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Any Nik Kershaw Fans?

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Any Nik Kershaw Fans?

Postby jumpshift » Thu Jun 14, 2007 7:25 am

Does anyone here like and enjoy the music of Nik Kershaw? Here in the States he's probably known as a one hit wonder due to his most well known and catchy song "Wouldn't It Be Good" which reached #46 on the U.S. billboard charts back in 1984. But in England he had many other well known songs such as I won't let the sun go down on me, Don Quixote, Human Racing, Wide Boy, and my favorite of his "The Riddle". He's a very underrated new wave artist and his albums Human Racing and The Riddle have very nice songwriting in them. Similar to Howard Jones but even better.

Here's a couple of his very creative videos.

The Riddle

http://youtube.com/watch?v=6mzrypAXduA

Wouldn't It Be Good

http://youtube.com/watch?v=1vNGAR7bOMU
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Re: Any Nik Kershaw Fans?

Postby InvisibleMan » Fri Jun 30, 2017 3:08 pm

found myself listening to Dancing Girls recently, cool 80 synthpop tune. I don't think Nik had much success in US for some reason
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Re: Any Nik Kershaw Fans?

Postby MissingPersons » Fri Jun 30, 2017 5:14 pm

There's another similar singer I shall mention. Belouis Some.




InvisibleMan wrote:found myself listening to Dancing Girls recently, cool 80 synthpop tune. I don't think Nik had much success in US for some reason


Bad luck. His videos didn't get much attention unlike Wang Chung or Howard Jones. I think American success in the 80s was all about MTV videos, no matter the genre you chose. And of course your lyrics should've been in English. That's why a-ha hit #1 with Take On Me, for example.
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Re: Any Nik Kershaw Fans?

Postby MarcD » Sat Jul 08, 2017 10:33 pm

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Re: Any Nik Kershaw Fans?

Postby WeLiveSoFastx83 » Mon Jul 17, 2017 11:49 pm

The two OP posted are probably his best. "Nobody Knows" and "Shame on You" are pretty good as well. I've only started warming up to "Dancing Girls" and "Wild Horses".
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Re: Any Nik Kershaw Fans?

Postby MarcD » Tue Jul 18, 2017 2:43 pm

WeLiveSoFastx83 wrote:The two OP posted are probably his best. "Nobody Knows" and "Shame on You" are pretty good as well. I've only started warming up to "Dancing Girls" and "Wild Horses".


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Re: Any Nik Kershaw Fans?

Postby KYYX4ever » Mon Dec 18, 2017 10:00 am

I LOVE "Dark Glasses" and "The Riddle" ! But I have hardly heard much of his other stuff, except his singles.
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Re: Any Nik Kershaw Fans?

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Re: Any Nik Kershaw Fans?

Postby Passing_Stranger » Fri Jan 05, 2018 10:30 am

Great singles artist - his tunes from the first two albums are among the best the 1980s had to offer regarding pop music. Just pure genius. Still, very uneven albums with lots of tuneless sub-Stevie Wonder stuff. Greatest hits type compilations seem to be the best bet for casual listener.

Have to single out "Dancing Girls" - somewhat surprised that the song that had more in common with "Metamatic" than with, say, Thompson Twins has been chosen as a single in 1984! And didn't flop, come to think of it. His "electronic" peak, for sure, fantastic stuff.

Not familiar with the laster albums, heard it's a bit "heavier" stuff, especially lyrically. Anyway, Nik is a likeable artist, if maybe not the top tier one. Recommended.

P.S. Oh yes, some terrific B-sides! "Dark Glasses", "Monkey Business", "Don't Lie"... Much better than some of the LP stuff!
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