WATCH: A Very Merry Kim Wilde Entertains A Train

Kim and Ricky Wilde

Remember that song ‘Kids In America’ from 1981? The one about being at the cusp of the new wave, with the punky “woah-OH!” bits at key moments during the chorus? Well, if your memory is a little hazy, spare a thought for its singer Kim Wilde, who had to try and come up with those slightly worried-sounding lyrics while a) slightly drunk and b) on a train and c) on the way back from the MagicFM Christmas Party, to the accompaniment of her guitarist brother Ricky (who, incidentally, co-wrote the song with their dad, ’50s rock ‘n’ roll star Marty Wilde).

We’re just lucky someone was there to film it.

YouTuber Katherine Eames, who had the presence of mind to shoot this footage, writes: “After a truly rubbish day, I got on the train home and couldn’t get a seat, a man pulled out his guitar “Oh here we go!” I thought. Then a drunken woman starts singing. Hang on a minute, I know that voice?! It really was KIM WILDE! This totally made my day. Thank you. She is an absolute legend!’

And before you scoff, yes it might be a deliberate attempt at a viral, but if it is, it’s a fun one, so its fine.

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser is a British writer, broadcaster and the the author of the book Stuff Brits Like. He is Anglophenia's resident Brit blogger, having written BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog, the Top of the Pops website, and for NME, the Guardian and elsewhere. Favorite topics include slang, Doctor Who and cramming as much music into Anglophenia as he can manage. He invites you to join him on Twitter: @csi_popmusic
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