“You Keep Me Hangin’ On” was covered in an updated version by British singer Kim Wilde in 1986. It was released as the second single from Wilde’s Another Step album (although “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” was the LP’s first worldwide single, as the first single had been released only in selected countries).
Wilde’s version was a total re-working of the original, completely transforming the Supremes’ Motown Sound into a 1980s power pop song. She and her brother, producer Ricki Wilde, had not heard “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” for several years when they decided to record it. The song was not a track they knew well, so they treated it as a new song, even slightly changing the original lyrics. It became the biggest hit of Wilde’s career, reaching #2 in her home country as well as hitting the top spot in Europe and Australia. It also became Wilde’s only major hit in the US, spending a week at number one in 1987.
Incidentally, since Wilde’s recording was popular during the evolution of sample-based hip hop, a short drum break in her version has become one of the most sampled pieces of audio ever. In 2006, she performed a new version of the song with the German singer Nena for her Never Say Never album.
Kim Wilde – You Keep Me Hangin’ On
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