Pat from Hue & Cry
I Wish by Stevie Wonder
It made me happy the first time I heard it on the radio when I was just seven years old and I predict it will make me happy on my deathbed. It’s three minutes of total funk and exuberance. It’s genius.
Day In, Day Out by Frank Sinatra
My dad used to sing this song to my mother. It’s an amazing piece of art. It’s somewhere between jazz and opera. It reminds me of the power and grace of my dad’s voice.
Kid Charlemagne by Steely Dan
I heard this when I was a student at Glasgow University hanging out in grotty flats in the West End. I thought it was the most sophisticated music I’d ever heard and it made me want to make music. It’s about failed 1960s hippies trying to survive in the right-wing 1970s.
So What by Miles Davis
I also heard this when I was a student. It turned me on to jazz for the first time. There was a series of jazz documentaries on TV at the time and there was one with Miles Davis wearing a suit that I thought was very cool. This was part of my education in ‘cool’, which I attempted and failed at.
I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You) by Aretha Franklin
I’d never heard a voice like this before in my life. It’s the most emotional song — she’s both incredibly strong and incredibly weak, and we all feel that way at times when it comes to matters of the heart.
Purple Rain by Prince
I was a massive Prince fan and this was hugely influential for me. I actually include my own version of this in my set now. The album is probably my favourite album of all time.
Here, There And Everywhere by The Beatles
This is on Revolver — it’s a McCartney song and he’s the king of the pop melody. There’s something beautiful about the chords and melody: they seem simple but they’re not normally what you’d do when you’re writing. It’s very clever.
Here Comes My Baby by The Tremeloes
My dad was the singer in The Tremeloes and this song was a huge hit for them. When my dad sometimes joins me on stage he always plays this. It’s such a joyful ditty and it means a lot to me personally.
Imagine by John Lennon
My dad had an upright piano in the garage and this was the first song I learned to play on it. McCartney was the pop master but Lennon was the soul of the band and Imagine is a song about wanting to make a difference. He changed the world with that song. It makes you want to live a better life.
Wouldn’t It Be Good by Nik Kershaw
Within the music industry he’s thought of as one of the greatest songwriters in the business. I’ve known Nik for nearly 30 years. When I was at school, his album Human Racing was everything to me. This song is in four different keys, it’s such clever writing, he has an entirely different approach to most songwriters. It’s like he starts with the chorus and works his way back.
Happy Birthday by Altered Images
I was always a huge fan of Clare Grogan’s and used to be in awe of her unique style and quirky sense of fashion. This classic 1980s anthem was brilliantly produced by Martin Rushent.
Don’t You Want Me by The Human League
Released the same year as my track Kids In America, this classic had great attitude, told a good story and had a belting chorus. Also produced by Rushent.
The Riddle by Nik Kershaw
Nik and I toured in Australia in 2013, and together with my brother, Ricky Wilde, and niece, Scarlett, we sang this beautiful song in three-part harmony. This was a personal highlight of my career.
Are ‘Friends’ Electric? by Tubeway Army
I remember thinking back in 1979 that it was the best record I’d ever heard. Gary Numan’s frosty synths went on to massively influence my brother, Ricky, and our new-wave sound a year or so after with our first record, Kids In America.
(We Don’t Need This) Fascist Groove Thang by Heaven 17
This was one of the first singles I bought at the beginning of the 1980s and I still treasure it.
Hue & Cry play Rewind Scotland, Perth (Jul 20-22) and Rewind North, Cheshire (Aug 3-5); Kim Wilde and Chesney Hawkes play Rewind South, Henley-On-Thames (Aug 17-19), rewindfestival.com