Best of Christkinder-Weihnachtskonzerte

26 December 2006
FFH Radio (Germany)

Thomas Meyer presents the best recordings from the three concerts organised by FFH radio on three Advent Sundays in churches in the broadcast area of the radio station.

Three songs from Kim Wilde’s concert in Kirchbrombach are broadcast:

Have yourself a merry little Christmas
Rockin’ around the Christmas tree

Face à face live (RFM radio)

RFM radio (France)

Broadcast from 6 to 7pm on RFM radio in France, Kim Wilde played six acoustic songs. She was also interviewed. Three songs were played at Kim’s request: ‘Week-end à Rome’ by Etienne Daho, ‘L’autre Finistière’ by Les Innocents and ‘Sang pour sang’ by Johnny Hallyday.

Interview plus songs:
You came
Baby obey me
Together we belong
Perfect girl
Kids in America

Radio Regenbogen Popkantine

Radio Regenbogen (Germany)

Radio Regenbogen broadcasts the acoustic session that was recorded on November 9. The concert was split into separate tracks and broadcast between 5pm and 7pm.

Tracks played:

Baby obey me
Four letter word
I fly
Kids in America
Perfect girl
Together we belong
You came
You keep me hangin’ on

Acoustic session Rix FM

Rix FM (Sweden)

An acoustic live session took place for Rix FM in Stockholm.
Kim and her band performed the following songs:

Together We Belong
You Came
I Fly
Maybe I’m Crazy
Four Letter Word
Baby Obey Me
Perfect Girl
Kids in America

Report of the day by Calanor

The day began with me going to the album signing, being held at Åhlens City in downtown Stockholm. I was a little surprised by the amount of people who’d gathered by the time I arrived – the music section is not terribly big, so it got a bit crowded in places. Around 2pm, Kim arrived, which in the far back of the queue where I happened to be was obvious from the applause and flashing cameras. Fast-forward past the not terribly exciting waiting in line, and it’s my turn to get my items signed. Or so I thought, till a somewhat sullen guard instructed me to bring only one single item with me. Oh well, said and done, I approached the table behind which Kim’s sitting and that’s about the time when my mind flat-lined. In a matter of seconds, I turned into this nervous kid who couldn’t for the life of him remember what he’d planned to say. Kim kindly put up with my staring, however. Hopefully I will be able to retain my senses a tad better the next time around…

Some five hours later, I meet up with another Swedish fan, Lasse, and we take off together to “Hotellet”, where the Rix FM showcase will be held. As we’re rather early, we spend the next one and a half hours getting acquainted with each other over a few pints, while of course discussing what lies ahead. The gig would take place in the downstairs nightclub section of “Hotellet” and I noticed that quite a lot of the people who were there to watch the gig seemed to be younger than I’d expected. After a lot of 80s stuff booming out of the speakers (including, of course, Kim), it’s finally getting 9 in the evening and the gig is about to start.

Ricki enters with the rest of the band and takes a seat on the rather small stage next to the dance floor. He then announces that he’d like to introduce us to his sister, whereupon Kim – with the help of some guards I am sure – manages to make her way through the crowd up to the stage. Looking absolutely radiant in front of the enthusiastic crowd, she and the band start this completely acoustic gig with “Together We Belong”. It immediately became clear that even though this might be an acoustic gig, Kim and the band intended to rock the place. Kim was full of energy, and quite obviously happy to be there on the stage, something that I think could be said about Ricki and the rest of the guys as well.

The gig continued with acoustic, and I would say without exception excellent, versions of “You Came”, “I Fly”, “Baby Obey Me”, “Four Letter Word”, “Maybe I’m Crazy”, “Perfect Girl”, and finally “Kids”. The songs were most likely performed in that order – however, it must be noted that both Lasse and I were apparently so caught up in it all that neither of us seemed to think about “trivial” matters, such as in which order the songs actually were being performed…
In-between many of the songs, Kim talked a bit to the audience in her friendly, charismatic manner or exchanged some light-hearted banter with Ricki. The small scale of the showcase, with perhaps around 200 people present, along with Kim’s natural charm made this gig more personal than you might normally expect.

All-in-all, it was an unforgettable evening and an example of Kim at her best. Kim’s performance was pretty much flawless and the acoustic arrangements worked surprisingly well. Apparently, there were some minor technical issues, as Kim and Ricki both pointed out to the audio engineer that they had some problems hearing themselves, but this wasn’t anything I noticed while I was headbanging in the middle of the crowd.

Kim ended the gig by saying that it’s great to be back. Well, Kim, it great to have you back! Thank you, and all of those around you who made this gig possible, for a great evening!

Kunze & Kati

RPR1 radio (Germany)

Kim Wilde appeared in the morning radio programme Kunze & Kati on RPR1 radio, Ludwigshafen (Germany). She talked about her comeback, and sang a German children’s song, ‘Bi Ba Butzemann’.

Elmi show

Radio Regenbogen (Germany)

Kim Wilde appeared on the Elmi Show on Radio Regenbogen, Mannheim (Germany) to be interviewed and to play a few of her favourite songs. Songs that were played at Kim’s request were:

Veronica – Elvis Costello
Can we still be friends – Todd Rundgren
Off the wall – Michael Jackson
Swen – The Feeling
Everything is wonderful – Lily Allen

Songs by Kim Wilde that were played during the hour:
I fly and You keep me hangin’ on.

NRJ Radio

NRJ Radio (France)

Kim Wilde appeared on Radio NRJ in France with presenter Bruno, for a short interview and to perform ‘You came’ with Rick on guitar.

HR3 Extra am Samstag

HR3 (Germany)

Between 9am and 12am local time, Kim Wilde presented the radio show ‘HR3 Extra am Samstag’ together with host Werner Reinke. During the show they talked about Kim, her career and her life. Kim chose the songs for this broadcast, and of course some songs by her were also played. The show was pre-recorded on September 25.

First hour

Anyplace, anywhere, anytime – Nena & Kim Wilde
You came (2006) – Kim Wilde
In my place – Coldplay
Ooh la la – Goldfrapp
Waltz no. 2 – Elliott Smith
Perfect girl – Kim Wilde
Nothing else matters – Metallica
Sexy love – Ne-yo
Great gardens – Rufus Wainwright

Second hour

Kim Wilde – Charlotte Hatherley
Kids in America 2006 – Kim Wilde feat. Charlotte Hatherley
Do you want to – Franz Ferdinand
1 thing – Amerie
I fly – Kim Wilde
Born to be wild – Kim Wilde
I predict a riot – Kaiser chiefs
You keep me hangin’ on 2006 – Kim Wilde feat. Nena
Teenage dirtbag – Wheatus

Third hour

Welcome to the jungle – Guns ‘n’ roses
Together we belong – Kim Wilde
Everything’s just wonderful – Lily Allen
Clampdown – The Clash
Four letter word 2006 – Kim Wilde
Parallel lines – Todd Rundgren
Feel Good inc. – Gorillaz
Game over – Kim Wilde


BBC Radio 2 (UK)

Programme in which a band and several musical guests get together to play songs and answer quizzical questions. Kim is a guest in this edition. She sings ‘My coo ca choo’, ‘Knees up mother Brown’, ‘Kids in America’ and ‘Signed sealed delivered’ in the course of the programme.

AVRO (Netherlands)

Kim Wilde visits the radio programme, presented by Hans Schiffers. They talk about Kim’s new album.

Radio 2 Zomerhit

Radio 2 (Belgium)

On Saturday, August 12 Kim performed at Westende at the Belgian coast for Radio 2 for an enthusiastic but wet 12000 people audience during the Radio 2 Zomerhit concert. Other artists performing were Johnny Logan and a score of Belgian artists. Kim got a ‘Makes my summer’ Award from Radio 2.

John Shuttleworth’s Open Mind

BBC Radio 4 (UK)

John delves into the world of the little people as he investigates fairies. However finding an expert on the subject is proving difficult, until he realises that fairies are normally spied at the bottom of the garden, so he contacts gardening expert Kim Wilde. He might even get a few singing tips at the same time.