remember her doing "Santa Baby" live on Leno back in 2002. I remember doing a double take when I caught it, flipping through the channels one night..I had no idea she was going to be on TV, American TV for that matter.. Anyway, I thought she did a pretty great job with it then..

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