Love Blonde

Song written by Ricky and Marty Wilde. Fourth track of the album Catch as Catch Can. It was released as single, marking a successful comeback after half a year’s absence in the charts. The re-styled Kim Wilde, somewhat mocking her ‘sexy dumb blonde bombshell’ image in an extravagant leather dress managed to climb high into the charts in numerous countries.

Versions

There are five different versions of ‘Love blonde’: the album version, the 7″ version, the 12″ extended remix, the Popfidelity Allstars Special Remix and the Popfidelity Allstars Instrumental version.

Formats

‘Love Blonde’ was the first single to also be released on the 12″ format in the UK, featuring an extended remix. A limited quantity of 12″ records also contained a colour poster to add to the collectability of this item.
See also this page in the discography.

Music video

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

Live performances

‘Love blonde’ was performed live during the Catch Tour in 1983, the Rage to Rock Tour in 1985, the Another Step Tour in 1986, the German tour in December 1992, the Hits Tour in 1994, during a concert at Tivoli in Copenhagen (Denmark) in 2003, during the Live 2009 Tour, the Come Out and Play Tour in 2011 and the tour with Nik Kershaw in Australia in 2013.

Cover versions

‘Love blonde’ has been covered by Lynn Sweet and in Swedish as ‘Hon går rakt fram’ by Cotton Club.

Kim about ‘Love blonde’

‘Love blonde’ is a real tongue-in-cheek ‘up yours’ to all the poeple who take the piss out of blondes. There’s that dizzy sexual stereotype of blondes with no brains and this is just really taking the rise out of those people who think that – and the blondes who believe it. (1)

When my dad told me that he wanted to write a song called ‘Love Blonde’, I just looked at him and said, you know, give me a break, I don’t think I could handle the sort of flack I’d get, making a record with a title like that. He just said, ‘look, either you do it, or you don’t’, and that was it. I could see what he was getting at.
So I went out and bought the most over the top dress I could find, and I send it up as much as I dare because I’m not really that much of an extrovert performer in that way. It’s going to annoy an awful lot of people, I think it’s just fun, and I look upon my career as having as much fun as I can. (2)

I really wanted to do something in the style of the Fifties. But in a contemporary way. A bit like Queen with ‘Crazy little thing called love’ or ‘Runaway boys’ by the Stray Cats. My father who writes all the lyrics grew up in the Fifties. He has a closet full of old rock and roll records. And he was a big British rock idol himself, together with Cliff and Adam Faith. You can trust him with the job. Brother Ricky composed the song. To keep true to the original style, we dressed in clothes from that era. And we used an upright bass. (3)

Well, unfortunately, people don’t seem to realise sometimes that I’ve got a sense of humour. A lot of things that I do or I say are dictated by humour. It’s like this last single .. It’s a bit like a tongue in cheek. I like this image of the platinum blonde, irresistible woman, like any other woman does, but what I sing there, it is for fun. Because I’ve got a good sense of humour, I like to look at myself with humour, laugh about myself . (4)

(It’s) not about myself, but I do sing about the type of girl people take me for. It’s about all the cliches about blondes, that they’re sexy, but dumb and cool, etcetera. I think it’s a funny lyric, but you shouldn’t take it literally. It doesn’t matter to me that the media portray me as this sex symbol, or that people really see me like that. They don’t really know me, and they don’t know any better than that. As long as they buy my records and accept me as an artist, I am very satisfied. (5)

I speak about the cliches that people talk about when they talk about blondes – that they would be a bit dumb, vain and crazy. Brigitte Bardot has always suffered from that image. And I have also had to deal with this at the beginning of my career. The song is not so seriously, it’s more like a parody. (6)

I hesitated recording that song. I didn’t want to emphasize it too much. But the song was too strong to resist. I felt that it wouldn’t be a hit in England. It’s almost a crime being attractive and being able to sing too. (7)

I had kind of a problem with that at the time. Should I really be singing this song about me? And I asked dad, ‘Is it about me?’ And he said, ‘No, it’s about the mythology of the blonde sex symbol.’ I said, ‘Yes, but that’s how everyone’s perceiving me,’ so he told me to just take the piss out of it and enjoy it. And he was right, you know. It is all superficial, that side of it. So kind of acknowledging it in a song like that, because it was an unpredictable thing to do, knocks people back a bit. Most people have fun playing about with my image, talking about me, so I thought, ‘Why not do it myself?’. (8)

Credits

Flute, saxophone: Gary Barnacle
Lead guitar, backing vocals: Steve Byrd
Bass guitar, backing vocals: Mark Hayward Chaplin
Drums: Trevor Murrell
Keyboards, bass, guitar, Linn programmes, synclavier, backing vocals: Ricky Wilde
Produced by Ricky Wilde
Engineer: Pete Schwier, Will Gosling, Simon Schofield, Keith Fernley

Highest chart positions

Australia: 34
Germany: 26 (15 weeks)
Ireland: 29 (1 week)
Netherlands: 10 (7 weeks)
Sweden: 7 (8 weeks)
Switzerland: 11 (3 weeks)
United Kingdom: 23 (8 weeks)

Interview sources:
(1) Return of the love blonde, No. 1 (UK), 16 July 1983
(2) Blondes have more fun, Melody Maker (UK), 20 August 1983
(3) Kim Wilde: no sex, but sensuality, Veronica (Netherlands), 27 August 1983
(4) A blonde to love, Rock & BD (France), September 1983
(5) Singer Kim Wilde: “I dress nonchalant and that’s how I am”, Flair (Belgium), October 1983
(6) Kim Wilde: “I take all the blondes by the arm”, Mädchen (Germany), 1983
(7) Kim Wilde – the sex kitten of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Veronica (Netherlands), 7 January 1984
(8) Kim Wilde, Record Collector (UK), September 1993


Lyrics

Something’s coming down the street
Something static under your feet
Never looking left or right
‘coz she’ll just blow you out of sight

She’s never waiting on your smile
Devastating, what’s in her style ?
Situation no-go zone
But she’ll cut loose when she’s alone

She’s a love Blonde
She’s a love Blonde
She’s a love Blonde
She’s got that sensuality for love

When the boys say “how you been
What you doin’, Can we get in ?”
Eyes’ll flash and lips will smile
And she’ll just tease them for a while

‘Cos now you see her, now you don’t
You could be there, only you won’t
If you’ve got that savoir faire
Well that girl knows and she’s aware

She’s a love Blonde
She’s a love Blonde
She’s a love Blonde
She’s got that sensuality for love

Oooh, well if she fills your dreams tonight
Oooh, just lay back and hold on tight

She’s a love Blonde
She’s a love Blonde
She’s a love Blonde
She’s got that sensuality for love

Cotton Club

The Swedish band Cotton Club debuted in 1984 with live performances on the night club circuit in Stockholm. Their self-titled debut album was released in the same year, featuring cover versions of contemporary hit songs, such as Thompson Twins’ ‘Hold Me Now’, Eurythmics’ ‘Sweet Dreams’ and Kim Wilde’s Love Blonde. All the lyrics were translated into Swedish. ‘Love Blonde’, translated as ‘Hon Går Rakt Fram’, was subsequently released as a single by lead singer Leyla.

A second album, entitled ‘Nattens Puls’ was released in 1985. Although the band haven’t released any albums since, they are still performing live. A highlight was their performance at the Royal wedding of H.R.H Crown Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling on 19 June 2010.


Thommy’s Popshow

Date
17 December 1983
Channel
ZDF (Germany)

Kim sings ‘Love blonde’ and ‘Dancing in the dark’ live to a recorded backing track. ‘Love blonde’ is an instrumental version of the single version, whereas ‘Dancing in the dark’ sounds very different musically. Kim is backed by her own band. They are performing in front of a live audience.

Champs Elysées

Date
24 September 1983
Channel
Antenne 2 (France)

Kim sings ‘Love blonde’ live to a recorded backing track: the instrumental version of the song. She is backed by her own band, consisting of Mark Heyward Chaplin (guitar), Steve Byrd (guitar) and Trevor Murrell (drums). Kim is wearing her ‘Love blonde’ black leather dress.

 

WWF Club

Date
16 September 1983
Channel
Germany

Kim and her band do a lipsynch performance of ‘Love blonde’ on the WWF Club stage before a live studio audience.

Top of the Pops

Date
18 August 1983
Channel
BBC (UK)

Kim lipsynchs to ‘Love blonde’ on the Top of the Pops stage, dressed in a white shirt and wearing sunglasses. She is backed by four band members, featuring Steve Byrd on guitar and Trevor Murrell on drums. They perform in front of a live studio audience.

TVAM

Date
16 August 1983
Channel
ITV (UK)

Interview with Kim Wilde on the occasion of the release of her new single, ‘Love blonde’. First, part of the music video is shown and then she is interviewed by the presenter, Timmy Mallett.

Where did you get that amazing dress from? It’s really sexy.
Oh, thank you. I got it in Joseph in Sloane Street. I went in there one day, I wasn’t feeling very happy with myself and I just fancied cheering myself up. I saw this dress and I put it on, I didn’t bother to ask how much it was and I fell in love with it. And here comes the bill, you know… It was a shaky hand job…

What have you been up to, Kim, because we haven’t had a single out from you for ages now.
Well, we had a tour round about the time ‘Child come away’ was released, and that was in November, and then we’ve been working on the album since then, which will be out this November and… It’s been quite a long time but it seems to have flown by. It seems like it’s been a short break to me. And everyone else seems to  think it’s such a long time. It’s quite nice to think that everyone’s missed me. You’ve missed me haven’t you?

So what’s your plans then, what’s gonna happen  with the release of the album in November, another tour?
We will do a European tour. We haven’t done a lot of European touring yet. Places like Germany where I have a lot of success, we haven’t actually been there yet. So we’re gonna really hit Germany and a lot of other European countries at some time.

And then come back and see us here?
That’s right, yeah. We’re also doing something in Poland which will be interesting. We’re doing a TV special in Poland. So there’s a lot going on, very busy.

Top of the Pops

Date
4 August 1983
Channel
BBC (UK)

Kim Wilde lipsynchs to ‘Love blonde’, but the version of the song is a little different from the actual single version. She is backed by her own band, featuring Steve Byrd on guitar. Kim is wearing her black ‘Love blonde’ leather dress.

Cadence 3

Date
16 February 1983
Channel
France

Kim sings ‘Love blonde’ live to a pre-recorded backing track. She is supported by a four piece band, with Steve Byrd on guitar.