Confide in Me
"Confide in Me" is a song recorded by Australian singer Kylie Minogue, taken from her fifth, self-titled studio album. It was released as the album's lead single on 29 August 1994, by Deconstruction and Mushroom Records; the track was written by Steve Anderson, Dave Seaman, Owain Barton, whilst production was handled by British trio Brothers in Rhythm. It was recorded in London, United Kingdom at DMC and Sarm West Studios during 1994. Musically, it is a pop song that incorporates elements of indie music, trip hop, Middle Eastern instrumentation such as strings and percussion, whilst the lyrical content talks about Minogue's earnest of seduction and manipulating people to confide into her. Upon its release, "Confide in Me" received critical acclaim from music critics. Several critics selected the track as a standout from many of her records and compilation, whilst individual reviews commended Minogue's vocals, the production and influence of Middle Eastern elements; the track received nominations at some award ceremonies, along with being listed on critic's year-end lists.
Commercially, the track experienced success in regions like Australia, United Kingdom, Ireland and New Zealand. It became Minogue's only charting single in the US during the 1990s period, having peaked at 39 on the US Billboard Dance Club Songs chart. An accompanying music video was directed by Paul Boyd in Los Angeles, California during July 1994; the song has been performed on several of Minogue's concerts, most on her 2018–19 Golden Tour. "Confide in Me" has been noted by critics and publications as one of the most iconic and innovative singles from the 1990s era, Minogue's singles history, has been recognised by authors as an important period of Minogue's career and musical "re-inventions". Alongside this, it has been sampled and covered by musicians, used in several media. After Minogue's final single release, her cover version of the Kool and the Gang's track "Celebration" with the record label PWL, she left them and signed a contract to United Kingdom dance label Deconstruction Records in 1993.
During the time of her final singles with PWl, she felt that her producers, the British trio Stock and Waterman were treating her "very much a puppet in the beginning. I was blinkered by my record company. I was unable to look left or right". "Confide in Me" was written by Steve Anderson, Dave Seaman, Owain Barton, whilst production was handled by British trio Brothers in Rhythm, whom the former two writers are members of. According to British author Sean Smith, who wrote a biography detailing Minogue's career, Brothers in Rhythm had developed a demo version of the song in just under an hour, Minogue has been travelling to her Chelsea, London home. Minogue was contacted by the members of Brothers in Rhythm to record the track, so she went to their homebase to record the track in one take. Seaman was surprised with the development process, stating to Smith. Anderson was impressed with the demo. However, some additional vocals by Minogue were recorded at DMC and Sarm West Studios in London, United Kingdom, was mixed in the same locations by Niall Flynn and Paul West.
Brothers in Rhythm were "well aware" of a crossover dynamic between pop and dance music at the time, nothing that Minogue's vocals and "willingness to experiment with music" made them able to "push the envelope" further. Brothers in Rhythm composed the track, is a pop song that incorporates elements of indie music, dance-pop, Middle Eastern instrumentation such as strings and percussion; the opening part of the track, which lasts 50 seconds, were from the original demo of the track, features an orchestral arrangement from musician Will Malone and a piano section by Anderson, performed using a Bösendorfer. The opening section features a violin solo by Gavyn Wright, where Anderson and Wright commented that the inclusion was an "improvisation" to further help the record's sound. During the song's opening and bridge section, a gated digeridoo is played by Anderson. According to Jason Lipshutz, writing for the American magazine Billboard, "'Confide In Me' continued Minogue on her path away from simplistic pop atop a swath of strings and Middle Eastern influences.
The deadpanned bridge -- "Stick or twist, the choice is yours/Hit or miss, what's mine is yours"—is delivered in a murmur that yearns for a Serious Artiste label". Jude Rogers from The Guardian gave it a similar review, "before it pivots off the hook of an early-80s cult classic", she noted that the track samples from the 1974 Jimmy Smith jazz cover of Barry White's I'm Gonna Love You Just a Little More Baby." Nick Levine from Digital Spy labelled it "Middle Eastern pop", with elements of "string-swathed dance-pop". Larry Flick labelled the sound as "atmosphere", believed it was influenced by downtempo music. Lyrically, the content talks about Minogue's earnest of seduction and manipulating people to confide into her; the message in the lyrics is that it is she who manipulates the situation between her and someone by saying "I can keep a secret/and throw away the key". It explains that, in the bridge part where she sings "Stick or twist/The
A music genre is a conventional category that identifies some pieces of music as belonging to a shared tradition or set of conventions. It is to be distinguished from musical form and musical style, although in practice these terms are sometimes used interchangeably. Academics have argued that categorizing music by genre is inaccurate and outdated. Music can be divided into different genres in many different ways; the artistic nature of music means that these classifications are subjective and controversial, some genres may overlap. There are varying academic definitions of the term genre itself. In his book Form in Tonal Music, Douglass M. Green distinguishes between form, he lists madrigal, canzona and dance as examples of genres from the Renaissance period. To further clarify the meaning of genre, Green writes, "Beethoven's Op. 61 and Mendelssohn's Op. 64 are identical in genre – both are violin concertos – but different in form. However, Mozart's Rondo for Piano, K. 511, the Agnus Dei from his Mass, K. 317 are quite different in genre but happen to be similar in form."
Some, like Peter van der Merwe, treat the terms genre and style as the same, saying that genre should be defined as pieces of music that share a certain style or "basic musical language." Others, such as Allan F. Moore, state that genre and style are two separate terms, that secondary characteristics such as subject matter can differentiate between genres. A music genre or subgenre may be defined by the musical techniques, the style, the cultural context, the content and spirit of the themes. Geographical origin is sometimes used to identify a music genre, though a single geographical category will include a wide variety of subgenres. Timothy Laurie argues that since the early 1980s, "genre has graduated from being a subset of popular music studies to being an ubiquitous framework for constituting and evaluating musical research objects". Among the criteria used to classify musical genres are the trichotomy of art and traditional musics. Alternatively, music can be divided on three variables: arousal and depth.
Arousal reflects the energy level of the music. These three variables help explain why many people like similar songs from different traditionally segregated genres. Musicologists have sometimes classified music according to a trichotomic distinction such as Philip Tagg's "axiomatic triangle consisting of'folk','art' and'popular' musics", he explains that each of these three is distinguishable from the others according to certain criteria. The term art music refers to classical traditions, including both contemporary and historical classical music forms. Art music exists in many parts of the world, it emphasizes formal styles that invite technical and detailed deconstruction and criticism, demand focused attention from the listener. In Western practice, art music is considered a written musical tradition, preserved in some form of music notation rather than being transmitted orally, by rote, or in recordings, as popular and traditional music are. Most western art music has been written down using the standard forms of music notation that evolved in Europe, beginning well before the Renaissance and reaching its maturity in the Romantic period.
The identity of a "work" or "piece" of art music is defined by the notated version rather than by a particular performance, is associated with the composer rather than the performer. This is so in the case of western classical music. Art music may include certain forms of jazz, though some feel that jazz is a form of popular music. Sacred Christian music forms an important part of the classical music tradition and repertoire, but can be considered to have an identity of its own; the term popular music refers to any musical style accessible to the general public and disseminated by the mass media. Musicologist and popular music specialist Philip Tagg defined the notion in the light of sociocultural and economical aspects: Popular music, unlike art music, is conceived for mass distribution to large and socioculturally heterogeneous groups of listeners and distributed in non-written form, only possible in an industrial monetary economy where it becomes a commodity and in capitalist societies, subject to the laws of'free' enterprise... it should ideally sell as much as possible.
Popular music is found on most commercial and public service radio stations, in most commercial music retailers and department stores, in movie and television soundtracks. It is noted on the Billboard charts and, in addition to singer-songwriters and composers, it involves music producers more than other genres do; the distinction between classical and popular music has sometimes been blurred in marginal areas such as minimalist music and light classics. Background music for films/movies draws on both traditions. In this respect, music is like fiction, which draws a distinction between literary fiction and popular fiction, not always precise. Country music known as country and western, hillbilly music, is a genre of popular music that originated in the southern United States in the early 1920s; the polka is a Czech dance and genre of dance music familiar throughout Europe and the Americas. Rock music is a broad genre of popular music that originated as "rock and roll" in the United States in the early 1950s, developed into a range of different styles in the 1960s and particular
Kylie Minogue videography
The videography of Australian recording artist Kylie Minogue, consists of 73 music videos, 6 lyric videos, 11 concert tour video releases, 11 music video compilations and 2 documentaries. Kylie Minogue filmography Kylie Minogue albums discography Kylie Minogue singles discography List of songs recorded by Kylie Minogue Kylie Minogue products List of Kylie Minogue concert tours List of awards and nominations received by Kylie Minogue Works cited The Complete Kylie, Simon Sheridan, Reynolds & Hearn Books ISBN 1-905287-89-5 Official website
Hits (Kylie Minogue album)
Hits is a compilation album by Australian recording artist Kylie Minogue. It was released in Japan, Hong Kong and the Philippines by EMI; the compilation contains songs from Light Years, Body Language, Ultimate Kylie, Showgirl Homecoming Live, X and Aphrodite, in addition to a remix of "Get Outta My Way" by Japanese electronic musician Yasutaka Nakata of capsule. A special edition was released, including a bonus DVD of music videos
Sean Moore (musician)
Sean Anthony Moore is a Welsh musician, the drummer and percussionist and occasional trumpet player of the Welsh alternative rock band Manic Street Preachers. Born on 30 July 1968 in Pontypool, Torfaen, he attended Oakdale Comprehensive near Blackwood with his cousin James Dean Bradfield, other future band members Nicky Wire and Richey Edwards. To quote the Manic Street Preachers biography by Simon Price'Everything', "Sean Moore is quite the only person in rock who doesn't take the Manics seriously", he is the quietest of the Manics, but according to his bandmates their "musical driving force". In their early days, he was mistaken for a girl due to his long hair effeminate features and small stature, he is the only current member of the Manic Street Preachers. Moore has been married to Rhian since 2000 and they have 3 children. Sean is an only child, his cousin is James Dean Bradfield. Moore has a strong interest in motoring, set the 22nd fastest lap time around the Nürburgring, Germany, in an Audi RS 4 in 8 minutes 25 seconds.
Manics singer James Dean Bradfield mentioned this before playing "Motown Junk" as part of the annual Rock am Ring festival at the track. Moore is a fan of Michael Schumacher. Sean supports Liverpool Football Club and was present when Liverpool won the first FA Cup Final to be held at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff in May 2001
Rhythm of Love (Kylie Minogue album)
Rhythm of Love is the third studio album by Australian recording artist Kylie Minogue, released on 12 November 1990 by PWL. It was recorded in the spring and summer of 1990 in Los Angeles. In contrast to her previous studio albums, Stock Aitken Waterman were the primary producers of the album, but featured new producers and collaborations including Keith Cohen, Stephen Bray and Michael Jay. At the age of twenty-two at the time, Minogue started to become independently more involved in the process of creating and arranging the project compared to her two previous efforts, resulting in the album directing her to a new path in her music career, with a more sexual image and a more dance-influenced sound. Rhythm of Love deals with many subjects including her real-time adulthood, having fun, bad boys and relationships, more. Upon its release, Rhythm of Love received positive reviews from most music critics. Many complimented it as her best work with Stock Aitken Waterman, along with critics praising Minogue herself for stepping out of her comfort zone.
The album spawned four singles, sometimes referred to as the Golden Quartet. "Better the Devil You Know" became one of Minogue's biggest successes, charting inside the top twenty in Australia, the United Kingdom, Israel and France. The music video generated a more sexual image to her career. Minogue promoted the album with her Rhythm of Love Tour in Asia; the album is considered by many to be a definitive turning point in Minogue's career, noted for beginning a departure from the bubblegum pop sound of her first two albums and showing her as a more mature, credible musical adult artist. Minogue's third album, was produced by the Stock Aitken Waterman team, along with Keith Cohen, Stephen Bray and Michael Jay, it included for songs co-written by Minogue. The album was a departure from the bubblegum pop music of its predecessors and attempted to present a more stylish and contemporary dance sound. Several of its tracks became popular hits in the clubs of the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Asia.
The album was certified gold. With a new musical direction, Minogue had the opportunity to break out of the mould her record company had created for her. Influenced by her boyfriend Michael Hutchence, lead singer of INXS, Minogue explored and presented herself in a more sexual and raunchier manner; the media dubbed this'SexKylie', as fishnet tights and dark eye makeup replaced the big hair, bright colors and Christmas ornament-like earrings. Nick Levine from Digital Spy stated musically that it's "still perky early Kylie pop, but there's a definite progression here: a dancier sound, more sax and rapping, – gasp! – tracks produced by people other than Stock Aitken Waterman.""What Do I Have to Do" was planned to be the follow-up to "Better the Devil You Know" in late 1990, but was held back after the release of "Step Back in Time" until January 1991, when a newer remix of the song was used for the single version. "I Am the One for You", written by Minogue, Phil Harding, Ian Curnow, was an unused track from these recording sessions, made available to fans on the Australian-only 1998 compilation Greatest Remix Hits 4.
After the album's release, Rhythm of Love received positive reviews from most music critics. Chris True of AllMusic describes the album as Minogue's "best work from the Stock-Aitken-Waterman era", writes that "the songwriting is stronger, the production dynamic, Kylie seems more confident vocally". Nick Levine from Digital Spy gave it a positive review, awarding the studio album four stars out of five, he stated "Rhythm Of Love is well worth another listen" and concluded saying "It's got the odd dud – stand up,'One Boy Girl' – and the pop rush fades towards the end, but this is KM's best effort yet, thanks to the continued brilliance of those singles. If you can't find something to bop to here, you need to get yourself on the NHS waiting list for a new pair of Dancing Feet." Rhythm of Love debuted at number seventeen on the Australian Albums Chart. It fell afterwards. However, when Minogue was promoting her Rhythm of Love Tour, the album climbed the chart once again and peaked at number ten. In New Zealand, the album spent a sole week on the charts at number thirty six, not becoming successful in that country.
It performed in Sweden, only peaking at number forty four on the charts there. In Spain the album peaked number twenty six and stayed in the charts for ten weeks being certified Gold there; the album's lead single "Better the Devil You Know" was released on 30 April 1990. The song received positive reviews from most music critics, with critics noting it as a highlight to the album. Many critics noted the new style of Minogue's direction. Commercially, the song was successful on the charts peaking inside the top twenty in countries including Australia, France, Ireland and the United Kingdom, being both certified in Australia and the UK; the music video was filmed in Melbourne. The video featured Minogue in mild sexually suggestive scenes with a black man, who played the role of her lover, it caused some controversy as it presented Minogue in a much more mature image than videos from earlier years. The album's second single "Step Back in Time" was released on 22 October 1990; the song "What Do I Have to Do?" was going to be released as the second single but the decision was changed to "Step Back in Time".
This song marks the first time Minogue took her music into the
Christopher Sean Lowe is an English musician, songwriter and co-founder of the synthpop duo Pet Shop Boys which he formed with Neil Tennant in 1981. Lowe attended an independent school in his home in the town of Blackpool, Lancashire, he worked in the Solarium. While there, Lowe played trombone in a seven-piece dance band called One Under the Eight, that played old-time favourites like "Hello Dolly", "La Bamba" and "Moon River". Lowe's grandfather had was a member of comedy jazz troupe The Nitwits. Lowe became a skilled pianist. Lowe studied architecture at the University of Liverpool from 1978 but never graduated, as he stated various times on television appearances and the Life in Pop documentary, due to the formation of the Pet Shop Boys. During a work placement in 1981 at a London architectural practice, he designed a staircase for an industrial estate in Milton Keynes, it was at this time. Lowe performs as the Pet Shop Boys' keyboardist. On the song "I Want A Lover" Lowe played trombone. In 1993 he produced the track "Do the Right Thing" for the footballer Ian Wright.
The song featured backing vocals by the long-time Pet Shop Boys’ backing singer, Sylvia Mason-James, the single featured remixes by Rollo. In 1995, Lowe had a cameo in the Australian soap opera Neighbours, his appearance was filmed whilst Pet Shop Boys were touring Australia. In 2004, Lowe was commissioned to do music for an advertisement for the sunscreen brand Blockhead; the song ended up in a remixed version on a "Café Mambo" chill-out compilation. In 2006, he wrote the music for the song "Streets of Berlin", featured in the revival of Bent at the Trafalgar Studios in Whitehall. In 2011, Lowe appeared as featured vocalist on Stop Modernists's cover version of the New Order song "Subculture"; this was the first time. Lowe is well known for his understated public presence wearing sportswear and with his eyes invisible behind sunglasses. In Pet Shop Boys videos and photoshoots he is seen looking on as a spectator standing behind Tennant. In live performances he interacts with the audience and stands still while playing keyboards.
In 1995, The Guardian commented that he was "possibly more famous for not doing anything than anyone else in the history of popular entertainment.". Lowe has been well known for his multiplicity of outfits, he had several different hairstyles throughout the 1980s, ranging from long to short to shaven. He regrew his hair through the 1990s to early 2000s. From 2003-2004 he sported a long style. A Guardian profile of the group from 1993 noted that Lowe's image of "silent Chris walking two steps behind singing Neil" was an intentional choice, developed in discussion with photographer and music video director Eric Watson. We realised there was something about somebody singing and somebody else doing nothing – just looking looking away – that adds a hideous tension." Official Pet Shop Boys Site Chris Lowe discography at Discogs Chris Lowe on IMDb