Single of the Week – Nik Kershaw Wouldn’t It Be Good (7” Single)

I’m delving into the world of the single! I’ll buy a 7”, 12” or CD single every week and post my findings here. Who knows what musical discoveries will be made?

Private Dick Nik and Slick Nik share a fag in a warehouse.
Private Dick Nik and Slick Nik share a fag in a warehouse.

After the success of last week’s bargain bin Survivor single, I went back to Missing for another rummage through the detritus of their 50p section. I hit paydirt once again with this 80s Pop classic.

I once went through a phase of watching Vintage TV. A lot. This, along with Boys of Summer, Down Under and Wired for Sound, was one of the videos I kept hoping would come up. It’s one of those songs that I really like on its own without any interest in hearing the artist’s other music. Maybe one day I’ll actually listen to the B-Side of this and see if that grabs me.

Wouldn’t It Be Good is a great track. It’s very open sounding with slick Rock guitar, a gloriously cheesy synth hook and some strangely detached and threatening vocals. You can call this my “bad 80s” side if you like but I love the sound and vibe of this stuff and a large part of my imaginative space is taken up by Miami Vice so this just hits the spot! Recently I downloaded the very 80s Grand Theft Auto: Vice City for PS3. I’ve been playing that frequently and, as EvaOverload noticed, trying to “will myself into the telly”. Well it turns out this Nik Kershaw track plays on the radio there! I haven’t heard it yet but I’m just going to have to drive around some more, imagining I’m Sonny Crockett, until it does.

14 thoughts on “Single of the Week – Nik Kershaw Wouldn’t It Be Good (7” Single)”

  1. These singles that you buy are hilarious, knowing you also love black metal music that can peel paint off walls. But good on you for liking this stuff. There’s magic in them thar 80s, if you know where to look.

    I love the tagline for the photo. Sharing a fag. That’s a homophone, right? Haha.

    I tried a version of GTA once, on an xbox. I watched the whole introduction, got into the car and went to drive away from the docks and drove right off the pier into the water. I put the NHL 10 back in.


    1. There’s definitely a lot of magic in the 80s. I’m hoping to get more of this kind of stuff!

      I don’t play games much. I like GTA but the “game” gets in the way. I just want to drive around listening to the radio. If they took out the game and called it “Sonny Crockett Simulator” it would be perfect. First day buyer!


      1. Yeah GTA IV is less arcadey than Vice City. I struggle with the action in the GTA games though… it seems too chaotic. Like it’s just pot luck whether you kill everyone or not. I must be doing it wrong!


      2. I don’t recall which one it was, and it would hardly have mattered – I’m terrible at video games. I don’t even own a system anymore, or a TV. Whatever that was, though, it was loaned to me, so I tried it, sucked at it, and returned it to its owner.


  2. I had never heard of this song. Had to look it up and listen. I’m afraid this is going to be one of the those songs I really like but hate that I like it, like so many Joe Lynn Turner songs. Dang it.


      1. Haha thanks. Sometimes the dorky 80s is just so appealing for some reason. I really like Michael Schenker’s 80s stuff. I was just thinking today that I need to buy that Michael Schenker Group album called MSG. It has some songs on it I really like. Do you have that one?


      2. I think the 80s was the best decade for music. With the 70s close behind…

        I do have MSG but I’ve not listened to it for ages. Can’t even remember many of the songs. I’ll need to give it another spin! I’m more familiar with his UFO stuff.


      3. Yeah me too. I don’t have very many Michael Schenker Group albums. I’m just now starting to collect those. I don’t know I think the 70s was pretty great. Heavy metal was just getting on its feet, and the early stuff is fantastic.


      4. I don’t think there’s much to separate the 70s and 80s to be honest. Like you say, the early stuff is fantastic but I also love that it all came to a head in the 80s and you started to get a lot more diversity in different styles. It was a great time for Metal! And a lot of the 70s bands were still putting out great albums in the 80s so it was a win-win!


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