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Short Attention Span Theater: Kylie Minogue – Spinning Around Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Posted by Clare in Clare, Hot chicks, music video, Short Attention Span Theater.

Short Attention Span Theater is an occasional series by Clare, wherein she chooses a music video and analyzes the shit out of it…because she can’t concentrate on anything more than eight minutes long. Join her, won’t you?

spinning around

Today, we turn our attention to that most underrated of divas, Kylie Minogue, and her 2000 masterwork, “Spinning Around.”

“Spinning Around” tells the story of a super-hot disco diva, and her gold hot pants.

Actually, there’s not much of a story. Girl puts on hot pants, girl gets the sex eyes from every dude in the club, girl writhes around on bar, girl dances with multi-ethnic crew of attractive people. You know, just your average Tuesday night.

Helmed by Dawn Shadforth (who would go on to direct the video that finally brought Kylie back to the States, “Can’t Get You Out of My Head,” which we will examine at a later date), “Spinning Around” marks the reinvention of Kylie’s image into that of a fierce disco queen. Her previous album, Impossible Princess, featured Kylie on songwriting duties and had a rockier sound. Unfortunately, it was at the time a critical and commercial disappointment. However, it has gained credibility and critical respect over time.

She reemerged on the music scene in 2000 with Light Years, the album from which “Spinning Around” comes. Critics hailed it as a near-perfect dance-pop record, and indeed it holds up well as “getting dressed to go out on on a Saturday night” music even seven years later.

Kylie’s contemporary Madonna casts a long shadow over the landscape of dance-pop, but Kylie too reinvents herself and her songs over and over again. Observe the “A Clockwork Orange” theme of a 2002 performance:

Finally, let’s talk about that wardrobe. Those magnificent gold hot pants have become iconic in their own right. They even anchor a traveling exhibition of Kylie’s wardrobe throughout her career. According to legend, the hot pants were found at a thrift shop and cost 50p–about $1. Paired with the slinky Stella McCartney tank, the look echoes the neo-disco vibe of the song.



1. steve - Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Hurray Codpiece

2. Rickey Henderson - Wednesday, February 28, 2007

I think the breast cancer made her hotter.

3. Texas Gal - Wednesday, February 28, 2007

One of my favorite Kylie songs ever- “On A NIght Like This” and “Slow” are my others. But nothing beats the gold hot pants.

4. Greek McPapadopoulos - Wednesday, February 28, 2007

I really am a fan of the gold hotpants. That’s all I really care about here.

5. K-dizzle - Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Her Chocolate Starfish. (what Edina on Ab Fab says about what Kylie flashes around to be famous)

6. Theodore Rimes - Thursday, September 16, 2010

There is something very special about Kylie Minogue, she has the power to create. We all create our future by the thoughts we think, the words we speak and the actions we take. Kylie is presenting us the way to real love, happiness, joy, peace, understanding and compassion, she holds all of that in her heart and soul.

7. Mellow - Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Kylie looks so sexy and perfect in those hot pants with her gorgeous legs and perfect bum. Anyone else can only dream of looking that hot.

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