Kids in America 1994

Remix of the track Kids in America, written by Ricky and Marty Wilde. Released as a single in Europe and Japan in January 1994.

History

After the release of If I Can’t Have You and In My Life as singles, it was decided a third track needed to be lifted off the highly successful album The Singles Collection 1981-1993. The track ‘Kids in America’ was chosen as the new single, in a remix version. Several remixes were commissioned, but in the end it was the remix made by Cappella that was chosen to be the single. Originally MCA Records intended to release the track as Kim’s 20th UK single for them, but for reasons unknown these plans were cancelled last minute. A promotional 12″ single did reach clubs and DJ’s, with several other remixes by Plus Staples and DJ Professor. The Plus Staples remix was also included on the Japanese CD-single.
In Sweden, Kids in America was remixed in reggae style, by a team of mixers called Naked Eyes. It surfaced as a promotional cassette only, entitled ‘Reggae radio version’.
In several interviews, Kim has also mentioned a remix by the Utah Saints, but that remix did not happen after all due to lack of time.

Formats

‘Kids in America 1994’ was released on 12″ single and cd-single.
Go to this page in the discography for more information.

Versions

There are nine versions of ‘Kids in America 1994’: the Cappella mix, the Extension mix, the House mix, the Instrumental version, Plus Staples, X Club Dub, X Cut Cut, Maranza mix and the Reggae radio version.

Music video

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

Kim about ‘Kids in America 1994’

At the moment it’s being remixed. And after the album is released it will be released as a single. One mix is already done, made by a couple of italians, the Rupino Brothers. Really great. Kim Wilde on acid. Absolutely fantastic. I love house- and dance music. You could say Kim Wilde crossed with 2 Unlimited or something. And this week another one is made. That one sounds even better, I think. It’s done by a couple of guys who call themselves the Development Corps or something. They have something to do with the Cookie Crew. When it’s done, we will choose the best one, and release it. I have just made a video for Kids, last week. It was bizarre. We didn’t even have the remixed version yet, so we had to work with the original. (1)

Interview sources

(1) Until I was 20 I had little luck in love, Hitkrant (Netherlands), 4 September 1993


Lyrics

Everybody live for the music-go-round
Everybody live for the music-go-round

Looking out a dirty old window
Down below the cars in the
City go rushing by
I sit here alone
And I wonder why

Friday night and everyone’s moving
I can fell the heat
But it’s shooting
Heading down
I search for the beat in this dirty town

Everybody live for the music-go-round
Everybody live for the music-go-round

We’re the kids in America
We’re the kids in America
Everybody live for the music-go-round

Bright lights the music gets faster
Look boy, don’t check on your watch
Not another glance
I’m not leaving now, honey not a chance

Hot-shot, give me no problems
Much later baby you’ll be saying never mind
You know life is cruel, life is never kind

Everybody live for the music-go-round

We’re the kids in America
We’re the kids in America
Everybody live for the music-go-round

In My Life

Song written by Ricky and Kim Wilde. Listed as ‘bonus track’ on the album The Singles Collection 1981-1993, this track was one of two new songs on this ‘greatest hits’ compilation.
A remixed version (created by West End) was released as a single in the autumn of 1993 with little chart success.

Formats

The single was released on 7″ single, 12″ single, cassette single and CD-single. It was the last ever single by Kim Wilde released on the 7″ vinyl format. The format was given up by the record company MCA by the end of 1993.
See also this page in the discography.

Versions

There are nine versions of ‘In My Life’: the album version, the West End 7″, the West End 12″ remix, the West End 12″ radio edit, the West End D’Oomy Dub, the Lifestyle mix, the dub mix, the Rikkstyle mix, and the Wilde Groovy version.

Music video

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

Kim about ‘In my life’

It’s a mad video. I’ve always wanted to be a guitar hero so I play one in the clip, with the strap really low. It’s really cool, like the way my dad does it. That is really what it is all about. Even though there is no guitar on the song, I don’t give a toss. (1)

Highest chart positions

Germany: 78
United Kingdom: 54 (1 week)

Interview source

(1) Born to survive, Sunday Herald Sun (Australia), 17 October 1993


Lyrics

Look for the strength you know you can feel
Search for the truth you know that is real
Then reach for the place you know they can’t steal
And say, I’m feeling good with my life

No point in letting life bring you down
There’s always something bad hangin’ round
Face up to trouble and stare it out
I know I’m feeling good with my life

In my life – everything is feeling good
In my life – feeling like you know it should
In my life – can’t you see it’s understood
I’m feeling good with my life

No better place to start than with you
Get your head together then follow through
It’s not what you’re saying it’s what you do
I know I’m feeling good with my life

Don’t fantasize how your life could be
Make all your dreams a reality
Then there is nothing can bring you down
I know I’m feeling good with my life

In my life – everything is feeling good
In my life – feeling like you know it should
In my life – can’t you see it’s understood
I’m feeling good with my life

We’ve got to make it living together
Learning to share our lives
We’ve got to speak from the heart
Find a new way to start
That’s something we’ve all got to realise
In my life

If I Can’t Have You

Song written by Barry, Maurice & Robin Gibb, a.k.a. the Bee Gees.

Bee Gees version

Originally the Bee Gees intended to record the song themselves for the follow-up album to ‘Children of the world’ (1976), but when they became involved in the production of the movie ‘Saturday night fever’, they gave the song to Yvonne Elliman. In the end, they also recorded the song themselves as the B-side of the single ‘Stayin’ Alive’ in 1978. The track also appears on the 2001 compilation ‘Bee Gees Their Greatest Hits: The Record’. A remixed version of The Bee Gees recording was released on the remastered version of ‘Bee Gees Greatest’.

Yvonne Elliman version

Yvonne Elliman recorded the song for the soundtrack of ‘Saturday night fever’. It became an international smash hit, and reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, and number 4 in the UK singles chart.

Kim Wilde version

Kim Wilde recorded ‘If I can’t have you as one of two new songs on the ‘greatest hits’ compilation The Singles Collection 1981-1993.
The track gave Kim the chart success she needed to promote the album.

Formats

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

Versions

There are seven versions of ‘If I Can’t Have You’: the album version, the 12″ Kelsey mix, the 7″ Kelsey mix, the dub mix, the extended version, the John Robinson mix (a.k.a. ‘Made in Japan’) and the John Robinson instrumental.
There were also a couple of remixes from DJ remix services, such as a remix by John Moffett for Hot Tracks, a remix by Warren Sanford for Direct Hit and another remix released by Music Pool in Australia.

Music video

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

Live performances

‘If I can’t have you’ was performed live during the Hits Tour in 1994, during a concert at Tivoli in Copenhagen in 2003, the Here & Now Tour in Australia in 2003, the Here & Now Greatest Hits Tour in 2003, Here & Now Tour 2004, several gigs in 2005 and 2006, Here & Now Tour 2009, the tour with Nik Kershaw in Australia in 2013, Christmas gigs in December 2013, Dutch tours in October 2015 and October 2016, Kim’s tour with Howard Jones in Australia in 2016 and the Here Come the Aliens Tour in 2018 and 2019.

Kim about ‘If I can’t have you’

Actually, it’s my sister-in-law’s idea, Mandy, and I was sitting and talking to my brother about song recordings we were doing and she came in and she said, “what a great record, have you ever thought about covering that?” (1)

We wanted to set it up properly. I didn’t want to throw away 13 years of success with a No. 75 record. So we worked really hard writing material, but quite frankly, we weren’t coming up with the kind of material that we felt would get us back into the charts. And so we decided to do a cover… take a slightly less dangerous route. If we’d felt that we had the song that could have been a hit, we’d have been overjoyed. But we didn’t think we had, especially after the last two singles not doing very well at all. So we thought, sod it! We’re gonna do a bloody good cover!
We went through the ‘Guinness Book of Hit Singles’ and our record collection. Ricki had the relics of our 70s assortment, which was quite sweet – lots of things by Cat Stevens but we were getting absolutely nowhere. Then his wife walked in and suggested ‘If I Can’t Have You’. I’d always thought it was one of the classier songs on the “Saturday Night Fever” soundtrack – it transcended it in many ways. So we tried it and it worked!
We also tried several other songs, ones which if I told you what they were, you’d say, ‘What a great idea’. But they just sounded terrible. Some songs certainly do not suit my voice, or suit being covered. (2)

Why a cover? I will be honest, we wanted to release a greatest hits album for a long time, but we didn’t feel confident after the mediocre success of ‘Love is holy’. To launch the project we needed a big hit. And when we talked about it, maybe half a year ago, Rick (her brother) and I didn’t have a feeling we wrote one. We just couldn’t. So ultimately we decided to do a cover.A really good one. Then Rick’s wife came up with If I can’t have you. I’ve always liked the song. And I have good memories of it. (3)

Highest chart positions

Australia: 2 (20 weeks)
Austria: 29
Belgium: 6
France: 52
Germany: 51
Ireland: 9 (5 weeks)
Italy: 16
Netherlands: 23 (6 weeks)
Sweden: 30 (4 weeks)
Switzerland: 18 (12 weeks)
United Kingdom: 12 (8 weeks)

Interview sources

(1) GMTV, ITV (UK), 29 June 1993
(2) Kim Wilde In: Record Collector (UK), September 1993
(3) Until I was 20 I had little luck in love In: Hitkrant (Netherlands), September 4, 1993


Lyrics

Don’t know why
I’m surviving every lonely day
When there’s got to be
no chance for me

My life would end
and it doesn’t matter how I cry
My tears of love
are a waste of time
if I turn away

Am I strong enough to see it through
Go crazy is what I will do

If I can’t have you
I don’t want nobody baby
If I can’t have you, oh oh oh oh
If I can’t have you
I don’t want nobody baby
If I can’t have you, oh oh oh…

Can’t let go
and it doesn’t matter how I try
I gave it all so easily
to you my love

To dreams that never will come true
Am I strong enough to see it through
Go crazy is what I will do

If I can’t have you
I don’t want nobody baby
If I can’t have you, oh oh oh oh
If I can’t have you
I don’t want nobody baby
If I can’t have you, oh oh oh

The Singles Collection 1981-1993 (TV ad)

Date
6 September 1993
Channel
UK

TV ad for ‘The Singles Collection 1981-1993’, broadcast in the UK.