Kylie Features on Greatest Duets List

2 07 2008

In this months edition of ‘Q Magazine’ they have compiled a list of the ’20 Greatest Duets Of All Time’, and Kylie’s duet with Nick Cave ‘Where The Wild Roses Grow’ has landed in an impressive 3rd place.

Article taken from this months ‘Q Magazine’.

No.3 Where The Wild Roses Grow – Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds & Kylie Minogue

It was inevitable that the mordantly gloomy Nick Cave should release an album called ‘Murder Ballads’, the fact that it featured a collaboration with Kylie Minogue, in which the wholesome pop princess’s protagonist had her head staved in with a rock, was altogether more shocking.

In reality the pairing wasn’t so surprising. Cave was a confirmed admirer of his fellow Antipodean. “Kylie Minogue is the greatest thing that has happened to Australian music,” he said, even going so far as to invite her to recite the lyrics of her Number 1 single ‘I Should Be So Lucky’ at a London Royal Albert Hall poetry marathon in June 1996. Minogue’s rock’n’roll credibility, meanwhile, had shot up following a fling with famously dissolute INXS singer Michael Hutchence (she was reputedly the inspiration for the band’s ‘Suicide Blonde’ single).

The song – recorded at London’s Abbey Road studios – was an ornate waltz through the obsession of two lovers, the virginal Eliza Day (Minogue) and Cave’s unnamed older character. Consumed by her beauty, Cave decides that she must die because he can’t bear the possibility of one day losing her. Stock, Aitken and Waterman it wasn’t.

It also changed the lives of both singers. Minogue later credited Cave with giving her the confidence to express herself as an artist. “Nick taught me to never veer too far from who I am, but to go further, try different things,” she said. Her next album 1997’s ‘Impossible Princess’ was the first time she received a writing credit on every track.

Cave’s career took a slightly more surreal turn. Critically respected, he had never before troubled the Top 40 singles chart. ‘Where The WIld Roses Grow’ found him being introduced to Top Of The Pops by Hale & Pace to sing his dark tragic ballad alongside the likes of D:Ream and Simply Red. “I may have the odd eight-year-old asking for my autograph, which is a bit embarrasing,” Cave said ruefully soon afterwards, “but it was worth it!”

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2 07 2008
naomi

oh yeah
come on Kylie and knew she would be at the top somewhere

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