Saturday 6 March 2021

Better The Devil You Know

The good people at Into Creative are currently raising funds and awareness for Tiny Changes, the mental health charity set up in memory and celebration of Scott Hutchison.

Into Creative asked musical friends to cover songs from their youth that mean something to them, pairing them up with visual artists to create a video to accompany the song.

It's a great idea. I've certainly taken solace in music, programmes and films from my youth over the last year, and I know many others who have too.

Into Creative asked my sister Carla J Easton to get involved and she went all the way back to 1990 (when she was 5!) to choose Kylie's euphoric pop dancefloor smash Better The Devil You Know.

Carla has written a beautiful blog on growing up with Kylie in our family home and I thought I would write my own thoughts down to help raise awareness and funds.

Kylie is an artist whose songs have filled the Easton household since she burst on to the scene with I Should Be So Lucky. I fell for her cheeky charm and pure pop in a big way. Her 1990/91 period was incredible; Better The Devil You Know, Shocked, What Do I Have To Do and Step Back In Time was a sensational run of pop electro.

I don't think Kylie hit that kind of high again through the 90's, although I continued to follow her career as she developed, Put Yourself In My Place and Some Kind Of Bliss (indie Kylie) are favourites of mine.

Then at the turn of century Kylie hit new highs with Spinning Around, Can't Get You Out Of My Head, Love At First Sight, I Believe In You, All The Lovers, Get Outta My Way (a crazily low chart position) through to Dancing and Stop Me From Falling.

I have fond memories of my sister coming round to watch Kylie's Glastonbury set with champagne! What a pop star! Kylie's setlist, her performance and the love on display at Glastonbury was spine tingling. She deserved every second of that acclaim. 

So yeah, I've grown up fancying Kylie and loving her music. She is my pop princess, I've been to see her live on a number of occasions and I've always had amazing nights. A post COVID Kylie pop concert at the Hydro would be a dream to lift the blues. A night of singing and dancing.

And I guess that takes me back to Carla's cover and the project it is part of. A lot of people have the lockdown blues, some are coping with them, others are really struggling. Dark clouds are hanging over a lot of heads and they maybe aren't easy to shake due to the lack of social contact or lack of things we can actually do to lift our spirits.

Make sure you do reach out to family, friends or charities if you are struggling.

Check Carla's cover of Kylie below with accompanying visuals by Kris Boyle.

You can download it for FREE from Bandcamp.

And if you can, please make a donation to Tiny Changes via the Into Creative Just Giving page.

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