Here Come the Aliens

Released on 16 March 2018, 'Here Come the Aliens' was Kim Wilde's fourteenth studio album. It was released by Wildeflower Records and Ear Music. A deluxe edition of the album, featuring a second CD, was released on 19 October 2018.

Music

The twelve tracks on the album are all original songs, written by Kim Wilde and/or Ricky Wilde and various collaborators. Only 'Birthday' was written by Scarlett Wilde and Shane Lee, making this the only track on the album not co-written by Kim or Rick. Musically, the album references Eighties pop, with influences by earlier Kim Wilde tracks ('Pop Don't Stop') and various Eighties artists such as Gary Numan and Blondie.

 

Tracks

The album features the tracks 1969, Pop Don't Stop, Kandy Krush, Stereo Shot, Yours 'til the End, Solstice, Addicted to You, Birthday, Cyber.Nation.War, Different Story, Rock the Paradiso and Rosetta.
The deluxe version of the album added a second cd, featuring the tracks Amoureux des Rêves, Fight Temptation, Yours 'til the End (Infinity Mix), Stereo Shot/1969/Different Story (Numinous Mix), Cyber.Nation.War (Keyboard Warrior Mix), You Came (live), Cambodia (live) and Kids in America (live).

Artwork

The cover of the album was created by Scarlett Wilde, who spent over two years at art college in Australia. Inspired by the title of the album she created a 'Fifties movie poster' with UFO's, aliens and the Paradiso venue (located in Amsterdam, the Netherlands) in the background while a despairing Kim Wilde looks up to the sky from the lower right corner.

Formats

'Here come the aliens' was released as a CD and yellow vinyl LP. In Germany, a box set was released including the CD and the yellow vinyl LP, two art cards and a canvas of the album cover. A limited edition red vinyl LP was made available a few months after the original release of the album, as well as a limited edition picture disc LP in a gatefold sleeve. Digital downloads were made available worldwide.
See also this page in the discography.

Kim about Here Come the Aliens

It did take many years to come to be. It didn't just happen because we kindof hit gold. It was many years in the making, that album. It really is one of my all-time most favourite albums we've been involved in making. (1)

Credits

Guitar, keys and backing vocals: Ricki Wilde
Drums, percussion: Jonathan Atkinson
Bass: Paul Cooper
Guitar: Neil Jones
Keys, piano: Steve Power
Backing vocals: Scarlett Wilde
Guest vocals on 'Rosetta': Frida Sundemo
Recorded at Dog House Studios and RAK Studios
Mixed at Rak Studios by Sean J. Vincent and Ricki Wilde
Produced by Ricki Wilde

Chart performance

Austria: 34 (1 week)
Belgium (Flanders): 48 (4 weeks)
Belgium (Wallonia): 93 (4 weeks)
France: 68
Germany: 11 (3 weeks)
Netherlands: 74 (1 week)
Switzerland: 10 (4 weeks)
UK: 21 (2 weeks)

Interview source

(1) Unsung Heroes podcast, 23 July 2021