Wilde World: Highway Stars

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.

Highway Stars is a group from Uppsala (Sweden), formed in 1985 by Jerker Fendox, Simon Fendox, Janne Helman, Bosse Lundquist, Pete McWawa and ‘The Butcher’. They were known for their energetic interpretations of Seventies classics such as ‘Stayin’ alive’, ‘Fox on the run’, ‘Yes sir, I can boogie’ and many others. They played their sets in spectacular costumes inspired by prominent acts from the decade, such as Abba, Slade, Queen and Village People. The band did their last tour in Sweden 1995 and has since then only appeared in public performances occasionally.

In 1993, they released one album, simply entitled ‘Live’. It featured many of the band’s favourite live tracks. One of the tracks on the album was a cover of Ricky Wilde’s ‘I am an astronaut’. That track also appeared as track 2 on a CD-single, of which the lead track was ‘Leader of the gang’. It is a rather rare version of the Marty Wilde-penned track.

Listen to the track here