Friday, April 29, 2022

Song of the Day: 'Chequered Love' by Kim Wilde

I'm not sure I would be tweeting about its "41st anniversary." (Is that even a thing?!) But any excuse to remember this gem from Kim Wilde's self-titled 1981 album, which served as the second single after "Kids in America." How she wasn't a bigger star is anyone's guess, although it certainly didn't help that her record label refused to release her second and third albums in the U.S. "Select," Kim's sophomore LP, featured "Cambodia," the greatest "story song" of the 1980s, a haunting French-Indochina "Ode to Billie Joe."

Dear EMI America: If "Cambodia" didn't have hit potential in the U.S., why does it remain her most popular song on all streaming platforms save for her No. 1 Supremes cover? The 1980s were filled with bizarre hit singles, how could you blow this one? 

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