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Kim Wilde + Boy George ‘Shine On’ Duet: Look + Listen

Kim Wilde was honored to have “icon” Boy George guest star her ‘Shine On’ single.

The ‘Kids In America’ hitmaker asked Culture Club’s lead singer/songwriter if he’d lend his vocals to the track that appeared on her 2021 ‘Pop Don’t Stop: Greatest Hits’ full length.

In a statement about the collaboration, Wilde told Best magazine: “We recorded a song in lockdown – that ended up in my greatest hits record.” “I wanted him to be on it, he’s such an icon!”

Kim, now 61, will be joining Boy George and his iconic band on tour next month and “can’t wait”. The fellow 80s pop star will subsequently head out on her own delayed headline tour in September, celebrating more than four decades in music.

The daughter of 83-year-old rock and roll legend Marty Wilde, Kim admits that it feels like a “lifetime” has passed since she was a fresh-faced 20-year-old pop star, stating:

“I’ve got a great band behind me and we’re throwing a lot at it as joyful as we can … that 20-year-old that sang ‘Kids In America’ feels like a lifetime ago, hanging out with Hot Chocolate and Suzi Quatro – the days of ‘Top of the Pops’, before mobile phones and the internet.” “I feel like I’m living in a parallel world now.” 

Wilde previously revealed she lost out on her “dream job” because of her pop success when her instant fame prevented her from being a sales assistant at a local record store, somewhere she’d always wanted to work.

She recalled: “Mum sent me to the Job Centre and they said, ‘What do you want to do? I said, ‘I want to work in a record shop.’ A few months later, a record shop in Hertford needed an assistant and the Job Centre sent me details. “I felt pretty ­confident I could get the job because I had an immense music knowledge. We almost had a record shop in the house. “But ‘Kids in America’ charted and scuppered my plans. I was all set to have my dream job and it got snatched away from me by a hit record.”

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Author: Saul Goode

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