Saturday, June 16, 2012

La Toya Vs Kylie - Who Did Locomotion Better?


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?

11 comments:

Darkwing Duck said...

"Could your fave shuffle across the stage like a bedazzled crab?"

And that's why I read this blog.

Toy Toy for the win!

John said...

How amazing is that Kylie performance? It kind of reminds me of Peter Brady on the Brady Bunch when they formed a singing group and his voice cracked during the recording. LaToya wins simply on the merits of not sucking as much as usual.

tommie said...

Kylie can't even sing live! And La Toya rewrote parts of it!

Queen Toy Toy wins.

Anonymous said...

LaToya is REALLY into it. ToyToy +1

Matt said...

la toya's version is truly haunting!

Petra said...

Great insight: I never realized they both were "cursed To live in the shadow of a more succesful sibling"

Me said...

I love Queen Toy's revolutionary version but it is put into the shade by Kylie's epic Showgirl / Homecoming version. However, I'm not too fond of the SAW versions and detest the original Australian version and mixes so Toy wins!

Aaron said...

You're all wrong. Atomic Kitten did it best.

Anonymous said...

this kind of ridiculousness is the reason i read this blog!

Mike said...

Looks like Toy wins this one!

Anonymous said...

Kylie went to number 1 in 20 countries with this song, while LaToya performed it to an audience of 8....