Kim Wilde (Cherry Pop CRPOP 20)/Select (CRPOP 21)
Kim Wilde's blockbusting eponymous debut and the less successful follow-up Select are the latest additions to Cherry Pop's fast-expanding range of Eighties releases. Wilde straddled the pop/new wave divide with her synth-driven hits, most of which were written and produced by brother Ricky, some in association with father Marty, including the huge debut hit Kids In America. Much of the first album is in the same mould, with simple, anthemic, uplifting tunes setting the pace. Select is a lower-octane set, decorated by the hits View From A Bridge and Cambodia, the latter an altogether darker track. Both albums have rare B-sides added, extensive liner notes and Wilde's seal of approval.