Track of the Day: Dannii Minogue – “All I Wanna Do”
It’s been a while since we showed the other Minogue some love, so I thought it’d be best to revisit the song that launched Dannii Minogue onto the dance floor. The lead single from Girl, “All I Wanna Do” gave Dannii more sex appeal — complete with a blonde look — while Girl launched her into a new genre. The hidden gem in pop music, Girl provided listeners with an array of electronic sounds. From trance (“So In Love With Yourself”, a remake of Harry Nilsson’s “Coconut”) to club tracks (“Disremembrance”, “Someone New”), Dannii’s third album gave her a new sound. Brian Higgins and his crew crafted a signature song, written by Xenomania (known for Cher’s 1998 worldwide hit, “Believe”), for the younger Minogue. After becoming familiar with the club scene, Minogue began working with Higgins and others who would produce a style that would eventually lead Dannii into becoming the Queen of Clubs. Since the song’s premiere in 1997, Dannii has showcased it on tour, performed a trance mix at Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in 1998, and reinterpreted it as a moving ballad when G-A-Y moved to its current location at Heaven.
This music video is one of my favorites post-Get Into You, mainly because it sees Dannii’s transition into adulthood. No longer under the cute girl image that stemmed from Love and Kisses, Dannii’s image transformed sexually throughout the album’s campaign. “All I Wanna Do” featured Dannii in a fun and vibrant room, singing on the phone and playing with a fish and a cat. To compare how far things have progressed, part of the video takes place on a bulky computer with viewers gazing intently on the screen. “All I Wanna Do” reached number four on the UK charts, while also being a number one club hit that set off a string of dance hits. From that moment on, Minogue reigned as Queen of Clubs with every single post-All I Wanna Do being a club hit.
“All I Wanna Do” is taken from Girl, available at HMV.