Wilde World: The Beatings

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Kim Wilde's first records were written and produced by her father and brother, Marty and Ricky. The three of them have had a great influence on the music world, as this regular series 'Wilde World' shows.

The Beatings were founded in 1968 in Czechoslovakia by František Donáth, Jaroslav Pospíšil, Jirí Brych, Vratislav Židlický and Zdenek Štencl. Initially, they mostly played beat music. Their debut release was an EP featuring a cover version of 'Silence is golden', originally performed by the Four Seasons. They released a few more EP's on the local Panton label, including the 1971 release 'Nálada Růžová', which included the song 'Láska Je Jako Sníh'. That song was a Czech translation of Marty Wilde's 'Ice in the sun', originally recorded by Status Quo in 1968.

When original members left the band, the style of the group gradually changed towards the American 'West coast' style music. In 1972, the band changed their name to Fontána. After guitarist and main songwriter Pospíšil left the band, they decided to quit in 1975.