Brand New Pete Schwier Interview
28th July 2023
melandkim.com's '10th year online' celebrations continue with our brand new, extended interview with Pete Schwier - co-producer of the amazing Kim Appleby album. Pete reflects on supporting Kim's self-confessed "mission" to finish and present the songs that she and Mel had written together, and he shares his memories of a project which he recalls as “light hearted”, “fun”, and without any “heavy moments”, despite the harrowing circumstances that surrounded its journey from conception to fruition.
10th Year Online
May 27th 2023
Today, melandkim.com turns 10-years old - and what an amazing 10 years it’s been.
When we started planning the website, there was little information about Mel & Kim online – which is staggering given how loved they are and how successful they became.
Our goal was to create a quality online archive, and a fitting tribute that the girls would both be proud of, and we would like to
thank everyone who has supported us to achieve this – not least, Kim, whose approval and support has always meant so much to us.
Here's to the next 10 years.
Krisz & Iain.
Stock, Aitken & Waterman TV Special Airs
January 21st 2023
Part-1 of Channel 5's 'Legends of Pop' documentary, which celebrates the mega-success of the music production team Stock, Aitken & Waterman, aired on Saturday night, and featured a fun and, at times, moving 15 minute segment dedicated to Mel & Kim.
Kim contributed an interview, in which she reflected, "It was a great time. We left our mark. People still care, which is incredible, and Mel lives on in the music".
Additional Biography Added to the Website
October 28th 2022
'From Then To Now - And Beyond'
Since Kim launched her solo career in 1990, she has remained a strong and active presence within the music industry - as an artist, songwriter and, in later years, as an advocate and mentor for other musicians – whilst the success she achieved with her sister, and their musical legacy continues to be recognised and celebrated today.
To mark the date that Kim's first solo single - the amazing Don't Worry - entered the UK chart, we have added an extended biography page which traces her career and celebrates Mel & Kim's musical legacy.
DMC 's Founding DJ Alan Coulthard Passes Away
August 24th 2021
We are shocked and deeply saddened to learn that our friend Alan Coulthard has passed away. Alan’s name will forever remain synonymous with the groundbreaking UK mix-scene, due to his innovative work with the DMC (including the Mel & Kim Megamix Ninety and its accompanying ‘Italio House’ mixes of Showing Out, and he will be sadly missed.
Our thoughts are with Alan’s loved ones.
The Nick Willing
August 28th 2020
"Kim wanted to get it absolutely right, and she had a vision for her art".
To celebrate Kim's birthday, we present our interview with Nick Willing, the innovative filmmaker who directed her second solo video G.L.A.D. Nick shares with us why he "admired Kim enormously", and why he still loves the G.L.A.D. video despite the threat of legal action that it brought him after its release.
Where Is Love is celebrated by Classic Pop Magazine
February 1st 2020
Classic Pop Magazine placed Where Is Love at #18 in their 'Top 20 Posthumous Singles' feature (alongside tracks by Whitney Houston, Queen, Prince, Michael Jackson, Amy Winehouse and John Lennon), and said that the release "brings the classic Mel & Kim sound into the 21st century whilst retaining the pure sassiness that captivated us all back in the late 80s."
The George De Angelis Interview!
October 22nd 2018
To celebrate the 28th anniversary of the Don’t Worry single release, we present our interview George De Angelis, the music producer who worked with Kim to present the award-winning album Kim Appleby. An album which, not only honoured Mel's memory but also, presented Kim to the world as a solo artist in her own right.
The 80s Road Map - BBC Four
February 16th 2018
A three part series titled The 80s Pop Road Map, and presented by Kim and Midge Ure, is coming soon to BBC Four. Kim says: “I can’t wait to join forces with Midge to prove that 80s pop was revolutionary in musical history. We’ll be visiting every area of the country to chart the change in the British music scene and discovering musical influences across the nation. In the days before streaming services and the ability to hold your entire music library in your pocket, the series promises to be insightful, interesting and rather nostalgic.”
A Letter from Kim!
August 27th 2017
Following her live performance last week, at the Henley Rewind Festival - her first in almost 24 years - where she fronted Martyn Ware's (Heaven 17) British Electric Foundation and performed Respectable, Kim has written this letter to everyone who has sent their love and best wishes to her.
October 2nd 2016
As exclusively revealed by melandkim.com, via our Facebook page, Kim Appleby has released a teaser from her forthcoming new album, to radio stations. The new track, titled What's Not To Love, premiered today on the online radio station We Rave You today!
Kim has spent the past year writing with producer Dominic King and they are currently busy mixing around sixteen new songs for a 2017 release.
2nd Year Website Anniversary!
May 27th 2015
melandkim.com turns 2 years old today! Thank you to those who have contributed so far and all the Mel & Kim fans who have checked out the website and continue to show their support. To celebrate you will find we have extended the Press Archives further as well as adding additions throughout the site!
If you would like to contribute to the Press Archive then please contact us at email@example.com
'The Lorraine Show'
November 11th 2014
Pete Waterman on Mel & Kim: "They were the beginning, they were the ones that we sort of styled ourselves on!"
Check out Pete's interview from 'The Lorraine Show' in the UK this morning where he mentions the girls and the influence they had on the Stock, Aitken & Waterman production team!
Message From Hazell Dean!
August 23rd 2013
We would like to thank the lovely Hazell dean for her message of support! Hazell wrote:
"Good luck with www.melandkim.com guys!
I had heard a lot about Mel & Kim (before even hearing them) from Pete (Waterman) and Tilly (Rutherford) and I was invited to their first P.A. of "Showing Out", at Stringfellows, along with the rest of the PWL gang. I loved it, and I loved their style - they were so different, both musically and with their cheeky, cocky London attitude!
Enter Our First Website Competition!
June 7th 2013
To be in with a chance of winning some awesome & rare Mel & Kim items, post about melandkim.com on blogs, Facebook pages and forums, to help us spread the word. Make sure you then take a screenshot of your posts and email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Go to our Fb page for more details - competition ends on the 30th June.
Good luck everyone!!
F.L.M. Album 2023 Vinyl Reissue
May 5th 2023
Our friends at Cherry Red Records continue their brilliant work with Mel & Kim's back catalogue by reissuing the girls' classic 1987 debut album F.L.M. Due 28/07/23, this edition stays true to the original sleeve artwork, but the recording has been remastered as a brand new, 24-bit, remaster, from the original analogue tapes. Meanwhile the pressing is being presented on beautiful, ochre-coloured vinyl - the first time the album has been repressed on vinyl for over thirty years!
While stocks last, orders will also include a gorgeous 12" art print, taken from Brian Aris' iconic album sleeve photo session.
Happy New Year
January 1st 2023
2023 promises to be another exciting year, not least as it will see melandkim.com turn (an unbelievable) 10 years old.
We have some surprises planned to celebrate this milestone, which we hope to bring to you throughout the year, so stay tuned and thank you for the support!
Wishing you all Fun, Love & Money for 2023
Paul Rider Interview
March 4th 2022
''Don’t get her started, ‘cause she will do that. She actually likes that look!'
Paul Rider (the photographer behind the Mel & Kim's fun-filled 1987 Smash Hits magazine cover feature) shares a host of unreleased images, and recalls shooting the girls in everything from men's pyjamas and prim ladies' cardigans to the well-worn leather jackets of the hard rock band Zodiac Mindwarp and the Love Reaction, all in their purported search for a new look.
'Creating a Timeless Image'
by Mike Prior.
March 20th 2021
"They always responded well to my direction and they knew what angles looked best. Ultimate pros!"
Photographer Mike Prior recalls shooting the iconic mage used for the That's The Way It Is single sleeve and shares how the girls were to work with.
The Simon West Interview
May 28th 2020
'Flying sports cars and imaginary seagulls...'
33 years ago, today, Respectable won Best Video Award at the 1987 Montreux - Golden Rose, IMMC Awards Gala. To celebrate, director Simon West shares previously unrevealed details, and his own personal photographs, from the Showing Out & Respectable sets - and he also reveals, for the first time, his story-boarded ideas for what would have been the F.L.M. video.
Where Is Love Delux CD/Book Available
October 5th 2018
We are ecstatic to round things off with a gorgeous book that is printed in the quality that we had always envisioned. The feedback from those of you who have received the book so far has been truly overwhelming and we are thrilled that you love it as much as we do.
You can get the last remaining copies of the book, before they are all gone!
Where Is Love
February 15th 2018
Ahead of the Where Is Love single release on the 23rd of February, we are excited to share the first clip of the official Radio Mix, mixed by Austin Leeds, with you all, via our friends at Official Charts.com. The track with premiere on February 15th at 10am.
July 4th 2017
We are excited to announce that a new Mel & Kim release will finally see the light of day later this year, courtesy of Dancing Nation Records. To be the first to receive the latest updates and details, please subscribe to our newsletter via the website welcome page.
For press inquiries please e-mail: email@example.com
The Mike Stock Interview!
April 13th 2017
Mel & Kim's first and only album, F.L.M. turns 30 today! To celebrate this milestone we bring you our exclusive interview with the song writing legend Mike Stock. In the interview Mike reflects on creating the songs which captured the essence of the "streetwise, bubbly" sisters who he recalls with great warmth and affection. Our interview is accompanied by a selection of unreleased photographs by Pierre Terrason.
Expanded Website Press Archive!
October 17th 2016
Check out the International Press Archive for some amazing new additions! Thank you to all who have contributed scans so far.
This section continues to grow so please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to contribute any scans!
April 8th 2015
There are some new additions across the site including the newly added gallery by photographer Tim Roney who shot the girls back in November 1986, for the UK magazine - 'Number One'.
Press Archive Additions!
August 20th 2014
Our International Press Archive continues to expand! Thanks to all who have contributed so far!
If you would like to contribute any
magazine article scans then please contact us at email@example.com
May 27th 2014
melandkim.com is 1 year old today! Thanks to everyone who has contributed so far and for all your positive feedback! To celebrate our anniversary we present the expanded Discographies alongside some additions and surprises across the site.
Thanks to Kim for her kind words and everyone who has supported and visited the site.
August 19th 2013
Peter Schwier, the music producer who worked with Kim on her first solo album 'Kim Appleby', shares his memories of the project, and discusses working with Kim on the songs that comprised her debut solo album
Website Press Archive Launched!
June 2nd 2013
Today we launch the International Press Archives. More and more magazine articles are being added daily, so please check back for more.
If you would like to contribute any magazine scans to be used in the Press Archive then please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for spreading the word about the website and for all your positive feedback!
'My 80s Playlist', featuring Kim, Airs on UK Radio
March 17th 2023
Kim was the featured artist on Virgin Radio UK's My 80s Playlist, where she chatted with DJ Steve Denyer about her career, and selected and discussed 10 songs which she felt defined her experience of the 1980s music scene.
Click the link below to listen to Kim's interview.
Kim Interviewed For Upcoming TV Special
December 13th 2022
Kim has recently contributed an interview to the UK's Channel 5, who have commissioned a 2-part special on the legendary music production team Stock, Aitken & Waterman.
Due to air on January 21st, 2023, at 20.30, the Legends of Pop special will include interviews with Mike, Matt and Pete, and many of the artists they produced throughout their stellar career, as they look back over their stellar career.
Fans in the UK can watch the show on demand at My5, via the link.
New Additions to Our Website Press Archive
October 28th 2021
Our online Press Archive continues to grow, and the vast array of international articles you will find there (including 32 cover features), give some indication of just how far reaching the girls popularity was - and of how many territories they conquered.
In our Press Archive, you can view and read articles from the UK, France, the Netherlands, Finland, Italy, Germany, Australia, Turkey, Greece, Belgium, America, Sweden, Norway, Ireland. and Denmark - and we have many more articles still to add.
December 15th 2020
"I’ve been around the music industry since 1979 and I’ve rarely come across that sort of relationship".
International make-up artist and brand owner Ariane Poole recalls the make-up looks she created for Mel & Kim, and the tricks she employed to ensure they were at their stunning best. However, it was the girls’ warmth, their zest for life and the rare bond they shared as sisters, that has left the strongest impression.
Newly Designed Website Launch!
May 27th 2020
Today, melandkim.com turns 7 years old...
and to celebrate the occasion we have completely redesigned the website layout and added some additional content - including the Where Is Love Expanded Discography. Thanks to everyone who has supported us this far. Here's to the future! Krisz & Iain.
Classic Pop Magazine, Interviews Kim
April 26th 2018
Kim features in the May issue of Classic Pop Magazine, where she shares some revealing memories from the girls' career and her solo career within the six page spread. Kim also discusses her absence from the pop charts and her long awaited return to music with her planned third album and upcoming festival appearances.
Get your copy from selected stores now or via Classic Pop.com:
Where Is Love The Fifth Official Mel & Kim Single.
January 5th 2018
It has been three decades since Mel & Kim’s last single, and Dancing Nation Records are proud to announce the release of the previously unreleased Where Is Love. The track is the sisters’ 5th official single release and it perfectly captures the spirit and energy which was so evident on the previous Mel & Kim releases, with a slew of remixes which strike the perfect balance between edgy and fun, just as the girls themselves did so brilliantly. Pre-orders begin today with the single receiving it's full release on February 23rd 2018.
New Single Ft. Kim Appleby Release & Competition!
June 9th 2017
In conjunction with our friends at Splinter, we exclusively present Vicarious Bliss ft. Kim Appleby (Whatever Makes You) Happy. To celebrate the release of the song and it's video, we have launched a fantastic competition with the Splinter label. Check out our Facebook page for more details of the exclusive and truly unique prizes on offer and how to enter :
Mark Fisher (of Matt Bianco) passes away.
December 12th 2016
We were incredibly saddened to hear that Mark Fisher (of 'Matt Bianco') passed away this morning.
As well as being a celebrated musician, Mark was also very supportive of our work, having previously worked and recorded with Mel. Mark spoke with us recently, and shared "I'd heard something that Mel had recorded with a friend of mine, and I asked her if she'd record some songs with me. One of the songs we recorded together was titled 'Circles', which I eventually re-recorded with Sheila Ferguson, from The Three Degrees. I have fond memories of Mel. She was a lovely girl and a really talented singer."
Our thoughts are with Mark's family and friends at this time.
The Nick East Interview!
May 16th 2016
The Managing Director of Supreme Records, Nick East, shares his memories of signing Mel & Kim to his label and reflects on the incredible highs and lows that followed and why he believes the girls were "the real deal" in our exclusive interview.
Also included are some personal photographs of Nick with the girls from his personal collection.
The Pete Waterman Interview!
June 26th 2015
The F.L.M. single is 28 years old today and to celebrate we present the never before seen 'single edit' video featuring many unused camera angles from the 2nd Montreux Rock & Pop Festival performance.
It is also with great pleasure that we bring you our exclusive interview with the legendary music producer Pete Waterman OBE who shares his personal memories of a special relationship which remains in his heart.
The Kathleen Bray Interview!
January 15th 2015
Internationally renowned hair stylist Kathleen Bray created the aesthetic for the F.L.M. album and single sleeve shoots, as well as many other sessions, and she worked closely with the sisters through good times and bad.
Click below, to read Kathleen interesting, funny - and at times - poignant memories!
Showing Out - Website Competition!
September 20th 2014
28 years ago today Showing Out (Get Fresh At The Weekend) was released in the UK and to celebrate we launch our second competition.
Tweet on Twitter or post a status on Facebook about the anniversary and add:
@melandkimweb then #melandkimcom, #ShowingOut, (Plus any other related hashtags), and we will pick the winner who will receive a beautiful Japanese 7” edition of the 'Showing Out single.
October 30th 2013
27 years ago today the girls' first single 'Showing Out (Get Fresh At The Weekend)' was released in the UK. To celebrate this anniversary we have launched the brand new design of the website and also added the first detailed part of the extended discographies relating to 'Showing Out (Get Fresh At The Weekend)' Here you will find exclusive galleries, information on the recording, promotion, and mixing of the track as well as a touching memoir from photographer Chris Edwick about the girls' very first Supreme records photoshoot at Camber Sands!
May 27, 2013
We aim to create a fitting tribute to Mel & Kim Appleby, with the hope that the website becomes a comprehensive archive to the sisters' amazing accomplishments and achievements within the entertainment industry.
We would like to thank everyone who has contributed their time, recollections and talents to help us towards acheiving this goal so far and we hope you enjoy the site!
Krisz & Iain.