At London’s Hammersmith Apollo within the spring of 2001, Kylie Minogue previewed a beforehand unheard tune.
Whereas new materials would not at all times obtain fairly the identical enthusiasm in a dwell setting as fan favourites – significantly when you might have a again catalogue of bangers similar to Kylie‘s – this was Cannot Get You Out Of My Head, an instantaneous earworm like nothing she had recorded earlier than, a tune that was quickly to tackle a lifetime of its personal.
Rob Davis, former Mud glam-rocker turned acclaimed pop and dance songwriter, was within the crowd to see it carried out on stage, earlier than Minogue had even recorded it. “It was actually thrilling,” he says. “It went down amazingly. It is fairly sing-along, is not it, so I feel individuals obtained the gist shortly. And it is Kylie, individuals love her, do not they?”
The earlier yr, with three-and-a-half minutes of shiny disco pop helped by a pair of teeny gold hotpants, Minogue had firmly reinstated herself as one in all our most beloved music stars, following her mid-90s interval experimenting with the nonetheless sensible (Confide In Me stays one in all her greatest) however much less commercially pleasant Indie Kylie. Spinning Round was glitzy and enjoyable and immediately propelled the singer again to the highest of the charts – but when this was Minogue’s “comeback”, we hadn’t seen something but.
La la la, la la la la la: 20 years in the past, in September 2001, Cannot Get You Out Of My Head was instantly in every single place. Launched first in Australia and the next week within the UK, it spent 4 weeks at primary over right here (one in all simply two tracks that yr to remain for therefore lengthy, matched solely by Atomic Kitten’s Entire Once more) and 30 weeks within the High 40 in complete, in line with Official Charts.
One other charts reality? It took simply over 4 months to promote 1,000,000 – examine that with 25 years for her second biggest-selling UK hit, 1989’s loved-up duo with Jason Donovan, Particularly For You. Around the globe, it’s estimated to have bought greater than 5 million copies.
It was a second in music the place the celebs aligned: a tune we aptly could not get out of our heads; a slick, futuristic video with easy, virtually robotic choreography (the beginning of Kylie’s jerky, face-up-close-to-the-camera strikes she grew to become recognized for across the interval of Fever, her eighth album); and one other unforgettable outfit within the type of her hooded, slashed-to-the-navel white jumpsuit.
Plus in fact, the magic of Kylie.
It began in a garage-turned-studio at Davis’s then residence in Epsom, Surrey. Davis – who contains Spiller’s enormous summer time 2000 hit Groovejet (If This Ain’t Love), that includes Sophie Ellis-Bextor, and dance traditional Toca’s Miracle, additionally launched in 2000, on his CV – co-wrote the observe with Cathy Dennis, one other former pop star turned acclaimed songwriter. It was the primary time they’d ever labored collectively.
“It was simply a type of days the place every thing labored,” he says. “It was all written as we went, no preconceived concepts or something. All I began with was a 125 drum loop… and I performed a little bit of guitar and [Dennis] got here in with the ‘I Simply Cannot Get You Out Of My Head’ factor immediately. Regularly, we wrote it in sections on the keyboard. With quite a lot of dance music, you might have an entire backing observe first. However we did not, we regularly wrote it from high to backside as we went alongside.”
Eschewing the standard verse-chorus-verse sample, Cannot Get You Out Of My Head has an uncommon construction. “It is humorous as a result of on the time one in all my publishers stated to me, ‘the place’s the refrain?’ as a result of it is available in with totally different hooks… this was virtually chorus-bridge-chorus. However there is no guidelines, actually. It is a good instance, Cannot Get You Out Of My Head, that you may go anyplace.”
Davis says he and Dennis had a great feeling concerning the tune, knew that in the proper arms it might do very properly. “However there’s different songs I have been enthusiastic about that have not carried out as properly,” he says. So he did not let himself get too excited.
The tune was initially despatched to Ellis-Bextor’s workforce, who reportedly handed, and S Membership 7 have been stated to have been within the operating at one level, too. Ellis-Bextor, says Davis, is a good friend and “at all times has a smile” when it comes up; the tune that obtained away.
“I do not suppose it might have been as huge with anyone else,” he says. “It simply labored for her brilliantly.” Minogue’s A&R consultant needed it instantly and, in line with a 2012 interview with The Quietus, it took simply 20 seconds of listening to the demo for the star herself to be hooked. She went to Davis’s storage studio to document it.
“It was a candy second, she was very nice,” says Davis. “She introduced her personal meals – smoked salmon and stuff like that, from a deli – and introduced sufficient for everyone. It was all carried out within the storage, simply me and Cathy producing it. It was carried out in bits however she’d already learnt it – she’s very professional, Kylie. She’d carried out it dwell earlier than, routined it for the [Hammersmith] dwell gig, which was actually cool. So she already knew the tune rather well.”
5 months after the tune’s launch, Minogue carried out it on the Brits, a mash-up with New Order’s Blue Monday, arriving on stage on an enormous Kylie CD. She gained the awards for greatest worldwide feminine and album, for Fever. On the MTV Europe Music Awards later in 2002, she was named greatest pop act and greatest dance act.
“The entire buzz round it was unimaginable,” says Davis. “It was a tremendous time. I feel now, it is thought-about an iconic tune for her.” Davis and Dennis additionally wrote Come Into My World, one other observe on Fever, which gained a Grammy in 2004.
Cannot Get You Out Of My Head even broke by way of to the NME Awards and was nominated for greatest single that yr. As Minogue has put it herself, the tune “kick-started an entire totally different part in my profession”. The music has by no means stopped, with the star releasing her fifteenth album, Disco, in 2020 – and turning into the first woman to top the UK album chart across five decades.
“Wow. I imply, WOW!!! What a second in my lifetime,” she stated, sharing a clip from the Cannot Get You Out Of My Head video on social media to mark the Australia launch earlier this month. “I have been singing it ever since!!!”
Have not all of us?