Cambodia (song)

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Kim Wilde - Cambodia.jpg
Single by Kim Wilde
from the album Select
B-side "Watching for Shapes"
Released 2 November 1981
Format 7", 12"
Recorded 1981
Genre Synthpop, new wave
Length 3:56 (7" Version)
7:13 (Album Version, including "Reprise")
Label RAK
Songwriter(s) Ricky Wilde, Marty Wilde
Producer(s) Ricky Wilde
Kim Wilde singles chronology
"Water on Glass"
"View from a Bridge"
"Water on Glass"
"View from a Bridge"
Audio sample

"Cambodia" is the fourth single by British singer Kim Wilde. It was released at the end of 1981; a year in which Wilde had already scored three highly successful hit singles and a best-selling debut album.

The single was another international success, topping the charts in Sweden and Switzerland and hitting the top ten in several other nations. It was released on the 7" format but also as a 12" single in Germany, although not in a remixed or extended version. The B-side of both releases was an exclusive non-album track called "Watching for Shapes".

"Cambodia" was later included on Wilde's second album, Select, which was released six months after the single in May 1982. The album version of "Cambodia" runs for 7:13 minutes, as it is teamed with a more uptempo instrumental version of the song, called "Reprise".

Musically and lyrically, "Cambodia" showed a change in direction for Wilde from the new wave feel of her debut album. The song was mainly synth-driven, with oriental-sounding percussion.

The lyrics were inspired by the Operation Menu bombing campaign of Cambodia by the United States during the Vietnam War.

Track listing[edit]

  1. Cambodia (3:56)
  2. Watching for Shapes (3:42)

Charts and certifications[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1981-1982) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[1] 7
Finland[2] 10

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1982) Rank
Australia (Kent Music Report)[3] 26

Cover versions[edit]

  • Swedish Doom metal band Enigmatic released a cover in 1996
  • German DJ Pulsedriver released a cover of the song in 2001 and a remake in 2013.
  • One shot Belgian trance project Nobody released a cover of the song in 2003.
  • In 2004, the Italodance project Brothers released a b-side to the single "Memories", called "This Is" and based on the song's music.
  • Apoptygma Berzerk's 2005 album You and Me Against the World includes a cover version of the song.
  • The Swedish Death'N'Roll band Hearse released a cover of the song in 2004 on their album Armageddon, Mon Amour.
  • An Italian house remix of the song was featured in the 2005 compilation album by Gigi D'Agostino, Disco Tanz.
  • The German dance group Scooter covered the song on their 2007 album Jumping All Over the World. Jumpstyle artist Vorwerk also covered this song.
  • In 2008 Serbian punk rock band Six Pack recorded a version on their cover album Discover.
  • In 2009 Dutch DJ Marco V released a track called Coma Aid incorporating a re-recorded version of the song's main synthesizer tune.
  • In 2016 Swedish duo Kurz covered the song on their debut album Vol 1.
  • In 2017 punk rock band Brutto covered the song on their third album Roki.


  1. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  2. ^ Nyman, Jake (2005). Suomi soi 4: Suuri suomalainen listakirja (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Tammi. ISBN 951-31-2503-3. 
  3. ^ "Forum – ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts – Top 100 Singles 1984". Hung Medien. Retrieved 31 December 2016.