One Direction

One Direction are an English-Irish pop boy band formed in London, England in 2010. The group are composed of Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson; former member Zayn Malik departed from the group in March 2015.

The group signed with Simon Cowell’s record label Syco Records after forming and finishing third in the seventh series of the British televised singing competition The X Factor in 2010. During these TV shows they performed a version of Kids in America. One Direction achieved third place in the competition and immediately after the final, their song Forever Young, which would have been released if they had won X Factor, was ‘leaked’ on the internet.

One Direction’s five albums, ‘Up All Night’ (2011), ‘Take Me Home’ (2012), ‘Midnight Memories’ (2013), ‘Four’ (2014), and ‘Made in the A.M.’ (2015), topped charts in most major markets, and generated hit singles including ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ (their first number one on the UK Singles Chart), ‘Live While We’re Young’, ‘Best Song Ever’, ‘Story of My Life’ and ‘Drag Me Down’. After the release of ‘Four’, One Direction became the first band in the US Billboard 200 history to have their first four albums debut at number one. Their third album, ‘Midnight Memories’, was the best-selling album worldwide of 2013. Considered teen idols, One Direction were often subject to fan hysteria. They have embarked on four world tours, two of which were all-stadium. The band’s ‘Where We Are Tour’, in support of ‘Midnight Memories’, was the highest-grossing concert tour in 2014, the highest-grossing tour by a vocal group in history, and the 15th highest-grossing concert tour of all time.

The band went on hiatus in January 2016, allowing all members to pursue other projects.


Oi Banner

Stage name of Rico Banner, based in Caen (France). He creates punk music.

In 2016, Oi Banner released a split EP with another French punk band, You Stupid Woman. The EP features a cover version of Kids in America in French, entitled Kids de France.


Oakley

Oakley, Inc., based in Lake Forest, California, and a subsidiary of Italian corporate giant Luxottica based in Milan, designs, develops and manufactures sports performance equipment and lifestyle pieces including sunglasses, sports visors, ski/snowboard goggles, watches, apparel, backpacks, shoes, optical frames, and other accessories. Most items are designed in house at their head office, but some countries hold exclusive designs relevant to their market. Oakley currently holds more than 600 patents for eyewear, materials, and performance gear.

In 2019, Oakley created an advert for their Prizm technology featuring a portion of the song Chequered Love.


Oh Darling

Song written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. It was released by the Beatles on the 1969 album ‘Abbey Road’. It appeared as a single in Central America and Japan only. The song is one of several tracks on ‘Abbey Road’ that have never been performed onstage by McCartney or any other of the Beatles to date.

Kim Wilde performed a version of the song together with Jools Holland and his band for the 23 April 2018 edition of his radio show on BBC Radio 2.

Kim about ‘Oh Darling’

I’ve been listening to that song since I was nine years old. ‘Abbey Road’ came into the house via my dad and I’ve never sung it. I sung it in my head. ‘Kim Wilde sings the blues’, it’s got legs, doesn’t it? After my death metal album. I’ve got it all planned.


Lyrics

Oh! Darling, please believe me
I’ll never do you no harm
Believe me when I tell you
I’ll never do you no harm

Oh! Darling, if you leave me
I’ll never make it alone
Believe me when I beg you
Don’t ever leave me alone

When you told me
You didn’t need me anymore
Well you know I nearly broke down and cried
When you told me
You didn’t need me anymore
Well you know I nearly broke down and cried

Oh! Darling, please believe me
I’ll never make it alone
Believe me when I tell you
I’ll never do you no harm

When you told me
You didn’t need me anymore
Well you know I nearly broke down and cried
When you told me
You didn’t need me anymore
Well you know I nearly broke down and cried

Oh! Darling, please believe me
I’ll never let you down
Believe me when I tell you
I’ll never do you no harm

Originals (the)

A series of boxed sets of 3 Compact Discs, released by EMI. There are many of these ‘Originals’ box sets available by artists and groups such as Marillion, Crowded House and many more. There’s also one of Kim Wilde.
It’s a boxed set of the albums Kim Wilde, Select, Catch as Catch Can, released in 1995. It was the first European release of Kim’s third album. The CD’s were each packaged in 5″ cardboard sleeves which were exact replicas of their respective 12″ album sleeves.

Formats

‘The Originals’ was released as a 3CD box set only.
See also this page in the discography.


Our town

Song written by Ricky and Marty Wilde. Second track of the album Kim Wilde.

Live performances

‘Our town’ was performed live during the Debut Tour in 1982 only.

Marty about ‘Our town’

We put this track down and, with all the synthesizers on, it just sounded like a city song. It’s written for the kid who lives in an area he should really get out of. So many youngsters in this generation are crowded into badly designed housing schemes – and when old enough to be independent, they should get out into the world and explore. If our song influences young people to think about that possibility, then the song succeeds. (1)

Interview source

(1) The official fan club for Kim Wilde: Introductory magazine, 1981


Lyrics

This is our town, this is my place
This is where my whole world is lived in
Nothing much, and just out of reach of all the city lights
It’s a high town, it’s a low town
It’s get here, come on you grow town
No-one does, but everyone thinks they’re gonna make it soon

This is one place I respected
Now I feel it’s really dejected
No-one cares and the people just stare
And a man on the box says
“Hey you, don’t walk away, vote for me
You’ll get more pay, keep working hard”
But they work slow

Here it comes now, Sunday morning
Just another sleepy town yawning
Down below everything looks just like another day
But, in the warm glow of the sunrise
There’s a child who’s searching with young eyes
Looking ’round and feeling inside he’s gonna fly away

There was one time I was leaving
But the folks around me kept grieving
Friends said go, but my dad said no
And my mum kept saying
“Don’t go, don’t go away – don’t leave us
You’ve got to stay – just raise them kids”
Oh mother no

No prospects, just projects
Don’t try to tell me we’re living
There’s no real need to try
Can’t you see this town gonna die

Hail the new age, it’s a rat cage
Join the place for breeding dumb spieces
All stacked up and doing whatever someone tells them to
Burn the place down, make it dead ground
Show the people just what they’re missing
Wake up, wake up, can’t you believe in what I’m telling you

There’s the house where I was born in
Now it’s changed without any warning
Cranes just crash and bricks just smash
While a billboard’s saying
“Let’s go, let’s get away – come fly me
You’ve weeks to pay – when sunshine calls”
But I won’t go

This is our town

Orko

Band formed around 2006 in Warwick (UK) by Andy Bewick, Dan Smith, Liam Stuchbury and Justin Turner. They never released any records but did share some music tracks on a Myspace website. One of them was a cover version of Kids in America.


Original Gold

Compilation album, consisting of two CD’s in a slipcase, released in 1998 by Disky.

Tracks

The album contains a large selection of tracks from EMI’s work for EMI between 1981 and 1983. It includes Kids in America, Chequered Love, Water on Glass, Everything We Know, Young Heroes, 2 6 5 8 0, You’ll Never Be So Wrong, Falling Out, Tuning in Tuning on, Ego, View From a Bridge, Words Fell Down, Action City, Just a Feeling, Cambodia, Love Blonde, Dancing in the Dark, Sing It Out for Love, Child Come Away, Sparks, House of Salome, Stay Awhile, Boys, Watching for Shapes, Can You Hear It, Back Street Joe, Love Blonde (12″ version), Dancing in the Dark (remix) and Chaos at the Airport.

Formats

‘Original Gold’ was released on double CD only.
See also this page in the discography.


Ordinary World

Song written by Simon Le Bon, John Taylor, James Bates and Warren Cuccurullo and originally recorded by Duran Duran.

Duran Duran version

Simon Le Bon has been evasive about the inspiration for the lyric of the song, but it is apparently the second part of a trilogy written about the death of his friend David Miles in 1986. The first was ‘Do You Believe in Shame’ (1988) and the last was ‘Out of My Mind’ (1997). Duran Duran released the track as the lead single from their self-titled 1993 album on 1 December 1992. It reached number 3 on the US Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and number 6 in the UK singles chart.

Kim Wilde version

Kim Wilde started performing the song live in 2016. The first live performance took place on 26 May 2016 in Rüdesheim (Germany). In her version, she sings the first part of the song with Ricky on acoustic guitar, and in the second part the band joins in.


Orange Sector

Band formed by Lars Feiker and Martin Bodewell in Hannover (Germany) in 1992. Their first single, released in 1994, was a cover version of Kids in America. The band has released 12 albums and a handful of singles since then.


One Small Step Appeal

On 18 July 1990, Kim was one of 6000 people walking through London in aid of the One Small Step Appeal, which was started by Guy’s Hospital in London to finance operations on children with a brain disorder. The sponsored walkers raised a total of 300.000 UK pounds.
Kim was asked by the hospital to officially hand over the money to one of their patients, the 13 year old Emmett de Montery.


One Night With You

Song written by Dave Bartholomew, Pearl King and Anita Steiman. The song was originally written and recorded under the title ‘One Night (Of Sin)’ and had been a hit for Smiley Lewis. Elvis recorded a version of the song in its original form on 18 January 1957. This version would not be released until 1983.

Both Elvis’ manager and record company had reservations about the suggestive lyrics. Elvis did not give up on the song. He continued to play with it during his spare time, finally rewriting the lyrics that he felt were holding the song captive. It was Elvis himself who reworked ‘One night of sin is what I’m now paying for’ into ‘One night with you is what I’m now praying for.’ On 23 February 1957, at Radio Recorders in Los Angeles, he showed up with his new lyrics, feeling sure they would meet his label’s approval. It was issued as a single in October 1958 and peaked at number 4 on Billboard’s singles chart. The single reached number one twice on the UK Singles Chart: upon its original release in 1958, and again in January 2005 when the song became the UK’s 1000th number 1 single.

Kim Wilde performed a cover of this song on the 1987 TV special Love Me Tender, in which she also performed Big Hunk o’ Love and Treat Me Nice. The song appeared to have been pre-recorded in a studio, but was never released on record.


Lyrics

One night with you
Is what I’m now praying for
The things that we two could plan
Would make my dreams come true

Just call my name
And I’ll be right by your side
I want your sweet helping hand
My loves too strong to hide

Always lived, very quiet life
I ain’t never did no wrong
Now I know that life without you
Has been too lonely too long

One night with you
Is what I’m now praying for
The things that we two could plan
Would make my dreams come true

Always lived, very quiet life
I ain’t never did no wrong
Now I know that life without you
Has been too lonely too long

One night with you
Is what I’m now praying for
The things that we two could plan
Would make my dreams come true