Anglo For Your Ear: Kim Wilde’s “Cambodia”

In her debut video, 1981′s “Kids in America,” Kim Wilde was a bit rough-around-the-edges to the say the least. Her au natural rocker babe look suited that anarchic anthem well, I suppose. But, unlike those urchins in Bananarama, it didn’t take her five years to discover proper hair and makeup; Kim got glam quickly. In the video for “Cambodia,” also from 1981, she strikes supermodel poses and slithers through the jungle with not a hair out of place. She never looked back as she became a bigger and bigger star in the ’80s, paving the way for Kylie Minogue and her ilk.

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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