Kim Wilde – Kids In America.

In January, 1981, that’s 32 years ago, Kim Wilde released her debut single for RAK. Had John Lennon not been shot, it would have been a sure-fire Number 1 record.

Looking and sounding initially like Blondie any comparisons went out of the window pretty quickly when the record was actually played. 1981 was a golden era for Number 1 records.

John Lennon, (ahem) Joe Dolce, Roxy Music, Shakin’ Stevens, Bucks Fizz, Adam & the Ants, Smokey Robinson, Michael Jackson, The Specials, Aneka, Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin, The Police, Queen & David Bowie, (ahem) Julio Eglesias and The Human League (not together) all made for great novelty hits or bona fide classic pop chart toppers.

Whilst it is true that Blondie, in the same month, dropped a record that moved her on and ahead with Rapture – that would prove to be her last great pop single. Just momentarily the U.K thought they had their own pop icon with this new wave bubblegum pop sharp gem.



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