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Kids
Kids
Single by Kylie Minogue and Robbie Williams
From the album Light Years
B-side
  • "John's Gay"
  • "Often"
  • "Karaoke Star"
  • "Kill Me or Cure Me"
Released 9 October 2000
Recorded 2000
Format
  • CD single
  • cassette single
Genre
  • Pop
  • pop rock
Length 4:19 (Light Years version)
4:47 (Sing When You're Winning) version)
Label
  • Chrysalis
  • EMI
Writer(s)
  • Robbie Williams
  • Guy Chambers
Producer(s)
  • Guy Chambers
  • Steve Power
Kylie Minogue singles chronology
On a Night Like This Kids Please Stay
Light Years track listing
"I'm So High"
(12)
"Kids"
(13)
"Light Years"
(14)
Music Video
Kylie Minogue & Robbie Williams - Kids

Kylie Minogue & Robbie Williams - Kids

"Kids" is a duet by Robbie Williams and Kylie Minogue, released as the second single from Sing When You're Winning, Williams' fourth studio album. It was also included on Kylie's seventh studio album, Light Years (2000). Williams and then songwriting partner Guy Chambers co-wrote the song for Kylie. Williams liked the song enough to turn it into a duet. The track was written when Kylie approached Williams to write her some songs for what would be her first album under Parlophone, Light Years, it was then, when Williams felt the chemistry and decided to include the track on his album and release it as a single, it was an instant hit when it was released in October of that year.

Chart performance

The song became a smash hit in the United Kingdom, reaching number-two and selling over 200,000 copies being certified Silver by the BPI. The track also broke into the top ten in several other countries including New Zealand, Mexico and Argentina as well as hitting the top twenty in Australia, being certified Gold in the latter for sales over the 35,000 copies. The lyrics, although penned by Robbie Williams and Guy Chambers, makes numerous references to the careers of both Kylie and Williams. Kylie's lyric "I've been dropping beats since Back in Black is a self-deprecating reference to her 1980s pop image when she was known as the singing budgie from Australia—Back in Black being a 1980s album by Australian band AC/DC and of a stark contrast to her own style at the time. Later, in 2010, this song was used as the theme song of Junior Masterchef Australia.

Live performances

Williams and Kylie have only performed the song together on a few occasions.

Kylie first performed the song during the On a Night Like This Tour in 2001, during the club section of the tour, accompanied by her backing vocalists. The song then made an appearance a year later, closing the "Street Style" section of the Fever Tour, again accompanied by her backing vocalists. In 2006 and 2007, she performed the song during the Homecoming Tour, as the final song of the "Athletica" section; here, she performed with her backing vocalists, and both on one occasion, Bono and her sister Dannii Minogue. "Kids" made an appearance in the "Black Versus White" section in the X Tour in 2008, the same version also being performed on the For You, For Me Tour in 2009. A new remix was also performed in the "Lick Kiss" section of the Kiss Me Once Tour in 2014 and 2015, which was also performed in the Kylie Summer 2015 mini-tour, as well as various performances in 2016.

"Kids" was performed in Kylie's headline set for Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park as a duet with Rick Astley; the same version of the song, though this time without Astley, was performed during the Golden Tour. Kylie then included the song in the set list of her Summer tour.

Williams has performed the song during The Sermon on the Mount Tour, the Weddings, Barmitzvahs & Stadiums Tour, the 2003 Tour, the Close Encounters Tour in Africa, Asia and Australia only, the Take the Crown Stadium Tour as a duet with Olly Murs, the Let Me Entertain You Tour and most recently, The Heavy Entertainment Show Tour.

Formats and track listings

These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "Kids".

UK CD1

  1. "Kids" – 4:47
  2. "John's Gay" – 3:40
  3. "Often" – 2:46
  4. "Kids" – 4:47 (enhanced video)

UK CD2

  1. "Kids" – 4:47
  2. "Karaoke Star" – 4:10
  3. "Kill Me or Cure Me" – 2:14

Charts and certifications

Peak positions

Chart (2000) Peak position
Australia (ARIA) 14
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 38
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia) 10
Germany (Media Control Charts) 47
Ireland (IRMA) 9
Italy (FIMI) 29
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 24
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 5
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 31
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 35
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 2

Year-end chart

Chart (2000) Peak position
UK Singles Chart 76

Certifications

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA) Gold 35,000^
United Kingdom (BPI) Silver 200,000^


  • sales figures based on certification alone
    ^shipments figures based on certification alone

Lyrics

Me no bubbletious
Me smoke heavy tar
Me be groovin' slowly where you are
Notify your next of kin
'Cause you're never coming back
I've been dropping beats since Back in Black

And we'll paint by numbers
'Til something sticks
I don't mind doing it for the kids

So come on, jump on board, take a ride, yeah
You'll be doin' it all night
Jump on board, feel the high
'Cause the kids are alright

You've got a reputation
Well, I guess that can be explored
You're dancing with the chairman of the board
Take a ride on my 12-cylinder symphony
But if you got other plans
The purpose of a woman is to love her man

And we'll paint by numbers
'Til something sticks
I don't mind doing it for the kids

So come on, jump on board, take a ride, yeah
You'll be doin' it all night
Jump on board, feel the high
Cause the kids are alright

I'm gonna give it all of my loving
It's gonna take up all of my love
I'm gonna give it all of my loving
It's gonna take up all of my love
I'm gonna give it all of my loving
It's gonna take up all of my love
I'm gonna give it all of my loving
It's gonna take up all of my love

Come down from the ceiling
I didn't mean to get so high
I couldn't do what I wanted to do
When my lips were dry
You can't just up and leave me
I'm a singer in a band
Well, I like drummers, baby
You're not my bag

Jump on board, take a ride, yeah
You'll be doin' it all night
Jump on board, feel the high, yeah
Jump on board, take a ride, yeah
You'll be doin' it all night
Jump on board, feel the high, yeah

I’m an honorary Sean Connery, born ‘74
There’s only one of me
Single handedly raising the economy
Ain’t no chance of the record company dropping me

Press be asking do I care for sodomy
I don’t know, yeah, probably

I’ve been looking for serial monogamy
Not some bird that looks like Billy Connolly
But for now I’m down with ornithology
Grab your binoculars, come follow me

I like to drink it out but never like to sip it uhh, uhh
I like to drink it out but never like to sip it uhh, uhh
I like to drink it out but never like to sip it uhh, uhh
I like to drink it out but never like to sip it uhh, uhh
I like to drink it out but never like to sip it uhh, uhh
I like to drink it out, drink it out, drink it out

Like a beat ya
To the floor, to the beat I got
To the floor, to the beat I got
To the floor, to the beat I got
Starting out
To the beat, to the beat I got
To the beat, to the beat I got
To the beat, to the beat I got

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