Seeing your favourite singer perform live is always a risk – will they be as good as you hoped? Well, Kim Wilde lived up to my expectations this week.
She was playing at Koko (the old Camden Palais), in north London.
The tickets were a birthday present from Damon. He also bought me a signed copy of her new album, Here Come The Aliens – and a night in a hotel in Chalk Farm, just a couple of hundred metres from where we used to live.
As you’d expect, Kim played many of the old hits as well as several tracks from the new album. The latter included the catchy-as-hell singles Pop Don’t Stop and Kandy Krush.
Of course, it was the old material most of the audience was really there to hear. The crowd went crazy to hits such as You Keep Me Hangin’ On, Never Trust a Stranger, View From A Bridge, Chequered Love and, of course, Kids in America.
“The next time I see Kim Wilde, it’s just as likely to be shopping or eating out in Bergerac as in concert in London”
Kim Wilde was Britain’s most successful female solo artist of the 1980s.
She was huge in France too. Her 1981 single Cambodia, for example, topped the French charts, selling over a million copies. (It’s also my favourite song of all time.)
Such was her popularity that French star Laurent Voulzy wrote the song Les Nuits Sans Kim Wilde as a tribute to her. Flattered, she agreed to sing a few lines on it (in English) and appeared in the video.
More ambitiously, she also appeared live with him on French TV, this time singing in French. Many years later, she even re-recorded her 1988 worldwide smash You Came in French, as Tu Me Vas Si Bien.
Like me, Kim Wilde loves the south west of France – and, in 2009, she bought a home in Dordogne, in the tiny village of Saint-Marcel-du-Périgord, a few kilometres north of Lalinde.
So the next time I see Kim Wilde, it’s just as likely to be shopping or eating out in Bergerac as in concert in London. All the more reason to head down to the south west as often as I can…