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Kershaw writes an anthem to angst

"Wouldn't It Be Good" was part of the soundtrack for the movie Pretty In Pink.
"Wouldn't It Be Good" was part of the soundtrack for the movie Pretty In Pink.
Original Cover: MCA Records

Record single by Nik Kershaw: "Wouldn't It Be Good" (1984)

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Here’s why this song should be in your collection!

“Wouldn’t It Be Good” by Nik Kershaw made the Top Ten charts in six countries during 1984. The USA wasn’t originally one of them, but the song has since become a classic in several genres.

Kershaw included the song on his 1983 album Human Racing. Because of its success, “I Won’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me,” another track (that should not to be confused with the 1974 hit by Elton John), was re-released and became a #2 hit in the UK.

Wouldn’t It Be Good” began as a song with a cautionary message about envying successful people. But it quickly morphed into a torch song about the melodrama and alienation that teenagers and young adults often experience. Kershaw emphasized that alienation theme in the song’s video, in which he plays an extraterrestrial waiting to be rescued from exile on Earth.

Danny Hutton Hitters recorded a hit version for the soundtrack of the movie Pretty In Pink. The song has also been covered by Soulwax, Placebo, Down Low, Cascada, and dozens of other artists.

This album is available in CD and MP3 format from major vendors. But please consider purchasing it from a local independent record store.

Here’s an interesting fact!

Over the years, Kershaw has released many cover versions of “Wouldn’t It Be Good,” himself. They have included an extended version and several live versions, such as a duet with Howard Jones and a performance at Live Aid 1985.