Saturday, May 18, 2013

Musical Interlude: Kids In America (1981)

I have to admit that Kim Wilde's "Kids In America", which exploded onto the pop charts in her native England in the winter of 1981, had flown under the radar by the time I'd seen the video more than a year later on MTV.

Unfortunately, Kim only landed one more hit in the US, a cover of the Supremes' "You Keep Me Hanging On" in 1987.  "Kids", meanwhile, was covered by The Muffs for the soundtrack to the 1995 movie, "Clueless", and just a few years after that, the Jonas Brothers reworked the song (same beat, altered lyrics) into "Kids of the Future".

Here's the video everyone remembers:


magicdog said...

I still hear this tune from time to time on the radio - same with "You Keep Me Hanging On".

Both seem to hold up quite well after all these years. A lot of 80s remakes of classic songs tend to come off very dated and gimmicky.

hobbyfan said...

"Kids" pops up on VH1 Classic On Demand every few months. I can only imagine if Kim is as cute now as she was then.