All week I am sharing my favourite Dannii tracks to celebrate her 50th birthday on 20th October 2021. Whether you were a fan from the ‘Love and Kisses’ days or only came on board with the ‘Neon Nights’ era, come and get it with numbers 20 to 11. First remind yourself of 50-41, 40-31 and 30-21.
20. So Under Pressure
The song that headed up ‘The Hits and Beyond’ album, is a mid-tempo bop that hides dark lyrical content. Dannii wrote this track about the pressure she felt with both one of her best friends and her sister battling cancer. The video sees Dannii in a box and with a constricting snake to represent that feeling of pressure closing in.
19. Come and Get It
The hidden track on ‘Neon Nights’ was written with Jean-Claude Ades (JCA) who wrote ‘I Begin To Wonder’. It was given a limited promo single release in Germany on CD and vinyl in 2004 and remains a collectable item today. Dannii’s vocal is very soft and seductive on this one.
Another hidden track this time on ‘Girl’ and this time it got a single release at least in Australia. A bonkers cover of a bonkers song, it mixes calypso with heavy dance beats, horns and lyrics about lime and coconuts?! The original was released by Harry Nilsson in 1971 peaking at 42 in the UK.
17. Everything I Wanted
The second single from the ‘Girl’ album sees Dannii taking a step into the drum n bass arena. With a black and white video made from home video footage from Dannii’s road trip with then beau Steve Shaw to Las Vegas. It peaked at 15 on the Official UK Singles Chart.
16. Don’t Wanna Lose This Groove
In the early Noughties, Dannii really got in to her mash ups and managed to get permission from Madonna to use ‘Into The Groove’ with her ‘Neon Nights’ track ‘Don’t Wanna Lose This Feeling’ to create a fresh-yet-retro sounding pop record that helped Dannii to No.5 on the UK Chart.
15. Show You The Way To Go
Dannii covers the Jackson 5 for the lead single to her second album and it’s a mid-tempo hug of a song. Dannii is in fine voice as she shimmers on the bridges in particular. The video saw Dannii with her new blonde streaks in her fringe on this track that was released in aid of The Spastics Society.
14. Jump To The Beat
Another cover, but this time Dannii’s taking it to the disco with her take on 1980’s hit ‘Jump To The Beat’. It reached No.8 in the summer of 1991, not quite able to match the No.3 peak of the original but gave Dannii a third consecutive Top 20 UK hit.
13. This Is The Way
The fourth single from ‘Get Into You’ has 70s strings and a euphoric chorus complete with horns. Like ‘This Is It’ before it, the video featured her then hubby, Julian McMahon, and this time Dannii was escaping the busy city life (and creepy stalker) to drive, and bike to Julian in his country retreat. Should have been a much bigger hit than it’s No.27 peak.
12. Goodbye Song
The b-side to ‘Don’t Wanna Lose This Feeling’ is an in-your-face kiss off bop that should’ve received a single release, let alone made it on to ‘Neon Nights’ proper. Electro twiddles galore and Dannii at perhaps her feistiest, it is an empowering track for anyone who’s had enough of their partner.
11. Love and Kisses
The song that launched Dannii’s solo career, released in 1990 in Australia, us Brits would have to wait until the following Spring to hear what Kylie’s little sister sounded like. More US R&B-influenced than pure pop that’s for sure, but still with a sweetness to it. Some great choreography and a cool leather jacket in the video set the tone for a funkier Minogue.
Come back tomorrow to see the Top 10.