The version released by Minogue today in 1988 was not the one she had had a hit with in her native Australia the previous year. She had performed the song at a variety night at Melbourne’s Festival Hall on 3 August 1986 with other members of the soap opera ‘Neighbours’, the cast of which she had joined earlier that year. A popular performance on the night, Minogue then made a studio recording of the song which found its way to Mushroom records, who offered her a one-single deal to release it. Mushroom had links with PWL, Pete Waterman’s record company, and the brief Mushroom gave engineer Mike Duffy (on secondment to Mushroom at the time) was to make Minogue’s recording sound like the type of music Stock Aitken Waterman were producing in the UK. Exactly a week shy of the anniversary of her performance of the song at Festival Hall, Minogue’s debut single Locomotion was issued in Australia. It went to #1 for seven weeks.
Mushroom looked to PWL for material for a follow-up, and in the autumn of 1987 Minogue was given two weeks off ‘Neighbours’ to fly to the UK to record something with Stock Aitken Waterman. As has been famously documented elsewhere, it nearly didn’t happen: The Hit Factory was simply too busy. But once Waterman recognized Minogue’s potential, she became a priority artist. In the UK, Minogue’s version of the Little Eva hit was re-recorded by Stock Aitken Waterman (and re-titled, back to Goffin/King’s original The Loco-Motion) for inclusion on her debut LP, Kylie, and saw release as her third British single – almost exactly a year after the release of her first version in Australia.
NEW SINGLES on sale from Jul. 25
Adam ANT Kings Of The Wild Frontier (CBS CBS8877)
BAUHAUS (Peter Murphy) Terror Couple (4AD AD7)
ROXY MUSIC (Bryan Ferry) Oh Yeah (Polydor 2001972)
FIVE STAR Rock My World (Tent PB42145)
Kylie MINOGUE The Loco-Motion (PWL PWL14)