Peak UK Chart Position: #16 in September 1991.
The last time we featured Kylie, we mentioned that it was “one of very few Kylie songs not to make the top ten”. This was another – in fact, her first to miss out after a run of thirteen consecutive top ten hits starting with her debut, “I Should Be So Lucky”, in 1988.
Missing out on the top ten actually wasn’t as rare as I alluded to, since between this song and “Spinning Around” in 2000 (which launched another run, this time of fourteen top ten hits on the bounce), she fell short with ten of thirteen songs she was lead vocalist on. There were a further two where she was a featured artist – Vision Masters’ “Keep On Pumpin’ It” (#49 in 1991) and Towa Tei’s “GBI” (#63 in 1998).
“Word Is Out” was the highest new entry in the charts at number 18 on this week in 1991. It was to climb a further two places the following week before beginning its descent. Written and produced by Stock and Waterman, it was the lead single from the album “Let’s Get To It”, which is the lowest charting studio album of her career, peaking at number 15. Only live, greatest hits, and reissued albums have peaked lower.
Top of the Pops duly featured her, during a phase where she had moved on somewhat from her ‘girl next door’ image – as this performance clearly demonstrates. Also in the studio on 6th September 1991 were Oceanic, Sonia, Zoë, and Utah Saints, with Jakki (now Jackie) Brambles hosting. This, it has to be said, is my favourite Kylie song, and a fantastic performance.