A Little Respect

Song written and originally recorded by Erasure.

Erasure version

The British synthpop duo Erasure released ‘A Little Respect’ in September 1988 as their tenth single. The single was taken from their album ‘The Innocents’. The lyric is an empowering plea to a lover to show compassion and respect.

Kim Wilde version

Kim Wilde performed this song live during her European tour in March/April 2009 and subsequent festival performances in the summer of 2009. She continued to perform the song in 2010 and during the ‘Come Out and Play’ tour in March 2011. In August 2011 the song was released as a studio recording on Kim’s album Snapshots.


There are two versions of ‘A Little Respect’: the album version and the ‘mixed but not mastered’ version from the promotional cd of ‘Snapshots’.

Live performances

‘A Little Respect’ was performed live during Kim’s 2009 tour, during the Snapshots & Greatest Hits tour in 2012 and during the Christmas gigs in 2013.

Kim about ‘A little respect’

‘A Little Respect’ is a great song by Erasure, Vince Clark and Andy Bell, and I remember it came out in 1988 which was a really important year for me. I had ‘Close’ out which did really well, and of course I was on tour with Michael Jackson, so it all kindof kicked off that year. Every time I hear this song it just takes me back to that fantastic time in my career. (1)

Andy Bell absolutely loved it and has told us so, so that’s one of the reasons why it’s on [Pop Don’t Stop, the greatest hits compilation]. It was fully endorsed by him and he loves it, so that means the world to us. (2)


Guitars: Bernd Klimpel
Additional vocals: Ricky Wilde & Scarlett Wilde
Produced by Alex G.
Vocal production by Ricky Wilde

Interview source

(1) Track by track commentary, Sony Music, 2011.
(2) Unsung Heroes podcast, 23 July 2021


I try to discover
A little something to make me sweeter
Oh baby refrain from breaking my heart
I’m so in love with you
I’ll be forever blue
That you give me no reason
Why you’re making me work so hard

That you give me no
That you give me no
That you give me no
That you give me no

Soul, I hear you calling
Oh baby please give a little respect to me

And if I should falter
Would you open your arms out to me
We can make love not war
And live at peace in our hearts
I’m so in love with you
I’ll be forever blue
What religion or reason
Could drive a man to forsake his lover

Don’t you tell me no
Don’t you tell me no
Don’t you tell me no
Don’t you tell me no

Soul, I hear you calling
Oh baby please give a little respect to me

I’m so in love with you
I’ll be forever blue
That you give me no reason
You know you’re making me work so hard

That you give me no
That you give me no
That you give me no
That you give me no

Soul, I hear you calling
Oh baby please give a little respect to me
Soul, I hear you calling
Oh baby please give a little respect to me

A Lifetime Ahead

‘A Lifetime Ahead’ was a garden designed by Kim Wilde for an area in Spalding in 2004. See the accompanying text below.


Almost all scientists now agree that the earth’s climate is changing, primarily due to increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases caused by human activities such as the burning of fossil fuels and deforestation. The average temperature in Britain is increasing so fast that, in climate terms, gardens are moving south at the rate of 12 metres a day. With waterlogged winters and summer droughts, climate change is going to have a major impact on plant growth, and on the way we design, plant and maintain our gardens.

Our contemporary garden combines several planting styles including Exotic (to take advantage of milder winters and reduced frosts), Mediterranean (able to deal with summer droughts) as well as a bog garden, benefiting from warmer, waterlogged winters. In addition, a wildflower and woodland area provide a valuable natural environment for encouraging wildlife and promoting biodiversity in the garden. Planting is juxtaposed against imaginative sculpture including one comprised of car exhausts – the great emitters of CO2 – as well as a unique water feature incorporating ceramic electricity insulators (usually seen high up on pylons which transmit electricity generated by the burning of fossil fuels) and a totemic windmill structure – a direct reference to one.

Natural sustainable energy resource. Carved wooden totem poles interpret the artwork of the generation set to live ‘a lifetime ahead’, depicting their hopes for tomorrow’s world, and are of course made of wood produced from a sustainable source.

Even though this garden is set for ‘a lifetime ahead’, all planting is suited already to our present climate, given appropriate planting conditions.

Plant list

Agastache foeniculum
Agave americana
Agave americana
Allium sphaerocephalon
Allium schubertii
Allium cristophii
Angelica gigas
Anthemis tinctoria ‘E.C.Buxton’
Armenia ‘Joystick White’
Artemisia ‘Valerie Finnis’
Artemisia ‘Powis Castle’
Arum italicum
Aucuba jap. ‘Variegata’
Bambusa vivax
Bambusa vivax spectablis
Betulis utilis
Callicarpa bodinieri
Callistemon vigidus
Canna ‘Panache’
Carex elata ‘Bowles Golden’
Carex pendula
Catalpa bignonioides ‘Aurea’
Ceanothus thyrsiflorus
Cercis ‘Forest Pansy’
Chamarops excelsa
Choisya ‘Aztec Pearl’
Cinnanomum camphora
Clianthus puniceus f. albus
Cornus ‘Porlock’
Cornus sanguinea ‘Winter Beauty’
Corylus maxima ‘Purpurea’
Cotinus ‘Grace’
Crambe maritima
Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’
Cynara cardunculus
Cytissus ‘Allgold’
Cornus alba ‘Sibirica’
Cornus stolonifera ‘Flaviramea’
Deschampsia ‘Golden Dew’
Dicksonia antar
Dierama pulcherrimum var.album
Digitalis ferruginea
Digitalis purpurea
Digitalis Purpurea
Echinacea purpurea
Echinops ritro
Elaeagnus ‘Quicksilver’
Elaegnus ebbingei
Eremurus robustus
Eriobotrya japonica Coppertone
Eriobotrya japonica
Eryngium oliverianum
Eryngium giganteum
Eucalyptus gunnii
Euonymus ‘Emerald Gaiety’
Euphorbia myrsinites
Euphorbia purpurea
Euphorbia characias wulfennii
Euphorbia griffithii ‘Fireglow’
Euphorbia polychroma
Fargesia muriellae
Fatsia japonica
Fejoia sellowiana
Ferula communis
Festuca glauca
Foeniculum vulgare ‘Purpureum’
Fritillaria imperialis
Gunnera maculata
Gaura lindheimeri
Hedychium coccineum ‘Tara’
Helictrotrichon sempervirens.
Helleborus argutifolius
Helleborus feotidus
Heuchera micrantha ‘Palace Purple’
Hippophae rhamnoides
Hordeum jubatum
Hosta sieboldiana var elegans
Hydrangea panniculata ‘Unique’
Hydrangea ‘Snowden’
Iris foetidissima
Iris germanica
Iris sibirica ‘Royal Blue’
Juncus ensifolius
Knautia macedonica
Kniphofia caulescens
Lavendula Papillon
Libertia ixioides
Limonium platyphyllum
Linaria purpurea
Liriope muscari
Lobelia cardinalis
Luzula nivea
Lysimachia ephemerum
Mahonia x media ‘Charity’
Malus ‘Rudolf’
Melianthus major
Millium aureum
Miscanthus saccchariflorus
Miscanthus sinensis ‘Roland’
Musa basjoo
Nandina domestica
Nandina domestica
Nandina ‘Firepower’
Nectaroscordum siculum
Olearia macrodonta
Olea europaea
Onopordum acanthium
Ophiopogon nigrescens
Osmanthus delavayi
Pencil Cypress
Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Hamelyn’
Perovskia ‘Blue Spire’
Phlomis russelina
Phormium ‘Sundowner’
Phormium Atropurpurea
Phormium tenax
Phyllostachys .v. aurecallis
Phyllostachys vivax ‘Aureocaulis’
Pinus pinea
Pleioblastus auricomis
Primula bulleyana
Prunus lusitanica
Pseudosasa japonica
Pulstatilla vulgaris
Rheum palmatum ‘Atrosanguineum’
Rhus typhina
Rhus x pulvinata Lacciniata
Rosa glauca
Rosmarinus ‘Point du Raz’
Rudbeckia ‘Goldstrum’
Salvia officinalis ‘Purpurascens’
Salvia uliginosa
Sanguisorba officinalis
Santolina chamaecyparissus
Sasa veitchii /palmatum
Sedum ‘Autumn Glory’
Sedum spathulifolium
Senecio ‘Sunshine’
Sisyrinchium ‘Aunt May’
Soleirolia soleirolii
Stachy’s lantana
Stipa gigantea
Stipa tenuissima
Teucrium fruticans
Trachycarpus fortunii
Typha minima
Verbascum bombyciferum
Verbascum olypicum
Verbena bonariensis
Viburnum lucidum
Yucca filamentosa
Yushiana anceps

A Bit of a Star: Media Women….

Subtitle: ‘Their fine-points and phobias as photographed by Dave Lee Travis’. Book with photographs of well-known female stars from music, television and other media, taken by Dave Lee Travis. It contains portraits of people like Toni Basil, Faith Brown, Kiki Dee, Barbara Dickson, Diane Keen, Lulu, Joanna Lumley and Kim Wilde.

Release date: 1 December 1985
Number of pages: 106
ISBN: 9780901023346

A Beautiful House

Song written by Jean Fontaine, Jacko Peake and Kim Wilde.
Originally recorded in 2010, ‘A Beautiful House’ was finally released in August 2012 on Zouk recordings as a download single by Reflekt featuring Kim Wilde. Remixes were made by Antillas & Dankann, as well as Erik Arbores. The latter version was not released because shortly before release Arbores signed with a different record company.


I watch the old man walk the land
A bunch of flowers in his hand
We share the earth, the air we breathe
He tells me of their deadly seeds
When they lie buried many years
Some will bring joy some only tears
It just depends on how you see
an ally or an enemy

The sun is rising
On our beautiful
The sun is rising
On our beautiful house
Oh oh oh

We sit as strangers touching skin
Breathing out and breathing in
We catch a glance and hit the wall
Still sitting there amongst them all
The world’s connected through our eyes
If only we could learn to fly
If there are many rooms to stay
then finally we’ll find a way

The sun is rising
On our beautiful
The sun is rising
On our beautiful house
Oh oh oh