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Put Yourself in My Place (Kylie Minogue song)

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"Put Yourself in My Place"
A small image of a woman (Kylie Minogue) wearing a crop top, taken in black-and-white. The song's title and artist name is superimposed on her.
Single by Kylie Minogue
from the album Kylie Minogue
Released 14 November 1994
Format
Recorded 1994
Genre
Length 4:13
Label
Writer(s) Jimmy Harry
Producer(s) Harry
Kylie Minogue singles chronology
"Confide in Me"
(1994)
"Put Yourself in My Place"
(1994)
"Where Is the Feeling?"
(1995)

"Put Yourself in My Place" is a song recorded by Australian singer Kylie Minogue, taken from her fifth and eponymous studio album (1994). It was released as the record's second single on 14 November 1994, and was distributed by Deconstruction and Mushroom as a CD single, cassette tape and 12" vinyl. The track was written, arranged, and produced by Jimmy Harry, and was recorded in New York City with the parent album's engineer Doug Deangelis. A ballad that discusses themes of ending a relationship and moving on, the song's sound incorporates musical elements of trip-hop and pop music.

Upon its release, "Put Yourself in My Place" received positive reviews from music critics, with the majority of them complimenting the song's composition and production, whilst highlighting Minogue's vocal performance. While many reviews cited it as one of her best single releases in her career, it won the Best Video award at the 1995 ARIA Music Awards. Commercially, the single charted moderately in Australia, Scotland, and the United Kingdom, peaking inside the top 20 in all three regions. Additionally, it was certified Gold by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) for physical shipments of 35,000 units.

An accompanying music video was directed by Kier McFarlane, with its plot being inspired by 1968 film Barbarella; it featured Minogue impersonating the titular character in a spaceship while getting undressed. The song has been performed on Minogue's concert tours including Intimate and Live, On a Night Like This, and most recently on her Showgirl: The Greatest Hits Tour in 2005.

Background and composition[edit]

"Put Yourself in My Place" was written, arranged, and produced by American musician and songwriter Jimmy Harry. The track was recorded at Whorga Musica Studios, Axis Studios and Power Station Studios in New York City by Doug Deangelis, who served as the engineer and mixer for Minogue's fifth and eponymous studio album (1994); it was the only entry from the parent album that was recorded away from Minogue's home in the United Kingdom.[3] British author Sean Smith, who had written an biography detailing Minogue's career, noted that "Put Yourself in My Place" was one of the singer's most personal yet favourite tracks.[4] Musically, it is a ballad-inspired recording that incorporates musical elements of trip-hop and pop music, as described by writers Adrian Denning and Hunter Felt from PopMatters.[1][2] Chris True of AllMusic described the song as "slicker, more stylish, and less hooky than anything she had previously recorded."[5] According to the demo sheet music at Sheet Music Direct published by Music Sales Group, the song is set in time signature of common time with a tempo of 78 beats per minute. During the opening sequence and first verse, it has a chord progression of F♭-F-F♭-F-F♭-F-F♭-F-F/A-F♭-F, and Minogue's vocals span from B♭3 to D5.[6] Julie Aspinall stated that the lyrical content is "about a woman who has never been able to get over her ex-boyfriend".[7]

Release[edit]

"Put Yourself in My Place" was released as the album's second single on 14 November 1994, and distributed by Deconstruction and Mushroom as a CD single, cassette tape and 12" vinyl.[8] Two CD sets were made available in the United Kingdom and Australia; the first CD featured the radio mix of the single, two remixes, and one remix of Minogue's previous single "Confide in Me" (1994), whilst the second CD replaced the latter track with a remix to her follow-up single "Where Is The Feeling?" (1995).[8][9] Two different CD formats were distributed in Germany and Japan; the former included two remixes of the song, and a remix of "Confide in Me", whilst the latter included two remixes of the single on a Mini CD.[10][11] Two vinyl sets were published in the United Kingdom; one featured four remixes of "Put Yourself in My Place", whilst the second vinyl included the same track list as the latter, plus a remix for both "Confide in Me" and "Where Is The Feeling?".[12][13] A cassette tape issued in that same territory featured the radio mix and one remix on both sides.[14] The cover art for the two CD sets were photographs by British Rankin, and featured Minogue with headphones. According to the singer's friend William Baker, the shots of Minogue represented a "serious" approach to her music.[15]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

"Put Yourself in My Place" received positive reviews from music critics. Jason Shawahn, writing for About.com, labelled the track as a "good" addition to her greatest hits compilation Ultimate Kylie (2004).[16] British author and music critic Adrian Denning enjoyed the track, and felt it was one of the parent album's "finest" songs. He commented that "'Put Yourself In My Place' is sensual, slow and sports a delicious Kylie vocal full of maturity and actual power."[2] PopMatters' Quentin Harrison published a detailed analysis of Kylie Minogue, and noted that "Put Yourself in My Place" and her previous single "Confide in Me" showcased some of her best vocals. Harrison believed that the single, alongside "Confide in Me", represented Minogue's Deconstruction period the most.[17] Similarly, Nick Levine from Digital Spy labelled the track a "classic".[18] Marc Andrews from DNA Magazine also believed it was one of the better highlights on the album, and complimented its ballad-inspired production.[19] Jude Rogers from The Guardian listed the track on her "10 of the Best Kylie Minogue Songs" list in June 2016 alongside complimenting the production and confessing, "The second single from Kylie Minogue saw its maker mastering the pop ballad."[20]

Chart performance[edit]

Commercially, the single charted moderately in Australia, Scotland, and the United Kingdom, peaking inside the top 20 in all three regions. It debuted at number 17 on the Australian Singles Chart, the third highest debut of the week.[21] During its fifth week, it peaked at number 11, and eventually spent 11 weeks in the top 50 chart, marking it one of Minogue's longest-charting single at the time.[22] "Put Yourself in My Place" was certified Gold by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) for physical shipments of 35,000 units in that region.[23] It had a similar chart run on the UK Singles Chart, debuting at number 17 and peaking at number 11. It spent four weeks inside the top 10, and remained a nine editions inside the chart as one of the singer's longest-spanning recordings in that territory.[24] The single debuted at number 23 on the Scottish Singles Chart, and peaked at number 14 the following week.[25] In Germany, it debuted at number 98 during the week ending 6 February 1995, and peaked at number 86 in its second week alongside staying four editions in the chart.[26]

Music video[edit]

The video for "Put Yourself in My Place" was loosely inspired by 1968 film Barbarella, alongside paying tribute to its titular character played by Jane Fonda (pictured).[7]

An accompanying music video was directed by Kier McFarlane, and its plot was inspired by 1968 film Barbarella. According to Minogue, she had been a "massive" fan of the film, and wanted to pay tribute to the film's lead actress Jane Fonda, who played the titular character.[7] The video was shot in two days, where Minogue had been strapped with harnesses and wires; the majority of the shooting included wires pulling off her clothes during those particular sequences.[4] The singer commented in her 2002 book Kylie: La La La that it was one of her "most painful shoots", and complained that she felt "rigged" into all sorts of "contraptions".[15] Minogue further complained about the 19 hours spent on both filming days, and revealed she cried during some of the shooting; she jokingly concluded in the book that she would never do another visual that required harnesses and water.[15] Minogue's characteristics in the video were loosely inspired by the titular character of Barbarella, for which a large staff that helped with styling, hair styling and make-up was required.[15]

The video opens with a spacecraft travelling through space.[27] Minogue enters a small room in the spacecraft, wearing a pink spacesuit, and subsequently takes off her helmet and gloves; intercut scenes through the video has the spacecraft travelling through different space fields and atmospheres. By the first chorus, Minogue starts taking off parts of her spacesuit whilst spaceman from different rooms witness her. Next, she turns on a machine that projects smoke and distracts them.[27] She then becomes fully nude by the second chorus; this marks Minogue's first video that she has been nude in, which was then immolated again in her 2001 advert campaign with Agent Provocateur.[7] Another spaceman witnesses Minogue nude but covers herself with a red blanket, and closes the window. The video ends with Minogue laying on a soft bedding, turning the lights off, and the spacecraft traveling to another destination.[7]

The music video garnered positive critiques from critics and music publications. Julie Aspinall complimented Minogue's sexual appeal in the clip, and believed that the song itself was overshadowed by its visual presentation.[7] William Baker also commended Minogue's fashion styling and loose portrayal of Fonda's Barbarella character.[15] Sean Smith further analysed the visual more and found that Minogue, both at the time of the video's release and retrospectively, "was never shy about removing her clothes for the sake of her art [...] She suffered for her art."[4] Jude Rogers from The Guardian labelled the clip "cheeky",[20] whilst Erika Brooks Adickman from Idolator listed it as one of Minogue's most iconic and sexy music videos.[28] At the 1995 ARIA Music Awards, Minogue won the award for Best Video.[29] In retrospect, Minogue has cited the clip amongst one of her favourites.[4][7][15]

Live performances and other usage[edit]

Minogue performing the song during Showgirl: The Greatest Hits Tour.

"Put Yourself in My Place" has been performed on some of Minogue's concert tours, and has appeared on several compilation albums. It was first performed live on Minogue's 1998 Intimate and Live concert tour in the opening segment. An unreleased acoustic version that was performed during the rehearsals of the tour was added on her extended play Live and Other B-Sides, which was released in Australia as a free gift with her sixth studio album Impossible Princess (1997).[30][31] This version was sung as one of the opening tracks of her 2001 On a Night Like This Tour, and was included on the live DVD of the show.[32] On her KylieFever2002 concert tour, the single was included on Minogue's "The Crying Game" medley which also featured the titular track, "Confide in Me", "Finer Feelings", and "Dangerous Game".[33] The single's most recent appearance was on her 2005 Showgirl: The Greatest Hits Tour in London, United Kingdom, where it appeared on her Minx In Space segment and served as one of the encore tracks.[34] Since its release, it has appeared on four of Minogue's greatest hits albums: Hits+ (2000),[35] Confide in Me (2001),[36] Ultimate Kylie (2004),[37] and Confide in Me: The Irresistible Kylie (2007).[38] The Driza-Bon remix was included on her 2010 remix album Essential Mixes.[39] In 2012, British recording artist and producer MNEK covered the song and released it on his official Soundcloud page.[40]

Formats and track listings[edit]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Kylie Minogue:[3]

Recording
  • Mixed and recorded at Whorga Musica Studios, Axis Studios and Power Station Studios in New York City by Doug Deangelis.
Personnel
  • Kylie Minogue – vocals, backing vocals
  • Jimmy Harry – songwriter, composer, producer
  • Kier McFarlane – music video director

Charts and certifications[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

References[edit]

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