Britain's Kim Smith
(aka Kim Wilde) grew up in a musical family. Her
dad, Reginald Leonard Smith (aka Marty Wilde), was a
famous 50's English singer and songwriter. Her
mother, Joyce Baker, was a member of the 50's dance
group The Vernon Girls. In her early 20's, taking
her father's stage name, Kim Wilde signed to RAK records
in 1981. It was her father and brother that wrote
her songs up until 1985.
Kim Wilde released her first single,
"Kids In America", in January of 1981. The song
was a huge success in Europe and Australia, but only
charted at 25 in the USA when released in 1982.
The song was featured on her
album. Other notable songs from this album include
"Chequered Love" and "Water on Glass". Her
follow-up release, Select (1982), featured two
more international hits: "Cambodia" and "View From
a Bridge". Notable songs from her third release,
Catch as Catch Can (1983), include "Love Blonde"
and "Dancing in the Dark".
After Wilde left RAK records for MCA, she
Teases and Dares (1984).
It is worth mentioning that a number of Kim Wilde's
songs faired better outside of the UK and the USA in
countries like Germany, France, and Scandinavia.
(1986) featured the hit songs "You Keep Me Hangin' On",
"Another Step (Closer to You)", and "Say You Really Want
Me". Her 1988 release,
Close, was a big success, and featured the hit
songs "Hey Mister Heartache", "You Came", "Never Trust a
Stranger", "Four Letter Word", and "Love in the Natural
1980's, Kim Wilde continued releasing new material and
touring. Although she did meet with some chart
success in the UK and a few other European countries
post 80's, it wasn't until 2006 that she broke the top
40 in the USA again. She was never able to regain
the fame of the 80's (she holds the record for the most
charted British solo female artist of the 1980's).
The Kim Wilde Discography is as follows:1981: Kim Wilde
1983: Catch as Catch Can
1984: Teases & Dares
1984: The Very Best of Kim Wilde
1986: Another Step
1990: Love Moves
1992: Love Is
1993: The Remix Collection
1993: The Singles Collection 1981–1993
1995: Now & Forever
2001: The Very Best of Kim Wilde
2006: The Hits Collection
2006: Never Say Never
2010: Come Out and Play