Kylie Said to Jason

"Kylie Said to Jason" was a 1989 single by The KLF, referring to Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan, then stars in the popular Australian TV soap opera Neighbours. Designed for chart success, the single nonetheless failed to enter the UK top 100.

"Kylie Said to Jason"
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The sleeve of "Kylie Said to Jason", featuring a still from The White Room
Single by The KLF
Released31 July 1989
GenreElectropop
Length7:04
LabelKLF Communications (UK)
Songwriter(s)Jimmy Cauty, Bill Drummond
Producer(s)The KLF
Drummond & Cauty singles chronology
"3 a.m. Eternal (Pure Trance)"
(1989)
"Kylie Said to Jason"
(1989)
"Last Train to Trancentral (Pure Trance 5)"
(1990)

BackgroundEdit

In 1989, The KLFBill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty — embarked upon the creation of a road movie and soundtrack album, both titled The White Room, funded by the profits from their number one hit single, "Doctorin' the Tardis".[1] The film project was fraught with difficulties and setbacks, including dwindling funds. Ultimately, neither the film nor its soundtrack would be formally released, but one track from the aborted album, "Kylie Said to Jason", saw commercial release.

"Kylie Said to Jason" was intended to be a top 10 record which The KLF were hoping could "rescue them from the jaws of bankruptcy".[2] Instead, it flopped commercially, failing even to make the UK top 100 and forcing the entire film and soundtrack project to be put on hold.[2] The release however did peak at number 6 on the UK Indie Singles Chart during August 1989.

CompositionEdit

"Kylie Said to Jason" ( sample ) is an electropop record whose title and lyrics allude to Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan ("Scott and Charlene"), then stars in the popular Australian TV soap opera, Neighbours. The lyrics also feature references to Archie Bunker, Todd Terry, Rolf Harris, Skippy the Bush Kangaroo and BBC comedy programmes The Good Life and Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em.

Drummond and Cauty confessed that on "Kylie Said to Jason" they had worn "Pet Shop Boys infatuations brazenly on [their] sleeves".[3] True to this claim, the lush synth chorus and house piano recalls several Pet Shop songs, while the rap vocal recalls "West End Girls" or "Left to My Own Devices".

The CD single release of "Kylie Said To Jason" also premiered the track "Madrugada Eterna" which would later be a central piece on The KLF's ambient house album, Chill Out. "Madrugada Eterna" (meaning "eternal dawn" in Spanish) is an ambient piece, featuring pedal guitar played by Graham Lee, and samples a detailed news report of a fatal road accident from American radio.

ReviewsEdit

Mentioning "Kylie Said to Jason" retrospectively, Q magazine called the song "supremely wry",[4] and NME called it "Pet Shop Boys-lovely".[5]

Formats and track listingsEdit

"Kylie Said to Jason" was first released in the UK by KLF Communications on 31 July 1989.[6] The CD single was released on 7 August.

Given the poor sales of the recording, and the subsequent increase in interest in The KLF, the CD single of "Kylie Said to Jason" became a moderately valuable collectors' item, a mint condition copy being worth £30 in 2000.[7]

Format (and countries) Track number
1 2 3 4 5
7" Vinyl: KLF 010 (UK) KE KTE
12" Vinyl: KLF 010T/010P/PROMO2 (UK) K KT
CD Single: KLF 010CD (UK) KE ME KT
"The Remixes" 12" Vinyl: KLF 010R (Export) TKE KIT KSH
"The Remixes" 2x12" Vinyl: KLF 010RR (UK)[8] TKE KIT KSH KITE KITER
VHS Video: KLFVT 010 (UK; promo) KE

Key

  • K - "Kylie Said to Jason" (7:04)
  • KE - "Kylie Said to Jason (edit)" (3:58-4:01)
  • KIT - "Kylie In A Trance" (3:26)
  • KITE - "Kylie In A Trance (extended)" (6:56)
  • KITER - "Kylie In A Trance (remix)" (6:56)
  • KSH - "Kylie Said Harder" (5:24)
  • KT - "Kylie Said Trance" (5:58)
  • KTE - "Kylie Said Trance (edit)" (3:56-3:58)
  • ME - "Madrugada Eterna" (7:52)
  • TKE - "Trance Kylie Express" (7:11)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Mellor, Christopher (February 1989). "Beam Me Up, Scotty – How to have a number one (The JAMs way)". Offbeat. Archived (via the Library of Mu) on 24 August 2007.Wikipedia:WikiProject The KLF/LibraryOfMu/94
  2. ^ a b "The White Room - Information Sheet Eight". KLF Communications. August 1990. Archived (via the Library of Mu) on 5 October 2007.Wikipedia:WikiProject The KLF/LibraryOfMu/508
  3. ^ Indie Top 20 Volume 8 (Sleeve notes). Various Artists. Beechwood Music. 1990. TT08.CS1 maint: others (link)
  4. ^ George, Iestyn (March 1991). "The White Room". Q (review). No. 54. Archived (via the Library of Mu) on 16 September 2016.Wikipedia:WikiProject The KLF/LibraryOfMu/206
  5. ^ "Tate tat and arty". NME. 20 November 1993. Archived (via the Library of Mu) on 16 September 2016.Wikipedia:WikiProject The KLF/LibraryOfMu/359
  6. ^ Longmire, Ernie; et al. (2020) [1998]. "Discography: The KLF (including The JAMS, The Timelords, 2K etc.)". Archived from the original on 29 February 2020.
  7. ^ Hamlyn, Nick (2000). The Penguin Price Guide for Record & CD Collectors (4th ed.). Penguin Books. p. 548. ISBN 978-0140514667.
  8. ^ Tracks 4-5: "tracks/titles unconfirmed", according to the KLF discography.

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