“In my imagination there is no complication, I dream about you all the time.” So starts the words of one of the greatest pop songs of the late eighties - I Should Be So Lucky by Kylie Minogue
When we last wrote about a guilty pleasure (see here) we suggested that many such delights are one hit wonders. Far from it with Kylie Minogue. Not only has she had hit after hit but she went on to produce one of the greatest pop songs and videos of this decade in Can’t Get You Out Of My Head. We wrote about this song for another blog (here). Can’t Get You Out Of My Head was no guilty pleasure though. It was a classic piece of throbbing robot pop. I Should Be So Lucky however has a big whiff of mature cheddar about it that was served up with a musical toast by three pop waiters who dominated the charts in the back end of the eighties. Stock Aitken and Waterman allegedly wrote the song in forty minutes and then recorded it with Kylie an hour. It went on to be a worldwide hit, topping the charts in Australia, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Switzerland and the UK, where it was the third biggest selling single of the year.
Stock, Aitken and Waterman are one of the most successful song writing and producing teams of all time, having scored over one hundred UK top forty singles. It can also be argued that they have produced some of the greatest guilty pleasures known to man. Never Gonna Give You Up by Rick Astely, You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) by Dead Or Alive, Too Many Broken Hearts by Jason Donovan, and Venus by Bananarama were all conceived by these three pop dukes. Their template was simple - high energy dance synth pop that sounded good in mainstream clubs and on the radio, with a production line output. It worked time after time.
Stock Aitken and Waterman were the springboard for Kylie Minogue in the UK. Her first splash came with this song. Years later however, in a vastly different form, I Should Be So Lucky showed that it has longevity as a song, that Kylie Minogue is a performer of the highest order and that Kylie is a far far sexier performer than the firework nipple spouting Lady Ga Ga or the whoops I've just shown my minge Britney Spears. (See video below). Kylie we salute you. Hardly a guilty pleasure at all really.