This little-known duet with Yorta Yorta musician and actor Jimmy Little (1937 – 2012) is a cover of The Triffids' classic from their 1987 album Calenture. The song was written by David McComb.
It comes from the compilation album Corroboration: A Journey Through The Musical Landscape of 21st Century Australia (2001). Put together by Kurt Luthy, the album brings together Indigenous and non-Indigenous musical artists across various genres.
Reinventing the song into a duet enhances the story-like feel of the lyrics. Kylie has said that she loves doing duets and Jimmy’s low, smooth vocal is beautifully distinct from Kylie’s soft register.
Where the original song has an epic feel enhanced by the strings in the arrangement, this cover is more ethereal. The delicate synthesiser line and pared-back arrangement is reminiscent of another Australian classic, ‘Under the Milky Way’ by The Church.
The compilation was originally released on the Festival Mushroom Records imprint Sputnik Records but is now owned by Warner Music Australia.
This song is a worthy addition to the many duets Kylie has recorded throughout her career. Each has had a different feel depending on who she is working with.
Past duet partners include Nick Cave, Robbie Williams, Ben Lee, The Wiggles and of course Jason Donovan.
The cover image for this song is a picture of Jimmy and Kylie taken in 2001. The unknown photographer captures the warmth evident in their duet in this simple, posed shot. The choice to include the pair’s intertwined hands in the framing speaks to the message of Reconciliation which is central to the album.
Notes by Beth Taylor