Friday, February 27, 2009

Listening Post


Nik Kershaw recorded the single best new wave pop song of the 80s -- Wouldn't It Be Good. For American audiences, his career pretty much begins and ends there. But the reality is that not only did he go on to release quite a few exceptional albums throughout the late 80s and early 90s, even into today; he also surrounded himself with some of the best damn musicians anywhere to record and tour with. People like bass genius Mark King of Level 42 and my personal favorite drummer, Simon Phillips.

The result was always something wonderful and surprising: Pop music with brains.

From an album almost no one here in the states has even heard of -- 1986's Radio Musicola -- here's the title track.

3 comments:

Tony said...

OMG - How I loved "Wouldn't It Be Good". I think it was right around the time I had gotten a new boombox for my birthday. That was the first song I recorded off the radio. I had to wait for hours with my fingers on the record button at the end of every song. Next up, Howard Jones and "What is Love?"...

Laser Rocket Arm said...

I would venture to say that more Americans are familiar with the version of "Wouldn't It Be Good" from the movie Pretty In Pink done by the Danny Hatton Hitters (Hatton, strangely enough, was one of the singers in Three Dog Night) rather than Kershaw's version. Kershaw also wrote one of the nineties' best guilty-pleasure pop songs, Chesney Hawkes' "The One and Only." IMO one of the best underlooked pop songwriters.

Nevada Blue said...

I used to get such shit for being a Kershaw fan. Thanks for the memories.