Sunday, February 14, 2016

Songoftheday 2/14/16 - In my imagination there is no complication, I dream about you all the time...


"I Should Be So Lucky" - Kylie Minogue
from the album Kylie (1988)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #28 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 4

Today's song of the day was the first American hit for Australian singer/actress Kylie Minogue, who grew up in Melbourne, appearing on various soap operas and kiddie shows (one with sister Dannii) before landing a role on the Australian soap opera Neighbours. With a massive following that culminated in the "Luke and Laura" -style wedding of the season on the show, Kylie participated in a charity concert of actors in the show that would get her a recording deal. The song she performed, a cover of the 60s teen-pop classic "The Loco-motion", would end up spending seven weeks atop the Australian singles chart (and later on conquer the world in re-recorded form). With this success in hand, she jetted over to London, where she was put together with pop producing kings Stock Aitken and Waterman, who according to themselves penned her next single "I Should Be So Lucky" in less than an hour. Nevertheless, the bubbly pop track had amazingly tight wordplay and the schlageresque chord changes won over European audiences, and even got America on board...


"I Should Be So Lucky" became Kylie first American top-40 pop hit in July of 1988. The single also climbed to #10 on Billboard's Dance Club Play chart. Internationally, the song hit #1 in the British singles chart for five weeks, while also spending six weeks atop the chart in her native Australia. It also scored two weeks at #1 on both Ireland and Germany, and made the top ten in France (#4), New Zealand (#3), Belgium (#8), Austria (#4), Finland (#1), Norway (#5), and Switzerland (#1).

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Here's the extended mix of "I Should Be So Lucky" that made the top ten on the American dance charts...


Kylie's brought out "I Should Be So Lucky" in just about every one of her amazing live tours (trust me, if you haven't seen her recent live performances, you haven't lived). Here's her first solo tour in 1989...


...here she is again in 1994 for her Let's Get To It tour...


Kylie slowed down the pace for her Intimate and Live show in 1998...


Her 2001 Fever tour, which was her first to really show her artistic range, transformed the song into a whirling rave in a medley with track "Dreams"...


The Showgirl show (and its post-cancer successor Showgirl The Homecoming) was Kylie's best yet, featuring her dancers signing to the song...


For the Showgirl Homecoming performance she added a little Yazz and the Plastic Population to the mix...


Here's Kylie on her 2014 Kiss Me Once tour...


...and finally, her studio performance on her acoustic Abbey Road Sessions album...


Up tomorrow: Reggie is calling it quits.


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