Some Kind of Bliss
|"Some Kind of Bliss"|
|Single by Kylie Minogue|
|from the album Impossible Princess|
|Released||8 September 1997|
|Length||3:50 (radio edit)
4:13 (album version)
|Kylie Minogue singles chronology|
"Some Kind of Bliss" is a song performed by Australian singer Kylie Minogue. The song was written by Minogue, James Dean Bradfield and Sean Moore (the singer/guitarist and drummer from the band Manic Street Preachers, respectively) for Minogue's sixth studio album Impossible Princess (1997).
It has been reported that Minogue herself wanted the album track "Limbo" to be released as the lead single from Impossible Princess. However Deconstruction Records did not think it would be a suitable single release, so instead issued it as a b-side to the newly decided lead single "Some Kind of Bliss". Minogue did agree that "Some Kind of Bliss", while although not her original choice, was nevertheless a good choice, as she felt it provided an appropriate expectation for the album. She claimed that due to the diversity of the sounds and lyrics, any single release wouldn't be indicative of the whole album, but that "Some Kind of Bliss" was a good start. Manic Street Preachers had once wanted to work with Minogue on their track "Little Baby Nothing" from the album Generation Terrorists. However, Minogue was busy, so they used Traci Lords instead. Minogue later performed the song live with the group.
The song was released as the album's first single in September 1997. It was a moderate commercial success, reaching the top forty on the Australian and United Kingdom singles charts. The single only reached number twenty-two in the UK (and ended her streak of 21 consecutive top twenty singles).
The music video features Dexter Fletcher and was shot in the Desert of Tabernas in Spain. Fletcher plays Minogue's lover, who she picks up being released from jail. They formulate a plan to steal from various businesses, firstly by pulling into a filling station and Kylie filling up the car wearing a very revealing outfit. When Dexter goes to pay she smiles suggestively to distract the cashier while Fletcher's character gets the money. The exploits culminate in a plan to rob a bank - Fletcher goes into the bank with Kylie waiting outside as the decoy. However, she sees the police arriving to catch Dexter and jumps in the car and speeds away. In certain versions of the video, flashbacks to happier times are seen when she was with Fletcher, before we see her crying after his initial arrest. Because of the odd combination of flashback, present and future shots it is difficult to understand the narrative upon first view. The video is included in Australian budget release Greatest Hits 87-98 DVD.
Formats and track listings
These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "Some Kind of Bliss".
- Regular Album Version (4:13)
- Radio Edit (3:50)
- Original Australian Album Version (4:08)
- Quivver Mix (8:39)
Minogue performed the song on the following concert tour:
Credits and personnel
The following people contributed to "Some Kind of Bliss:
|Australian ARIA Singles Chart||27|
|Eurochart Hot 100 Singles||24|
|Estonian Singles Chart||15|
|Greek International Singles Chart||7|
|Hungarian Singles Chart||3|
|Italian Singles Chart||17|
|New Zealand Singles Chart||46|
|Russian Singles Chart||20|
|Slovenian Singles Chart||36|
|UK Singles Chart||22|
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