Kylie Minogue would not exist if there had been no punk, PETE WATERMAN, music supremo and the man who discovered her, has claimed.
The producer and man responsible for a host of Britain’s best selling pop stars over the last 20 years has also said that putting out her first single ‘I Should Be So Lucky’ through his independent PWL label in early 1988 was as “outrageous” as Malcolm McLaren releasing the first Sex Pistols records.
“Without punk there would be no Kylie Minogue because she was perfect punk,” he said speaking on BBC Radio 1 documentary ‘If Punk Never Happened’. “That was the most punk act I’ve ever done. When we took [‘I Should Be So Lucky’] round, every A&R guy said ‘You’ll never sell a soap star’. Now, it doesn’t look punk, but if you’re to stick your fingers up and say ‘Fuck it’, and put the record out a million copies later and people say she won’t last. The attitude we adopted was ‘We’ll do it ourselves’. You know the first Kylie gigs we did it was a quid to get and you got a free diet coke and a free beefburger. The physical effort of putting that record out was as outrageous as Malcolm McLaren putting the first Sex Pistols record, you just didn’t see it like that.”
‘What If Punk Never Happened’ was broadcast on Radio 1 on Monday (June 3) to coincide with, and counterpoint, the Jubilee celebrations.
As well as contributions from artists such as Charlatans Tim Burgess, Ash‘s Tim Wheeler, Orbital, Peter Hook from New Order and Paul Oakenfold explaining where they would be without the influence of punk, Derek Smalls of Spinal Tap makes a rare appearance detailing how punk came along and nixed Tap’s comeback with their planned ‘The Sun Never Sweats’ triple concept album.
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