4-23-08 Kim Wilde
I was onto her right at the beginning, but never made it to the “MCA years”. She is the daughter of British rock ‘n’ roller Marty Wilde.
7" BITTER IS BETTER / BOYS TOSHIBA/RAK JPN ERS-17225
LP CATCH AS CATCH CAN EMI/RAK
7" CHEQUERED LOVE / SHANE EMI/RAK
7" CHILD COME AWAY / JUST ANOTHER GUY EMI/RAK
7" DANCING IN THE DARK / BACK STREET DRIVER TOSHIBA/RAK JPN ERS-17391
7" KIDS IN
CD KIM WILDE EMI/FAME
7" LOVE BLONDE / CAN YOU HEAR IT EMI/RAK AUS RAK 1024
LP SELECT EMI/RAK
7" TAKE ME TONIGHT / VIEW FROM A BRIDGE TOSHIBA/RAK JPN ERS-17349
CD VERY BEST OF TOSHIBA JPN CP21-6066
7" VIEW FROM A BRIDGE / TAKE ME TONIGHT EMI/RAK
7" WATER ON GLASS / BOYS EMI/RAK
EMI England certainly had the female pop vocalists going for a while there – Kate Bush, Kim Wilde, Sheena Easton…Kate Bush was almost exactly my age, and Kim Wilde was just a little younger than me. And she was a blonde!
You’re shaking your head – “Why is Ron even talking about Kim Wilde?” – wait for it – the backing band on her debut album (and presumably the singles from the debut album) is none other than The Enid – a famous progressive rock band of the day. They’re even pictured standing behind her on the cover of her debut album! And, yes, I like the singles “Kids In America”, “Water On Glass” and “Chequered Love”. And some of the album cuts on the debut are good…OK, I’ll just go ahead and say that I really like her debut LP / CD.
The honeymoon was short, but sweet – at the time, I continued buying her 45’s, but didn’t really go for the 2nd or 3rd albums. I have all her RAK / EMI albums now, but, I’ve bought them recently. I wish I could find a British LP of her debut album. At least I have a proper CD of it! When are the Japanese going to make little paper album cover CD’s of her EMI albums?
RAK Records – Mickie Most; Donovan; Chris Spedding; Suzi Quatro etc. A very good place for a British female pop singer to be in 1981.
The video age (the mid-80’s) was kind to our Kim – there are lots of videos that were shown on MTV and MuchMusic for her MCA singles, but I had no real use for anybody’s cover version of “You Keep Me Hanging On” etc.
So, the verdict – get the debut album. Great stuff – pure British Girl Pop, circa ’81.