Energy Function Band

Norwich-based band, consisting of Sharon Page (vocals), Mike Jackson (guitar), Paul Bloomfield (keyboards), Matt Hubbard (bass) and Phil Davison (drums). The band is available for bookings in the Norwich region, providing music for parties and functions.

Among the songs that they can perform is Kim Wilde’s Kids in America, a recording of which was available on their website for some time.

East Park

East Park is a major park of about 120 acres (49 ha) situated on the Holderness Road in Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, England. East Park is registered a Grade II listed site by English Heritage. It is the largest public park in Hull and is often used for large open-air venues such as concerts and the annual Hull Show.

On 21 June 2006, Kim Wilde officially opened a new walk-through aviary, which was built on the site of the old lido (outdoor swimming pool). The opening took place 119 years to the day since the park’s first official opening in 1887.


Dutch hardstyle/synthwave/trance act, having released tracks since 2019. While only active publicly since mid-2019, EiRR0R carries over a decade of experience in digital audio production.

In April 2021 they created a remix of Kids in America, which was released digitally via the Bandcamp website.


Originally, Etam was a German company specializing in stockings, founded by the German-Jewish businessman Max Lindemann in 1918. He called his company Etablissement Mayer and shortened it to Etam. The company became successful by making their products and selling them in their own stores. In 1924, Max Lindemann introduced run-resistant stockings to the market. This innovation carries Etam’s reputation beyond the borders of Germany. Rather than risk squandering his fortune by acting alone on foreign markets, Max Lindemann set up local partnerships responsible for developing Etam by franchising. At the start of the Roaring Twenties, without excessive investment, Lindemann opened Etam boutiques in Argentina, Belgium and Holland. In 1923 Etam opened its first store in London and five years later Etam opened its first store in Paris.

In 1937 the Etam shops suffered from the policy of eviction of the Jews imposed by the Nazis, which led to the liquidation of the company in Germany during the year 1938. Lindemann was able to transfer the headquarters of his company to France. After World War II Etam continued to flourish and extended its range to panties with patterns, matched with fancy bras. Although Etam ceased to exist in the UK following various takeovers, it is still a strong brand in the rest of the world.

The development of Etam is firstly based on a very wide range of products, at low prices, which is aimed at all women. For Etam lingerie, for example, more than 2,000 shapes and colors are listed each season, from lace, to cotton or microfiber fabrics, from the most plain to the most colorful.

In December 2021, Etam advertised their products in France with a short film called ‘Un Hiver A L’Opéra’. The 20 second advert ran on TV ahead of Christmas time, with the song Cambodia as its soundtrack.

Electric Six

Electric Six is a six-piece American rock band formed in 1996 in Royal Oak, Michigan. Their music is a combination of garage, disco, punk rock, new wave, and metal. The band achieved recognition in 2003 with the singles ‘Danger! High Voltage’ and ‘Gay Bar’, and have since released 14 studio albums, two rarities albums, and one live album. A live DVD, ‘Absolute Treasure’, was released in 2014.

In 2017 they released the album ‘You’re Welcome!’, which featured a live performance recorded in Oxford, and a selection of cover versions, including a version of Kids in America.

The current lineup of the band consists of vocalist Dick Valentine, lead guitarist Johnny Na$hinal, keyboardist Tait Nucleus, rhythm guitarist Da Vé, bassist Rob Lower, and drummer Hyperkube Bonanza. Session drummer Todd Glass has played on studio albums since 2016.

Ellis-Bextor, Sophie

Born on 10 April 1979, Sophie Ellis-Bextor is the daughter of Janet Ellis, who was a presenter on the BBC TV programmes Blue Peter and Jigsaw, and film producer and director Robin Bextor. She attended St. Stephen’s School and later Godolphin and Latymer School in Hammersmith. Among her earliest public performances were with the W11 Opera children’s opera from the age of thirteen.

She began her professional musical career in 1996, singing lead vocals in indie band Theaudience. The band released four singles, including the UK Top 40 hits ‘I know enough (I don’t get enough)’ and ‘A pessimist is never disappointed’, and one self-titled album (1999). The band split in 1999 after demos for a planned second album were rejected by their label Mercury Records, who then dropped the band.

In 2000, Ellis-Bextor collaborated with Italian DJ Spiller, adding vocals to his then-instrumental club track ‘Groovejet’. The track became in instant hit all over Europe, including number 1 in the UK, Ireland, Switzerland and also in Australia and New Zealand. In 2001, Ellis-Bextor released her debut album, Read My Lips. It reached number two on the UK charts and spawned four top-twenty hit singles. The record experienced international success, selling more than 2 million copies worldwide.

Ellis-Bextor’s second album, ‘Shoot from the hip’, was released in October 2003. The album reached number 19 in the UK and produced two top ten singles. ‘Trip the Light Fantastic’, her third album, was released in May 2007 and reached number seven in the UK. The album produced three singles. Her fourth studio album, ‘Make a scene’, was released in April 2011 (reaching number 33 in the UK), with its lead single ‘Bittersweet’ peaking at number 25 in the UK. In 2014, Ellis-Bextor released her fifth studio album, ‘Wanderlust’ which became her highest charting album since ‘Read my lips’, peaking at number 4 in the UK. Her next effort, the Latin America inspired Familia earned critical acclaim in 2016 and reached number 12 in the UK albums chart.

In 2019, the compilation album ‘The song diaries’ – featuring orchestral re-recordings of her greatest hits – was equally successful, reaching number 14 in the UK albums chart.

In March 2020, during the corona pandemic which sweeped over Europe, Sophie started a Friday night disco streamed live from her living room. During the second edition, on 3 April, she performed a cover version of Kids in America.

Everything – The Real Thing Story

Documentary about the band The Real Thing, created by Simon Sheridan, which debuted at the Regent Street Cinema in London’s West End on 24 October 2019.

Against a backdrop of racism and social and political turmoil, The Real Thing were the first all-black British band to hit number 1 in the pop charts – with the perennial ‘You to Me Are Everything’ – and as a result became the original black pin-ups for teenage fans in the UK. They had other hits like ‘Can’t Get By Without You’, ‘You’ll Never Know What You’re Missing’ and ‘Can You Feel the Force’, but their proudest moment was composing ‘Children of the Ghetto’ – the first ever song to address the plight of black people in the UK.  The ‘other four lads from Liverpool’ tell their story from the tough streets of Toxteth to the bright lights of New York, and international stardom.

Also starring in the movie are Billy Ocean, David Essex OBE, Trevor Nelson MBE, Paul Barber, Denise Pearson from Five Star, Louis Emerick and Kim Wilde.


Duo consisting of Christina Kartsonakis and Fred Coury. Fred Coury was originally a member of the band Cinderella. Christina Kartsonakis was the daughter of Dino Kartsonakis, an accomplished concert pianist in the classical world. Together they released one album called ‘Perfect’ in 2004, featuring a bonus second disc of covers, including a cover of Kids in America.


Rolf Kuula (vocals, drums), Tom Nyman (vocals, guitars), Hippi Hovi (vocals, bass), Eddie Abacka (vocals, guitars) and Tore Carlson (vocals, keyboards) formed Exom in 1981. They released a single in 1978 called ‘Disco Lover’. Another single release, ‘Open Your Eyes’, followed two years later.

They recorded a cover version of Chequered Love in the Finnish town Nykarleby on December 19, 1981 for what sounds like a demo tape. The recording ended up on YouTube in January 2016, almost 35 years later.

Eau de Calandre

Kim’s favourite perfume, launched by Paco Rabanne in 1969. Eau de Calandre contains notes of bergamot, lemon, germanium, jasmine, rose, lily of the valley, iris, ylang-ylang, vetiver, cedar, oak moss, sandalwood, musk and amber.

Kim about Eau de Calandre

I wear Paco Rabanne eau de Calandre. It’s very light and refreshing and suits all occasions so I don’t have to change it when I go out at night. (1)

Paco Rabanne’s Eau de Calandre, which my mother uses, too. It’s very refreshing and I’ve worn it since I was a teenager. Every time I put it on, someone always asks me what it is. Claudia Schiffer (Chanel’s top model) asked me when I met her in Monte Carlo recently. I thought: “I bet she wishes she didn’t have to wear Chanel…” (2)

[My favourite perfume is] still Paco Rabanne, Eau de Calandre. I haven’t got the time really to discover another fragrance. Roxanne is always getting me to smell them at airports. Most of them are too sweet for my taste. Eau de Calandre has a nice androgynous quality to it that I like. I don’t like things that are too sweet. (3)

Interview sources

(1) Kim Wilde. Graffitti (UK), 1988
(2) Princess Anne’s my ideal. Daily Mail (UK), 28 May 1992.
(3) Kim answers fan questions – A Wilde Life Exclusive! Wilde Life, 21 July 2007

Essential (the)

Compilation album, released by EMI Records on 31 October 2008. The album is a repackaging of the discs Centenary Collection and Premium Gold Collection, which were released in 1997. The twenty tracks include all of Kim’s singles for EMI between 1981 and 1983, most of the B-sides and a good selection of album tracks.


This album contains the tracks Kids in America, Chequered Love, 2 6 5 8 0, You’ll Never Be So Wrong, Water on Glass, Our TownEverything We Know, Boys, Watching for Shapes, Action City, View From a Bridge, Take Me Tonight, Cambodia, Child Come Away, House of Salome, Stay Awhile, Love Blonde, Dancing in the Dark, Sparks and Sing It Out for Love.


‘The Essential’ was released on CD.
See this page in the discography.


Kim was asked to play a part in the movie Evita in the year 1981. From a fanclub magazine in November 1981:

The film is due to be shot in 1982 and there has been a good deal of speculation about Kim in the press over the past couple of weeks. We can tell you that Kim did audition for the part of the mistress, who sings ‘Another suitcase in another hall’ which was a hit for Barbara Dickson a number of years ago. No one knows at present whether she has got the part, but we will let you know in the future.

No more than this has appeared since.

Source: Kim Wilde Fanclub Magazine November/December 1981