Last night at London’s Royal Albert Hall, John Grant played a haunting set taking in tracks from his third album, ‘Grey Tickles, Black Pressure’.
Easily the most surprising moment came when Kylie Minogue joined Grant onstage for an immense version of ‘Glacier’ – helped along by some epic drumming courtesy of Siouxsie & The Banshees legend Budgie:
Random? Sure – not just because nobody really knew the two even knew each other, but also because it’s been an age since Kylie’s gone for such an indie hook-up. Aside from some pretty forgettable appearances on tracks by Hurts and Just Jack in recent years, you’ve gotta go back to the 90s to get to the real gold when it comes to Minogue guest spots.
The classic, of course, was her doom-laden liaison with Nick Cave on ‘Where The Wild Roses Grow’, from 1995:
There’s also this, from Pet Shop Boys’ ‘Nightlife’ album in 1999:
...and in 1997 there was a guitar-heavy single co-written with James Dean Bradfield and Sean Moore from Manic Street Preachers:
Her performance last night was a welcome return to the leftfield...