With a total of 10 Australian number one hits, 7 UK chart-toppers and one top 40 Dutch club hit between them, it's fair to say that Kylie and La Toya are two of the most iconic pop stars of all time. Their amazing cultural legacy defies belief as does the fact that they are both still at the top of their game after four triumphant decades. You would think they would have joined forces by now but obviously the world is not ready for a duet. The superstars have, however, crossed paths - at least artistically. Kylie catapulted to fame in 1987 with a cover of Little Eva's "Locomotion". The song would go on become the highest selling Australian single of the 1980s. More importantly, it left a lasting impression on another talented diva cursed to live in the shadow of a more successful younger sibling. La Toya Jackson performed the song during her six-month residency at Moulin Rouge in 1992 and recorded a version on her Formidable live album. The question remains - who did it better?
Now I know how Sophie felt when she had to choose between her children. This is an almost impossible task. They both raised the song to glittering new heights and made it their own. Toy's version (above) showcases her legendary vocals superbly and allows her to give a master class in choreography. Could your fave shuffle across the stage like a bedazzled crab? Her outfit is wonderfully understated and that hairstyle is utter perfection. It would seem hard to beat but then I found a "live" performance from Kylie (below) and almost fainted. How amazing is her bow-covered tulle mini-skirt and that ridiculous pile of hair extensions? It's quite possibly the most fabulous outfit of the 1980s! I also like the original non-SAW production on hers better. So after minutes of serious consideration, I have to call it a tie. Thoughts?