Originally, I wanted to share the video for Kim Wilde’s cover of You Keep Me Hangin’ On but for some reason, it’s impossible to find a good upload of that video on YouTube.
So, instead, I went with the video for a less-known Kim Wilde cover, her version of Born To Be Wild. Born To Be Wild was written in 1968 by Mars Bonfire. Mars meant for it be a ballad but when Steppenwolf got their hands on it, they turned it into what has been described as being the first “heavy metal” song. Born To Be Wild was prominently featured in Easy Rider and it’s appeared in countless films since then. If someone is going to ride a motorcycle in a movie, chances are that Born To Be Wild is going to appear somewhere on the soundtrack.
I guess it was inevitable that Kim WIlde would eventually end up covering Born to be Wild. Kim Wilde was actually born Kim Smith but her father was a 1950s rock and roller who performed under the name Marty Wilde. (Marty was one of the first British rock and roll stars.) When Kim started her music career, she used her father’s stage surname so it can be argued that Kim was indeed born to be Wilde.
This video was directed by Phil Griffin, who has also done videos for Paul McCartney, Annie Lennox, Amy Winehouse, and a host of others.