Wilde World: The Gurus

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.

Marty Wilde wrote ‘Elisabeth Dreams’ (together with Ronnie Scott) for Status Quo. The song appeared on their debut album ‘Picturesque Matchstickable Messages from the Status Quo’ (1968), alongside two other Wilde/Scott compositions like ‘Ice in the Sun’ and ‘Paradise Flat’. You would associate Status Quo with hard rock tracks like ‘Down down’ and ‘Roll Over Lay Down’, but their debut album sounded quite, er, quiet.

Then comes the Spanish power pop band The Gurus. They recorded a cover version of ‘Elisabeth Dreams’ on their album ‘Now’ in 2008, and the odd thing is that their version sounds a lot like if Status Quo had recorded it further down the line in their career. Have a listen below!