I Don’t Believe in Miracles

Song written by Russ Ballard. It was originally recorded by Colin Blunstone on his 1972 album Ennismore. It was released as the first single from that album in October 1972. The song was produced by Rod Argent and Chris White, with whom Blunstone worked in the band the Zombies previously. Russ Ballard was a member of Rod Argent’s new band Argent. That band was also responsible for the music on this recording. The single reached number 31 in the UK singles chart.

Kim Wilde recorded a version of the song, although it was never released. In an interview with Record Collector in 2005 she said: “There’s always something unreleased in the archive, including a cover of Colin Blunstone’s ‘I Don’t Believe in Miracles’, and a whole album that never saw the light of day.”


Imagine

Song written by John Lennon. He recorded it on his 1971 album of the same name. The best-selling single of his solo career, the lyrics encourage listeners to imagine a world of peace, without materialism, without borders separating nations and without religion. Shortly before his death, Lennon said that much of the song’s lyrics and content came from his wife, Yoko Ono.

Lennon and Ono produced the song together with Phil Spector. Recording began at Lennon’s home studio at Tittenhurst Park, England, in May 1971, with final overdubs taking place at the Record Plant, in New York City, during July. In October, Lennon released ‘Imagine’ as a single in the United States, where it peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was first issued as a single in the UK in 1975, to promote the compilation ‘Shaved Fish’, and reached number 6 on the UK Singles Chart that year. It later topped the chart following Lennon’s murder in 1980.

In 2008, ‘Imagine’ was performed by all the artists involved in the Night of the Proms tour in Germany. During these performances, Kim sang the very last verse.


Lyrics

Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us, only sky

Imagine all the people
Livin’ for today
Ah

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion, too

Imagine all the people
Livin’ life in peace
You

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man

Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world
You

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one

It’s Not What You Think

Part 1 of the autobiography of Chris Evans, writing about his childhood, school days, first jobs, getting into radio, then into television and finally buying his own radio station off Richard Branson. Chris Evans had a three month relationship with Kim Wilde in 1993, something which he writes about in two parts in this book. Kim also contributes a paragraph to the book.

Release date: 30 September 2009
Written by: Chris Evans
Publisher: HarperCollins publishers
Number of pages: 352
ISBN: 9780007327218
Book description:
The story of how one council estate lad made good, really very good, and survived — just about — to tell the tale! Chris Evans’s extraordinary career has seen him become one of the country’s most successful broadcasters and producers. From The Big Breakfast to Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush and TFI Friday, Chris changed the TV landscape during the ’90s; and on Manchester’s Piccadilly Radio, BBC Radio 1’s Breakfast show and as owner of Virgin Radio he ushered in the age of the celebrity DJ. But this is only part of the Chris Evans story. In this witty and energetically written autobiography, Chris describes the experiences that shaped the boy and created the man who would go on to carve out such a dazzlingly brilliant career. Born on a dreary council estate in Warrington and determined to escape, Chris started out as the best newspaper boy on the block, armed with no more than a little silver Binatone radio that he would take to the newsagents each day and through which he would develop a life-long and passionate love affair with the music and voices that emerged. From paperboy to media mogul, It’s Not What You Think isn’t what you think – it’s the real story beyond the glare of the media spotlight from one of this country’s brightest and boldest personalities.


I love 80’s music

Book published in 2019 by Uitgeverij Aspekt in the Netherlands. It contains five pages about Kim Wilde, including two photographs. Other artists featured in the book are Midge Ure, Stewart Copeland, Andy McCluskey (OMD), John Illsley (Dire Straits), Jim Peterik (Survivor), Ernst Jansz (Doe Maar), Angéla Kramers (Dolly Dots), Paul Young, Frank Boeijen, Tony Hadley, Nik Kershaw, Jermaine Jackson, Francis Rossi (Status Quo), Lou Gramm, Thomas Anders (Modern Talking), Jim Kerr (Simple Minds), Fish, Paul Waaktaar-Savoy (A-ha), Mark King (Level 42), Brian Travers (UB40), Kim Appleby, Klaus Meine (Scorpions), Jan Hammer, Terence Trent d’Arby, Adrian Vandenberg, Carol Decker and Clark Datchler (Johnny Hates Jazz).

The interview with Kim Wilde spreads across six pages, with one colour image and one black and white image.

Release date: 26 September 2019
Written by: Godfried Nevels
Publisher: Uitgeverij Aspekt
Number of pages: 214
ISBN: 9789493001183
Book description:
Back to the days of the walkman, the Rubik’s cube, big hair, legwarmers and clothing in neon colours. But also the time of synthpop, new wave, MTV, Live Aid and new pop idols like Prince, Madonna and Doe Maar.
For ‘I Love 80’s Music’ Godfried Nevels interviewed 28 iconic pop stars from the Eighties. How did they experience the success of the Eighties? How do they look back on those days? And how did they career go after that decade? Interviews with remarkable stories and anecdotes. Like the transformation from Terence Trent d’Arby to Sananda Maitreya, the crucial decision of Mark King to go from drumkit to bass guitar, Kim Wilde’s depression and her return to the stage, a personal flashback of Jermaine Jackson to his brother Michael and loads more!


I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday

Song written by Roy Wood and recorded by the British glam rock band Wizzard. It was first released in December 1973 and reached number 4 in the UK Singles chart upon its first release, a position it occupied for four consecutive weeks from December 1973 to January 1974. The song was beaten to the 1973 Christmas Number 1 spot by Slade’s Merry Xmas Everybody, which remained at the top of the charts for five weeks.

The basic track for the single was recorded in August 1973, so to create a wintry feeling engineer Steve Brown decorated the studio with Christmas decorations and turned the air conditioning down to its coldest setting. Wood wore a woollen hat found in lost property.

Since 2007 the song re-enters the UK Singles chart every year, although it has never improved on its original peak position.

Kim Wilde version

Kim sang ‘I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday’ live on stage together with Roy Wood in 1994 during his live concert at the Symphony Hall in Birmingham. She also performed the song with her own band during the Christmas concerts at Knebworth House in 2014 and 2015, Kim Wilde’s Christmas Party in 2013 and the Wilde Winter Acoustic Tour in 2019.


Icecode

Icecode released a cover version of Cambodia on 30 June 2007 on digital platforms. The track was produced by Dennis Berggren and features vocals by Therese Åkesson.


It’s My Life

Song written by Mark Hollis and Tim Friese-Greene.

Talk Talk version

The song was originally recorded on Talk Talk’s second album of the same name and released as its lead single in January 1984. It peaked at number 46 in the UK singles chart, but did better in several other countries, particularly in Italy where it got to number 7. It was also a success in North America, entering the Top 40 in both the United States (number 31) and Canada (number 30). (Notably, it peaked at number 1 on the U.S. Hot Dance Club Play chart.) The single was re-released in the UK in 1985, but this time only reached number 93.
However, in 1990, ‘It’s My Life’ was reissued again to promote the compilation album ‘Natural History: The Very Best of Talk Talk’. This time, the song was a hit in the UK, reaching number 13, making it the band’s highest charting single in its native country.

The song was subsequently covered by various bands, most notably No Doubt, who had a top 10 hit with it in most territories in 2003.

Kim Wilde version

Kim performed ‘It’s My Life’ during her four date tour in the Netherlands in October 2015 and October 2016.


Lyrics

Funny how I find myself in love with you
If I could buy my reasoning, I’d pay to lose
One half won’t do

I’ve asked myself, how much do you commit yourself?
It’s my life, don’t you forget
It’s my life, it never ends (It never ends)

Funny how I blind myself, I never knew
If I was sometimes played upon, afraid to lose

I’d tell myself, what good you do
Convince myself
It’s my life, don’t you forget
It’s my life, it never ends (It never ends)

I’ve asked myself, how much do you commit yourself?
It’s my life, don’t you forget
Caught in the crowd, it never ends
It’s my life, don’t you forget
Caught in the crowd, it never ends
It’s my life, don’t you forget
Caught in the crowd, it never ends

It’s Here

Song written by Ricky and Kim Wilde. The first track of the album Love Moves and the first track to be released as a single from this album in March 1990.

Formats

The single was released on 7″ single, limited edition box set 7″ single, 12″ single, cassette single and a CD-single.
See also this page in the discography.

Versions

There are two versions of ‘It’s Here’: the album version and an extended version.
A remix by Joseph Watt was released by Razormaid.

Music video

A music video was filmed to promote the single. It was directed by Greg Masuak.
Go to this page for more information.

Live performances

‘It’s here’ was performed live during the German tour in December 1992 and during the Dutch tour in October 2016.

Kim about ‘It’s Here’

What is ‘it’? Where is ‘here’? Here is deep in my soul, it was there all the time – looking me in the eye. I hope I never lose it again… (1)

Credits

Keyboards & programming: Ricky Wilde
Guitar: Steve Byrd, Ricky Wilde
Produced by Ricky Wilde
Engineered by Jimmy Jazz
Assisted by Stephen Streater
Mixed by Ricky Wilde and Jimmy Jazz

Highest chart positions

Denmark: 6
Germany: 21 (19 weeks)
Italy: 27
Norway: 6
Sweden: 13 (6 weeks)
Switzerland: 14 (10 weeks)
United Kingdom: 42 (4 weeks)

Interview source

(1) It’s here box set, 1990


Lyrics

I’ve been looking all around the world
To see what I could find
Just a lot of broken promises
And people left behind
Oh and the – pain of being lonely
Is what everybody fears
Yeah, it took a lot of time for me to realise

It’s here, looking me in the eye
It’s here, here all the time
It’s here, I’ve always tried to find a way to go
But now I know
It’s here

You can spend your life competing
In a world that talks too loud
You can lose your own direction
Getting lost among the crowd
Confusion – is it any wonder
That the road ahead’s not clear
Well you can try too hard to find it
Now I realise

It’s here, looking me in the eye
It’s here, here all the time
It’s here, I’ve always tried to find a way to go
But now I know
It’s here

Now at last my search has come to an end
And I know if there’s a place for me
I know it’s here

It’s here, looking me in the eye
It’s here, here all the time
It’s here, I’ve always tried to find a way to go
But now I know
It’s here

I’ve been looking all around the world
You know it took some time to realise
Is it any wonder that the road ahead’s not clear…

It’s Alright

Song written by Anthony Mortimer and originally recorded by East 17.

East 17 version

Produced by Phil Harding, Ian Curnow, Richard Stannard and Neil James Stainton, ‘It’s Alright’ is an up-tempo pop song which starts with a slow ballad-like intro. The single reached number 3 in the UK singles chart in 1993 and topped the chart in Australia a year later.

Kim Wilde version

Kim Wilde recorded a cover of ‘It’s Alright’ for her 2011 album Snapshots. It became the lead single of the album.

Formats

‘It’s Alright’ was released on cd-single as a double A-side with ‘Sleeping Satellite‘.
See this page for more information.

Versions

There are five versions of ‘It’s Alright’: the album version, the ‘mixed but not mastered’ version from the promotional cd of ‘Snapshots’, the radio edit, the Groove Coverage remix edit and the Groove Coverage remix.

Live performances

‘It’s alright’ was performed live during the Snapshots & Greatest Hits Tour in 2012 only.

Music video

A music video was filmed to promote the single.
See this page for more information.

Highest chart positions

Germany: 98 (1 week)

Kim about ‘It’s Alright’

East 17’s song ‘It’s Alright’ I think is a magnificent pop song. I remember the beginning of the Nineties, it was either you’re into Britpop, like Suede and Blur or Oasis, or you were really into the boybands, like New Kids on the Block and Take That and East 17. I loved both schools, I loved what Blur and Suede and everyone were doing but I really was a bit of a sucker for a boyband. My favourite one I think was East 17. I loved all their tattoos and shaved heads and streetwise attitude and they were kindof the bad boys of boypop and I liked that. It was really fun to sing their song. (1)

Credits

Guitars: Joachim Schluter
Additional vocals: Kim Wilde, Ricky Wilde & Scarlett Wilde
Produced by Alex G.
Vocal production by Ricky Wilde

Interview source

(1) Track by track commentary, Sony Music, 2011.


Lyrics

Don’t you worry, ‘cos it’s alright
Don’t you worry, child of the night
‘cos in the morning come with the new day sun
love – an everlasting light

We are the seed of the new breed
We’ll succeed our time has come
We are the new, these words are true
Let the light of love shine through

It’s alright, it’s alright, it’s alright
It’s really alright
It’s alright
It’s really alright

Alright, alright
Everything’s gonna be alright
Alright, alright
Everything’s gonna be alright
Alright, alright
Everything’s gonna be alright
Alright, alright
It’s ready alright

Listen to me, dreams can come true
Call out to love, it will answer you
Forget your trouble and smile
Let your heart speak awhile
Let the light of love shine through

We are the seed of the new breed
We’ll succeed our time has come
We are the new, these words are true
Let the light of love shine through

It’s alright, it’s alright, it’s alright
It’s really alright
It’s alright
It’s really alright

Alright, alright
Everything’s gonna be alright
Alright, alright
Everything’s gonna be alright
Alright, alright
Everything’s gonna be alright
Alright, alright
It’s ready alright

It’s alright, it’s alright, it’s alright
It’s really alright
It’s alright
It’s really alright

Alright, alright
Everything’s gonna be alright
Alright, alright
Everything’s gonna be alright
Alright, alright
Everything’s gonna be alright
Alright, alright
It’s ready alright
Alright, alright
Everything’s gonna be alright
Alright, alright
Everything’s gonna be alright
Alright, alright
Everything’s gonna be alright
Alright, alright
It’s really alright

It’s a Boy

Song written by Pete Townsend. During the musical Tommy, this was the first scene in which Kim actually sang. Before that, during the overture, Kim, playing Mrs. Walker, meets Captain Walker and marries him, but she does not actually speak or sing.
In this scene, the nurses sing “It’s a boy, Mrs. Walker”.
Kim joins the nurses around her when they sing “A son”.


Lyrics

Nurse: It’s a boy, Mrs. Walker, it’s a boy
It’s a boy, Mrs. Walker, it’s a boy
Kim & nurses: A son! A son! A son!

Isobel’s Dream

Song written by Kim Wilde & Ricky Wilde. Originally released as a bonus track on the Deluxe version of Wilde Winter Songbook in November 2015.

The song was inspired by the children’s book Isobel and the Land of the Pink Bears which Kim read during her childhood. She found a copy of the book online after starting to look for it in the summer of 2012. The lyric of the song roughly references the story of the book.

Credits

Vocals: Kim Wilde
Keybaords, guitar: Ricky Wilde
Drums, percussion: Jonathan Atkinson
Backing vocals: Scarlett Wilde
Additional vocals: Rose Fowler


Lyrics

Looking through a child’s eye, turning pages from the past
Of a story I read so long ago
An adventure on a snowy cloud to a garden full of dreams
A place where every seed
Would have a chance to grow

I can hear Isobel singing
As she flies above the clouds
For her life is just beginning
And no one can bring her back down

Onwards, as her voyage unfolds
With adventures both wonderful and sad,
She will never stop believing in the power of her dreams
In a world that is surely going mad

I still hear Isobel singing
As she flies above the clouds
When her life was just beginning
And no one could bring her back down

Spoken:
There was once upon a time a little girl called Isobel
One night a snowy white cloud came sailing towards her window
Like a crystal ship that sparkled in the air
‘I’ve come to take you on a journey’, said a quiet voice
‘Where?’ she asked

‘To the land of dreams, except these ones come true if you want them to’

Isobel
Wake up
Wake up, Isobel

I still hear Isobel singing
As she flies above the clouds
When her life was just beginning
And no one could bring her back down

Isobel
Wake up
Wake up, Isobel

Isobel and the Land of the Pink Bears

Children’s book, originally written in French by Gisele Sergene as ‘Isabelle au Pays des Oursons Roses’, with illustrations by Luce Lagarde. It was published in 1963. The story was translated into English by Jane Carruth as ‘Isobel and the Land of the Pink Bears’, and published with the original illustrations by Lagarde in 1965.

Kim read the book during her childhood years. In July 2012, she started looking for the book as she would love to see it again. A request on Twitter led to several tips, so three months later she received a copy of the book.

The book inspired Kim to write the song Isobel’s Dream.