More than 15 years after its release, Kylie Minogue's Can't Get You Out Of My Head still manages to — for lack of a better phrase — do just that. The proof was in last night's pudding at the Padang, which hosted the Aussie singer after the last track activity on the first night of the 2016 Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix. 11 songs into her 19-song set, Minogue launched into one of the most infectious hooks ever formulated as the crowd roared in unison, "La la la, la la la la la".
It was an audience that was mature enough to appreciate Minogue's old stuff (as early as 1987's The Locomotion) and those who came of age during the singer's comeback era of the early 2000s (2000's Spinning Around). The younger millenials present were simply chaperones for their parents, who've shed their inhibitions for the night — such as one silver-haired (we're using the term "haired" loosely here) gentleman beside me who sang along to I Should Be So Lucky while his teenage son stood, silently bemused. He should be so lucky — at 48 years old, the post-cancer Minogue still pushes out solid vocal and dance performances after 29 years in the business.
In fact, Singapore was one of her first stops early on in her career — a factoid she shared before launching into an intimate rendition of I Believe In You, silencing the crowd for the first time. Minogue was last here in 2011 for her concert tour Aphrodite, and she's already making plans to return — despite our weather. "Mental note: Come back to Singapore as soon as possible," she exclaimed in reaction to the crowd's reception. "So you're telling me you're accustomed to this heat?"
Minogue certainly keeps temperatures rising, bursting onto stage in a backless, slinky red dress complete with a red microphone. Two outfit changes later — a toy soldier-inspired costume followed by an all-black sportswear luxe number — she emerges in a denim-on-denim ensemble. Showing off her enviable pins in a pair of hotpants, she's certainly made the night of one too many onlookers. One man notably shouted at her to "bring out the hotpants", a reference to her Spinning Around music video.
Ending the night with All the Lovers ("the song that really says it all for me") and Into the Blue, Minogue worked the stage as charmingly as how she started. Flanked by a four-man band, two backup singers (whom she brought to centre stage for Kids, her song with Robbie Williams) and backup dancers, her showmanship was consistent throughout the evening. Whether she was delivering a high octane track like Celebration or slowing things down in the seductive Slow, Minogue never misses a beat. She's a talent reminding us that in the age of short attention spans and one hit wonders, disco and dance music by a solid artist will never quite get out of our heads.
Kylie Minogue performed at the 2016 Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix on 16 September. For more Formula 1 action, click here.