The same day as “Wrapped Around Your Finger” hit the U.S. charts (as described in today’s other post), the new wave kept on rolling in. On this day in 1984, most of the public got its introduction to another new British talent to the public, Nik Kershaw. He released the single “Wouldn’t it Be Good“.
The single was the forerunner of his Human Racing debut album. Nik had recorded one prior single in ’82, but most people didn’t hear it then, although the song, “I Won’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me” ended up being the one song of his that charted higher than this one when it was re-released. Kershaw was a formidable talent, writing, playing keyboards, guitars, bass and singing the record himself. So his gamble of a year or two earlier – quitting a job at the unemployment office, risking becoming a client there himself – to devote himself full-time to music seemed a good one. Turned out to be a good risk- by the end of 1984, this song had been a top 10 hit in Britain and Canada, got widespread play on MTV and he’d released a second hit album, The Riddle. So hot was he early on that he actually had more weeks on the UK singles charts than any other solo artist in 1984-85!
Little wonder he got to appear on the London Live Aid stage and do the hit as a finale of his four-song set. He’d also drawn the attention of Elton John (who said of Kershaw “he’s one of the best songwriters of the generation”) paving the way for him to help Elton on his “Nikita” record the next year.
“Wouldn’t It Be Good” would soon after go on to be rerecorded by Danny Hutton (formerly of Three Dog Night) for the Pretty In Pink soundtrack, something which helped Nik’s bank account if not his public profile. Kershaw’s still recording, putting out a new album, Oxymoron, around the end of last year.