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'No woman wants to see herself worse for wear'

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: December 13, 2013

  • Kim Wilde plays a special Christmas gig in Bristol next week, along with fellow Eighties' comrade Nik Kershaw, pictured below

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If you were one of the two million people who viewed Kim Wilde's drunken festive video on YouTube last year, you won't need reminding that the Eighties chart-topper likes to celebrate Christmas in style. The video showed Kim and her brother, Ricky, singing a spirited version of her best-known hit, Kids In America, on the train home from a Christmas party.

Within hours, the film had gone viral. The 53-year-old singer says that although she was initially mortified, she can laugh about it now and the whole episode has turned into a massive positive.

"No woman, whether famous or not, wants to see herself worse for wear," laughs Kim. "Not many people can carry it off, but somehow, amazingly, I seem to have done that.

"The response was very heartwarming, overwhelmingly positive.

"We've just made a new video for the single Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree, which is a bit of a mickey-take of that YouTube video with me wearing my antlers. Nik Kershaw has joined me on it and it was really good fun. We decided to seize the moment and go for it."

The new single is taken off Kim's latest release, Wilde Winter Songbook, her first new album in the UK for over a decade. Wilde Winter Songbook is a mix of new songs and classic Yuletide tunes and features several duets including Winter Wonderland with Rick Astley, Burn Gold with her husband, actor Hal Fowler, and White Winter Hymnal with father Marty Wilde and brother Ricky.

"It's very much a family affair and I wanted the album to truly reflect my Christmas and what it means to me."

Kim has been a star since her first hit, Kids In America, in 1981.

Her single successes included Chequered Love, Water On Glass, Cambodia and You Keep Me Hangin' On, which reached number two in the UK and number one in the US. After her Eighties' heyday, Kim took a break from singing to become a gardener and radio presenter, as well as raise her two children, but she says she's happy to be back writing new material and performing despite initial concerns about being linked to the Eighties' revival.

"The Eighties stuff makes sense to me now but I had a bit of an issue with it when the revival started. I can enjoy the Eighties more now because I'm writing and recording new songs.

"Having a foot in the past is made more bearable by having the other foot firmly in the present."

The new album coincides with her first solo live dates since 1986 and she's joined on her three Christmas shows by Bristol-born singer Nik Kershaw, who enjoyed similar success in the Eighties with singles such as Wouldn't It Be Good and I Won't Let The Sun Go Down on Me.

For Kim, it marks a return to Bristol, the city where she kicked off her first-ever tour in 1982.

"I played my first gig in Bristol and it was filmed for a TV documentary called First Time Out, which centred on me playing at the Colston Hall so it will be quite emotional for me to be coming back to the city where, in many ways, it all began."

Kim Wilde's Christmas Party with Nik Kershaw is at Bristol 02 Academy, on Wednesday, December 18

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