DMC's founding DJ, Alan Coulthard passes away.
24th August 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.
'Creating a Timeless Image'
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.
Breakaway 1993 Album Promotional Video
November 3rd 2019
Kim's Breakaway album was released 26 years ago this month. In celebration, we are happy to present the official promotional video for the album, featuring an exclusive interview with Kim.
The David O'Dowd Interview
April 5th 2019
David O’Dowd, the photographer who shot Mel & Kim for the Showing Out ‘hats sleeve’, shares with us some amazing unreleased frames from that session, and takes us behind the image with his fascinating insights and recollections.
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!
October 24th 2014
Our congratulations go to David O who is the lucky winner of our 'Showing Out' anniversary competition and the recipient of a gorgeous Japanese 7" 'Showing Out' single.
Well done David!
Also check out the Discographies for yet more additions!
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.
The David Levine Interview!
October 30th 2013
Read our interview with the photographer David Levine, who recalls working with the sisters with great fondness, in the interview section alongside an exclusive gallery from one of David's shoots!
David Levine Exclusive!
July 18th 2013
Photographer David Levine has kindly sent us some beautiful unseen photos of the girls from one of his sessions. These can be viewed in the Discographies section under 'I'm The One Who Really Loves You'!
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 email@example.com
Thanks for spreading the word about the website and for all your positive feedback!
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.
New Kim TV Interview for BBC4
January 4th 2019
Kim, Pete Waterman & Rick Astley, among others,provided interviews for a fantastic new feature on Mel & Kim, as part of the BBC4's 'Top of the Pops - The Story of 1987'.
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.
Today would be Mel's Birthday!
July 11th 2104
Today is a special day, as we celebrate the birthday of Mel!
Read more about the girls in The Story section of the website by clicking below!
The Clive Black Interview!
May 3rd 2014
Parlophone Records then A&R director, Clive Black, shares with us his recollections about signing the girls after they parted from Supreme in 1989.
The Steve Rowland Interview!
December 24th 2013
Check out our exclusive and revealing interview with the charismatic music producer Steve Rowland, who kick started the girls' career as a duo and helped sign them to Supreme Records back in 1986.
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!
July 11th 2013
Today is a special day, as we commemorate Mel's birthday. Read all about how the sisters got into the music business, and their musical achievements in the story section of the website!
June 22nd 2013
We have added some new images across many of the sections on the website, and there are also some fantastic new additions to our Press Archives, including the sisters 3 page 'VOGUE UK' spread and the 'Mizz' magazine interview.
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 21 st century whilst retaining the pure sassiness that captivated us all back in the late 80s."
Upcoming Release - Mel & Kim The Singles Box Set!
May 31st 2019
Our friends at Cherry Red Records have announced their Mel & Kim 'The Singles Box Set' , due for release on the 31st of August.
Sadly, this release has been delayed until October 11th.
Order now via Cherry Red.com.
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.
Alan Coulthard's Recollections
February 28th 2016
See the website discography section where the ex 'DMC' DJ - Alan Coulthard - provides recollections of his work in creating the 'Megamix Ninety' & 'Showing Out' Italio & Techno Remixes!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
'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!
Happy Birthday Kim!
August 28th 2014
We celebrate Kim's birthday today with a very rare live vocal performance of G.L.A.D. which was recorded in Paris, October 1991.
Click below to view!
Happy Birthday Kim! :-)
New Additions To The International Press Archive!
February 19th 2014
New magazine scans have been added to the Press Archives: 'Look In' March 87, 'Number One' Feb 87, 'Record Mirror' March 88 and 'Number One' November 86!
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!
July 1st 2013
Congratulations to Corey Simmons for winning our first ever competition, and to Jurgen Erik Bommezijn as the runner up winner!
As a thank you for all participates, we are mailing you all a little surprise. :-)
Thank you all for spreading the word!
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 email@example.com.
Go to our Fb page for more details - competition ends on the 30th June.
Good luck everyone!!
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 achievments 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.