Kids in America (song)

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"Kids in America"
Single by Kim Wilde
from the album Kim Wilde
B-side"Tuning In, Tuning On"
Released26 January 1981 (U.K.),
1982 (U.S.)
Format7", 12"
Recorded1980
GenreNew Wave
Synthpop
Length3:27
LabelRAK
Writer(s)Marty Wilde, Ricky Wilde
ProducerRicky Wilde
Kim Wilde singles chronology
"Kids in America"
(1981)
"Chequered Love"
(1981)
 
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"Kids in America"
Single by Kim Wilde
from the album Kim Wilde
B-side"Tuning In, Tuning On"
Released26 January 1981 (U.K.),
1982 (U.S.)
Format7", 12"
Recorded1980
GenreNew Wave
Synthpop
Length3:27
LabelRAK
Writer(s)Marty Wilde, Ricky Wilde
ProducerRicky Wilde
Kim Wilde singles chronology
"Kids in America"
(1981)
"Chequered Love"
(1981)
"Kids in America 1994"
Single by Kim Wilde
Released2 May 1994
Format12", CD single
GenrePop
Length3:53 (Cappella Mix)
LabelMCA
Writer(s)Ricky Wilde, Marty Wilde
ProducerRicky Wilde
Kim Wilde singles chronology
"In My Life"
(1993)
"Kids in America 1994"
(1994)
"Breakin' Away"
(1995)

"Kids in America" is a 1982 song by British singer Kim Wilde, released in the United Kingdom as her debut single in January 1981, and in the US in 1982.[1] It has famously been covered by many artists from different genres.

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Background

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.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

1994 version

"Kids in America 1994" was released in May 1994 in order to help promote Wilde's compilation album The Remix Collection. Although it was intended to be released in the UK, for reasons unknown these plans were cancelled at the last minute. However, the track was released in other countries in several remixed forms using Wilde's original vocals from 1981. The "radio version" of the track was remixed by Cappella, with James Stevenson on guitar.[citation needed]

2006 version

Among some of her other classic hits, Wilde recorded a new version of the song for her 2006 comeback album Never Say Never, featuring English singer Charlotte Hatherley. This version, like the rest of the album, was produced by German producer Uwe Fahrenkrog-Petersen, whom she had previously worked with in 2002 for German singer Nena's 20th anniversary album Nena feat. Nena on the track "Anyplace, Anywhere, Anytime", a new version of her 1984 hit single. Wilde contributed English verses to the song, which was slightly remixed and released as a single in 2003.

A new re-recorded version of the song was used in a 2010 commercial for Totino's pizza and pizza rolls.[citation needed]

Reaction

The song peaked at number two in the United Kingdom. The following year it became a Top 30 hit in the United States. 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.

Track listing (1981/1982)

7" (UK) RAK 327 (track listing same as most international 7" formats)

A. Kids in America (3:26)

B. Tuning In Tuning On (4:30)

7" (US/Canada) EMI America PB-8110

A. Kids In America (3:26)

B. You'll Never Be So Wrong (4:11)

12" (Germany) RAK 052-64249

A. Kids in America (3:26)

B. Tuning In Tuning On (4:30)

Track listing (1994)

12" (Netherlands) MCA MCT 31556

12" (UK) MCA SAM 29T (Promo)

CD Single (Germany) MCA MCD 31555

CD Single (Germany) MCA MCD 31926

CD Single (Japan) MCA MVCM 13010

Official versions

1981

Album version (3:26)

1994

Cappella Mix (3:53)

Extension Mix

House Mix

Plus Staples

X Club Dub

Instrumental

X Cut Cut

2001

D-Bop's Bright Lights Mix (4:03)

2006

"Never Say Never" album version (duet with Charlotte Hatherley) (3:24)

2007

Live Version (5:54)

Chart performance

Chart (1981–82)Peak
position
United Kingdom2
US Billboard Hot 10025
Canada34
Denmark1
Ireland1
South Africa1
Sweden2
Belgium4
Australia5
France5
Germany5
Switzerland5
Netherlands6
Norway9
Austria12

Covers

"Kids In America"
Single by Kim-Lian
from the album Balance
Released18 August 2004
FormatCD single
GenrePop rock
Length3:32
LabelCMM Records
Kim-Lian singles chronology
"Garden of Love"
(2004)
"Kids in America"
(2004)
"Road to Heaven"
(2006)
"Kids of the Future"
Song by Jonas Brothers
Released27 March 2007
FormatCD single
GenrePop rock, Children's music
Length3:15
LabelWalt Disney

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