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Matthew Wilder – The Kid’s American (US 12″ Promo)

Posted by DjPaulT on November 4th, 2016



“The Kid’s American” was the second single released by American musician, composer and record producer Matthew Wilder from his debut album I Don’t Speak The Language. The single failed to match the success of the previous single “Break My Stride” only reaching #33 on the US Billboard Hot 100. In the UK the single only reached #93.

The Kid’s American (Remix / Club Version) 6:02

The Kid’s American (Dub Version) 4:35

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint


Year Single Chart Position
1983 The Kid’s American U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #33


Label: Private I Records ‎– 4Z9 04986
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 ⅓ RPM, Promo
Country: US
Released: 1983
Genre: Electronic
Style: Synth-pop

Producer – Bill Elliot*, Peter Bunetta, Rick Chudacoff
Remix – Paul Sabu, Rusty Garner
Written-By – M. Wilder*

Original version on the Private I LP: “I Don’t Speak The Language”

Produced for Ripe Productions.
“An Endless Music Mix”

Find the 12″ on DISCOGS


Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut Carbon (DC)
Cartridge: Ortofon 2M
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Platter: Pro-Ject Acryl-It platter
Stabilizer: Pro-Ject Record Puck 
Phono Pre-amp:
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Tung-Sol 12AX7ECC803-S Gold Electron Tube
ESI Juli@
Record Cleaning:
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Artwork Scans:
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

Recording/Editing: Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Down Sampling: iZotope RX Advanced 2
Artwork Editor: Adobe Photoshop CS5
Click Removal: Manual
FLAC/MP3 Conversion: dBpoweramp
M3U Playlist: Playlist Creator

All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

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12 Responses to “Matthew Wilder – The Kid’s American (US 12″ Promo)”

  1. Jeff Says:

    Hey Paul, how was the Olivia show? Hope it was everything and more for you!!

    So cool about this record. I can’t really say I remember it, but I love you going back and posting singles that may have escaped my consciousness. You always have the best tastes.

    Hope you have a great weekend too!!



    DjPaulT Reply:

    I had a blast last night Jeff Olivia was amazing probably the best I have ever seen her. She brought her Vegas show to Tulsa I was amazed and the sold out audience gave her generous amounts of standing ovations.


  2. Stefano Says:

    I really liked this single. However, in Europe it didn’t seem to reach as many record buyers as ‘Break My Stride’ did. Thanks for this post, specially for the pristine dub. Good job!

    And did you enjoy ONJ yesterday?


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Stefano. ONJ was in top form and the crowd was wow!


  3. Daniel Says:

    Wow Paul!! Thank you so much for this wonderful rip. I love all the singles of Matthew Wilder’s 2 albums. It’s a shame he didn’t get much success. “Break my stride” belongs to my very favorite songs. It would be fantastic if you also could post “Bouncing off the walls”. I hope you had an unforgettable evening yesterday with the concert of Olivia in your own town. I wish you also a great weekend.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Daniel this single really is a great one and should have done much better than it di. I will check on the other one. Olivia was amazing probably the best i have seen her. Have a great weekend!


  4. Song And Dance Says:

    Only seven singles realeased. A shame, really. Known in Germany for Break My Stride only.
    Kids American is quite weak, I think. Loved “Bouncin´ Off The Walls”, though. Don´t know whether
    that was released as a 12inch back then. Paulito will know 🙂


  5. Paul MacDonald Says:

    Thank you for the post always loved this song. I can remember HBO and other channels in the US playing this particularly around July 4 back in the 80s.


  6. Ian Says:

    As you say only Break My Stride was a big hit here in the UK…and it was massive and brings back some quite specific memories when I hear it. I loved it at the time and so after I listened to this latest upload I did have to go back and play your rip of Break My Stride again as well!

    I have to say Kids American couldn’t have got much airplay here as it really isn’t familiar to me.

    Would be interested to hear Bouncing Off The Walls if you have it…


  7. Time Operator Says:

    Hi DJ Paul T.
    First time commenting here. Thank you for an awesome website and the time you take to rip these classics from back in the day. You are a machine! It boggles the mind how you manage have or even find all these old records and then transfer them into a pristine digital format. Thank you for the time spent doing this and for your generosity in sharing your uploads with all of us. I’ve ripped many vinyls and know how time consuming this work can be. Especially if one is going to manually de-click them and present them in the quality that you do.

    Based down in South Africa it’s strange finding out that this was not a big hit in America or Europe. I was always under the impression that this track was a huge success. It was released on a “Hits of ’84” compilation in SA and the radio station that released that compilation played “The Kid’s American” quite often. One of my all time favorites. I still have that “Hits of ’84” vinyl in near mint condition.
    So thank you for the upload. Really enjoyed hearing this one again especially in it’s extended form and dub version!!


  8. Paul Says:

    Thank you for all of the great posts!


  9. Jasons2 Says:

    Thank you very much Paul.


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