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KIM WILDE

Kim Wilde had a hugely successful pop music career throughout the 80s and into the early nineties. Her first single "Kids In America" shot to No.2 and was taken from the first album "Kim Wilde". Many hit albums and singles were to follow right up until 1995. In 1998 Kim decided it was time to pursue another career as a TV gardener. Thankfully, she carried on performing, though, and manages to juggle between both careers! 

The first video below is one of my favourite songs of the eighties, "Cambodia". All of the links below are to Wikipedia. Links in the 80s Singles Discography are to other pages on the Simply Eighties website.


Further information: Kim Wilde discography

80s Singles Discography

Kids In America  #2 (1981)
Chequered Love  #4 (1981)
Water On Glass  #11 (1981)
Cambodia  #12 (1981)
View From A Bridge  #16 (1982)
Child Come Away  #45 (1982)
Love Blonde  #23 (1983)
Dancing In The Dark   #67 (1983)
House Of Salome (Non UK Release 1984)
The Second Time  #29 (1984)
The Touch  #56 (1984)
Rage To Love  #19 (1985)
Schoolgirl  (Europe & Australia Only 1986)
You Keep Me Hangin' On  #2 1986
Another Step (Closer To You)  #6 1987
Say You Really Want Me  #29 1987
Hey Mister Heartache  #31 (1988)
You Came  #3 (1988)
Never Trust A Stranger  #7 (1988)
Four Letter Word  #6 (1988)
Love In The Natural Way  #32 (1989)


Chart positions are for the UK Singles Chart

You Keep Me Hangin' On

This was the first single to be released from Kim Wilde's fifth studio album Another Step and reached #2 in the UK during 1986. However, for some European countries and in Australia, the first single was Schoolgirl which was not released in the UK.

Kim's version of You Keep Me Hangin' On was a U.S. number one and a UK #2 in 1986.  In 1996, country singer Reba McEntire covered the song, reaching #2 in the Amercian Hot Dance Club Palay chart. The tune was originally recorded by The Supremes on the Motown label and was a U.S. #1 chart-topper in November 1966 for two weeks.

Kim Wilde You Keep Me Hangin' On 12
This remix (7 Seas Pirate Mix 2012) has a nice big sound, although the only main difference that I can hear from the original 80s song is the drum track. I like the power groove, though, which gives it a "I can't resist getting up and dancing to this" feel!

Kids In America

Top Of The Pops (1981)

Kids In America was Kim's debut single and peaked at number 2 in the UK singles chart. The following year it became a Top 30 hit in the US. The track appeared on her self-titled debut album which was released during the summer of 1981 - she went on to become the biggest-selling British female solo artist of the 80s!

The song was recorded in 1980 after the boss of RAK Records, Mickie Most, heard Kim singing on a backing track for her brother Ricky.
Ricky Wilde and his Father Marty Wilde (a 50's and 60's rock and roll star) wrote the song "Kids in America" for Kim Wilde to record.

Water On Glass (1981)

Water On Glass was the third single release from Kim's self-titled debut album and reached #11 in the UK singles chart, although the album version is slightly different.

There can't be many songs out there which are about tinnitus, but that's exactly what the lyrics are referring to in Water On Glass. By the way, tinnitus is a medical condition that causes ringing in the ears and is often caused by listening to music with the volume up too loudly - so turn your speakers down!

The previous two singles Kids In America and Chequered Love had both reached the Top 5. Overall, Kim Wilde released 21 singles during the 1980's, two of which were not released in the UK and three of them failing to break into the Top 40.

You Came (1988)

You Came was the second single from the album Close and reached No.3 in the UK singles chart. 1988 proved to be one of Wilde's most successful years with other hits including Never Trust a Stranger and Four Letter Word.

Kim Wilde - You Came (7
Love In The Natural Way (1989)

This video clip features Kim performing on Top Of The Pops. Love in the Natural Way was Kim Wilde's seventeenth and final Top 40 hit of the eighties. Reaching #32 in March 1989, it was also the fifth and final single from the best-selling album Close.

The four previous hit songs from the album were (in release order); Hey Mister Heartache (#31), You Came (#3), Never Trust A Stranger (#7) and Four Letter Word (#6).


Sadly, the hits became more erratic after this, and the British singer's career was somewhat less successful during the 90s.

Sleeping Satellite (2011)

This is a cover version of Tasmin Archer's 1992 debut single from 1992 which reached No.1 in the UK. Kim's version was released as a double-A side, along with a cover of East 17's No.3 hit from 1993 entitled It's Alright - the video is below. Both tracks featured on Kim Wilde's covers album Snapshots which was released in 2011.

Although she is still having success with hit albums in Germany and Switzerland, in the majority of countries Kim Wilde hasn't really had a hit single since 2006, when a remixed version of You Came charted across Europe, although it wasn't a hit here in the UK.

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