The Wilde family were a musical unit with dad Marty and Kim’s brother (and producer) Ricky co-writing follow-up hits including Chequered Love, Cambodia and View from a Bridge. However, as the decade progressed, her records experienced a dip in sales with the breezy jazziness of Love Blonde and under-rated Hi-NRG stomper The Second Time both stalling outside the top 20.
However, it was her 1988 album Close that became her most commercially successful worldwide. Produced by Ricky Wilde and Tony Swain, this sixth studio set seemed to fit in perfectly with the pop music of the late eighties.
By this time Kim was songwriting alongside her brother and father and the album’s second single You Came, for which she provided the lyrics, was huge. Soaring to number three in the UK, it was followed into the top ten by Never Trust a Stranger and Four Letter Word. The singer also supported Michael Jackson on his Bad tour in Europe giving the album further exposure and success internationally.
The 21st century has seen Kim not only becoming a favourite on the eighties revival circuit but also enjoying chart success in continental Europe with new material. And of course, her 1987 hit cover of Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree, alongside Mel Smith, continues to be heard on our radios and in the shops every Christmas.
For details of her current tour, see http://www.kimwilde.com/tour-dates