Happy Independence Day, America!
For today’s music video of the day, we have Kim Wilde performing Kids in America. This was her first single and one of two of Wilde’s singles to chart in the United States, the other one being her cover of The Supremes’s You Keep Me Hangin’ On. (Wilde found more success in her home country, with 25 singles charting on the UK charts.) The song was written by Wilde’s father and her older brother, both of whom were fascinated by American youth culture.
The video, which finds Kim Wilde literally looking out a “dirty old window,” was directed by Brian Grant, who was one of the busiest music video directors of the 1980s. He also did videos for The Human League, Squeeze, Queen, and Tina Turner.
Myself, I will always associate this song with stealing cars in Vice City.
The only thing better than stealing a golf cart is stealing a golf cart while listening to Kim Wilde sing Kids in America!