This blog will feature Finnish pop music covers and their original versions mainly from '60s and '70s.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Kids in America - Kaupungin lapset
Mona Carita (see previous entry) released "Kaupungin lapset" (Kids of the city) as a single in 1981. It gained some attention but it's success didn't match up with the original "Kids in America". It was the break-through song of one Kim Wilde (b. Kim Smith). Kim was a member of very musical English family. Her father Marty was one of theher fab rockers of the early 60's and her brother Ricky was a singer and a musician . This song was recorded in 1980 after record boss Mickie Most heard Kim singing on a backing track for her brother. He liked her voice and image and expressed an interest to work with her. Ricky, together with his father wrote the song "Kids in America" for Kim to record. Most remixed the track himself and released it on RAK as Wilde's first single in January 1981. And worldwide hit was born. The new wave-flavoured song has since become a pop classic and was the start of a highly successful career for Kim.