Wednesday, January 12, 2011

My Favorite Songs EVER! Vol. 2 (But First...)

Well, I am having a downright shit day! It is most certainly NOT a Wonder Wednesday. My iPad refuses to sync so I was on with Apple support for an hour plus trying to get that sorted out, but in restoring it, it's just filling up with music... music that I will immediately remove. I think I'm a music hoarder. I never get rid of ANYTHING because I just might one day want to hear it again, even though I've had it for years and not listened to it once. I mean, what if I suddenly decide to check out that free folk music sampler? So I have to wait on that and I have the sneaking suspicion I'm still going to have issues after that.

Speaking of issues and Wonder Wednesday, my usual day for discussing things comic book-y, DCU Online isn't working for me. I can't connect to the login server. So that was $50 well spent. I was hoping that it was just because it launched yesterday and maybe there were too many people on it, but I looked on their message board and... uh, I don't think that's it. It got REEEEAAAAAL techy, so I just backed out. I'll have David look at it tonight, but I think I'm just going to return it. I'm really intimidated by it to begin with. The game play is different than WoW or CoH, so I'm already concerned with that and I am also fairly sure that this plays like a "real" video game, which I have never been good at. And it flat-out says "There are some missions you won't be able to complete solo." Weeeeeeeeeell, fuck! Because I hate playing with other people. This goes back to not being good at video games, I'm also not coordinated enough to play AND communicate at the same time.

AAAAAAAAAAAAND, I'm trying to get my credit report situated to buy a new car, but I have two blemishes on it including one involving GMAC and my old Cavalier. But the problem is that GMAC switched over to Ally (or got bought out or whatever) and I'm not in their system anymore. I need my old VIN number or something and this may come as a surprise to you, but I don't keep very good records. Or records at all. Unless you mean the vinyl kind and I keep those quite well. (See the music hoarding discussion above. I'm so going to want to one day hear those "Livin' La Vida Loca" remixes again. Well... I might.)

So yeah, breeeeeeeaaaaathe... In order to cheer myself up, I'm going to post two blogs about stuff I like, including the second edition of My Favorite Songs EVER! I was going to post this next week, but I need it NOW!My second selection is "You Came" by Kim Wilde! Kim Wilde is best... well, pretty much ONLY known in the US for her hits "Kids In America" and "You Keep Me Hangin' On." She also had a moderate hit in the 90s with a cover of Yvonne Elliman's "If I Can't Have You." (Wikipedia says it wasn't released in the US, but it was because I have it, it was played on the radio and in clubs, so... there!) She had a lengthier career in Europe, including scoring two additional hits from her first album after "Kids In America." IRONICALLY, Kim is British for one thing and the song didn't actually do that well on the US charts, peaking at #25. It is, however, considered a New Wave classic and has been covered by over two dozen artists as diverse as MxPx to The Jonas Brothers and of course Alvin & The Chipmunks!

Her cover of The Supremes "You Keep Me Hangin' On" was far more successful in the US, becoming her only stateside #1. But once again, follow up success eluded her here, a common struggle for foreign artists in this market. In Europe, however, she was popular enough to land the gig as Michael Jackson's opening act on his 1988 tour!
The first single from her next album was "You Came." The song was written by Kim with her brother Ricki, after the birth of his first child. It hit #1 in Denmark (woo hoo!) and #3 in England, Ireland, Norway and Switzerland and did nearly as well across Europe. It didn't crack the Top 40 in America, topping out at #41. I definitely heard the song at the time, but since it wasn't very successful, it didn't make that big an impression on me.

In college however, I found it on an old promotional compilation and it was love at second listen! It isn't produced by SAW, but it is very much in the same vein. Poppy, Euro, 80s electro pop! I just love it! (Forgive the silly "Nemesis Presents" intro!)

Kim Wilde - You Came

Is it just me, or does she bear a strong resemblance to Kim Basinger AND Rebecca Romijn? The tour footage from the video is actually from the Michael Jackson Bad tour as this song was her big hit at that time.
In 2006, she recorded a delightful rocked up version of her signature hit!

I love this version just as well! This song really encouraged me to explore her music more. I have her Greatest Hits and while I don't like ANY of the songs MORE than "You Came" there are still some pleasant singles that I never would have heard otherwise.

1 comment:

  1. Hey You Came is a very great song and Close a very good album
    I love Kim Since the first time.
    Soon Kim in France 18 march "La Cigale"
    My blog is only for her !!!