Word Is Out (song)

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"Word Is Out"
Kylie Minogue - Word Is Out single cover.png
Single by Kylie Minogue
from the album Let's Get to It
B-side "Say the Word - I'll Be There"
Released August 28, 1991 (1991-08-28) (UK)
November 18, 1991 (1991-11-18) (Australia)[1]
Format
Recorded 1991
Genre
Length 3:34
Label
Writer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Mike Stock
  • Pete Waterman
Kylie Minogue singles chronology
"Shocked"
(1991)
"Word Is Out"
(1991)
"If You Were with Me Now"
(1991)

"Word Is Out" is a song written by English duo Stock and Waterman for Kylie Minogue's fourth album Let's Get to It (1991). Produced by Mike Stock and Pete Waterman, it was released as the first single from Minogue's album Let's Get to It. The artwork for the cover was photographed by Ellen Von Unwerth in 1991 for the British edition of Esquire.

Critical reception[edit]

On Michael Wilton's review of the second night of her Anti Tour in Sydney, Australia—where she performed an a cappella rendition of the song—for musicOMH, he stated "Word is Out" is "wildly underrated."[4] Writing Minogue's biography for her special on Australian music video program Rage, they stated: "While in the past, her material had always been high energy, 'Word Is Out' showcased a far more seductive side to Kylie that many had suspected was there."[5] Chris True from AllMusic chose the track as one of Let's Get to It's track picks.[6] In another hand, Nick Griffiths from Select called it one of the "odd songs" in the album.[7]

Commercial performance[edit]

The song was released as the first single in the summer of 1991 and was a top twenty hit in the United Kingdom, reaching number sixteen which ended Minogue's unprecedented run of consecutive top 10 hits. In Australia, with the more laid back Summer Breeze Mix as the main mix, it peaked at number ten, becoming Minogue's tenth single to chart within the top ten. The Summer Breeze Mix received a UK release on a one-sided limited edition 12" vinyl single which had an engraved autograph on the b-side, making it highly collectable for fans.

Music video[edit]

Directed by James Lebon, it was filmed in London's famous Camden market and featured British television presenter Davina McCall as one of Minogue's dancers.[8] An Australian version of the video was later appeared on her 2002 (also the updated version in 2003) Greatest Hits DVD as one of the bonus features.[9]

Live performances[edit]

Minogue also did an a cappella "sing-along" rendition of the song as requested by fans on her Anti Tour's concert in Big Top at Luna Park, Sydney, Australia on March 20, 2012.[2] musicOMH's Michael Wilton said the performance was "decent."[4]

Formats and track listings[edit]

These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "Word Is Out".

CD single

  1. "Word Is Out" – 3:34
  2. "Word Is Out" (12" version) – 5:53
  3. "Say the Word - I'll Be There" – 4:00

Australian CD single

  1. "Word Is Out" (Summer Breeze 7" mix) – 3:41
  2. "Say the Word - I'll Be There" – 4:00
  3. "Word Is Out" (Summer Breeze 12" mix) – 7:41

UK/New Zealand cassette single

  1. "Word Is Out" – 3:34
  2. "Say the Word - I'll Be There" – 4:00

Australian cassette single

  1. "Word Is Out" (Summer Breeze 7" mix) – 3:41
  2. "Say the Word - I'll Be There" – 4:00
  3. "Word Is Out" (Summer Breeze 12" mix) – 7:41

UK 7" vinyl single

  1. "Word Is Out" – 3:41
  2. "Say the Word - I'll Be There" – 4:00

12" vinyl single

  1. "Word Is Out" (Summer Breeze 12" mix) – 7:41
  2. "Say the Word - I'll Be There" – 4:00
  3. "Word Is Out" (Instrumental) – 3:31

UK 12" vinyl single

  1. "Word Is Out" (Summer Breeze 12" mix) – 7:41

Australian 12" vinyl single

  1. "Word Is Out" (Summer Breeze 12" mix) – 7:41
  2. "Word Is Out" (instrumental) – 3:31
  3. "Word Is Out" (12" version) – 5:53
  4. "Say the Word - I'll Be There" – 4:00

Charts[edit]

Chart (1991) Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart[10] 10
Irish Singles Chart[11] 8
UK Singles Chart[12] 16

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New Release Summary – Product Available from: 18/11/91 (from The ARIA Report Issue No. 95)". Imgur.com (original document published by ARIA). Retrieved August 14, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Nick Levine (May 22, 2010). "Music The Sound - Kylie: Revisited #4: 'Let's Get To It". Digital Spy. Hearst Corporation. Retrieved September 12, 2015. 
  3. ^ Robert Copsey (February 8, 2013). "Kylie Minogue signs to Roc Nation: What does it mean?". Digital Spy. Hearst Corporation. Retrieved September 15, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Michael Wilton (March 20, 2012). "Live Reviews: Kylie Minogue @ Luna Park, Sydney". musicOMH. Retrieved September 15, 2015. 
  5. ^ Staff writer(s) (August 3, 2002). "Kylie Minogue Special". Rage. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved September 15, 2015. 
  6. ^ Chris True. "Let's Get to It —Kylie Minogue". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved September 12, 2015. 
  7. ^ Griffiths, Nick (December 1991). "Reviews: New Albums —- Let's Get to It - Kylie Minogue". Select. Emap Metro. Retrieved September 16, 2015. 
  8. ^ http://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/davina-mccall-wants-kylie-minogue-3266458
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  10. ^ "australian-charts.com > Kylie Minogue - Word Is Out (song)". Hung Medien. Retrieved March 15, 2012. 
  11. ^ "The Irish Charts – All there is to know > Search results for 'Word Is Out' (from irishcharts.ie)". Imgur.com (original source published by Fireball Media). Retrieved August 14, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Official Charts > Kylie Minogue". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved August 14, 2016.