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Nik Kershaw – Wouldn’t It Be Good (German 12″ Maxi single)

Posted by DjPaulT on May 11th, 2010


The second single from Kershaw’s debut solo album Human Racing, it was among his more popular singles spending three weeks at #4 in the UK charts and becoming a hit throughout Europe. It is also the song with which he is most closely associated in the U.S., where it narrowly missed going Top 40. Kershaw performed this song at Live Aid  in London’s Wembley Stadium, in July 1985.

Kershaw’s prior single, his debut, had failed to be a major hit, and it was on the strength of this record’s success that the earlier single, “I Won’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me”, was promoted for a re-release. This time the single went all the way to #2 in the UK, becoming his highest-charting single there to date.

“Wouldn’t It Be Good” was released in a single version and an extended 12″ version. The main synth tune was produced using a combination of PPG Wave 2.2 and a Yamaha DX7. The B-Side is a non album track “Monkey Business”.

In 2009, VH1 listed the song as #88 among their 100 Greastest One-Hit Wonders of the ’80s.

Wouldn’t It Be Good (Special Extended Mix) 6:42

Monkey Business 3:28

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

Label: MCA Records
Catalog#: 259 605-0
Format: Vinyl, 12″, Maxi-Single, 45 RPM
Country: Germany
Released: 1984
Genre: Electronic
Style: Synth-pop
Credits: Photography – Iain McKell
Producer – Peter Collins
Written-By – Nik Kershaw

Track A is listed as 6:50 but is actually 6:42
Taken from the album “Human Racing”

Find The 12″ On DISCOGS

Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Soundcard: ESI Juli@
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Adobe Photoshop CS5
Playlist Creator

All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
Downsampled to 24bit/96kHz and16bit /44kHz using iZotope RX Advanced 2
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

PW: burningtheground

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8 Responses to “Nik Kershaw – Wouldn’t It Be Good (German 12″ Maxi single)”

  1. Supersize Says:

    Another great 12” er!! Thanks so much – you could post Nik Kershaw all day – I’d be soooooo happy happy happy!!!


    DjPaulT Reply:


    Thank you for your comment I do have a couple more Nik 12″ er’s that I will be posting in the near future 🙂


  2. Rich Says:

    I finally heard this 12″ mix a couple years ago. Great extended take of a great song. Thanks again for your hard work DJ Paul. I’ve been following your blog (both old and new) for a couple years now!


  3. musicoholic Says:

    Thanks for a great quality rip of this 12″ version, really apreciate the time invested by you cleaning, ripping and uploading just to keep the blog alive. Keep up the good work!!

    Been looking for Nik Kershaw’s I Won’t let the sun go down on me (Extended Mix)(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NeYKQDDO-_I )in case you can share will be really appreciated, thanks for all.


  4. Disco D Says:

    Hi Paul.
    I’m not going to download this as i have it already… vinyl and cd.
    But, just wanted to say… great choice!
    The breakdown parts are fantastic and i always loved the intro guitars.
    always nice to hear the parts slightly more isolated.
    record companies don’t commission 12in extended mixes anymore…just remixes, sadly.


  5. Matt Says:

    Another great song and a version I never heard. Thanks


  6. Junior Says:

    Great to have the Extended Mix of this great song.

    Thank you Paul 🙂


  7. Stefanie Says:

    I like the extended mixes very much even if Nik Kershaw sad it was a method to earn more money.


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