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Rant Of The Day THIS RANT 26/05/98

Rant Of The Day is where I get to mouth off about whatever I feel like for however long I like. Theoretically, I'll update my whinge/opinion piece every weekday; in practice, maybe not so often.

Minogue rarities and TV classics

As regular readers of the site know, I have a strange love/hate relationship with Dannii Minogue, which is well-exemplified by the infamous Mighty Morphin' Dannii Minogue page. Although I only own a fraction of her recorded output -- the Love And Kisses And . . . album and the 'All I Wanna Do' single -- I was nonetheless strangely drawn to what must be one of the rarer Dannii recordings when I ran into it at a second-hand store recently.

The Final Farewell -- Johnny Young And The Young Talent Teams is a sensational double-cassette pack, featuring recordings by stars from the youth talent show from its inception through to its 1989 demise. This is the place to find recordings of 'Macarthur Park' by Tina Arena, 'Hopelessly Devoted To You' by Karen Knowles, 'He's A Rebel' by Debbie Byrne, 'Power Of Love' by Mark Stevens, and 'Pressure Down' by the unfortunately named Bevin Addinsall.

Most significantly for our purposes, however, is the recording of 'Material Girl' by the woman singer coyly identified as 'Danielle Minogue'. The intersection of Dannii and Madonna is especially interesting, given that the former's recent career seems to have been modelled on that of the latter (working with major dance producers, relentlessly seeking publicity, adopting a hard woman with no clothes on attitude). And it isn't a terrible recording, although it pales next to Madonna's original.

What would be really cool is the YTT performance where Dannii duetted with Kylie on 'Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves' on CD, but this is an OK substitute in the meantime. Plus, it'll make a great kitsch decorator item when I get my place cleaned up.


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