Artists who swayed the world –
Kim Wilde

Artists who swayed the world – Kim Wilde

19.11.2018 – 10:15 PM – VOX

“We’re the kids in America” – out of nowhere, Kim Wilde appears in 1981 on the scene with a song, which is one of the definitive New Wave hits of the decade. She quickly becomes a pop icon, her poster hangs in countless teenage rooms.

With 30 sold million recordings and 17 top 40 hits, she is the most successful British solo artist of the eighties and has shaped the sound of a generation like no other.

Behind the success are two men who are crucial to her career: her brother Ricky and her father Marty, one of the first British rock’n roll stars who write many of their hits. Kim Wilde’s path leads from early synthpop numbers such as “Cambodia” to her iconic Motown cover song “You Keep Me Hangin ‘On”, which she even used to capture the US billboard charts, right through to her tours with Michael Jackson and David Bowie – and a surprising break in her pop career.

From the late nineties Kim Wilde hangs up her pop career and becomes a successful landscape gardener. A star of the New German Wave brings her back to pop music in 2003. The unexpected success of their single has consequences: the second career of Kim Wilde continues to this day. We meet her and her brother at the studio in London and look back over an almost four-decade career in an exclusive interview with Kim Wilde.