Ratings and Reviews
"Break My Stride" is basically Wilder's only hit. It's a great hit though. "The Kid's American" and "I Don't Speak the Language" also saw very limited air play on 80's radio. I got this album AND "Bouncing Off The Walls" on one CD (though nothing from the latter made it to the radio), all 18 songs.
Hey I-tunes! You finally brought a song I been wanting for ages! Thanks!
great artist, awesome songs
probably one of the most un-recognized artists of the 80's, Matthew Wilder wrote some awesome songs and really caputres what the 80's were about. not many artists can do that.
About Matthew Wilder
The defiant chorus of Matthew Wilder's 1983 hit "Break My Stride" -- "Ain't nothin' gonna break my stride/Nobody gonna slow me down" -- could also define his career. Wilder is one of the few artists who was able to escape from the stigma of having only one smash single and yet find more success in the music industry. In the early '70s, Wilder was part of the Greenwich Village folk duo Matthew & Peter. Wilder moved to Los Angeles in 1978 and sang on TV commercials; he also became a backup vocalist for Rickie Lee Jones and Bette Midler. In 1983, Wilder released his first album, I Don't Speak the Language. "Break My Stride" reached the Top Ten in the U.S. However, Wilder's second LP, 1984's Bouncin' Off the Walls, flopped. Nevertheless, Wilder continued to write and produce for others. In 1995, Wilder produced No Doubt's multi-platinum debut Tragic Kingdom. Wilder's work on the Mulan soundtrack in 1998 that earned him an Oscar nomination. ~ Michael Sutton
- New York, NY
- January 24, 1953