“Better the Devil You Know” is a song by Australian singer-songwriter Kylie Minogue, taken from her third studio album Rhythm of Love (1990). The song was written and produced by Stock Aitken Waterman. The song was released as the album’s lead single on 30 April 1990 by PWL and Mushroom Records. “Better the Devil You Know” is known as the song that re-invented Minogue to a more sexual appeal, as her previous albums were presented with her “girl next door” persona, while her music onwards present an independent approach.
The video directed by Paul Goldman was filmed in Kylie’s hometown in Melbourne away from the constraints of PWL and debuted at number 5 in the UK charts. The next week the song shot up to the number 2 position which became Kylie’s 10th top 5 single in the UK and 12th worldwide.
Better the Devil you Know also hit the number 1 spot in Israel, made it to number 4 in Australia and Malaysia, number 5 in Finland, number 11 in Spain and went top 40 in Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Holland, Hong Kong, Sweden and Switzerland.
To date, Better The Devil You Know is played religiously every Saturday at 12:30 at the club GAY in London.
One of the most epic performances of Better The Devil You Know was during the 1998 edition of the Sydney Mardi Gras .
Kylie performed the song with the participant of the 2007 edition of British X Factor, Leon Jackson. Jackson was the sister of Kylie (Dannii Minogue) as a mentor, eventually winning the program.
The B-side to BTDYK, I’m Over Dreaming (Over You) , was recently sung in the Anti Tour.
The song is part of the soundtrack of the Kath & Kimderella movie, released worldwide on September 6th 2012. It was re-recorded in 2011 at the Abbey Road Studios for inclusion on Minogue’s orchestral album The Abbey Road Sessions.
Click on title below to relive Kylie’s memorable performances of Better The Devil You Know:
“It was the sexiest song of the day, the best dance recording of the moment.”
Single by Kylie Minogue
from the album Rhythm of Love
B-side “I’m Over Dreaming (Over You)”
Released 30 April 1990
CD single vinyl single cassette single
Recorded London, England
Mike Stock Matt Aitken Pete Waterman
Producer(s) Stock Aitken Waterman
Gold (Australia) Silver (UK)