On 11 February 2019 I set myself the challenging of reading 1001 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die by Robert Dimery (ed.) and following the book’s advice to the letter. I’ve previously read 1001 Films… and started 1001 Albums… but felt 1001 Songs… would be a sensible place to start for what I have in mind here.
My challenge is to read about one song per day and listen to it (YouTube and Spotify, I need you tonight!) before sharing my own thoughts. Some songs I will love, others I’ll hate, and I’m sure there will be those that leave me perplexed but listen to them I shall.
I’ll also try, and most likely fail, to pinpoint the best song from the 1001 on offer but I’m nothing if not foolhardy. Instead of one song, I’m predicting I’ll have about 100 favourites by the end and may have to resort to a Top 10 so far to maintain any semblance of sanity.
So long as I post everyday (including Christmas) then this challenge should come to an end on Wednesday 8 November 2021. Staying with the Barney Stinson theme I am hoping that the whole experience will prove to be…
Kylie Minogue – Confide in Me (1994)
” Confide in Me” is a song recorded by Australian singer Kylie Minogue, taken from her fifth, self-titled studio album (1994). It was released as the album’s lead single on 29 August 1994, by Deconstruction, Imago, and Mushroom Records. The track was written by Steve Anderson, Dave Seaman, and Owain Barton, whilst production was handled by British trio Brothers in Rhythm.
We’re leaving the UK today, dear reader, and making our way to Australia and to Melbourne, a fine city I can vouch for. Kylie Minogue began her career as a soap star on the series, Neighbours, before becoming a pop sensation in the late 1980s with songs such as I Should Be So Lucky. When we join Minogue in 1994 she has taken greater control of her material and released her self-titled fifth album. From there 1001 Songs have gone with the track – Confide in Me.
Confide in Me sees Minogue taking on the role of a narrator who is well-versed in the world and in love. She reaches out to another, or maybe it is to all of us, to not bury our pain and woes but to open up and share them. Minogue laments that love hurts many of us but offers solace to those that are hurting, urging them to confide in her and to share their suffering. Our narrator is trustworthy and sounds like they know the path to recovery though it is not an easy one.
Confide in Me marked a key point in Minogue’s career as she sought to be taken more seriously as a pop star. Her early hits were staples of school discos, voice of experience here, but they potentially became a stone around Minogue’s neck. Confide in Me proved to be a big success upon release and allowed Minogue to leave behind the soap star and late 1980s pop starlet to be taken seriously as an artist. The good times had only just begun for her.
Favourite songs so far: