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Nik Kershaw – I Won’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me (UK 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on June 30th, 2010


1983 Front Cover

“I Won’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” is a song by singer Nik Kershaw, first released on his hit debut album Human Racing.

The song was written during the latter part of the Cold War period when nuclear war between the two superpowers of the USSR and USA was still a very real concern, and the lyrics reflect a satirical view of politics and the threat of war with lines such as: “old men in stripey trousers, rule the world with plastic smiles”, and: “forefinger on the button, is he blue or is he red?”

“I Won’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” only reached number 47 in the UK charts when first released. However, the follow up single from the same album, “Wouldn’t It Be Good”, reached the top five and on the back of that success “I Won’t …” was re-released and soared to number two. It was also subsequently a major hit in several other countries and was responsible for bringing Nik Kershaw to greater public attention.

In Kershaw’s version, the synth tune was produced with an Oberheim OB-8 played by Paul Wickens (Wix).

This 12″ version contains samples from “wouldn’t It Be Good” and “Dancing Girls”.

Label: MCA Records Ltd.
Catalog#: NIKT 4
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM
Country: UK
Released: 1983
Genre: Electronic
Style: Synth-pop
Credits:  Artwork By [Design] – Clinic, The
Photography [Back Sleeve] – Iain McKell
Photography [Front Sleeve] – Brian Aris
Producer – Peter Collins
Written-By – Nik Kershaw

Front has no remix title, and the label on A has added, below the title in small print, “Special new extended mix by Simon Boswell”.
Back of cover has (Extended Remix By Simon Boswell).

I Won’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me (Extended Remix By Simon Boswell) 6:33
Remix – Simon Boswell

Dark Glasses 4:17

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint


Back Cover

Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 20
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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10 Responses to “Nik Kershaw – I Won’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me (UK 12″)”

  1. chwee Says:

    Thanks Paul for this gem! I do not recall having heard this version, and hence the sampling of Wouldn’t It Be Good and Dancing Girls. Enjoyed adding this to my collection!


  2. Robert Says:

    Are there other versions of this song? Is there a dub mix or something?


    ric Reply:


    There are two 12″ remixes for this…the original 12″ remixed by Phil Harding which is the better of the two.

    This is the 12″ remix for the re-release.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    This is the only 12″ of this one that I have. There is another UK 12″ which includes the Phil Harding remix and the same b-side. I personally like this mix better and the b-side track even more. Maybe someday i will purchase the other 12″.


    Robert Reply:

    Yes I was being a bit thick…this is the mix I was thinking of…I have the other one on a compilation cd! I like the instrumental parts to this one!


  3. David Says:

    Thanks Paul. This is the better mix of the two, IMHO of course 🙂


  4. musicoholic Says:

    Big thanks for all the time cleaning, ripping, uploading and sharing all these great 12″ singles. I was looking for a nice quality of this song, thanks again. Keep up the good work!!!


  5. Mcgrawfanaddict Says:

    I can’t get the password to work on this one…It comes back with “CRC Error or wrong password (password invalid?).
    Thank you!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Try it again it should work correctly now. You might have to clear your browser cache first.


  6. Song_And_Dance Says:

    I do like the Simon Boswell remix though it has its lengths. I edited down to a 4:55 wannabe radio remix for my NIKollection 😉
    Still looking for the original extended mix on vinyl. Seems to be very rare indeed.


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