My Record Collection by Kim & Marty Wilde - A National Album Day Special
In My Record Collection, we dig down to the bottom of musicians' souls to find out what the most treasured parts of their record collection are. This week, we're counting down to National Album Day.
This year, the organisers are taking us back to the 1980s, to a time when nu-romantics, big hair, arena rock and electronics ruled the chart.
We're celebrating all week on hmv.com with a selection of features from the day's ambassadors, which this year include La Roux, Blossoms, Kim & Marty Wilde, Toyah Wilcox and more!
Each day this week, we'll be showing off the record collections from an ambassador, as they count down their memories of the 1980s, as they lived it, or just as they wished they had.
We continue today with father/daughter duo Kim and Marty Wilde, let's see what they opt for...
The record that made me want to make music was…
Kim: "Richard Harris' 'MacArthur’s Park' in 1968. I love everything about this record. My Dad had ‘A Tramp Shining’ in his wonderful record collection, I loved the whole album. The surreal and romantic lyrics, Richard’s emotional voice, the pensive orchestral section. Sublime."
Marty: "Has to be Elvis Presley's 'That's Alright'. It's the record that inspired so many of the early British rockers, and the impact of this record has stayed with me to this day. His vocals on this track were the key to his phenomenal success, one of the first white men to capture the passion of the blues, and give it worldwide commercial appeal."
The record I played throughout the 1980s was...
Kim: "It was Michael Jackson's Off the Wall. It's superior songwriting, singing and production. This album was the soundtrack to my very first tour in 1982. On Walkman, of course..."
Marty: "Paul Simon's Graceland. Paul's inventiveness and imagination and foresight made this album very special. I believe this album meant a lot to the African nations because Paul managed to highlight the wonderful musicianship and passion of its people."
The record that takes me back to the 1980s was...
Kim: "For me, it's The Human League's Dare. The album that ignited a decade of synth-pop, and inspired my brother Ricky Wilde to delve into the world of Moog, JP8, Roland Juno, Yamaha CS80, Solina to create our own brand of pop."
Marty: "The record that takes me back to the 80s is Kim's 'Kids In America'. This song brings back wonderful memories. This record, without doubt, will always remind me of the 80s and what a colourful time it was. I am so proud to have been a part of this song that will always have a special meaning to my family and my daughter."
The record with the best cover art in the 1980s was…
Kim: "I love Grace Jones' Nightclubbing. Grace Jones is a walking work of art, this photograph and graphics capture her enigmatic and dangerous personality and music."
Marty: "The Rolling Stones' Tattoo You. There were so many great album covers, and this one stands out as a very creative piece of work with the way it treated Mick's face in such an original way."
The 1980s record I love, but didn’t get the credit it deserved, was...
Kim: "Clive Pig and the Hopeful Chinamen and 'Happy Birthday Sweet 16’. I heard this song at Art College a year before ‘Kids in America’, I’ve always thought it should have been a big hit."
Marty: "For me, it's A Flock Of Seagulls - 'Wishing (If I Had A Photograph)'. This record had some great inventive synth work and it's a record I often play just to remind me of what can be achieved with some of the great sounding synths that were available to the young musicians in the wonderful 1980s."
The best music video of the 1980s was...
Kim: ‘"Madonna's Vogue. Exquisite in every way, Madonna at her best."
Marty: "Peter Gabriel's Sledgehammer. Video art at it's very best. This talented man had come up with a wonderful sounding track, and the sounds and musicianship which was on that record really did demand a lot of artistic concentration, and thankfully, it got it."
The best song of the 1980s was...
Kim: "The Human League's 'Don’t You Want Me'. An 80’s anthem brilliantly produced by Martin Rushent of whom we were all big fans, particularly on the album ‘Rattus Norvegicus’ by The Stranglers."
Marty: "Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush's 'Don't Give Up'. This songs lyric set it apart. It may not be the most obvious choice to a lot of people, but I feel that there was tremendous depth in this song, and its honesty shines out to all people who have known the feeling of not being wanted or needed, because at times, in bad situations, it's difficult not to give up."
The best album of the 1980s was...
Kim: "Has to be Paul Simon's Graceland. I’d like to go to Graceland with my Dad, just as Paul does with his son in the beautiful ‘Graceland’ song. Paul’s achingly true and often sad lyrics promote honesty in songwriting at a very deep level, and his collaboration with South African musicians and singers was spontaneous and powerful."
Marty: "Kate Bush's The Whole Story. There were so many wonderful albums that came out in the 80s, so it makes one proud to nominate as the best album of the 80s an album by a British girl whose songwriting ability and vocal style was totally unique. Well done Kate."