Video Review: Kim Wilde "You Keep Me Hangin’ On"

On a king size bed near a frozen river, Kim Wilde lays down as smoke wafts over her. Her eyes open wide, shaken by fear. A man opens a door and stands in the murky background while shreds of paper fly into the room. Wilde covers her head.

She sits up in bed,  yelling at him to leave her alone. However, he puts in his hands in his pockets and watches her, ignoring her pleas.

Against a violent wind, she stays far away from him as he raises his hands up and down at the back of the tunnel.

He continues to lurk in the doorway by her bedroom.

For a night, she manages to sleep soundly. She shuts the door behind her.

In a claustrophobic doorway, he hovers on the ceiling, poking his hand out. The doors shutter, keeping him out.

She hides in the room, peering through grey streaks of light to see if he is still there. However, he tears through the doors again.

She stands in the doorway, moving her hand, which causes a jolt but it doesn’t deter him.

She lies in bed, putting her hand in her hair, disturbed by a nightmare.

Rating: 5/5

The obsessive man, stalking her by her house and confining her to hiding places, generates anxiety in Kim Wilde. Her home is no longer safe. She has a strange man crouching in her doorways, determined to get her.

She has darkened her house, turned off all the lights and stays in her room. Her life has become miserable, trying to escape a man obscures himself from her view. He could jump out at any moment. There is no outlasting him. The man’s threatening presence is elevated by his silence. He doesn’t pounce, only lingers. She survives by staying alert.

Frightening with biting uneasiness, there is a chill in the air that it won’t end well.

Director: Greg Masuak Year: 1986

Kim Wilde – You Keep Me Hangin’ On


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Pam Avoledo spends her time binge-watching classic teen dramas and stands firm in her pro-Leyton stance. She also received her journalism degree in 2006 from Oakland University. Her work has been published in the White Wall Review, Sledgehammer Lit , Greatest City Collective & 45 Magazine and forthcoming in Daily Drunk Mag\'s Kristofia anthology.

2 thoughts on “Video Review: Kim Wilde "You Keep Me Hangin’ On"

  1. I think you might have missed the actual meaning in this video.

    The scenes in the video are not literal or meant to be literal, but represent what’s taking place in the singer’s mind as she bemoans her continued connection and attraction to the man in her life who still holds her heart. She feels trapped, alone, tortured. She’s not in actual danger and no one is actually stalking her. She remains emotionally tied to her love interest and she continues to hold out hope, which is causing her immense distress because she knows she’s just being used, but can’t seem to break free of her own accord.

    All the visuals including the dark tunnel, the shutters, the lighting, the things blowing by, the wind, all of that represents her inner emotional state and the turmoil she feels being emotionally connected to someone who doesn’t feel the same way about her.

    The shadowy guy is the representation of her love and the futility she feels. He’s still there, she feels addicted to him; he’s not coming any closer, but neither is he saying the words she needs to hear to move on from him.

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