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July 27, 2016

Kim Wilde – Kim Wilde (1981) – Lp

by Record Facts

Kim Wilde (born Kim Smith; 18 November 1960) is an English pop singer, author, DJ and television presenter who burst onto the music scene in 1981 with her debut single “Kids in America“.

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Artist:  Kim Wilde
Title:  Kim Wilde
Year:  1981
Format:  LP
Label:  RAK Records
Catalog#  1A 062-64438

The songs on the album were all written by Kim’s father and successful 50s rock and roll singer Marty Wilde and by her younger brother Ricky Wilde and most of the music was played by the then current line-up of the symphonic rock band The Enid. Production duties were fulfilled by Ricky Wilde. The cover portraits were taken by renowned British photographer Gered Mankowitz.

Musically, the album was mainly new wave and rock-oriented, but it also featured a reggae track (“Everything We Know”) and a brass section appeared on “2-6-5-8-0”. Lyrically, Marty Wilde included love songs and also a song (“Water on Glass“) about tinnitus (a medical condition that causes ringing in the ears), a song about the deterioration of inner cities (“Our Town”) and a song about a theory that sound is alive (“Tuning in Tuning On”).

During promotion, Kim’s band consisted of Ricky Wilde, James Stevenson and later boyfriend Calvin Hayes, who also appeared on the sleeve of the album. Kim later commented that, at that time in the industry, it was passé for a female to attempt to launch a serious career in pop music on her own, and that the backing band had been shown on the sleeve to give credibility to the album. Still, she was accused of trying to copy the allure of US band Blondie.


Side one
1.  Water On Glass  (3:26)
2.  Our Town  (3:53)
3.  Everything We Know  (3:46)
4.  Young Heroes  (3:13)
5.  Kids In America  (3:25)

Side two
1.  Chequered Love  (3:189
2.  2-6-5-8-0  (3:08)
3.  You’ll Never Be So Wrong  (4:14)
4.  Falling Out  (4:03)
5.  Tuning In Tuning On  (4:29)

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