Raine

Raine was an Airedale terrier who was in Kim’s household between March 2018 and June 2020. She is a direct sister to Beau, who was born two years before Raine.

On 8 June 2020, she passed away, surrounded by the family.


Rain On

Song written by Ricky and Marty Wilde.
Recorded in August/September 1983, this song was a new version of Sail On with different lyrics. It remained unreleased until 2020 when it was included in the deluxe edition of Catch as Catch Can.


Lyrics

I watch it raining
Tapping down upon my window pane
I hate the weatherman
It’s always the same

I’m looking for the one in my life
But I guess I’ll see those clouds again tonight

So rain on, rainy day
It really doesn’t matter if the sky’s looking grey
Rain on, let it pour
You know I’m only waiting ’till the clouds roll away
Once more

I heard you’re leaving
Say goodbye and let me drift away
No way I’m coming back
You know I won’t stay

You’ve taken all the sun from my life
And I guess I’ll be alone again tonight

So rain on, rainy day
It really doesn’t matter if the sky’s looking grey
Rain on, let it pour
You know I’m only waiting ’til the clouds roll away
Once more

You took away the sun from my life
And I guess I’ll be alone again tonight

So rain on, rainy day
It really doesn’t matter if the sky’s looking grey
Rain on, let it pour
You know I’m only waiting ’til the clouds roll away…
Ooh, once more
Ooh ooh ooh, once more
Ooh ooh ooh, ooh
Ooh ooh ooh, once more

Return of the Aliens Tour

The Return of the Aliens Tour took place in November 2019, with eight dates in the Netherlands and one date in Belgium.

Kim’s band during this tour consisted of Steve Power (keyboards), John Atkinson (drums), Paul Cooper (bass), Neil Jones (guitar), Scarlett Wilde (backing vocals) and Ricky Wilde (guitar).

The songs played during the concerts were:
Rock the Paradiso, Anyplace Anywhere Anytime, Never Trust a Stranger, Kandy Krush, Cambodia, 1969, Yours ’til the End, Solstice, King of the World, Bladerunner, Cyber.Nation.War, Water on Glass, Birthday, Rosetta, View From a Bridge, Chequered Love, You Came, You Keep Me Hangin’ On, Pop Don’t Stop and Kids in America.

Tour dates


Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree

‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree’ is a Christmas song, written by Johnny Marks and recorded by Brenda Lee in 1958. Although Decca released it in both 1958 and again in 1959, it did not sell well until Lee became a popular star in 1960; that Christmas season, it hit number 16 on the Billboard pop chart and turned into a perennial holiday favorite. For well over 30 years, Brenda Lee’s version had sales and radio airplay all to itself. Then, in 1992, Ronnie Spector and Darlene Love got together and recorded the song for A Very Special Christmas Volume 2. In 1993, Dion recorded a version for his Christmas album and Amy Grant recorded a version for her second Christmas album.

In 2023, Brenda Lee’s version of ‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree’ hit number one in the US Billboard Hot 100 for the first time, after having been at number two behind Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ in December for several years.

Mel & Kim version

Kim Wilde recorded ‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree’ together with Mel Smith in order to raise money for Comic Relief. It was produced by Stuart Colman. Some extra comedy material was added to the track, written by Mel Smith and Griff Rhys-Jones. The track was released on 7″ and 12″ single in the autumn of 1987. The duo operated under the name Mel & Kim. The single raised a total of £ 76,610 for Comic Relief.

Versions

There are three versions of the song: the 7″ version and the 12″ version, released on vinyl in 1987, and an edited version of the 12″ version, released in 2017 on Spotify, iTunes and other media.

Live performances

‘Rockin’ around the Christmas tree’ was performed live during the Here & Now Greatest Hits Tour in 2003, the Here & Now Tour 2004, Quofestive Tour in 2011, Christmas gigs in December 2013, 2014 and 2015, and during the Wilde Wild Xmas Show in December 2017.

Kim about ‘Rockin’ around the Christmas tree’ [1987]

What do you mean I’m unkind to Mel in the song? Well, yes… I suppose I am a bit off hand with him, but that’s what’s funny about the record, isn’t it? (1)

Chart performance

Ireland: 4 (6 weeks)
United Kingdom: 3 (7 weeks)

Kim Wilde & Nik Kershaw version

In 2013, Kim recorded a new version of ‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree’, together with Nik Kershaw. Twelfth track of her album Wilde Winter Songbook.

Kim about ‘Rockin’ around the Christmas tree’ [2013]

Me and this song go back a long way, and started when ‘Comic Relief’ asked comedian Mel Smith and I to record it to support their first ever ‘Red Nose Day’ in 1987. It reached No 3 in the UK charts and has been played on the radio every Christmas since. More recently my brother Ricky and I were caught belting this tune out on a train from London Kings Cross to Potters Bar. We had both been to a rather wonderful Xmas party hosted by Magic FM 105.4, and were in a somewhat over-refreshed state…the rest, as they, is history ; ) (2)

Credits

Vocals: Kim Wilde & Nik Kershaw
Piano & keys: Steve Power
Drums & percussion: Jonathan Atkinson
Bass, keys, acoustic guitar & additional vocals: Ricky Wilde
Backing vocals: Scarlett Wilde
Guitar solo: Nik Kershaw
Produced by Ricky Wilde
Recorded at RAK Studios, London
Mixed by Ricky Wilde & Sean Vincent at RAK Studios, London
Engineered by Sean Vincent, assisted by Robbie Nelson & Helen Atkinson

Interview sources

(1) Wow! What an almighty Christmas groove! In: Smash Hits (UK), December 16, 1987
(2) Track by track, Kimwilde.com website (UK), November 11, 2013


Lyrics

Mel & Kim version

Mel Smith: Christmas coming around again eh?
Griff Rhys-Jones: Yeah I mean it must be nearly a year since the last one
Mel: Oh it’s a good twelve months
Both: Yeah yeah
Mel: You getting anything for your Granny this year?
Griff: Well I thought about it I couldn’t be bothered
Mel: Well it’s the thought that counts innit
Griff: Yeah that’s how I see it
What do you fancy for Christmas then
Mel: Kim Wilde as usual, kidding myself though arent’t I
It’s hopeless really it’s pathetic I suppose in a way
Griff: It is yeah – hello who is this?
Kim Wilde: Merry Christmas Melvyn
Mel: It can’t be
Kim: Come on Mel how about pulling a cracker
Mel: By the look of you darling I think I already have
Get it

Kim: Rockin’ around the Christmas tree
At the Christmas party hop
Mistletoe hung where you can see
Every couple try to stop
Come on Melly-pops

Rockin’ around the Christmas tree
Let the Christmas spirit ring
Later we’ll have some pumpkin pie
And we’ll do some caroling
Mel: Pumpkin pie anyone?

Both: You will get a sentimental feeling when you hear
Voices singing let’s be jolly
Deck the halls with boughs of holly

Rockin’ around the Christmas tree
Have a happy holiday
Kim: This is so corny
Both: Everyone’s dancing merrily
in the new old fashioned way
Mel: Wow I am in the most almighty Christmas groove
I haven’t had this much fun since “Two little boys” was number one
If my friends could see me now
How do I look?
Kim: Ridiculous
Mel: You little tease
A dance, Kimberley?

Kim: I do love a nice sax break
Mel: Yeah me too Kim, but let’s wait till the record’s over
Kim do you think our love will last forever?
Kim: No
Mel: Couple of years maybe?
Kim: No
Mel: Do you think we’ll make it to the end of the record?
Kim: How long is that – exactly?

Kim: You will get a sentimental feeling when you hear
Mel: All together now
Both: Voices singing let’s be jolly
Deck the halls with boughs of holly

Griff: Excuse me can I sing something now?
Mel: Get lost Griff!
Griff: Well that’s nice…

Mel & Kim: Rockin’ around the Christmas tree
Let the Christmas spirit ring
Mel: Root beer anyone?
Both: Later we’ll have pumpkin pie
And we’ll do some carolling
Mel: There’s plenty of pumpkin pie left by the way
Both: Rockin’ around the Christmas tree
Have a happy holiday
Kim: Do you mind Melvyn?
Both: Everyone’s dancing merrily
In the new old fashioned way

Griff: Wow yeah that was fantastic
Kim: Very nice
Mel: Let’s do it again! One two three four…
Kim: Strewth
Mel: Five!

Both: Rockin’ around the Christmas tree
Have a happy holiday
Mel: He overdid it with the pumpkin pie
Both: Everyone’s dancing merrily
In the new old fashioned way

Mel: Merry Christmas everybody!
Kim: Merry Christmas everybody!
Bye Mel it’s been really interesting
Griff: I’ll tell you who I fancy for Christmas
Mel: Who’s that
Griff: Bananarama
Mel: Yeah can’t help you there I’m afraid
Griff: Oh thanks a bundle!

Kim Wilde & Nik Kershaw version

Kim: Rockin’ around the Christmas tree
At the Christmas party hop
Mistletoe hung where you can see
Every couple tries to stop

Rockin’ around the Christmas tree
Let the Christmas spirit ring
Later we’ll have some pumpkin pie
And we’ll do some caroling

Nik: You will get a sentimental feeling when you hear
Voices singing let’s be jolly
Deck the halls with boughs of holly

Kim & Nik: Rockin’ around the Christmas tree
Have a happy holiday
Everyone’s dancing merrily
in the new old fashioned way

Kim: You will get a sentimental feeling when you hear
Voices singing let’s be jolly
Deck the halls with boughs of holly
Rockin’ around the Christmas tree
Have a happy holiday
Everyone’s dancing merrily
in the new old fashioned way

Kim & Nik: Rockin’ around the Christmas tree
Have a happy holiday
Everyone’s dancing merrily
In the new old fashioned way

Nik: Happy Crimbo Kimbo!

Return of the Aliens

Download only compilation of the bonus tracks released on the deluxe edition of Here Come the Aliens, released on 19 October 2018.

Tracks

The album features the tracks Amoureux des Rêves, Fight Temptation, Yours ’til the End (Infinity Mix), Stereo Shot/1969/Different Story (Numinous Mix), Cyber.Nation.War (Keyboard Warrior Mix), You Came (live), Cambodia (live) and Kids in America (live).

Artwork

The digital artwork for this album was based on a photograph by Sean Vincent.

Formats

‘Return of the aliens’ was released as a digital download only.


Rudolph, Dick

Richard Rudolph was born on 27 October 1946. He started in the music business as a songwriter at Chicago’s legendary Chess Records in 1969. One of his first compositions to be recorded was the title song for Minnie Riperton’s debut solo album, ‘Come to my garden’. This began a multi-song collaboration with Charles Stepney, the renowned producer of Earth, Wind and Fire fame. Together they wrote many songs for Ms. Riperton and The Rotary Connection.

Rudolph’s career as a record producer began when he and Stevie Wonder joined forces to produce Minnie Riperton’s million-selling album, ‘Perfect angel’. Included in this album was the song ‘Lovin’ you’, written by Richard Rudolph and Minnie Riperton, which went on to become a number 1 song around the world. Riperton and Rudolph were married from 1970 until Riperton’s death in 1979.

Dick Rudolph has written well over two hundred songs in the course of his songwriting career. His many production and writing credits include songs and recordings by Minnie Riperton, Stevie Wonder, Teena Marie, The Manhattan Transfer, A Tribe Called Quest, Michael McDonald, Jermaine Jackson, New Edition, 2Pac, Shanice Wilson, Michael Sembello, The Rotary Connection, The Temptations, Julian Lennon, Patti Austin, Timothy B. Schmit of the Eagles, Chaka Khan, Lara Fabian, Nuyorican Soul, Kimiko Kasai, Dawn Robinson of En Vogue and many others.

In 1986, he co-wrote and co-produced Kim Wilde’s Say You Really Want Me for the soundtrack of Running Scared. He shared production duties with Rod Temperton and Bruce Swedien.

Besides producing music for and music supervising several feature films such as Cocoon, Running Scared, Black Rain, Flatliners, Weekend at Bernie’s, The Black Dahlia, Virtuosity, Duets and many others, Rudolph has also overseen films for cable, mini series and movies made for television. He served as Executive Music Producer on the Whitney Houston film project, Whitney, for Lifetime Movies. Rudolph has also served as the exclusive music consultant to HBO Pictures and was President of the Atlantic Records distributed label Third Stone Records, a company he co-founded with partner (actor/producer) Michael Douglas.


Redington, Amanda

Born in January 1962, Amanda Redington is a British presenter and actress. She started out presenting music programmes for Music Box and Sky Channel, both satellite TV channels broadcasting across Europe, in the Eighties. On a handful of occasions she interviewed Kim Wilde, for instance during the Los Vast concert in the Netherlands in 1986.

In 1984 she was one of the members of the music group K-Ram who had a modest hit with the song ‘Menage à Trois’. In 1988 she released one solo single, entitled ‘Fatal Attraction’, which didn’t chart. She married Dutch singer Frank Boeijen in 1990. They divorced four years later.

She has acted on the stage in Wife Begins at 40, playing Linda Harper; in Bedside Manners as Sally; in Snow White as the Wicked Queen; and in Jack and the Beanstalk as the fairy. Redington played the title role in Peter Pan at the Lewisham Theatre; she also played Jack in Jack and the Beanstalk; and she played Sandy in Grease at the Palace Theatre in Manchester.

Her film roles include Miss February in ‘Sahara Sandwich’ (1991); Dorothy Rosenbaum in ‘Flodder in America’ (1992); and Mandy in ‘The Best Thing in Life’ (1993).

Amanda Redington has also appeared in numerous TV commercials, including those for Persil, M&M’s, Coca-Cola, Vauxhall Cavalier, Daily Mail, Lunn Poly, Hamlet Cigars, Maltesers, Traveler’s cheques, Vodafone, and NatWest.


Rosetta

Song written by Ricky Wilde & Kim Wilde.
Twelfth track on the album Here Come the Aliens. The track features backing vocals by Frida Sundemo.

Live performances

‘Rosetta’ was performed live during the Here Come the Aliens Tour in 2018 and 2019 and during the Return of the Aliens Tour, with Ricky Wilde singing the parts of Frida.

Kim about ‘Rosetta’

Rosetta was a space craft that went on a ten year mission to catch a comet, to find out more about life on earth and inspired this song. I asked Frida Sundemo, who we’re huge fans of, and she said yes and did the duet with me for this song, which questions about the meaning of life. Why are we here? It doesn’t really come up with any answers, but I think asks some really good questions. (1)

There’s a song on my album called ‘Rosetta’, it’s about the satellite that started in 2004 and was on its way to the comet Tschurjumow-Gerassimenko for ten years. Its mission was to find out more about the origin of mankind. In the song it’s about not having to go so far to find out that information. The answers about mankind are to be found here, on earth. Our character is shown through the way we handle our planet. And when we are really observed by aliens – and I do have that feeling – then they will be shocked. (2)

Credits

Drums: Jonathan Atkinson
Guitar: Neil Jones
Keyboards, guitar: Ricky Wilde
Piano, keyboards: Stephen Power
Backing vocals: Kim Wilde, Ricky Wilde & Frida Sundemo

Interview sources

(1) Track by track video, YouTube, 23 March 2018
(2) “I was there in the Eighties, but I still remember”, Galore (Germany), May 2018


Lyrics

Bigger than a mountain high,
Core of ice over two miles wide,
Spinning millions of miles away,
Tell us all about the human race.
Tell us from where we’ve come and who we are.
Are we the dust of a distant star?
Does it really matter that we’re here?
Is our irrelevance a thing we fear?

Tell me who you are..

What is your destiny?
Are you still a star still shining?
Or are you burning up and running out of time?
Can love redeem your soul?
Tell me what you believe in.
What is this precious thing called life?
Tell me who you are… who you are…

Walking down this busy street,
Strangers passing next to me.
Knowing this is all a game,
In our bones we’re just the same.
And all the answers we’re searching for,
Are deep inside our icy core,
We need a journey deep inside,
To understand why we’re alive.

Tell me who we are..

What is our destiny?
Are we still a star still shining?
Or are we burning up and running out of time?
Can love redeem our souls?
Tell me what you believe in.
What is this precious thing called life?
Tell me who we are.. who we are..

Tell me who we are.

Rock the Paradiso

Song written by Ricky, Scarlett & Kim Wilde.
Originally recorded as a demo called ‘Amsterdam’ by Scarlett in 2012, the song was eventually recorded with slightly altered lyrics by Kim.
Eleventh track on the album Here Come the Aliens.

Live performances

‘Rock the Paradiso’ was performed live during the Return of the Aliens Tour in 2019 only.

Kim about ‘Rock the Paradiso’

‘Rock the Paradiso’ celebrates a brilliant venue in the heart of Amsterdam called the Paradiso. It’s one of our favourite gigs that we ever played. Can’t wait to play this song for them personally. Also, the Paradiso features on the album sleeve with Scarlett’s amazing artwork, so you can see it just tucked behind my face.  (Track by track video, YouTube, March 23, 2018)

Credits

Drums: Jonathan Atkinson
Bass: Paul Cooper
Guitar: Neil Jones
Keyboards, guitar: Ricky Wilde
Backing vocals: Kim Wilde, Ricky Wilde & Scarlett Wilde


Lyrics

Dull seeing me in the same way,
Stuck on replay in the UK.
Ooh time to give a bit larger, live a bit harder,
Something about this place.
You’ve got magic, I’m under your spell tonight.
Only a heartbeat away, we gotta live for today..
I could show you a thing or two!

We’re gonna rock the Paradiso hey lets go,
Makin’ sure you never forget us,
In Amsterdam we can.
If ya wanna go wild and rock your world,
Thinking life can’t get any better?
In Amsterdam.. we can.. (Rock the Paradiso) wo oh oh oh.

Oooh better when you’re looking for danger, it’ll change yer..
for the better.
Burning up feeling inspired, I’m on fire and your on the verge..
I’m the game that you can’t wait to play.
Heavens a heartbeat away, we gotta live for today,
I could show you a thing or two!

Ooh we’re gonna rock the Paradiso hey lets go..
We’re gonna rock the Paradiso hey lets go..
We’re gonna rock the Paradiso hey lets go,
From the guys in the Gods to the kids below,
We gonna rock..
We gonna rock..
let’s go yeah yeah!

In Amsterdam we can,
Gonna rock the Paradiso hey lets go,
Makin’ sure you never forget us,
In Amsterdam we can,
If ya wanna go wild and rock your world,
Thinking life can’t get any better?
In Amsterdam.. we can.. (Rock the Paradiso)..
We can.. we can (Rock the Paradiso) wo oh oh oh.

Roxy book (the)

Christmas book about the television show The Roxy, which started in the summer of 1987. It details the start of the show, its guests, and a look behind the scenes. In one of the chapters about the guests in the programme, ‘Glamour boys and girls’, two pages are devoted to Kim Wilde. It contains a photograph of Kim in The Roxy with presenter Kevin Sharkey plus a description of her career to date.

Release date: 1 December 1987
Publisher: Sidgwick & Jackson
Number of pages: 64


Riddle (the)

Song written by Nik Kershaw, released in 1984 as the lead single of Kershaw’s second album of the same name. The single reached number 3 in the UK singles chart and Ireland and went top 10 in most other Euopean countries.

On 15 October 2013, he performed the song acoustically with Kim, Rick and Scarlett Wilde by his side on The Morning Show on Network 7 in Australia.

Live performances

Kim Wilde performed the song live during her Dutch tour in October 2015.

Nik Kershaw about ‘The Riddle’

What’s the answer to ‘The Riddle’?
It amazes me that people are still asking me this question. I spilled the beans a few years ago now so this isn’t exactly news.
My producer (Peter Collins) came over to my house just before we commenced recording on the second album to hear how I was getting on with the writing. He went away saying he thought it sounded great but didn’t think I had the first single. Incensed by this, I went straight up to the spare room and got the chords and melody together for the Riddle. This must’ve taken all of twenty minutes. Knowing time was short before we started recording I jotted down some jibberish with the intention of writing the real lyric as we were recording it.
About a week later we started recording and I threw a rough guide vocal down using the jibberish lyrics. As the album progressed, I tried various different lyric ideas but nothing seemed to fit as well as the guide lyric. So we decided to stick with what we had. “Let’s call it the Riddle”, I thought. Then people would think it was actually about something.
I had completely underestimated the fuss this would cause and, to make matters worse, the marketing and promotions people at MCA decided to make a competition out of it (without telling me). The response was unbelievable. We got sack loads of mail with elaborate and detailed analysis of the song. Line by line, word by word. Some were the size of small novels. Some even made sense!! People stopped me in the street to give me their thoughts and theories. On one occasion I arrived to do a live Radio 1 interview with a certain DJ only to find he’d told the great British public that I would be “revealing all” on his show. He was most put out when I wouldn’t (couldn’t) co-operate.
It all got a bit out of hand and, very quickly, passed the point at which I could come clean without pissing off a lot of people. In short, “The Riddle” is nonsense, rubbish, bollocks, the confused ramblings of an 80’s popstar. Please forgive me. I knew not what I did. (1)

Interview source

(1) Official Nik Kershaw FAQ from the official Nik Kershaw website, 2005.


Lyrics

I got two strong arms
Blessings of Babylon
With time to carry on and try
For sins and false alarms
So to America the brave
Wise men save

Near a tree by a river
There’s a hole in the ground
Where an old man of Aran
Goes around and around
And his mind is a beacon
In the veil of the night
For a strange kind of fashion
There’s a wrong and a right
But he’ll never, never fight over you

I got plans for us
Nights in the scullery
And days instead of me
I only know what to discuss
Oh, for anything but light
Wise men fighting over you

It’s not me you see
Pieces of valentine
With just a song of mine
To keep from burning history
Seasons of gasoline and gold
Wise men fold

Near a tree by a river
There’s a hole in the ground
Where an old man of Aran
Goes around and around
And his mind is a beacon
In the veil of the night
For a strange kind of fashion
There’s a wrong and a right
But he’ll never, never fight over you

I got time to kill
Sly looks in corridors
Without a plan of yours
A blackbird sings on bluebird hill
Thanks to the calling of the wild
Wise men’s child

Near a tree by a river
There’s a hole in the ground
Where an old man of Aran
Goes around and around
And his mind is a beacon
In the veil of the night
For a strange kind of fashion
There’s a wrong and a right
But he’ll never, never fight over you

Near a tree by a river
There’s a hole in the ground
Where an old man of Aran
Goes around and around
And his mind is a beacon
In the veil of the night
For a strange kind of fashion
There’s a wrong and a right
But he’ll never, never fight over you
But he’ll never, never fight over you

Remix Collection (the)

Collection of remixes, taken from various 12″ singles and CD-singles, released by MCA Records in Australia and Japan in 1993 in support of Kim’s Hits Tour in those countries.
The album is considered a rarity in Europe for the inclusion of the otherwise unreleased Maranza mix of Kids in America and some other remixes which were only released on vinyl in Europe.

Tracks

The album contains the tracks If I Can’t Have You (John Robinson mix), Kids in America (Maranza mix), The Second Time (US Remix), Rage to Love (extended version), You Keep Me Hangin’ On (WCH mix), Another Step (Closer to You) (extended version), You Came (extended version), Never Trust a Stranger (Sanjazz mix), Four Letter Word (Late night mix), Love Is Holy (Ambient mix), If I Can’t Have You (extended version), In My Life (West End 12″ remix).

Formats

‘The Remix Collection’ was released on CD only.
See also this page in the discography.