Date: 25 April 1981
Originally published in: France Soir Magazine (France)
Written by: Michèle Dokan
No, Kim Wilde did not smile for the photographer: she prefers a languid style. This sulky baby of twenty years, blonde manes, the pouty lips and gray-green eyes, is the new darling of British rock. Her first 45 “Kids in America” sold at the rate of 500,000 copies in five weeks, propelling her to the very top of the British charts. But the saying goes, the apple does not fall far from the tree, and the beautiful Kim is the daughter of a gentleman who, in the years 55-60, also ruled the Anglo-Saxon rock: Marty Wilde. No wonder then that she inherited this great voice and his torrid pace.
“Kids in America” is a family affair because it’s dad Marty who wrote the lyrics, Kim’s brother Rick has composed the music. Success helping the beautiful Kim decided to give up his passion for the fine arts. But there’s no way to make her leave her trouser suits: she hates dresses. Even to please her boy friends: “I do not have a regular boyfriend, and it does not interest me to find one. But I like boys. Sex is an important thing for me. I love the thrill that causes conquest. Like all Scorpios I am incredibly passionate. “
In France, she found a sponsor in the person of Johnny Hallyday who thinks she is “divine” and takes pleasure in giving a boost to the girl that was one of his first fans twenty years ago.