Wilde World: Nirvana

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 name Nirvana has become almost synonymous with the grunge band led by Kurt Cobain, but there was another Nirvana out there: a psychedelic pop band formed in London in 1965. (They actually came to an out of court settlement with Cobain in the 1990s to allow use of the name.)

Nirvana was created as the performing arm of the London-based songwriting partnership of Irish musician Patrick Campbell-Lyons and Greek composer Alex Spyropoulos (born 1941, Athens) and English producer Ray Singer (born 1946). Between 1967 and 1972 they released six albums. In 1985 Campbell-Lyons and Spyropoulos reunited, touring Europe and releasing a compilation album. In the 1990s two further albums were released. One of them contained a version of ‘Lithium’, a song by the other band Nirvana.

The band recorded a version of Marty Wilde’s ‘Bad Boy’, which was released on the 1995 compilation album ‘Secret Theatre’. You can listen to it here.