German coverband, founded in 1978. After 45 years, the band is still going strong, having released several live albums. In 2015, they released Live 3, which featured cover versions of Kids in America, Chequered love and Anyplace, Anywhere, Anytime.

Rude Boy George

Band whose members are based in New Jersey and New York City, reimagining 80’s New Wave classics in ska, rocksteady, and reggae versions. The band consists of Roger Apollon (lead vocals), Pamela Buckley (keyboards, piano and synths), Jackie Chasen (saxophone, clarinet, flute, vocals), Jesse Gosselin (guitar), Dave Heise (drums), Megg Howe (lead vocals) and Marc Wasserman (bass).

In 2016 they released the album Love and Dancing, which features a cover version of Kids in America.

Rottrová, Marie

Marie Rottrová was born in Ostrava-Hrušov (Czech Republic) on 13 November 1941. She was born and raised in a musical family, with her mother a singer and her father an organist. She initially started working as a bank clerk but after participating in a talent show in Ostrava she was discovered and became a member of groups like Františka Trnka, Octect, Samuel, Majestic and the Flamingos. Her first LP with the Flamingos was recorded in 1970. This self-titled debut album in the Czech language was re-recorded a year later in English as ‘This is Our Soul’. Several solo albums followed during the 1980’s and 1990’s.

In 1983 she released the solo single ‘Skorápky Orechu’, which features a cover version of Action City in the Czech language, entitled ‘Já Tvé Sny Znám’. Both tracks were never included on an album. Rottrová still performs and records these days, although she never became as prolific as she was during the previous century.

Richard, Cliff

Sir Cliff Richard OBE (born as Harry Rodger Webb on 14 October 1940) is an Indian-born British singer who holds both British and Barbadian citizenship. He has total sales of over 21.5 million singles in the United Kingdom and is the third-top-selling artist in UK Singles Chart history, behind the Beatles and Elvis Presley.

Richard was originally marketed as a rebellious rock and roll singer in the style of Presley and Little Richard.With his backing group, the Shadows, he dominated the British popular music scene in the pre-Beatles period of the late 1950s to early 1960s. His 1958 hit single ‘Move It’ is often described as Britain’s first authentic rock and roll song. In the early 1960s, he had a successful screen career with films including The Young Ones, Summer Holiday and Wonderful Life and his own television show at the BBC. Increased focus on his Christian faith and subsequent softening of his music led to a more middle-of-the-road image, and he sometimes ventured into contemporary Christian music.

In a career spanning 65 years, Richard has amassed several gold and platinum discs and awards, including two Ivor Novello Awards and three Brit Awards. More than 130 of his singles, albums, and EPs have reached the UK Top 20, more than any other artist. Richard has had 67 UK top ten singles, the second highest total for an artist (behind Presley). He holds the record, with Presley, as the only act to make the UK singles charts in all of its first six decades (1950s–2000s). He has achieved 14 UK No. 1 singles, and is the only singer to have had a No. 1 single in the UK in each of five consecutive decades. He also had four UK Christmas No. 1 singles, two of which were as a solo artist; ‘Mistletoe and Wine’ and ‘Saviour’s Day’.

Richard has sold more than 250 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. He has never achieved the same popularity in the United States despite eight US Top 40 singles, including the million-selling “Devil Woman” and “We Don’t Talk Anymore”. In Canada, he had a successful period in the early 1960s, the late 1970s and early 1980s, with some releases certified gold and platinum. He has remained a popular music, film, and television personality at home in the UK as well as Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Northern Europe and Asia, and retains a following in other countries. When not touring, he divides his time between Barbados and Portugal. In 2019, he relocated to New York.

Kim and Cliff Richard’s paths crossed many times, partly due to the fact that Cliff Richard and Kim’s dad Marty were the stars of British TV at the start of their careers. Kim was also a guest at Cliff’s 50th birthday party on 7 November 1990, which featured a live performance in front of some 12.000 fans at the NEC in Birmingham. During the afterparty, several famous faces including Kim’s appeared to congratulate him.

On 8 November 2013, Kim and Cliff performed the song Move It together during an episode of Chris Evans‘ Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 2.

Rock Meets Classic tour

In March and April 2014, Kim Wilde participated in the Rock Meets Classic tour. Split over twenty dates, five acts played live during a set lasting well over two hours. The bill features, besides Kim, Midge Ure, Joe Lynn Turner, Uriah Heep and Alice Cooper.
The tour started on 9 March 2014 in Berlin and ended on 5 April 2014 in Dresden. All dates took place in Germany, with the exception of three dates taking place in Switzerland, France and Austria respectively.

The set lists for the shows were as follows:

Midge Ure
Dancing With Tears In My Eyes
Joe Lynn Turner
I Surrender
Stone Cold
Love Conquers All
Since You’ve Been Gone
Kim Wilde
You Came
You Keep Me Hangin’ On
Kids In America
Uriah Heep
Easy Livin’
Free Me
July Morning
Lady In Black
Alice Cooper
Hello Hooray
House Of Fire
No More Mr Nice Guy
Only Women Bleed
Welcome To My Nightmare
School’s Out (all together)

Tour dates


Reckless is a 1984 American romantic drama film starring Aidan Quinn and Daryl Hannah. The film was directed by James Foley and written by Chris Columbus, in their directing and screenwriting debuts respectively.

A motorbike riding loner rebel on the high school football team, Johnny Rourke, wins a date with a cute, rich cheerleader, Tracey Prescott. Worlds collide and opposites attract as the two fall in love. Living dangerously, Rourke’s anti-social behavior clashes with the privileged socialite Prescott. At the high school dance, her boyfriend’s behavior leads to a breakup – opening doors.

The film’s soundtrack included the song Kids in America by Kim Wilde, as well as songs by INXS, Romeo Void, Bob Seger and Thomas Newman.

Record Collector

British monthly music magazine, first published in March 1980. The history of the magazine actually starts in the 1960’s, when publisher Sean O’Mahomy launched The Beatles Book, a publication containing a ‘small ads’ section in which collectors could buy, sell or trade Beatles records. When the collecting of records became increasingly popular in the 1970’s, The Beatles Book came with a record collecting supplement in September 1979. The response was positive enough for O’Mahony to launch Record Collector as a separate entity in March 1980.

Initially a glossy A5 sized publication, features in the magazine consisted of both prose pieces on the history of the artist, and detailed discographies of their UK releases. These discographies would provide all the information needed for collectors to pore over, and which enabled them to differentiate between different pressings of supposedly identical releases – catalogue numbers, release dates and distinguishing features of the records and sleeves themselves. In particular, they would also include a valuation of each record, so that dealers and collectors had a springboard to work from.

During the 1980’s the magazine went from A5 to A4 size. It was distributed to many other countries, making the listings section a big asset for collectors, both in the UK and abroad. The advent of internet, and after that, the rise of Ebay and Discogs made many sellers turn to those sites, instead of listing their records in the magazine. However, it is still a very useful source for information on valuable records. The Rare Record Price Guide, published by the magazine in book form between 1987 and 2010 was a reference for collectors and dealers, focusing on music released from the 1950s onwards, including various artists compilations and soundtracks. For the majority of the listings, the records have to have been made commercially available in the UK.

Since 2003, Record Collector is published in full colour. It contains features, interviews, reviews and – although taking up less pages than before – a small ads section.

Kim Wilde has appeared in the magazine numerous times. This is a listing of the articles and reviews devoted to her:

  • Kim Wilde (November 1987)
  • Wilde variations (December 1987)
  • Kim Wilde (September 1993)
  • Information Station: Top 10 promo chart (December 2001)
  • Review – The very best of Kim Wilde (December 2001)
  • Rare! (March 2002)
  • Wilde Thing (February 2005)
  • Review – Here come the aliens (April 2018)
  • Review – Kim Wilde / Select / Catch as catch can (February 2020)
  • Picture this (Christmas 2021)

Romeo’s (de)

The Romeos start in 2003. Chris Van Tongelen and Davy Gilles played together in the musical ‘Romeo & Juliet’ in Belgium. They decide to start a group together and asked Gunther Levi to join the group. The first seven years they mainly play covers and thus bring ambiance to company parties and other Flemish stages.

In 2008 they released the album ‘The Party Goes On’, featuring  a medley of Starship’s ‘We Built This City’, Wham’s ‘Freedom’, Kim Wilde’s Kids in America and J. Geils Band’s ‘Centerfold’.
In 2011 they released the album ‘Het Zingpaleis Live’, featuring a live recording of several medleys. Their ’80s Medley’ featured Starship’s ‘We Built This City’, Wham’s ‘Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go’, A-ha’s ‘Take On Me’, and Kim Wilde’s Kids in America and Chequered Love and J. Geils Band’s ‘Centerfold’.

After this, they opted for Dutch-language own songs with a limited number of covers, resulting in big hits such as ‘Viva De Romeo’s’ and ‘Singing, laughing, dancing’, together with Jan Smit.

Rijs, Marcel

Born on 31 August 1970, Marcel Rijs grew up in a very pop-oriented environment: his brother and sister were heavily into music and watched Toppop every week. Soon he was into Abba, Sparks, 10CC and Ultravox. In 1981 Kim Wilde appeared on TV and she gradually became one of his main idols. In 1983, he got the album Catch as Catch Can as a Christmas present, and this started a collection of albums, singles and 12″ singles by Kim Wilde. The first Kim Wilde concerts he attended was during the Hits Tour in 1994, in Utrecht and Tilburg.

In 1996 he was involved in the organization of the fan meeting. This was also the start of a webpage devoted to Kim Wilde, as the fan meeting was announced on the web. That page gradually became a full-blown website: in October 1998 Marcel registered the domain kimwilde.com. This website kept growing until 2006, when EMI wanted to promote the album Never Say Never. As a result, the original content of kimwilde.com moved to its current domain, wilde-life.com, and kimwilde.com became the website of various record companies, promoting the most recent albums and forthcoming live shows.

Meanwhile, Marcel became involved in various CD releases. In early 2006 he successfully managed to create a new compilation for EMI called The Hits Collection (which originally was intended to be another repackaging of The Gold Collection). For Cherry Pop he compiled track listings for the remastered reissues of Kim Wilde, Select and Catch as Catch Can in 2009 and Teases & Dares and Another Step in 2010. For Universal he provided the track listing for the expanded reissue of the album Close in 2013.

In 2020, Cherry Pop re-released Kim Wilde, Select and Catch as Catch Can again, this time in deluxe 2CD+DVD editions. For these releases, Marcel provided liner notes and compiled the track listings together with Tom Parker.

Together with photographer Katrien Vercaigne, Marcel has also created a few remarkable productions for the web, for instance the Kim Wilde in Brighton backstage report and a full digital recreation of Kim’s award-winning Cumbrian Fellside Garden.

Running Together (album)

Album by Marty Wilde, released in October 2020. Marty’s first original album in a long time features five songs with lead vocals by Roxanne Wilde and one duet with Kim, 60’s World. The album also contains Marty’s own versions of ‘Love Me Love My Dog’ and Cambodia. All the other tracks were newly composed by Marty.


‘Running Together’ was released on CD and as a double vinyl LP.
See also this page in the discography.

Rescue Me

Song written by Raynard Miner, Carl Smith and Fontella Bass. They were fooling around with the song when arranger Phil Wright walked in, and the ensuing four-way jam session brought forth ‘Rescue Me’. Bass claimed that, although Smith, Miner and Davis had assured her that her contribution to authorship of the song’s lyrics would be acknowledged, this was never done.

Fontella Bass recorded the song in three takes at Chess Studios in Chicago. Minnie Riperton provided background vocals, and Maurice White and Louis Satterfield, later of Earth, Wind & Fire, were on drums and bass respectively. Other musicians on the record included Pete Cosey and Gerald Sims on guitar, Leonard Caston (later a producer at Motown) on piano, Sonny Thompson on organ, and Charles Stepney on vibes.

After its release as a single, it peaked at number 4 in the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, and number 11 in the UK singles chart.

Kim Wilde performed the song together with Roy Wood and his Big Band in December 1994 – once during a concert at the Society of Distinguished Songwriters (3 December) and once during a concert at the Symphony Hall in Birmingham (16 December). No recordings of these performances are known to exist.


Rescue me
Take me in your arms
Rescue me
I want your tender charm
‘Cause I’m lonely
And I’m blue
I need you
And your love too
Come on and rescue me

Come on, baby, and rescue me
Come on, baby, and rescue me
‘Cause I need you by my side
Can’t you see that I’m lonely

Rescue me
Come on and take my heart
Take your love and conquer every part
‘Cause I’m lonely
And I’m blue
I need you
And your love too
Come on and rescue me

Come on, baby, and rescue me
Come on, baby, and rescue me
‘Cause I need you by my side
Can’t you see that I’m lonely

Rescue me
Take me in your arms
Rescue me
I want your tender charm
‘Cause I’m lonely
And I’m blue
I need you
And your love too
Come on and rescue me (come on baby)
Take me baby (take me baby)
Hold me baby (hold me baby)
Love me baby (love me baby)
Can’t you see that I’m lonely

Rescue me
Come on and take my hand
Come on baby and be my friend
‘Cause I love you
‘Cause I want you
Can’t you see that I’m lonely

Take me baby (take me baby)
Love me baby (love me baby)
Need me baby (need me baby)
Can’t you see that I’m lonely

Rescue me
Rescue me

Running Together

Song written by Marty Wilde and recorded on his album of the same name, released in 2020. It features vocals by his daughters Roxanne and Kim.

Marty about ‘Running together’

“When I wrote it, it was quite a serious song for me in some ways. It was dedicated to… it was written about my family, all my family, my wife and my children and doing things together. I was at a charity event that I had to go to and I watced all these runners, we set off all these runners, and I watched them and I remember seeing these two people, they were holding hands, and I thought ‘wow’. Running together is something you can say about life, it can be your marriage, it can be you and your family, it could be you and your football team, it can be, you know, people that stay with things. Two people are stronger than one person, nearly every time. Running together is about people.” (1)

Interview sources

(1) Memory Lane 80s, 18 July 2020.