One of the amazing things about Kylie was how she came back
to form in the new millennium after years in the wilderness.
After her first #1 smash non of her singles charted outside
of the top ten and her tours sell out arenas on multiple
nights. In this new feature we look at how Kylie managed to
re-conquer the pop world and prove the nay-sayers wrong.
The famous gold hotpants
year was 1999 and Kylie had just been dropped by her
record label deConstruction. She hadn't had any top ten
records since 1994's Confide In Me, her concert venues
were getting gradually smaller and the glory days of the
Stock/Aitken/Waterman period were all but a distant
memory. She was on the verge of falling into obscurity.
But she wasn't about to let that happen. Kylie was about
to fight back.
Kylie's strong point had always been her fantastic pop
gems and although she had been dropped by deConstruction,
which had always been an Indie label, she was soon out
there getting a new contract with Parlophone, a label
which had big name acts on it like the Pet Shop Boys.
It's never easy staging a "comeback" and Kylie had
actually not been out of the spotlight for too long. She
had only toured in 1998 with her Intimate and Live
performance, which although the venues had not been
massive, it showed the hallmarks of the Kylie shows we
all know and love now.
Kylie set about co-writing a new album, the first since
1997's "Impossible Princess". This time the album would
be back to the good old fashion pop we had become used
to from Kylie back in her glory days.
With the help of a certain pair of 50p gold hotpants she
had purchased from a charity shop she set about changing
her image to match her new poppy style. It was glitter-rama
Light Years though would benefit from Kylie
deConstruction years. Although commercially the releases
did not do well, they did Kylie the world of good. Her
voice in particular had been much stronger than when she
left the PWL label in 1992.