Kim Wilde (Select)

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The Album

Kim Wilde (Select) is Wilde’s sophomore album, “Select,” which is a captivating blend of infectious pop hooks, edgy new wave sensibilities, and Kim’s unmistakably charismatic vocals. Released on May 10, 1982, the album solidified Wilde’s position as a prominent figure in the ’80s music scene and showcased her growth as an artist since her debut.

“Select”, her second studio album, kicks off with the catchy lead single, “Ego,” which immediately hooks listeners with its energetic rhythm and Kim’s alluring vocal delivery. The album continues to impress with standout tracks like “Cambodia,” a synth-driven gem with haunting lyrics and an irresistible chorus that exemplifies the unique allure of Kim Wilde’s music.

The production on “Select” is slick and polished, showcasing the era’s signature synth-pop sound while still allowing room for the raw and emotive quality of Wilde’s voice to shine through. The album’s blend of pop sensibilities and new wave experimentation sets it apart from typical ’80s pop releases, making it a memorable and timeless addition to the decade’s musical landscape.

One of the album’s crowning achievements is the hit single “View From a Bridge,” which earned critical acclaim and commercial success upon release. Its powerful chorus and Kim’s emotive vocal performance captivated audiences and further solidified her status as a pop sensation.

In addition to its commercial success, “Select” received accolades and praise from music critics, with many lauding Kim Wilde’s growth as a songwriter and her ability to infuse her music with genuine emotion. The album’s chart success and critical acclaim cemented Kim Wilde’s position as one of the leading female artists of the ’80s.


Overall, “Select” by Kim Wilde is a must-listen for fans of ’80s pop and new wave music. Its infectious melodies, powerful vocals, and catchy hooks create an enduring and enjoyable listening experience that still resonates with audiences today. Wilde’s talent as both a performer and a songwriter shines through on this album, making it a standout release in her impressive discography. Whether you’re a longtime fan or a newcomer to Kim Wilde’s music, “Select” is an album that deserves a place in any ’80s music collection.

Track Listing

  1. Ego
  2. Words Fell Down
  3. Action City
  4. View From A Bridge
  5. Chaos At The Airport
  6. Take Me Tonight
  7. Can You Come Over
  8. Wendy Sadd
  9. Cambodia + Reprise




Well he was Thailand based
She was an airforce wife
He used to fly weekends
It was the easy life
But then it turned around
And he began to change
She didn’t wonder then
She didn’t think it strange

But then he got a call
He had to leave that night
He couldn’t say too much
But it would be alright
He didn’t need to pack
They’d meet the next night
He had a job to do
Flying to Cambodia

And as the nights passed by
She tried to trace the past
The way he used to look
The way he used to laugh
I guess she’ll never know
What got inside his soul
She couldn’t make it out
Just couldn’t take it all

He had the saddest eyes
The girl had ever seen
He used to cry some nights
As though he lived a dream
And as she held him close
He used to search her face
As if she knew the truth
Lost inside Cambodia

But then a call came through
They said he’d soon be home
She had to pack a case
And they would make a rendez-vous
But now a year has passed
And not a single word
And all the love she knew
Has disappeared out in the haze

Cambodia, don’t cry now, no tears now

And now the years have passed
With not a single word
But there is only one thing left
I know for sure
She won’t see his face again


Select (album) – Wikipedia