Wilde is known for breezy California power pop through his records released in the 1980s and 90s. Catchy hooks and power chords were his hallmark. In the 1980s he landed two minor rock radio hits with "Isn't It Enough" and "Time Runs Wild".
Wilde was the founding member of the now-legendary power-pop band The Quick. Wilde then went on to form Great Buildings in 1981 and released an album. After the band's demise Danny Wilde pursued a solo career. His first solo release in 1986, The Boyfriend, was very successful for Wilde, garnishing 2 pop singles "Isn't It Enough" & "Body To Body." Wilde then released Any Man's Hunger in 1988. It featured popular tracks such as "Time Runs Wild" and "Wouldn't be the First Time", and reached #176 on the U.S. album charts, his only solo album to chart in the United States. The album had moderate success. Wilde appeared on talk shows and a couple of his music videos gained airplay on MTV. His music videos can be seen on YouTube. Wilde also appeared on the Westwood One radio show and performed several tracks for the promotion of the Any Man's Hunger album. The 8-track live album is in circulation as a bootleg and can be downloaded online. Wilde followed it with the release of the self-titled album Danny Wilde in 1989. The album's only single "The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of" gained fair radio play but Geffen did little to support the album and dropped Wilde 2 weeks after the album hit stores.