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GOING LIVE

“My career kind of happened back to front”, says Kim Wilde, reflecting on her four-decade journey across the shifting sands of pop. “Sometimes I look at other artists who came out fully formed, like Lady Gaga or Madonna, and I think: how did they know how to do that so young? I’m only discovering myself now. It’s a really strange thing. But we all have our own paths to make, and mine is a curious and unique one, I think.”

Few, surely, would argue with that. Key to this voyage of self-discovery, meanwhile, has been the 58-year-old’s slow, cautious passage to becoming a fully-fledged live performer, which last year culminated in her hitting the road for her first headline tour in more than 30 years.

“It was very clear, as soon as the tour started, that something really special was going on”, she recalls of those 2018 shows in support of her turbo-charged Here Come The Aliens album.

“There was a really great energy about the record, and it transferred instantly into the live situation. It was the best tour I’ve ever been involved in doing, working with the best band that I’ve ever worked with. So we felt it was time to put it down on tape.”

COMING LATE TO THE PARTY

Hence the arrival this month of her first live album, showcasing songs of every Wilde vintage – from the sugar-rush electropop of opener Stereo Shot (from Here Come the Aliens) to a euphoric encore of Kids In America – recorded at dates across Britain and Europe.

“A lot of artists start out playing live and then progress, whereas I’ve sort of progressed to playing live”, observes Kim. “I came a bit late to all that. I guess I just didn’t make it my thing. I’ve sort of grown into myself at a rather later age.”

This is all the more surprising because, as the daughter of 50s heartthrob Marty Wilde and former Vernon Girls singer Joyce Baker, Kim was practically raised in the wings of theatres and concert halls. “I was born to perform”, she agrees. “I know when I was watching my dad from the side of stage, all the time some part of me was longing to be there, doing the same.”

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In the latest issue of Classic Pop we have a world exclusive interview with Duran Duran who reveal all about their forthcoming new studio album and the iconic show they played for NASA to mark the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. A candid Gary Numan talks to us about his 40 years as a ground-breaking icon of electronic music and Kim Wilde explains why it’s taken her 38 years to release her first live album, plus we also chat to Metronomy’s Joe Mount about his band’s ambitious new studio LP.

For our latest album-by-album feature we examine the amazing back catalogue of Blur and we also look back at the technology that drove the electro revolution with the help of members of the Human League and Landscape. 

Our classic album is Prince’s Sign O’ The Times and we also meet his collaborator Cat Glover to hear about her recollections of the project.

Our packed new album reviews section includes Charli XCX, Kim Wilde, Bon Iver, Keane, Chrissie Hynde, The Brand New Heavies and more. On the reissues front, we serve up a selection including Prefab Sprout, Goldfrapp, Janet Jackson, Jimmy Somerville, Echo & The Bunnymen and The Teardrop Explodes. In our live reviews section, we check out shows by New Order, kd lang, Stevie Wonder, Jenny Lewis and more.

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