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Kim Wilde – Kids In America (Germany 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on May 19th, 2015


A. Front

“Kids in America” is a song recorded by British singer Kim Wilde. It was released in the United Kingdom as her debut single in January 1981, and in the United States in spring 1982. It has been covered by many artists from different genres.

The song was recorded in 1980 after RAK Records boss Mickie Most heard Wilde singing on a backing track for her brother Ricky Wilde. He liked her voice and image and expressed an interest to work with her. Ricky Wilde, together with his father Marty Wilde (a 1950s/1960s rock and roll star) wrote the song “Kids in America” for Wilde to record. Once the demo was sent, Most remixed the track himself and released it on RAK as Wilde’s first single in January 1981.

The song peaked at number 2 in the United Kingdom. The following year it became a Billboard Hot 100 Top 30 hit in the United States and ranked as the 91st most successful song of 1982 on the Hot 100 year-end chart. In the summer of 1981, the track appeared on Wilde’s self-titled debut album.

The new wave song was the start of Wilde’s career. Her father and brother continued to write songs for her (with the latter also given production credits), although in later years Wilde herself and her brother would usually be credited with the songwriting.

The song was released as a 7″ in the UK and United States. Germany is the only country that a 12″ was issued.

Kids In America 3:25

Tuning In Tuning On 4:30

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint


Year Single Chart Position
1982 Kids In America U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #25
1982 Kids In America U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks #29


Label: RAK ‎– 1C 052-64 249 YZ
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM, Maxi-Single
Country: Germany
Released: Jan 1981
Genre: Electronic
Style: New Wave, Synth-pop

Producer – Ricky Wilde
Written-By – M. Wilde*, R. Wilde*

Printed in Germany by 4P Nicolaus GmbH, Köln
Made in Germany.

Find the 12″ On DISCOGS

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Cartridge: Ortofon 2M
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Platter: Pro-Ject Acryl-It platter
Stabilizer: Pro-Ject Record Puck 
Phono Pre-amp:
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Tung-Sol 12AX7ECC803-S Gold Electron Tube
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Record Cleaning:
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Artwork Scans:
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Recording/Editing: Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
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All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
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Artwork scanned at 600dpi

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17 Responses to “Kim Wilde – Kids In America (Germany 12″)”

  1. Omar Says:

    Thanks Paul. I always liked Kim’s new wave period 1981-84 before she went more mainstream pop.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Me too Omar 🙂


  2. NKelly Says:

    I like all her material (well 1981-1989 at least). This is one of those curious 12″s that i could never get my head around. The exact same listing as the 7″ (i presume) but at twice the price (again i’m assuming)!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    It was probably released on 12″ for those who wanted a better sounding single than the 7″. Plus the larger artwork. This record sounds great!


  3. Jeff Says:

    Oh how you take me back Paul! Such memories of this song, my first year in collage and the single inside a real juke box. Such an anthem and my roommate had her album which made me a life-long fan of Kim. I so adore Ms. Wilde!!

    Many thanks!



    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Jeff. My memory of this song was hearing it on a K-Tel new wave compilation called “The Beat” my sister and I played it over and over 🙂


    Jeff Reply:

    You really made me smile here Paul. Gosh, how I do remember those K-Tel compilations. They were like the NOW collections of their day! You and the board are such kindred spirits and I can’t thank you all enough.

    And Paul, repeating myself incessantly over and over again, thanks for taking such excellent care of your records. I don’t think I’ve come across another DJ whose records are as pristine as yours. In the culture of dance jocks, 12-inches get really used (and abused sometimes)especially in a club situation. You really treated your records like precious artifacts, caring for them for future listening. I’m grateful for your foresight and I know the board is too. You really take my breath away with the love, respect and organization of your art and craft! Bravo DjPaulT. Bravo!!



  4. Dean Says:

    Tuning in Tuning On is such a great song!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    I agree Dean almost better than “Kids In America”.


  5. Jermajesty Says:

    NB. Kim Wilde hadn’t actually even been to America when this came out. (Saw her laughing about it in an interview once :D)

    I dare say she’s probably never been to Cambodia either.

    But Kim’s early stuff is great, quite dark sounding for pop songs, they’re almost new wave – love Water On Glass and View From A Bridge.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Loved her first two albums great stuff 🙂


  6. Stefano Says:

    I was actually really in love with Kim, oh oh oh.
    Thanks for this post. Kim is always welcome here…


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Stefano 🙂


  7. Davos Via 45 Says:

    Also prefer the earlier releases, Cambodia being the absolute favourite, my Select LP is pretty worn out, also find her version of You keep me hangin’ on superb. And, whoah, she was a mega hot babe in the 80s!


  8. Will McCammon Says:

    Shucks. When I first saw the post, I had a little glimmer of hope that you found an extended version that I “knew” never existed. T’was not meant to be though.

    Still a fantastic rip of an iconic track. So many memories.

    Thanks, Paul!


  9. Dave Says:

    A lot of 12 inch singles who were released in Germany were nowhere else released. Under Pressure by Queen and David Bowie is another example. Only on 12 inch there. I bought that last week. The same tracks as on the 7 inch.


  10. Dirk Says:

    Oh, the things they could have done with this song! The solo’s they could have incorporated, the most amazing intro and outro could have been added. But no, they just cut the short version to sell for the price of half her album. That’s amazing.


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