Between the eighties and apple harvest

Kim Wilde releases an album of her favorite cover songs in August

The snapshots from the life of Kim Wilde live in contrasts. One time she sweats with her thirteen-year-old son Harry Tristan at Metallica concerts, sometimes she plows with her husband Hal Fowler in the vegetable garden: “He’s just very proud of his cabbages,” says the British pop star of the 80s with mock seriousness. But the 50-year-old is in Berlin for another reason.

She has in recent years not only studied agriculture, written books about it with enthusiasm and harvested apples in her garden north of London, but she also rediscovered her love for music. Since her comeback in 2006 she did more live performances than ever and integrates cover versions in her program. The most beautiful ones she has now recorded in just three months for the album ‘Snapshots’ (released on 26 August) – a personal retrospective after more than three decades in the music business, eleven albums and 30 singles. Kim Wilde interprets 14 well known pop songs again. “Anyone Who Had A Heart” by Cilla Black, for example, which impressed Kim Wilde at the age of just four years. And “It’s Alright” by East 17: “That was my favorite boy band, they were naughty and so nice.”. Daughter Rose Elizabeth (11) emulates her mother. “She plays piano, sings, wrote her first songs and has won music awards. I would not mind if she becomes a singer,” says Kim Wilde, who on the recorded the duet “Kooks” by David Bowie with her husband, a musical singer. In December, she tours with Status Quo in Great Britain. Kim Wilde is in Berlin on 15  March 2012 at the Columbia Hall.