Stone

Song written by Ricky, Kim and Marty Wilde. Ninth track of the album Close. It was also released as the B-side of the single You came. The lyrics are about environmental waste, and mention the phrase "dangerous fools".
Stone was included in a DJ remix of You came by Joseph Watt, which was released by Razormaid.

Kim about 'Stone'

It's about the environment. With this song I tell people that they should feel responsible. You must not think that you can't do anything about a better environment. Yes, I am doing it myself. I don't use hairspray. My car can't ride on unleaded petrol, so I'll sell it and buy one that can. I'm not perfect. I do eat meat. But I also give money to Greenpeace. can you remember the top conference between Reagan and Gorbachev on Iceland? They were there to abandon short-range missiles, but it was just a publicity stunt from both sides, to win votes. I didn't like it! That's when I wrote 'Stone'. (1)

Fools are only dangerous when they have power. The finger points at governments of all nations who stand by and allow their industries to pollute and kill our world. They then lie to cover up their ignorance and greed, to try to lull us into a false sense of security. Each of us must take our own personal stand, and not grow up to be the dangerous fools of tomorrow. (2)

This song was written with two big environmental disaster events in mind, but of course also with my more general growing unease as to the damage human kind continued to bring to our fragile planet in the name of 'progress'. The Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the Ukraine exploded in April 1986. At the time it was the worst nuclear power plant accident in history, and it has left a huge area with a radius of 30 kilometres from the site of the explosion completely uninhabitable now and for thousands of years to come. Also in 1986 the river Rhine was poisoned by the chemical firm Sandoz, contaminating the entire Rhine to the North Sea and reversing 10 years of work to clean up the river. The same year I felt inspired to become a member of Greenpeace. (3)

Credits

Keyboards & programming: Ricky Wilde, Tony Swain
Guitars: Steve Byrd, Ricky Wilde
Produced by Ricky Wilde and Tony Swain
Engineered by James Richards.
Mix engineered by Richard Lengyel

Interview sources

(1) I really have been desperate, Popfoto (Netherlands), March 1, 1989
(2) Kim Wilde Fanclub magazine, vol. 8 no. 1
(3) Facebook Track by Track commentary, published September 3, 2013