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Kim Wilde  Greatest Hits CD “Pop don’t stop” (UK-Friday 6th August 2021) :

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The Kim Wilde Greatest Hits CD “Pop don’t stop” will be released as a 2 CD set on Friday 6th August 2021 at Cherry Red Records.

It will inlude 7″ versions of all her Greatest Hits from 1981 and inedit tracks like “Shine on”, “Numinous” & “You’re my Karma”.

Track listing :

CD1 :
1. THE SECOND TIME (7” Version)
2. NEVER TRUST A STRANGER (7” Version)
3. MILLION MILES AWAY (7” Version)
4. ANOTHER STEP (CLOSER TO YOU) (With Junior) (7” Version)
5. HEART OVER MIND (7” Version)
6. FOUR LETTER WORD
7. SAY YOU REALLY WANT ME (7” Remix)
8. HEY MISTER HEARTACHE (7” Version)
9. RAGE TO LOVE (7” Remix)
10. WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?
11. CAN’T GET ENOUGH (OF YOUR LOVE) (7” Version)
12. BREAKIN’ AWAY
13. TIME
14. LOVE IS HOLY
15. IF I CAN’T HAVE YOU
16. THIS I SWEAR (Radio Edit)
17. I CAN’T SAY GOODBYE (7” Version)
18. LOVE IN THE NATURAL WAY
19. YOU CAME (7” Version)
20. YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON

CD2 :

1. KIDS IN AMERICA
2. KANDY KRUSH (Radio Edit)
3. PERFECT GIRL (Radio Edit)
4. WATER ON GLASS (7” Version)
5. A LITTLE RESPECT
6. VIEW FROM A BRIDGE
7. LOVE BLONDE (7” Version)
8. TOGETHER WE BELONG (Radio Edit)
9. LIGHTS DOWN LOW
10. CAMBODIA
11. LOVED
12. POP DON’T STOP (Radio Edit)
13. GET OUT
14. IT’S ALRIGHT (Radio Edit)
15. BIRTHDAY (Radio Edit)
16. REAL LIFE
17. CHEQUERED LOVE
18. AMOUREUX DES REVES (With Laurent Voulzy)
19. SHINE ON (With Boy George)
20. NUMINOUS
21. YOU’RE MY KARMA (With Tom Aspaul)

You can pre-order it from here : cherryred.co.uk

 

 

You can also pre-order a collector limited edition box set here : cherryred.co.uk
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Kim Wilde needs no introduction, having registered a staggering 30 hits on the UK charts since 1981, and selling over 30 million records globally.

Now, for the first time, her stellar career is celebrated with the release of a truly comprehensive Kim Wilde hits collection, and a special collector’s 5 CD/2 DVD box set.

The 2 CD edition features the radio edits of many of Kim’s classic hits, including ‘Kids In America’, ‘You Came’, ‘You Keep Me Hangin’ On’, ‘Love Is Holy’ and ‘Kandy Krush’, as well as two brand new tracks – ‘Shine On’, featuring Boy George and ‘You’re My Karma’ with Tom Aspaul.

The box set includes additional singles, as well as B-sides and an eclectic selection of remixes, several of which are making their CD debut. The box also features a deluxe booklet with lyrics and a DVD collection of nearly 50 tracks!

The 2 CD edition includes:

• 24 UK Hits including 7 top 10 hits
• The US #1 ‘You Keep Me Hangin’ On’
• Radio Edits of applicable singles
• New single ‘Shine On’, a duet with Boy George

The box set additionally features:

• An additional singles disc packed with many more international hits
• A special B-sides collection, including 4 songs making their debut on CD
• A disc of remixes, including several new-to-CD and rare versions
• Deluxe booklet, including a Kim Q&A and lyric section, as well as many rare photos
• The first ever Kim Wilde DVD Collection, featuring remastered videos of all the hits (NTSC)
• DVD also includes bonus 2021 interview and Look-Back-At-The-Videos with Kim – 40 minutes of extras!

Track Listing:

DISC ONE : The HITS I

1. THE SECOND TIME (7” Version)
2. NEVER TRUST A STRANGER (7” Version)
3. MILLION MILES AWAY (7” Version)
4. ANOTHER STEP (CLOSER TO YOU) (With Junior) (7” Version)
5. HEART OVER MIND (7” Version)
6. FOUR LETTER WORD
7. SAY YOU REALLY WANT ME (7” Remix)
8. HEY MISTER HEARTACHE (7” Version)
9. RAGE TO LOVE (7” Remix)
10. WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?
11. CAN’T GET ENOUGHn(OF YOUR LOVE) (7” Version)
12. BREAKIN’ AWAY
13. TIME
14. LOVE IS HOLY
15. IF I CAN’T HAVE YOU
16. THIS I SWEAR (Radio Edit)
17. I CAN’T SAY GOODBYE (7” Version)
18. LOVE IN THE NATURAL WAY
19. YOU CAME (7” Version)
20. YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON

 

DISC TWO : THE HITS II

1. KIDS IN AMERICA
2. KANDY KRUSH (Radio Edit)
3. PERFECT GIRL (Radio Edit)
4. WATER ON GLASS (7” Version)
5. A LITTLE RESPECT
6. VIEW FROM A BRIDGE
7. LOVE BLONDE (7” Version)
8. TOGETHER WE BELONG (Radio Edit)
9. LIGHTS DOWN LOW
10. CAMBODIA
11. LOVED
12. POP DON’T STOP (Radio Edit)
13. GET OUT
14. IT’S ALRIGHT (Radio Edit)
15. BIRTHDAY (Radio Edit)
16. REAL LIFE
17. CHEQUERED LOVE
18. AMOUREUX DES REVES
(With Laurent Voulzy)
19. SHINE ON (With Boy George)
20. NUMINOUS
21. YOU’RE MY KARMA
(With Tom Aspaul)

 

DISC THREE : THE HITS III

1. BITTER IS BETTER
2. CHILD COME AWAY
3. DANCING IN THE DARK
4. HOUSE OF SALOME
5. THE TOUCH (7” Version)
6. SCHOOLGIRL
7. IT’S HERE
8. WORLD IN PERFECT HARMONY
9. IN MY LIFE (West End 7” Version)
10. HEAVEN (Matt Darey 7” Version)
11. SHAME (Jupiter’s Radio Mix)
12. BORN TO BE WILD (Radio Mix)
13. BABY OBEY ME
14. SLEEPING SATELLITE (Radio Edit)
15. SPIRIT IN THE SKY
16. F. U. KRISTMAS (Kim Wilde Vs. Lawnmower

 

DISC FOUR : THE B-SIDES

1. SHANE
2. BOYS
3. WATCHING FOR SHAPES
4. JUST ANOTHER GUY
5. BACK SEAT DRIVER
6. LOVERS ON A BEACH
7. PUTTY IN YOUR HANDS
8. LOVING YOU
9. HOLD BACK
10. TELL ME WHERE YOU ARE
11. WOTCHA GONNA DO
12. VIRTUAL WORLD
13. BIRTHDAY SONG
14. I’VE FOUND A REASON
15. NEVER FELT SO ALIVE
16. STAYING WITH MY BABY
17. SNAKES & LADDERS
18. CARRY ME HOME
19. PARTY ON THE BRINK
20. ADDICTED TO YOU (Original Version)

 

DISC FIVE : THE REMIXES

1. POP DON’T STOP (The 12 Inch Remix)
2. CAN’T GET ENOUGH (OF YOUR LOVE) (Club Mix)
3. MILLION MILES AWAY (Club Mix)
4. CAMBODIA (Paul Oakenfold Remix)
5. IT’S ALRIGHT (Groove Coverage Remix)
6. YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON (W.C.H. Club Mix)
7. KANDY KRUSH (Ricky W 12 Inch Remix)
8. BREAKIN’ AWAY (T’Empo Vocal)
9. YOU CAME (Tron Remix)
10. PERFECT GIRL (Ian Finch Elektrika Mix)
11. BIRTHDAY (Wilde Party Mix)
12. KIDS IN AMERICA ’94 (X Cut Cut)

DISC SIX (DVD) : THE VIDEOS I

1. KIDS IN AMERICA
2. CHEQUERED LOVE
3. WATER ON GLASS
(Top Of The Pops Appearance)
4. CAMBODIA
5. VIEW FROM A BRIDGE
6. CHILD COME AWAY
7. LOVE BLONDE
8. DANCING IN THE DARK
9. THE SECOND TIME
10. THE TOUCH
11. RAGE TO LOVE
12. SCHOOLGIRL
13. YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON
14. ANOTHER STEP (CLOSER TO YOU)
(With Junior)
15. SAY YOU REALLY WANT ME
(Short Version)
16. HEY MISTER HEARTACHE
17. YOU CAME
18. NEVER TRUST A STRANGER
19. FOUR LETTER WORD
20. LOVE IN THE NATURAL WAY
21. IT’S HERE
22. TIME

 

DISC SEVEN (DVD) : THE VIDEOS II

1. CAN’T GET ENOUGH (OF YOUR LOVE)
2. LOVE IS HOLY
3. HEART OVER MIND
4. WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE
5. MILLION MILES AWAY
6. IF I CAN’T HAVE YOU
7. IN MY LIFE
8. KIDS IN AMERICA (’94)
9. BREAKIN’ AWAY
10. THIS I SWEAR
11. SHAME
12. BORN TO BE WILD
13. YOU CAME (2006)
14. PERFECT GIRL
15. LIGHTS DOWN LOW
16. IT’S ALRIGHT
17. SLEEPING SATELLITE
18. POP DON’T STOP
19. KANDY KRUSH
20. BIRTHDAY
21. SAY YOU REALLY WANT ME (The Video Remix)
22. YOU CAME (2006 In Bed With Kim Wilde Version)
23. BIRTHDAY (Wilde Party Mix)
24. NUMINOUS
25. SHINE ON (With Boy George)
26. 2021 INTERVIEW
27. KIM LOOKS BACK AT THE VIDEOS
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Kim Wilde Greatest Hits Dutch Tour postponed to 2022 !! (NL-Wednesday 5th May 2021) :

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Due to the covid-19 pandemic, the Kim Wilde Greatest Hits Dutch Tour will be postponed to 2022 !!   All tickets bought for previous dates remain valid.

 

Wednesday 16th November 2022 : Patronaat, Haarlem
Thursday 17th  November 2022 : Muziekcentrum Eindhoven
Friday 18th November 2022 : De Tamboer, Hoogeveen
Saturday 19th November 2022 : TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht
Tuesday 22nd November 2022 : Neushoorn, Leeuwarden
Wednesday 23rd November 2022 : Gebouw T, Bergen op Zoom
Thursday 24th November 2022 : Gebr. De Nobel, Leiden
Saturday 26th  November 2022 : De Maaspoort, Venlo

More information here on the official Kim Wilde website : kimwilde.com

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Kim Wilde live at Goatfest (UK-Saturday 1st May 2021) :

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Kim Wilde will be one of the live acts  (with The Specials & Sons of the Pitches) at the UK Goatfest 3 day music festival in Codicote (Hertfordshire) from Friday 27th August to Sunday 29th August 2021.

Information & tickets here : goatfestuk.com

 

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Kim Wilde Live concert at La Cigale postponed to 2022 !! (Fr-Thursday 22nd April 2022) :

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Kim Wilde Greatest Hits concert at La Cigale in Paris has been postponed to Monday 25th April 2022.

Tickets bought for 2020 or 2021 venues are still valid.

You can book tickets by clicking on the following links :     fnacspectacles.com

or from here : spectacles.carrefour.fr

More information here : verygroup.fr

 

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Ricky Wilde interview with Chris Mars (UK-Saturday 17th April 2021) :

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Ricky Wilde, songwriter musician and producer was interviewed by Chris Mars about his life as a musician from his early days to working together with sister Kim Wilde, selling 10 million albums and having 20 hit singles. Ricky discussed how they came to write and record one of the 80s greatest anthems ‘Kids In America’ along with his father the great rock and roll star of the 1950′s Marty Wilde and much more.

Ricky declared that the Kim Wilde Greatest Hits album will include original Hits and some new tracks including one called “Shine on”, co-writen with Frederic Thomander and recorded at Palma Music Studios, “Name & number” a duet with Boy George and a remix of “W.M.” by Tom Aspaul with vocals by Kim.

 

Watch the interview here :

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Kim Wilde vocals on Tom Aspaul “W.M.” Remix (UK-Friday 16th April 2021) :

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Tom Aspaul has released today his album “Black Country Discothèque” including a Tin Remix of a track called “W.M.” including vocals by Kim Wilde.

You can listen to or download it at the following links :  spotify.com       or          amazon.co.uk

Listen to it here :

 

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Kim Wilde UK Summer live dates with Culture Club (UK-Tuesday 13th April 2021) :

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Kim Wilde will be among the Special guests with Bananarama, Gabrielle & Lulu this Summer opening for Culture Club at the Heritage Live Summer dates 2021  :

Saturday 17 July 2021 – Ardingly (UK) : Buy tickets

Saturday 24th July 2021 – Reading (UK) : Buy tickets

Kim Wilde News (January-February-March 2021) : all about Kim Wilde !!

Kim Wilde UK Greatest Hits Tour postponed to 2022 !! (UK-Wednesday 24th March 2021) :

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Kim Wilde management has announced that the Kim Wilde UK Greatest Hits tour has been postponed to 2022 !!

All existing tickets remain valid for the new live dates scheduled !

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Kim Wilde new video filming (UK-Thursday 18th March 2021) :

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Kim Wilde posted the photo above on twitter with the following message : “We’ve been filming a video today. Clue is in the picture”.

It seemed that Kim Wilde & Boy George shot a new video…

Later, Boy George confirmed it by posting the following photo on twitter :

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Name & number :

 

 

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Ricky Wilde Retro Pop Interview (part 1)(UK-Friday 5th March 2021) :
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Exclusive – “Pop Don’t Stop”, Ricky Wilde

on 40 years of music with sister Kim :

In 1981, Kim Wilde shot into the global charts with her debut smash hit, Kids in America

Co-written by dad Marty and brother Ricky, the track marks not only the beginning of an extraordinary, four-decade-long (and counting) career for one of Britain’s most iconic acts of the ‘80s, but for Kim and Ricky, one of the longest-running collaborations in music history. 

Celebrating 40 years of Kim Wilde’s pop career, we spoke exclusively to Ricky about his ongoing work with his sister, the highs and lows of their career, and why making music now is better than ever.

 

DISCOVERING A POP STAR

40 years in music is a massive achievement, for Kim and for you. How did it all begin? 

It’s strange, because I desperately wanted to be in the music industry in some capacity. At that time, I didn’t know that [Kim] could sing that well. I could hear her singing around the house and I knew she had a good voice. But it wasn’t really a vision, as such.

Basically, I did five or six demos, tracks that I’d written. I took them to a few labels to try and get a record deal as an artist. I finished up going to Mickie Most of RAK Records. Mickie had huge success with Hot Chocolate. He had Suzi Quatro… quite a few acts. [He was a good fit] for the kind of stuff that I was doing, which is kind of like pop, pop-rock, a bit punky. But I loved a good tune. I was a massive ABBA fan as well, I just love harmonies. Queen – I used to love Queen because of all the harmonies and beautiful songs. Freddie’s voice was unbelievable. I had lots of influences and I just wanted to get in there and record them and do it. 

It wasn’t really so much of a dream to be an artist, but it was just a way for me to be able to do what I love doing. During the first session, Mickie came in and I said, ‘Look, this needs backing vocals. My sister does backing vocals. Do you mind if she comes in to record them?’ And he said, ‘No.’ So Kim came in [and] recorded the backing vocals. Mickie was there, saw Kim, and said, ‘Well, she’s got a great voice, she looks great, there’s something about her…’ 

Three bells came down straight away. It was kind of like, ‘Now this is an opportunity. Mickie sees Kim as a potential artist, all she needs a killer song.’ So I went back and I was chatting with my dad about it, who I did a lot of co-writing with at the time. I said, ‘Look, we need to come up with a killer track for Kimmy and I know we could get a really good deal’. 

So we booked another studio in Harford, owned by a band called The Enid. We went in and spent three days there, and we recorded and pretty much mastered Kids in America. Then I took it to Mickie and he heard it and said, ‘That’s an absolute smash!’

 

It took a little while for the record deal to be sorted out between Kim and Mickie, but in the end, it all got sorted out and they released it. And then obviously, the rest is history… Mickie said the moment it got released, everybody was just going mental, not just for the song, but for Kim as well. And he said, ‘Right, you better go in and do the album.’ And it was lovely, because that meant that I didn’t have to be the artist. I had no aspirations of being an artist as such. So it worked great for me, it worked great for Kim… and I’ve been with Kimmy ever since.

You and Kim are obviously very close but, musically, you must have disagreements in the studio sometimes – both as collaborators, and as siblings. 

It’s a strange one. I kind of know when a certain track is working, or if it isn’t working. It’s a gut feeling. And if Kim’s not feeling it, I always understand why she’s not feeling it. You can hear it in the way she’s singing it and the way it feels for her. If she’s not feeling it [or it] doesn’t feel right for her, it’s out. On to the next track. But there’s never any arguments about it, there’s never been a problem with that. It is what it is, you can’t force creativity. It either happens or it doesn’t.

Kim’s first three albums – ‘Kim Wilde’, ‘Select’ and ‘Catch as Catch Can’ – were primarily written by you and Marty, but from ‘Teases & Dares’ onwards, she became involved in the writing process. How did that come about?

At that time, Kim had moved up to London and she bought a flat there. She had a little home studio setup and she started getting involved in the writing. I don’t think she had aspirations of it actually being used on albums or anything. She just thought, ‘I wonder if I can do it?’ And I think she felt quite overawed by having dad and I as writers, having written all the successful hits for her up until that time. 

It was kind of quite a tough decision for her to actually do that, but I know it’s something that she was desperate to do, or at least try and do. The first one she wrote, I think was a track called Fit In, that finished up being on one of the albums. I heard it and I thought, ‘That’s beautiful.’ The lyric was beautiful and so I just kind of saw the potential straight away as a lyricist, as well as coming up with some lovely melodies.

 

It wasn’t something that I’d really seen because Kim had not had a chance to really do that, she’d been travelling all over the world and promoting all the singles and the albums and photo sessions and interviews – it takes up it’s hard work being an artist, it’s a lot of work goes on behind it, that people don’t see. It all looks very glamorous, but it’s b**ody hard work. And she spent a lot of time doing that. So for her to actually be able to get in there and do something creative was quite hard for her, but she still managed to do it.

Some of the tracks that I was working on – [because] my dad was playing a lot of golf, and rightly so, at that time – there were times where I’d be in the studio, and I’d come up with a backing track and the melody and I thought, ‘Well, this needs lyrics.’ Dad wasn’t there, but Kim was and I’d say, ‘ Kimmy, do you want to have a go at this? Or do you want Dad to have a go or whatever?’ And she’d say, ‘No, I’ll have a crack at that.’ Then she started getting involved in the lyrics.

For me, I always feel like it’s the artists that should be writing the lyrics they’re singing. As much as I love writing with Dad – and I used to write a lot with Dad -, I just think that, as an artist, it’s really important for you to be singing what you’re feeling, and not what someone else is feeling. So Kimmy got more and more involved and, as time went on, it finished up with Kimmy writing all her lyrics.

Do you think having Kim involved creatively changed your music? There definitely seems to be more of the essence of her in those later albums. 

Absolutely. That’s exactly my point about the artist being the lyricist. It’s so, so important. Because you get to know what makes them tick [and] what they’re about [via] the lyrics that they come up with. Especially with Kim – she comes up with some really deep and very personal stuff. I think she’s incredibly underrated, Kim as a lyricist. She’s so talented, so talented.

HIGHS, LOWS AND STEPPING OUT OF THE SPOTLIGHT

As the albums progressed, you began to introduce new writers into the fold, with Tony Swain (of Jolley & Swain fame) co-producing ‘Close’ and writing almost half of the tracks on ‘Love Moves’.

 

How did working with different writers and producers change the dynamic between Kim and yourself in the studio?

It was actually my suggestion that Tony got involved, because I was a massive fan of Tony’s. And Tony had come into the studio, Select Sound Studios, which was the family owned studio at the time in Knebworth. He lived locally and he heard about it and said, ‘I’d really like to come in and record another act.’ So  he came in and did some work on a few albums. And through that, I got to know Tony really well and he became a very dear friend of mine, even today.

We were doing the close album and I just felt that we needed a fresh input, somehow, something different. I had written the whole album, I produced and programmed it all up, and it all sounded great. I was happy, but I just felt that it needed something fresh in there. Something different, a different point of view, because when you’ve been a writer, programmer, lyricist… you get so close to certain tracks. So, I thought Tony was the perfect choice. 

We did a couple of tracks, and they both sounded fabulous. So I said, ‘Come on, let’s just do the whole album and we had a wonderful time. I’ve got nothing but fantastic memories of working with him. Then we finished up with the close album, which is one of our most successful albums. 

It worked great. Sonically, it still sounds as tight and as punchy as it did back then. It still stands up [and] it’s an album I’m very, very proud of. But I’m not sure it would have been the same album without Tony’s input.

After working with Tony, you went on and did the ‘Love Is’ album with Rick Nowels, who had massive success with Belinda Carlisle and Stevie Nicks – but neither ‘Love Moves’ or ‘Love Is’ matched the success of ‘Close’. Why do you think that is?

I think vibe-wise, it’s a little bit too much of a departure from the ‘Close’ album. In those times, people expected – if you had to hit like You Keep Me Hangin’ On, for instance, they’d expect the whole album to sound like that. Like a club album. And it of course, Kim’s wasn’t, and people didn’t know what to expect from Kim. I think maybe they were expecting another ‘Close’ part two – which, which it wasn’t in any way.

 

I think, musically, it was a slight departure. But Kim was feeling that and she wanted to try something different. And  that’s what you do as an artist – if you live by the sword, you die by the sword – you gotta go for it, you’ve got to follow your heart. Sometimes it really works and other times, maybe it doesn’t. But as long as you’re proud of the album that you’ve made, and you’re happy with it, [and] you’re doing what you want to do, that’s the most important thing. 

If people want to buy it and they want to buy into it, then that’s great. But if they don’t, that’s kind of that’s fine as well.

Throughout Kim’s career there have been major highs along with deep lows from the very beginning – and particularly in the late ’90s and early ’00s, when Kim shunned the spotlight completely. 

Listening back to the music, though, the quality is consistently strong – that must have been tough for both of you?

It was for me, actually. For Kim it wasn’t, because she wanted to concentrate on getting married, having kids and raising a family in that time. Which is, you know, what 99% of women want to do. And guys as well, they get to this point, and they think, ‘Let’s just take a break for a while and make it interesting when we come back again.’

 

But obviously, Kim’s lasted quite a long time. [Laughs] 10 years, I think. And that was quite a long 10 years for me. I kind of kept myself busy doing bits and pieces with a few other bands, and it was fine. It was what it was, but I missed working with Kim because she’s such a great artist to work with and we always have great fun and we always make great f**king records. 

She’s just a great artist in every department and I really missed that. But now we’re doing it the same as we’ve ever done it and loving it as much as we’ve ever loved it.

So what coaxed Kim back out onto the stage?

It was a gig that came in. A retro tour called Here and Now with all the ‘80s acts – ABC, Tony Hadley… All the ‘80s lot were doing these retro gigs and festivals and there was a gig coming up at Wembley. nd Tony Denton, who was a dear friend of ours, he also promotes that tour, he phoned up and said, ‘Look, Kim, do you want to do it? You only have to do two or three numbers. Just get on and do Kids in America, You Came and You Keep Me Hangin’ On – do the hits and then go.’

She wasn’t expecting anything, and there was no real pressure because there were so many other artists on. [But] she didn’t know how she was going to be perceived [as a] slightly older lady singing Kids in America – what were people gonna think? She didn’t really know what to expect. 

So she said, ‘Do you fancy doing it?’ And I said, ‘Yeah, why not?’ Actually, I didn’t do the first very first one, but after that, I kind of like roped myself in playing guitar…

 

[Laughs] Once you know it was going to be alright…

Basically, yeah! [Laughs] So she did the Here and Now gig and the audience went absolutely bonkers. She could not believe it. It was a real eye opener. She said,’ You know what, this could be time for me to actually start doing some more gigs and coming back.’ Because she always loved doing live stuff – that is a very big part of her life and she loved all that. 

 

She said, ‘Look, maybe we should do some more live gigs.’ So we did a few more of them, and then made a record off the back of it [Never Say Never, 2006] and then we promoted the record and had our own band. Since then, we’ve just done more albums and more touring. It’s almost like starting again, really. It’s a funny old thing, but it’s great.

Despite being well-received onstage, Kim didn’t release those albums – Never Say Never, Come Out and Play, Snapshots – in the UK. Why was that?

There wasn’t the same interest over here as there was in the rest of Europe. Especially Germany – the Germans idolised Kim, they absolutely love her! So we concentrated on the territory that we knew appreciated us and wanted us.

It’s only after quite a lot of success over there with the new stuff that the UK started pricking their ears up, like ‘Maybe that could work over here…’ And then we started doing a little bit more over here. For a long time, we didn’t we didn’t do any gigs in the UK. But we will from now on.

HERE COME THE ALIENS

Kim’s last two albums have been inspired by particular moments in her life – the train video and the alien encounter. How do you approach making new music?

Do you know, I was chatting with Kimmy about this only last week, actually. And I said, Do you fancy doing a new album? And she goes, ‘Well, I’ve got the greatest hits that we’re going to be promoting…’ 

There will be a few new tracks on that. We’ve got two duets. One of them is Boy George. He’s guested on a track that Kimmy and I wrote with Fredrik Thomander in Italy. It’s a beautiful track and I really look forward to hearing everybody’s reactions on that. 

There’s another track that we’ve got on the album that we’re doing with a new guy singer called Tom Aspaul. Tom is going to be guesting on one of the other tracks, which has a kind of George Michael vibe to it. 

So it’s exciting times, we’re still working with great people and still doing wonderful things. It’s funny with albums, we do it when it feels right. It’s an organic thing. It suddenly comes to you one day, you think, ‘We’ve got four or five tracks here, and they’re all sounding like that it could be a kind of a part of something.’ 

That’s how ‘Here Come the Aliens’ happened,because she had obviously the experience in the garden and seeing these orbs, and it really, really affected her in a massive way. Everything just fell into place after that because she had the idea for how the sleeve should be and, lyrically, how things were going to sound. They’re not all about aliens, [but] there is a definite cohesive sound and a vibe about it.

 

We’ve got the Greatest Hits, so that’s the one we’re going to be promoting next year. But it might be at the end of that or it might be a year later. But it will come to a point where Kim will say, ‘Let’s do it’.

On a side note, speaking of collaborations, what’s the possibility of a Kim Wilde duets album?

It’s very possible. We’ve got so many wonderful friends in the industry and I know there’s so many people that would love to work with Kim. And I know, there’s loads of people that Kim would love to work with as well. So that’s a very, very much a possibility.”

In addition to you and Kim, your daughter Scarlett also co-wrote on ‘Here Come the Aliens’ – and illustrated the cover art, right?

Scarlett’s in the band as well. She always comes up with some amazing ideas. She actually co-wrote the new track that we’re going to be doing with Tom and she’s an incredible talent. A great writer and she’s got this lovely energy on stage and off stage as well.

She’s very multi-talented. She’s got this really lovely, very positive and open outlook – and very subjective. When we’re talking about stuff on the albums – what we should do, direction, live stuff – Scarlett’s always got a suggestion, and it’s always worth listening to.

‘Here Come the Aliens’ was Kim’s first UK Top 40 album in more than 25 years and her highest-charting since 1992. Has that given her a boost?

It’s lovely to be recognised, it really is. But for us, we just love touring. We just love getting out there and seeing the fans’ reactions to everything. That’s the most important thing for us is, it gives us an excuse to get out there and do it really.

If you release an album like ‘Here Come the Aliens’, you have to tour it. Because we still do all the hits and stuff, but just the visuals alone for ‘Aliens’, it’s just fantastic. We have so much fun with all the new tracks on stage and songs like Solstice, that whole intro literally kicks off with a piano and Kim singing, and the spotlights on Kim and it’s just a really beautiful moment. The songs just lend themselves to drama and we really love bringing that bringing that to the live setup.

Is that what led to the ‘Aliens Live’ album?

Yes, it did. People might buy a Kim Wilde album, but they don’t realise that, these days, Kim is probably better [live] than on the album’s. The live versions, for me, actually sound a bit better than some of the tracks on the album. Because of the way Kim is live now, she just loves it so much. And you can tell with her vocal, the way she delivered it [is] so relaxed and confident. And the band is just amazing.

For that live album, each track was recorded in a different city, and you can hear just how strong the audience reaction is. They just love it and I think it’s nice for people to be able to share that with us.

I have to say, Sean Vincent, who’s Kim’s manager, also does the outfront sound for us as well. He did all the recording [and] his mixing is just stunning. He’s just an incredible talent. I have to say that Sean’s input on those albums was so integral. That’s why the album sounds so good, because of Sean – his mixing on that live album was just stunning. Absolutely stunning.

We’ve talked a lot about Kim but, aside from the Greatest Hits, what’s next for you? Are you working on any new musical projects?

I’ve been doing a lot of work with NINA recently. I adore her. She’s amazing. She’s tough, she’s really driven, focused… But she’s a lovely kid. She’s very open hearted. She’s got a good soul, a very adult soul. I just really love her vibe, and thankfully, she’s liking what I’m doing. I think we’ve got about four or five tracks in [on a new album] now.

There’s a band called Nation of Language who I absolutely adore. It’s got a kind of Depeche Mode, kind of early Joy Division vibe to it, I just love his voice and I love their vibe… The Midnight as well. They did the whole synthwave thing, which for me is perfect, because it’s all the music I love. I’m more than happy to work with those kinds of people and I’d be absolutely thrilled to work with them.

They have made any noises yet, but hopefully after this interview…
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The Kim Wilde 80′s Show in Qatar (QBS) (Qatar-Saturday 27th February 2021) :

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Special message by Kim Wilde :

 

The Kim Wilde 80′s Show has been brodcast in Qatar on QBS radio from 4pm since Saturday 20th February 2021.

You can listen to it from here : qbsradio.qa

 

An article about this radio programme : thepeninsulaqatar.com

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Cornwall Mind support Art Auction (UK-Saturday 27th February 2021) :

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A Kim Wilde painting representing her son Harry surfing on a Cornwall beach will be auctioned on line between 18th & 25th April 2021 on the John Dyer Gallery website. If you are interested in bidding for that auction, you have to register here : johndyergallery.com

All the profit raised going directly to help fund Cornwall Mind’s vital support services to make sure anyone with a mental health problem in Cornwall. More information here : cornwallmind.org

 

A video interview about it :

 

 

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Kim Wilde “Pop don’t stop” – A biography (UK-Friday 26th February 2021):

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Kim Wilde “Pop don’t stop”, a biography written by Marcel Rijs will be released on Thursday 3rd June 2021.

You can pre-order your copy here : thisdayinmusicbooks.com

 

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Retro Pop (UK-Saturday 20th February 2021) :

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Exclusive : Kim Wilde lines up big-name collaborations for new Greatest Hits collection.

 

It’s been 40 years since a 20-year-old Kim Wilde launched her career in music with the iconic Kids In America, and she’s set to celebrate her incredible career in style with a brand new retrospective.

Speaking exclusively to Retro Pop, Kim’s brother, producer and co-writer Ricky Wilde, says the Greatest Hits collection, which doesn’t have a release date as yet, will feature all of the star’s singles plus a handful of new songs.

Teasing the project will be “incredibly positive and very collectible,” and will feature cuts from across Kim’s four-decade career, Ricky also reveals the release will feature two brand new collaborations.

 

“There will be a few new tracks on the Greatest Hits. We’ve got two duets,” he shares. “One of them is Boy George. He’s guested on a track that Kimmy and I wrote with Fredrik Thomander in Italy.

“It’s a beautiful track and I really look forward to hearing everybody’s reactions on that.

“There’s another track that we’ve got on the album that we’re doing with a new guy singer called Tom Aspaul,” adds Ricky.

“Tom is going to be guesting on one of the other tracks, which has a kind of George Michael vibe to it.

“So it’s exciting times, we’re still we’re still working with great people and still doing wonderful things.”

Kim previously colaborated with Boy George on “Name & Number” , taken from his new album ‘Cool Karaoke, Vol. 1’, and she’s set to appear on a new version of W.M. on Tom’s upcoming ‘Black Country Disco’ remix album.

 

 

While a new studio album from Kim isn’t currently in the works, Ricky hints a duets album with a variety of guest stars is “very possible”.

“We’ve got so many wonderful friends in the industry and I know there’s so many people that would love to work with Kim,” he says.

“And and I know, there’s loads of people that Kim would love to work with as well. So that’s a very, very much a possibility.”

 

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Electronically Yours Kim Wilde Interview (UK-Friday 29th January 2021) :

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Martyn Ware (from the band Heaven 17) has created a new podcast called “Electronically yours” available with a subscription via Spotify or  Pocket Casts.

This Friday, Martyn’s post include a one hour interview with Kim Wilde (Episode 8). Kim talks about the begining of her career, her collaboration on her father Marty Wilde’s album “Running together” and her future plans.

More information on this page : Electronically Yours

Listen to Kim Wilde’s interview here : Electronically Yours-Kim Wilde

“EP08: Kim Wilde.

Kim Wilde has been a glamorous pop star from her teenage years. Her father is Marty Wilde, 60’s pop star, who’s family have become a lineage of excellence. Ricky, Kim’s brother, helped to write and produce a string of massive hits on the 80’s including Kids In America, Chequered Love and You Keep Me Hangin’ On, both in the UK and across the world and the US. She is also an author, radio DJ and television presenter, specialising in gardening and her love of wildlife. Martyn has toured extensively with her, and they have become close friends since Kim revealed her love of Heaven 17’s Penthouse and Pavement album as a 16 year old! She sang on the 3rd BEF album in 2015 and still tours and records extensively and successfully. She is as dynamic, intelligent and lovable as ever…”

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“Kids in America” 40th Anniversary (UK-Tuesday 26th January 2021) :

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Kim Wilde celebrates today the 40th anniversary of her debut single “Kids in America” (released on 26th Januray 1981).

Kim Wilde posted the following video on twitter :

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(click on the picture above to watch Kim Wilde’s video)

 

and Kim also shared this special extended version of “Kids in America” :

 

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Kim Wilde & Boy George record a duet (UK- Thursday14th January 2021) :

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A few months ago, Kim Wilde declared having recorded a duet with Boy George. The song called “Name & number” is included in Boy George’s new album “Cool Karaoke Vol. 1″ and was posted recently on youtube & instagram :

 

 

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Happy New Year 2021 !! (UK-Friday 1st January 2021) :

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Kim Wilde News would like to wish you a Happy New Year 2021 !! All the best for the new year and lots of Kim Wilde wishes : to be able to attend as many live dates as you wish at the occasion of the Kim Wilde Greatest Hits Tour 2021, a “Kim Wilde Greatest Hits” album and maybe a brand new studio album…

Let’s hope the coronavirus pandemic will be over as soon as possible…
Thanks again for your continuous support and regular visits to this blog.

 

Kim Wilde’s Happy New Year wishes posted on twitter :

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