|GBI (German Bold Italic)|
|Single by Towa Tei featuring Kylie Minogue|
|From the album Sound Museum|
|Released||26 October 1998|
|Recorded||1996; Sangenjaya, Setagaya, Japan|
|Length|| 4:37 (Album version)|
3:31(UK Radio Edit)
|Kylie Minogue singles chronology|
"GBI: German Bold Italic" is a song by Japanese American music producer Towa Tei, featuring Kylie Minogue. It is the lead single from Tei's second studio album Sound Museum (1997), released by Arthrob in the United Kingdom. The song is a "minimalist" house-techno track with lyrics portrayed Kylie as a typeface called "German Bold Italic," with her vocals performed in a tongue-in-cheek style.
Many critics praises the song for its distinctiveness from Kylie's catalogue, with others notice the track as one of the important artistic moves that define her musical career. Commercially, the song was one of her least successful track on the charts. It peaked at number 50 in Australia and failed to reach top 50 in the United Kingdom with number 63. However, it was said to be a minor hit in Tei's home country, Japan.
The song's music video was directed by French director Stéphane Sednaoui and inspired by a mutual appreciation of Japanese culture between him and Kylie. It features scenes of Kylie dressing as a geisha throughout New York City streets.
The song was later added to Tei's first greatest hits album called Best (2001).