Kylie goes thrift shopping with Rove
Kylie appeared on the very first episode of late-night variety program Rove Live, hosted by Rove McManus, to promote the release of her 2000 album Light Years, featuring the No. 1 hits ‘Spinning Around’ and ‘On a Night Like This’.
The interview took place in an ‘Op-shop’ – a nod to the revelation that the now iconic gold hotpants she wore in the music video for ‘Spinning Around’ were purchased for 50p (although Rove mistakenly says £5 in his introduction) from an Oxfam Shop for a fancy dress party.
The interview opens with fun and playful banter between Kylie and Rove as they discuss her image and her racy music videos while browsing through the store.
The interview is intercut with clips from the music videos, illustrating Rove's sometimes cheeky comments. Recorded in 2000, both songs are good examples of 70s disco and Europop. Though the clips here are very short, the videos make great use of Kylie’s sultry screen presence in a variety of sexually suggestive and party-girl vignettes.
Kylie reveals a somewhat shy side when she considers the media attention about her sex appeal, at times unwilling to engage in the topic and calling it a ‘storm in a teacup’. However, she strikes a more forthright tone in discussing her new music, career and her relationship with her fans and how they help her stay true to herself.
The interview suggests an artist who has found her feet and determines the terms of her own career and image.
Notes by Beth Taylor