Great Garden Guide

Gardening programme, broadcast by ITV West (UK), in which Kim Wilde and Toby Musgrave visit the most stunning gardens in the West of England. The programme was broadcast weekly from February to April 2003 in eight episodes.

Grant, Cary

Professional name of Alexander Archibald Leach (18 January 1904 – 29 November 1986), American film actor, born in Bristol, England. After touring the U.S. in 1920 with an English theatrical company, he worked in vaudeville and subsequently became a leading musical comedy actor in New York City. In 1932 he went to Hollywood, where he appeared that year in seven films, including ‘This Is the Night’. He then appeared in a long series of romantic and sophisticated comedies that established his reputation as one of Hollywood’s leading men. He became an American citizen in 1942. Films in which Grant starred include ‘Topper’ (1937), ‘Holiday” (1938)’ and ‘The Philadelphia Story’ (1940) with Katharine Hepburn, ‘Suspicion’ (1941), ‘Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House’ (1948), ‘North by Northwest’ (1959), and ‘Walk, Don’t Run’ (1966). In 1970 he received a special Academy Award for his contribution to films.

Grant is one of Kim Wilde’s favourite actors.

Grant, Brian

After gaining a degree in Fine Art at University College London, Brian Grant began his career as a cameraman at Elstree Studios. He became a noted British music video and television director and producer. In 1982 he co-founded MGMM Productions with Scott Millaney, Russell Mulcahy, and David Mallet. MGMM became the most successful UK production company of the Eighties. He started his career as a cameraman and went to become a noted music video director. His video for Olivia Newton-John’s ‘Physical’, won the first Video Grammy ever awarded, 25th Annual Grammy Award for Best Video of the Year. Also in 1981, he directed the music videos for Kim Wilde’s Kids in America, Chequered Love and Cambodia. In 1982, he directed the music video for View From a Bridge. He has also directed many music videos for Donna Summer, Peter Gabriel, Queen, Rod Stewart, Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin, Dolly Parton, Whitney Houston, Spandau Ballet, T’pau and Duran Duran.

In 1990, he secured a first look deal with Universal Studios in Los Angeles, where he directed a number of high profile TV films and Mini Series and was nominated for an Emmy in 1991 for ‘Sweet Poison’.

Returning to the UK in 2001, he teamed up with Producer Julian Murphy and co-created the acclaimed teenage drama ‘As if’ for Channel 4. After making an American version of ‘As if’ he went on to direct a BAFTA winning ‘Clocking Off’ for the BBC.

Subsequent credits include ‘Dr. Who’, ‘Hex’, ‘Sinchronicity’, ‘Party Animals’, ‘Life Is Wild’ and ‘Britannia High’ for ITV. In 2011 he produced and directed ‘Project Lotus’, a music documentary charting the formation of the worlds first Pan Asian Girlband. The documentary was shot in China, India, Japan, Korea and the Phillipines. Also in 2011, he directed the high profile, action adventure series ‘Sinbad’, which aired in August 2012.



Graham, Jaki

Born in Birmingham, England, 15 September 1956. Jaki Graham is a soul artist who sang at school before taking a secretarial position. In the evenings she continued her singing in a band called Ferrari with David Dee Harris (later of Fashion), before moving on to the Medium Wave band. She was spotted there by Rian Freshwater, who managed David Grant (ex- Linx) and singer/producer Derek Bramble (Born 1962, London, England) formerly of Heatwave who became her producer and songwriter. She signed to EMI, who released her debut 45 ‘What’s The Name Of Your Game’ (1984). Her first chart appearance came via a duet with production stablemate David Grant on ‘Could It Be I’m Falling in Love’ in 1985. She followed up with solo hits ‘Round and Round’, ‘Heaven Knows’, before another Grant duet ‘Mated’ (written by Todd Rundgren). The second album provided a trio of hits; ‘Set Me Free’, ‘Breaking Away’, and ‘Step Right Up’.
On Kim Wilde’s Love Moves album, Jaki provided backing vocals for the tracks In Hollywood and the singles World in Perfect Harmony and I Can’t Say Goodbye.

In 1993, Graham was spotted by AVEX International, Japan, whilst at the Midem music conference and was immediately signed to the label. Work started in 1994 on her ‘Real Life’ album. Three singles were released internationally from the album, ‘You Can Count on Me (For Love)’, ‘Absolute E-Sensual’ and the song that would be Graham’s biggest international hit single to date  ‘Ain’t Nobody’. The album was followed by a tour of Japan and Australia.

In 1995, Graham completed work on her second album for AVEX entitled ‘Rhythm of Life’ which was again a chart success in some territories. In Sweden the album was released under the title ‘Hold On’ in the USA as ‘Don’t Keep Me Waiting’, with both albums containing additional tracks exclusive to these releases. Graham’s fourth and final album with AVEX was the R&B influenced ‘My Life’.
In early 2012, Jaki Graham recorded a new album, entitled ‘For Sentimental Reasons’. She continued to perform worldwide and in late 2013 was approached to create a new show to perform on the cruise liner ‘Britannia’. The ship set sail from Southampton in March 2014 and she performed over 60 shows during that year at the ’Limelight’ venue on board.

In 2016, Graham presented a radio programme, ‘Soul on Sunday’, on BBC Radio London. She continues to work as a singer on cruises worldwide, and has toured as part of the line-up for the retro/80’s UK summer music festivals Let’s Rock and Rewind.

In 2018, Graham released a new studio album, ‘When a Woman Loves’, on her own label, JNT Music Ltd.

Good, Carolynne

Carolynne Good (Born 5 August 1980, in Leeds) is an English singer-songwriter. At the age of 14, Good joined and fronted a 5 piece country band, with which she toured the UK. At 18, Carolynne moved to London to pursue a career as a singer-songwriter, and in 1998 she got down to the final 15 in auditions for S Club 7, along with Pop Idol contestant Zoe Birkett. In 2001 she signed her first publishing contact with BMG Music Publishing. For the following year, Carolynne developed her songwriting talents in the UK and Europe. Also writing for other recording artists, most of her time was split between London and Stockholm, writing and recording with different song writers and producers.
Together with Ricky Wilde and K. Thomas she wrote ‘It’s you’, a song that was demo’d in 2003 and finally released as Maybe I’m Crazy on Kim’s 2006 album, Never Say Never.

In 2003, Good appeared in the second series of the BBC’s singing competition Fame Academy, in which she reached the final. Good spent 2004 writing songs, and in 2005 she toured the UK with Tony Christie.

Under the wing of Christie’s Amarillo Music, she co-wrote new material and formed the Carolynne Good Band in 2005 with songwriter/bassist Don Rogers, drummer Sean Fitzgerald, guitarists Alex Rogers and Alex Sharman from the London-based band Starling, and keyboard player Maki. Currently writing and recording material for their forthcoming album, the band describe their sound as “a mixture of classic singer-songwriter melodies with a country flavour”.

Golden Collection

Containing tracks from the beginning of Kim’s career right through to 1995’s Now & Forever, this CD is a good representation of her biggest hits. The origins of this release are a bit vague, however.
Sleeve and disc suggest that EMI UK Ltd. had something to do with it, but it’s rather more likely that this release isn’t legal at all. It was probably made in Russia or one of the eastern European countries.
In 2001, copies of the same release started to appear with the name ‘Golden Collection 2001’. No differences except for the one digit that was changed in the artwork.


´Golden Collection´ was released on CD only.
See also this page in the discography for more information.

God Only Knows

Song written by Brian Wilson and Tony Asher for the American band the Beach Boys. It was released in May 1966 as a track on their classic album ‘Pet Sounds’. Released as a single a few months later, it peaked at number 2 in the UK singles chart. The song names God in its title and lyrics, unusual for a pop single of its time, as Asher recalled: “Unless you were Kate Smith and you were singing ‘God Bless America’, no one [in 1966] thought you could say ‘God’ in a song.” The sentiments expressed in its lyric were not specific to any God, and could be addressed to any higher force, being a song about moving forward after loss. Wilson explained that his and Asher’s intention was to create the feeling of “being blind but in being blind, you can see more”.

Live performances

Kim Wilde and Howard Jones performed the song live during their Australian tour in November 2016 as the final song of each night.


I may not always love you
But long as there are stars above you
You never need to doubt it
I’ll make you so sure about it
God only knows what I’d be without you

If you should ever leave me
Though life would still go on, believe me
The world could show nothing to me
So what good would livin’ do me
God only knows what I’d be without you

God only knows what I’d be without you

If you should ever leave me
Though life would still go on, believe me
The world could show nothing to me
So what good would livin’ do me
God only knows what I’d be without you

God only knows what I’d be without you

Go West

Peter Cox (born 17 November 1955; vocals) and Richard Drummie (guitar/keyboard/vocals) were a songwriting partnership before forming Go West in 1982. The publishers, ATV Music, had teamed them up to write with artists such as Peter Frampton and David Grant. Chrysalis signed the duo and the result was a string of quality pop-rock hits in 1985 with ‘We Close Our Eyes’, ‘Call Me’, ‘Don’t Look Down’ and a successful debut album. Sylvester Stallone heard the latter and liked it, and they wrote ‘One Way Street’ for the Rocky IV Soundtrack. The songs were well-crafted, well-arranged and produced and they used a regular session crew of talented and innovative players. Cox’s voice was strong and distinctive and the Godley And Creme video for ‘We Close Our Eyes’ was extremely innovative.
The second album ‘Dancing on the Couch’ featured a collaboration with Kate Bush called ‘The King Is Dead’. Unfortunately, this didn’t help the album, which was a flop.

‘Indian Summer’ came after a lengthy gap, many had assumed they had lost their momentum, but they demonstrated that they had developed and matured since they were first viewed as pop pin-ups. Their song for the motion picture ‘Pretty Woman’, called ‘King of Wishful Thinking’ was a big hit in the UK and the US, proving that they were able to produce hits over a longer period of time.

They released their ‘best of’ compilation ‘Aces & Kings’ in 1993. Since then, Richard Drummie has been behind the scenes working with artists such as Billie Myers and Debbie Gibson. In 1994 Peter Cox moved to California and in 1997 issued his debut solo album ‘Peter Cox’ in the UK, from which no less than 3 singles were released, all attaining Top 40 status in Britain.
Go West appeared with Kim Wilde in the Here and Now Tour 2001.

In November 2015, a compilation album called 80’s Re:covered featured two Go West covers of The Killers’ ‘Human’, including a remix. A recording of a 2003 concert recorded at the Robin 2 in Bilston was released as Live Robin 2 – 2003 CD/DVD in 2016.

Go For It

American alternative name for the song The Second Time. It was released simultaneously in Europe and the USA to forge Kim Wilde’s big comeback in America.

Giscombe, Junior

Born Norman Giscombe, 10 November 1961, in England. Known simply as Junior, this young performer promised much in his early years when he scored a UK Top 10 hit with ‘Mama Used To Say’ (picking up a Grammy Award) in 1982. The follow-up, ‘Too Late’, was his last Top 20 hit in the UK. The epithet as the future of UK soul hung heavy around him and has since seen his career handled by a variety of labels from Mercury, London to MCA. Each one found difficulty, despite good reviews, in breaking Giscombe. He returned to the UK Top 10 in 1987 when he duetted with Kim on Another Step (Closer to You). A year later, he recorded Hey Mister Heartache with Kim.

In 1988, while Kim Wilde was supporting Michael Jackson during his Bad Tour, Junior joined her on stage during several concerts in the UK.

A few years later in 1990 he returned under the recording name of Junior Giscombe, with the single ‘Step Off’, which only made the British Top 70. He tried again with ‘Then Came You’ (1992), which was more successful, peaking at No 32. This was quickly followed up with what would become his last British hit single, ‘All Over The World’, which only peaked at No 74. In 1992 he also provided backing vocals for another Kim Wilde song, Touched by Your Magic.

Kim about Junior Giscombe

We met quite a lot over the past years at T.V.’s so we’ve known eachother for some time. When I was getting ideas for someone to sing with me, Junior’s name was suggested and I immediately said yes. He was really up for doing the duet, and it all happened very quickly and spontaneously.

He’s very talented. You ask him to come to the studio, you don’t know what you’re gonna get. He just heaps loads of wonderful things onto you. He has loads of great ideas. He just makes magic things happen.

Interview source

  • Music Box, Super Channel (Europe), 1988


Hardcore thrash band Ghoul hails from Oakland, California (USA) and consists of masked members calling themselves Cremator, Fermentor, Digestor and Dissector. Their resumes include stints in circus freak shows, wine making and fetching scrap for a one-armed blacksmith.

Between 2007 and 2011, they released three albums. In 2012, they released a cover version of Kim Wilde’s Kids in America, featuring slightly altered lyrics as a ‘name your price’ download and on a 7″ flexidisc.

Getting on

Getting On is a satirical British sitcom based in an NHS hospital. It is largely improvised by its cast, who also wrote the series. The series is directed by Peter Capaldi. In it, British comedian Jo Brand plays Kim Wilde, whose name is referred in the series as “not the singer”, is a return to work nurse, who must adapt to the difficulties the modern NHS throws at her, with strange managers, form-filling, and political correctness. Vicki Pepperdine plays the “tough but fair” doctor on the ward, and Joanna Scanlan plays Den, the ward sister. Ricky Grover has a supporting role as Matron Hillary Loftus, the matron of the aged care facility.

The first series, broadcast in 2009, consisted of three episodes, whereas the second series, broadcast in 2010 featured six episodes.

The show has received high praise from television critics across the board in the UK, with praise for the actors’ performances, and the gritty, realistic portrayal of an NHS hospital. Jo Brand, Joanna Scanlan and Vicki Pepperdine were nominated for the 2009 Royal Television Society Award for Best Writing in Comedy. Both Jo Brand and Joanna Scanlan were nominated for the 2010 BAFTA Television Award for Best Female Performance in a Comedy Role.

According to Jo Brand, ‘I did this thing called Britain Sings Christmas. I met Kim on that and I said to her, ‘I’m going to be doing a series and I’m going to be called Kim Wilde,’ and she said, ‘can I come and be in a bed?’. So we’ve got her in mind, to slot her in in a Hitchcockian kind of way and not even mention it. She could sing Kids In America while we tranquillise her.’ (1)

Interview source

(1) Kim Wilde cameo on Jo Brand comedy? In: Belfast Telegraph (UK), 22 October 2010