27 August 1981

Interview with Kim Wilde, starting after a performance by the Stray Cats.

How did you like it?
(voice drowned out by applause)

Was it the first time you heard them?
Yeah, I never got to see them live in London, you know?

Now you’ve got to Sweden to listen to the Stray Cats, ain’t that strange?
Yeah (laughs)

Well Kim, that was a lot of Swedish, now let’s go back to the English where we started. I like your dress very much.

Thank you very much.

I guess you prefer to dress in men’s wear do you?
Yeah, yeah we’ve got some good men’s clothes shops in England and I like to go there. There’s a good place called Johnson’s which I go to. That’s where this one comes from.

You prefer wearing men’s clothes on stage too, I mean you don’t wear skirts or things like that?

Don’t you like what is modern among women’s fashion and things like that?
Um… (laughs) I don’t mind it, it’s okay but I prefer wearing the second hand clothes, so… I go to the second hand clothes shops quite a lot, there’s good stuff in there. You know this is second hand…

You started not so long ago. Was it your father who convinced you to sing, or was it yourself?
It was something I always wanted to do. I don’t think my father convinced me.

You obviously know very much about showbusiness, still you’re not afraid of juming directly into it. You have a very busy program right now, you’re going to France I think it is?
Yes, that’s right, tomorrow.

Something every day?
Yeah. No I think it’s great. I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t think it was.

Do you have your own group, or is the group that we’re going to see soon just a special group for the video?
Yeah, that was especially for when we got together for the video. But with any luck we’ll be touring early next year and get a new band together then with any luck.

How is your single going? Does it sell well, is it a good business?
‘Kids in America’? It’s doing fabulous, yeah. It stayed at number 2 for a couple of weeks now. It’s incredible.

And your next album, do you know when we’ll get that one?
Well, when I get home I’m gonna start making it, so it could be late summer, with any luck.

Do you like making video? Do you think that the picture can add anything to the music?
Yeah, yeah, I mean a lot of fan letters that I’ve had have said that when they saw the video it added another dimension to the song, which I agreed with, you know? I thought it was a good idea to do it. I thought it was a very successful video.

Now I think you’re going to get a lot of fans. Do you think about the fans, that they should dress not into expensive clothes, things like that?
No, they can do what they like. I don’t care what they wear, as long as they feel great in what they’re wearing. They might feel great wearing expensive clothes, well good. But I don’t, so I don’t.

You promise you’ll be back in Sweden, don’t you?
Yeah, I must come back, yeah. Do a show or something…

Thank you Kim. It was lovely talking to you.
Thank you.

Hope to see you back here soon. Really, with your band.

Se og hör Kim Wilde i ‘Kids in America’.
(video for ‘Kids in America’ starts)