On a Night Like This (lost original version of Kylie Minogue music video; 2000)
Kylie Minogue is one of Australia's biggest pop stars, often called "The Princess of Pop,". With her career starting in the 80s, her image started as innocent but became progressively more sexual as her career went on. By the time her 2000 album, Light Years, came out, her image had become aggressively sexual, and her music videos became known for pushing the envelope of sexual content. Her video for the song "Spinning Around" featured Minogue in various seductive outfits and poses. The singer quickly took note of the media attention she gained, making her feel quite self-conscious.
This did not stop Minogue's record company from trying to milk her "sex-kitten" image. For her music video of the song On A Night Like This, the label asked Minogue to push the limits even further. The video's plot involved a bored trophy wife trying through desperate means to get the attention of her much older husband. Minogue appeared in a see-through dress that caused a minor controversy.
According to a 2000 NME review of the track, there was a much more graphic "Director's Cut" that had been banned. This version allegedly had Minogue fully nude and uncensored. Minogue confirmed the existence of this version but declined to comment any further on what happened to it.
It is likely that the term "banned" was put onto the music video to offer an explanation. A more likely reason would be that Minogue probably stopped the video from getting released or leaked due to fears of it ruining her career. Fans support this decision, respecting her wishes. Other fans, most notably the male demographic that only like her for her appearance, have been desperately seeking the uncut version of the video. A smaller group of fans just want to see it for the sake of its rarity. Minogue more than likely has the master tapes, though certain fans claim to have seen it, as have members of the press. Just like the banned Puff Daddy music video, this is one of the most sought-after music videos in existence. It wouldn't be until Kylie's breakthrough smash hit in 2001, "I Can't Get You Out of My Head," that she would outdo "Spinning Around" and turn heads twice as hard.
- 2000 NME review of "On A Night Like This." Retrieved 15 Jun '13.