Single Of The Week 21/02/97

Single Of The Week is where I review a single I'm particularly enamoured of at the moment. It might be a brand spanking new release, or a classic from decades past that I just feel like going on about.

What Kind Of Fool
Kylie Minogue
PWCD 241

It's always been a mystery to me why Kylie Minogue never released 'I Should Be So Lucky' in the States. Having managed to send her cover of 'The Locomotion' into the Top 10, she chose to follow not with the aforementioned and ridiculously hummable number, but with 'It's No Secret', a song that wasn't even released as a single in Australia or the UK. The end result was that her US career stalled permanently. Had she made a different decision, she could well be a mega-successful US commodity by know, and Toni Braxton would never have got to spend 12 weeks or so at #1.

But I digress from the subject at hand, which is Kylie's last single release under the mega-productive hands of Stock, Aitken and Waterman (although Aitken had actually departed at the time this ditty came out). 1992's 'What Kind Of Fool' is also notable as the only Kylie single from her SAW-era career which she had a hand in writing.

Obviously, Messers Stock and Waterman were paying their usual lack of attention to the lyrics that our Kyles penned, which seem like nothing less than an out and out rejection of the whole Waterman production-line ethos: "Whenever I hear your music/Singing the same old tune/You're so sure that I can't refuse it/But don't you speak too soon."

'What Kind Of Fool' was not Kylie's most successful single, although it was, like practically all her work with SAW, a frothy, infectious and eminently danceable pop number. It rates a mention here as the only Kylie single I have on CD, and because I like it. So ya boo sucks to the lot of you.

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