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 has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2. He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage. Fraser invites you to join him on Twitter: @csi_popmusic
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