Kim had spent the evening at the Magic FM Christmas party and was making her way home on the FIrst Connect train out of London when she decided to treat her fellow commuters to a live rendition of her 1981 hit Kids In America.
She was accompanied by her brother Ricky Wilde as she cheered up all the train passengers as they came into Potters Bar station. Such was the reception Kim and Ricky received that they were forced into performing another of her 80’s hits, Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree, as an encore.
Passenger Katherine Eames captured both of Kim’s songs on her mobile and since the video was uploaded to YouTube under 2 days ago it has already registered over 1 million hits. She said: ‘After a truly rubbish day, I got on the train home and couldn’t get a seat, a man pulled out his guitar “Oh here we go!” I thought. Then a drunken woman starts singing. Hang on a minute, I know that voice?! It really was KIM WILDE! This totally made my day. Thank you. She is an absolute legend! Merry Christmas everyone.’
Kim was both bemused and delighted by the response to her post-party performance and said on Twitter: “Truly, I am overwhelmed and confused at such a huge reaction to my night out on the tiles. Making me giggle a LOT: )”
“Glad this got you in the Xmas spirit, I was certainly FULL of it! x”
For anyone too young to remember Kim Wilde she was a major force in UK music in the 1980’s and won the Brit Award for Best British Female in 1983. She had a good start in the music business as she is the eldest child of 50’s rock ‘n’ roll star Marty Wilde. It is not just Kim and Ricky who have followed their father into the music business as their younger sister Roxanne has performed as a backing singer for Kylie Minogue.
Kim made an unusual transition from her earlier music career when she moved into landscape garden design in the late 1990’s. She has written a couple of gardening books, recorded various gardening programmes for television and also won a Gold Award for her courtyard garden at the 2005 Chelsea Flower Show.
You can catch Kim’s slightly merry Christmas performance on the video below