In an attempt to wash the unpleasant taste of my last post out of our collective mouth I present this pure, unbridled, unabashed squeeing.
Kylie Minogue – Love At First Sight (2001)
“‘Cause baby, when I heard you, for the first time…”
Jingoistic appreciation for my fellow Australian aside, I’m not sure it’s entirely cool to unironically like Kylie Minogue music videos (a majority of fellow hard rock/grunge enthusiasts would answer with a firm “No“) but, here we are.
I’m gonna walk you through why this music video for the song Love At First Sight is the shit.
First and foremost, that outfit.
Tight white singlet paired with baggy cargo pants. What a winning combination. The only way it could be any more perfect is if this quintessentially late 90’s combo was worn over a matching underwear set.
Which it is.
The matching black and orange set, that I’m sure comes from the LoveKylie Intimates range, matches perfectly with her equally orange arm band, constantly swinging lanyard (which apparently has the key to my heart on it), and the weird black segments of her aforementioned cargo pants.
So yeah, those exposed bra-straps and underwear. The latter being what I assume is a g-string. Low riding pants and high riding g-strings being the style at the time. Why did this trend ever end?
On a more technical level; The simple Vectrex-esque graphics permeating every frame are somehow still understated. Low-key while also being the main running theme is a tough road to walk and it’s executed here beautifully.
Then there’s the lyrics and title.
The title: Love At First Sight.
The lyrics: “Baby, when I heard you for the first time, I knew we were meant to be as one.”
It’s called Love At First Sight, then she sings about falling in love when she hears her prospective beau for the first time. It subverts expectations and, unlike The Last Jedi, it works and is thoroughly delightful.
Finally, the enthusiasm.
JUST LOOK AT IT. LOOK AT HER.
This is peak Kylie.
That magnificent hair, those evocative eyes, that terrible dancing. And that grin. THAT GRIN! She’s totally into it. Or at least seems to be approaching a solid facsimile of real enthusiasm, which is totally enough sometimes.
So yeah, Love At First Sight by Kylie Minogue. Get into it.
As an aside; it’s funny to think that in Year 7/8 when my English or Social Studies teachers would ask me to write a 200/300 word essay I’d die inside. Now, I can bang out 300+ words about a 18 year old Kylie Minogue music video in the same time it takes me to down a pint.
That’s evolution baby!