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Nik Kershaw — Wouldn't It Be Good
Album: Made In England
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Released: 1984
Length: 4:28
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I got it bad, you don't know how bad I got it
You got it easy, you don't know when you've got it good
It's getting harder just keeping life and soul together
I'm sick of fighting, even though I know I should

The cold is biting through each and every nerve and fiber
My broken spirit is frozen to the core
I don't want to be here no more

Wouldn't it be good to be in your shoes
Even if it was for just one day
Wouldn't it be good if we could wish ourselves away

Wouldn't it be good to be on your side
The grass is always greener over there
Wouldn't it be good if we could live without a care

You must be joking, you don't know a thing about it
You've got no problem, I'd stay right there if I were you
I got it harder, you couldn't dream how hard I got it
Stay out of my shoes if you know what's good for you

The heat is stifling, burning me up from the inside
The sweat is coming through each and every pore
I don't want to be here no more
I don't want to be here no more
I don't want to be here no more

Wouldn't it be good to be in your shoes
Even if it was for just one day
Wouldn't it be good if we could wish ourselves away, ooh

Wouldn't it be good to be on your side
The grass is always greener over there
And wouldn't it be good if we could live without a care

I got it bad, you don't know how bad I got it
You got it easy, you don't know when you've got it good
It's getting harder just keeping life and soul together
I'm sick of fighting, even though I know I should
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Very hard to be a victim....
Saw Nik live a couple of months ago, was in great form and did a good (slightly ironic in context) rendition of 'The One and Only'. Not sure whether this one should count as a guilty pleasure, but it still perks me up when it comes on.
Nice to hear this again. Not one I'd buy, but a good song Don't get all the rage against it - Bill gave us a skip button, just move along?!?!

Contrary to posts on other songs, I just checked years of comments, I don't think ANYONE has said this song sounds like Pink Floyd....   Yeah, I know, sad git who should get back to work!!
Yup, top pop writing, nice quirky progression, chorus gold.
Simply a great pop song!
Check out the snappier Danny Hutton Hitters version on the Pretty in Pink soundtrack. 
Haven't you folks ever been under alot of pressure or going through particularly hard times and looked around you in envy at the folks seemingly drifting through their lives without a care?  This song captures that envy.
I always think about college finals and finally jumping in my Triumph after the last one to be free for a while.
Big 80's hit...still sounds great to me.
For a completely different take on the song, go here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amD2G9Kuu10
This is a great song from an unappreciated lineup in the 80's, never got the success that he deseved, its a good tune from the singer/songwriter, could any one commenting negatively write a popular tune?
I get it that this sounds like crap 80s (pop new wave nausea), but if you can actually listen to it, this is a beautiful song, lyrically and musically.  I did not get that until I heard his acoustic version, and then I came back to this with huge appreciation.  This is the kind of song anyone would have wanted to write.
 jelgator wrote:
Great song.  Not sure how some of these posters can just generalize and dislike a whole decade's worth of music.  But I guess it depends on your age and the time and place, and the circumstances you were in back then.
 
It's trendy to dismiss the music of the '80s, especially among the Classic Rock crowd.  All most of those people remember was what was on MTV back then anyhow (a lot of which was pretty bad).  They choose to forget the innovative music that wasn't the Top 40 or MTV stuff and also forget the bad music of the '70s and other decades.
There's an unfortunate malaise about this tune. The melody in the chorus really drives the malaise sentiment home. The verse melody is disjointed and really borderline atonal. If it wasn't for the slick production quality...I'd say this is a 'no thank you'.
Christmas of 86' (maybe) Grandma bought me the Pretty In Pink soundtrack on casssette and my parents bought us both dual cassette boomboxes. AWESOME.
When I saw him preform this song at LIVE AID (I was watching on MTV) ... I took notice.  The guitar part was more pronounced live.  And I have been blown away ever since by the quality of this song. 

Got to love that snare drum! 
Creativeness of the 80´s. Nice to hear this a bit here.
Love you, Bill!
Okay, he might be a polarizing artist ;-)  But undoubtedly a good composer. He's still active and a good live artist...
This song reminds me of Mr Yuck
this song, like most of the 80's, is better to not experience again {#Naughty}
Yeah, creamcheese ... me likey {#Jump}



Webfoot wrote:
Mmmmm, cheese!
 

I'm so sorry to those who like this song, but I had to switch channels til it was done. (cnsi)
{#Dancingbanana_2} I can still remember the lyrics, word for word, after so many years. And I can't remember what I had for dinner last night. Why is that?
good tune, light but also emotional
Mmmmm, cheese!
 nagsheadlocal wrote:
C'mon, admit it: the kind of song that you end up singling along to in the car.

 
guilty  : P   
Great song.  Not sure how some of these posters can just generalize and dislike a whole decade's worth of music.  But I guess it depends on your age and the time and place, and the circumstances you were in back then.
A perfect pop song that gets a (rare) 10 from me. Well played, Bill. 
Pure po for sure, but my kids were playing this kind of thing and having a great time back then.  Brings back those days!
8 - Most excellent.

I have no guilt about growing up in the 80s and listening to this and Duran Duran and The Smiths and New Order all in the charts at the same time. This is pop music and I love pop music.
This was a breakup song for me one time. With the described contrasts between the singer and the person he's addressing, and the exaggeration of his suffering especially, it totally is one.
 tfioreze wrote:
So cheesy… 

 

And plodding. I think this is the first time I've heard this and to my ears it should have never left the "Make It Stop" bin. 
Thankfully, High Violets' "X-tasy" is next up. Blessed relief.  
So cheesy… 
Fantastic tune.   for me its the counterpoint keyboard melody in the second verse.   inspired. a nine.
 onomasticator wrote:
I think people are too hard on the '80s.  Yes, it's all so dated and ridiculously produced, but people had new toys and they were ambitious. I hate most of what came out of the era, but there were some gems that were something special.  Some albums I treasure.  

Then Nirvana came along . . . and that was that.
 
As a child of the 80s, I see no conflict between enjoying the gems while giving most of the decade the musical burial it so richly deserves.  Lord knows I paid my dues at the time.  
 rabaak wrote:
I think the acoustical version on the 15 minutes album is a lot better than this 80's version
 

I love both versions, I just love this song! 9 -> 10!{#Notworthy}
Wow....love this little ditty and haven't heard it in years.  Ironic that he sounds so happy while considering offing himself....
yuck.
I have a lot of good memories of this song. I used to have a live version of this on one of the Secret Policemen's Ball recordings. The Secret Policemen's Other Ball perhaps? Great version. Good song.
I think the acoustical version on the 15 minutes album is a lot better than this 80's version
 I love the opening riff - so instantly identifiable.  Yes, a lot of the 80s stuff had too hard production sound - almost clinically hard.  But it was  time of the emergence of digital media (CD) and hard'n'bright was the order of the day.

Wouldn't want hear it too much...
Loved it madly the first time I heard and it and that has not changed one bit!{#Snooty}{#Notworthy} Gets a 9 from me!

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I think people are too hard on the '80s.  Yes, it's all so dated and ridiculously produced, but people had new toys and they were ambitious. I hate most of what came out of the era, but there were some gems that were something special.  Some albums I treasure.  

Then Nirvana came along . . . and that was that.
Rarely to I leave RP...but its time for a little Pandora.{#Puke}
 Sjaaks wrote:
How is it that this gets played at RP?! {#Snooty}

This is something for your local '80's radio station but not RP! C'mon!!!
 

Hehe! I was surprised too ... but I am not saying this in a judgmental way {#Cool}

I'm just looking forward to the next tune ...


How is it that this gets played at RP?! {#Snooty}

This is something for your local '80's radio station but not RP! C'mon!!!
There is another version of this by Nik Kershaw that is more acoustical and is much better in my opinion. I think it is on one of his newer albums
Love this song.  The Nik Kershaw video on youtube is pretty cool for the time.  Doesn't that little tin whistle or celeste riff (I can't tell what that syn sound is supposed to be) pop up in an Eric Clapton song?  Can't remember which one.  It just always reminds me of this. 
C'mon, admit it: the kind of song that you end up singling along to in the car.
 pummisher wrote:
The chorus sounds like a song called "Every Little Tear" by Janz Paul
 
I knew that if I went back far enough in these comments, I'd find someone who would tell me what song this reminds me of!  I used to love that Paul Janz song!

Always loved this song!
Fun tune from my youth.....thanks for bringing it back!
I always liked this.

I wanted to say something profound but...well... take it or leave it, it's still a good song


 EaLaSpada wrote:
Maybe not the greatest song in the world, but for the love I had of it when I was 12, I give it a "7". Yay for Nik and nostalgia!
 
Yes, it does have a little Partridge Family quality to it.

 Krispian wrote:
This is great - brings back wonderful memories of my early teens.
 
and watching Stu Jefferies on that Saturday night music video show! {#Lol}
Maybe not the greatest song in the world, but for the love I had of it when I was 12, I give it a "7". Yay for Nik and nostalgia!
Serious time-warp!

{#Music}
Yuck.  Maybe give it another 20 years.
 FilmSurgeon wrote:
Who did the version on the Pretty In Pink soundtrack?
 
The Danny Hutton Hitters
I still have my soundtrack on vinyl. 
Man, does this sound dated. Blech.
Ahhh great college memories. Haven't heard this in 20 years. Thanks.
80's politics aside, it's great 80's British pop. 
Whoooa! Flashbacks...! {#Eek}

This is just a great, great song that gives me all kinds of warm feelings. Wonderful.
This is great - brings back wonderful memories of my early teens.
meloman wrote:
I'm sure you're right that there was good music to be found. However, I'm almost 58, so let's say nearly a generation older, and my perspective is just that much different. The '80s saw the death of the dream we had in the 1960's, and that was the most difficult aspect of life in the US during the Reagan era for those of us who had protested the Vietnam war, reviled Daley's police action in Chicago, etc. So much of the music of the '60s was tied to our politics, that much of the newer music of the '80s wasn't that interesting, given the realities "on the ground." Besides, I think I was too serious for all that sarcastic/irrelevant/fun pop-rock. Still am in fact. Thanks for sharing your point of view.
From a German point of view the '80s were both depressing and exciting. The threat of nuclear annihilation with cruise missiles pointed East and West, social unrest over nuclear power, Perestrojka and the fall of the wall. Sure, there was mindless partying and the music to go with it. But the music born out of punk rock was charged. It wasn't all Nena's "99 Luftballons" and Dead Or Alive's "Spin Me Round." I was a teenager in the '80s - thaose were my formative years. Now, in my thirties I waver between idealism and cynicism. The people who saw their late '60s dream dying in the '80s are the generation in power, now. Where is their contribution to make this a better world? I have known a number of poloitical activists from the radical protest marchers' and house squatters' scene. Some of them are in positions of power, now. Few of them will admit it, but power corrupts. They may be able to carry over a smidgeon of their former ideals, but they have to play the game. What I am trying to say is: Don't bury your dreams, but live in the here and now. Stir some realism into your ideals and top it with LOVE.
rjs wrote:
Don't know your age, I'm mid-40s. Can't argue with the downside of 80s politics, culture of limitless greed, etc; all of that definitely sucked. And FM tanked big time. But that was the time to turn to college radio, with jangly guitars (REM, Lets Active, Guadalcanal Diary), exemplary songwriting (Springsteen's Nebraska, John Hiatt, Tom Waits), maturing socially-conscious punk (Midnight Oil), sarcastic/irrelevant pop and rock (Housemartins, Beat Farmers, Mojo Nixon, Talking Heads, CVB), fun rock/pop (B-52s, Scruffy the Cat), and pre-UT alt-country (Green On Red, Long Ryders, Jason and the Scorchers). Back when alternative music really was. See, it wasn't so bad.
I'm sure you're right that there was good music to be found. However, I'm almost 58, so let's say nearly a generation older, and my perspective is just that much different. The '80s saw the death of the dream we had in the 1960's, and that was the most difficult aspect of life in the US during the Reagan era for those of us who had protested the Vietnam war, reviled Daley's police action in Chicago, etc. So much of the music of the '60s was tied to our politics, that much of the newer music of the '80s wasn't that interesting, given the realities "on the ground." Besides, I think I was too serious for all that sarcastic/irrelevant/fun pop-rock. Still am in fact. Thanks for sharing your point of view.
meloman wrote:
Maybe, but for a person my age, the '80s in the US were trully a sad period. Politics went right-wing with a "Bozo-the-clown" president and music went "mirror-ball." That was the time I turned off FM radio for good. From then on it was NPR and my LPs. Shortly therafter, I left and moved to Europe.
Don't know your age, I'm mid-40s. Can't argue with the downside of 80s politics, culture of limitless greed, etc; all of that definitely sucked. And FM tanked big time. But that was the time to turn to college radio, with jangly guitars (REM, Lets Active, Guadalcanal Diary), exemplary songwriting (Springsteen's Nebraska, John Hiatt, Tom Waits), maturing socially-conscious punk (Midnight Oil), sarcastic/irrelevant pop and rock (Housemartins, Beat Farmers, Mojo Nixon, Talking Heads, CVB), fun rock/pop (B-52s, Scruffy the Cat), and pre-UT alt-country (Green On Red, Long Ryders, Jason and the Scorchers). Back when alternative music really was. See, it wasn't so bad.
rjs wrote:
If you're talking about 80s music, it wasn't that sad. The same crap/good ratio as today. You just had to be listening to the good stuff, not the bad.
Maybe, but for a person my age, the '80s in the US were trully a sad period. Politics went right-wing with a "Bozo-the-clown" president and music went "mirror-ball." That was the time I turned off FM radio for good. From then on it was NPR and my LPs. Shortly therafter, I left and moved to Europe.
f'in-a! Deelightful.
applause, applause, applause.
meloman wrote:
You got that right! What a sad decade,
If you're talking about 80s music, it wasn't that sad. The same crap/good ratio as today. You just had to be listening to the good stuff, not the bad.
Who did the version on the Pretty In Pink soundtrack?
hippiechick wrote:
So 80s! (Not necessarily a good thing)
You got that right! What a sad decade. From Reagan to Chernobyl, with disco thrown in for good measure. Ugh.
Dreck. Hell, I'd probably be nostalgic about it if it didn't come from a time in my life that sucked. I think it was puberty.
pure fluff.. im bored now
Nik wrote a very funny book about the music industry:(click here)
this song is bad, you don't how bad this song is...
Atombender wrote:
I've seen this haircut on women in their 50's.
...And probably with pink,orange or magenta streaks. That's the beautiful thing about this country. Even the old ladies have a punky edge...
5.6 Rating? Come on people that melody is worth a 10! :music: :music: :music: :music:
i thought the first time i heard this crap on here it was a joke. i can only hope that nobody i've recommended RP to is listening right now.
So 80s! (Not necessarily a good thing)
Heeeeyyyyy!!! this brings back some memories thanks RP
Classic
Like, oh my God! That was totally awesome!
formersnowbug wrote:
I love this song. Wanna make somethin' of it?
Yep! I'm thinking a pile of shredded 8-track...
I'm having, like, a Ringwald moment...
AphidA wrote:
Why does this crap pop up so regularly on RP?
Because it's no crap at all :smile:
I love this song. Wanna make somethin' of it?
This was one of my high school anthems. How many days I spent singing this song as I did my homework and watched MTV at the same time. This song is tailor-made for a moody, pimply, "totally misunderstood" teenage girl mooning over a guy who doesn't know she exists....sigh. Damn I'm glad I'm not a teenager anymore. Still love the song, though.
Why does this crap pop up so regularly on RP?
Wouldn't it be good to hear this song more :)
I love to detest this song.
It's a great song
handyrae wrote:
OK--I know it's cheesy, but I do enjoy this song. :shifty:
I know.. it's a little embarassing, but I have always loved this song. The chorus is pure indulgence, but it still grabs me.
the original album is human racing.
Surprise ! Such an hit on RP. Does not matter, I like it, not more than once a year.
C'mon who are you kidding? Waybo wrote:
Love this song. The acoustic version is even better (and doesn't have any remnants of the 80's cheese referenced below).
Classic Fromage du Whiz!!! ...and I luv it ha ha... Good ol' 80's cheez... handyrae wrote:
OK--I know it's cheesy, but I do enjoy this song. :shifty:
Love this song. The acoustic version is even better (and doesn't have any remnants of the 80's cheese referenced below).
coldatlantic wrote:
Really wigs out there in the bridge for a moment.
I love that part.
I seem to be tuned into Kiss FM again :yawn:
earthbased wrote:
The acoutic version is on "To be Frank".
It's also the bonus track on "15 Minutes".
OK--I know it's cheesy, but I do enjoy this song. :shifty:
Really wigs out there in the bridge for a moment.
Please take this song off the rotation - it's a song that should only be played once every 50 years. It's pretty vacant...
jk93 wrote:
Once upon a time I heard an outstanding acoustic version of this one...any chance we could hear that one here?
The acoutic version is on "To be Frank".
Very "Pretty in Pink"-ish. Not a fan
Was listening to The LRC, and I saw this on the playlist, and came rushing in. Love this song.
Jacksonstat wrote:
Can't help myself, this song is a guilty pleasure of mine. Just saw the video last week... classic 80s cheese, ridiculous special effects, but I love it.
Same here. It's nostalgiarrific.
Can't help myself, this song is a guilty pleasure of mine. Just saw the video last week... classic 80s cheese, ridiculous special effects, but I love it.
this is flippin horrible! +MUTE+
jakeinprogress wrote:
Yeah, for the first couple of seconds, I immediately thought of Color of Money..."It's in the way that you use it, it comes and it goes." Was excited for Clapton, even that Clapton, but then...
Either way, this song is pretty horrible. Sounded much better 20 years ago after a couple of beers at a party.
I've seen this haircut on women in their 50's.
Would you like crackers with your cheese? It's a fine 80's vintage...
parrothead wrote:
Sounds like something from the 80's
Good God! If there was ever a genre of music to make you feel your age........it's probably this style and this song, or anything else by Howard Jones!!....although I have heard Jones being played on RP from time to time. These guys (the 80's crew) are actually enjoying a little revival period in the UK (London) at the moment. Long live those mad hair styles, and clothing from a Star Wars film set!
Jra wrote:
man... anyone who hasn't heard the newer, quieter, unplugged-style version of this song (also by Kershaw), check it out... really, really cool.
I'm not sure if it was intentional, but this comment really struck my funny bone.
BKardon wrote:
I thought this was mid-80s Clapton before the singing started. The snare has that big delay/reverb sound that was so popular back then (think "In the Air Tonight").
Yeah, for the first couple of seconds, I immediately thought of Color of Money..."It's in the way that you use it, it comes and it goes." Was excited for Clapton, even that Clapton, but then...
Wake me when it's over ... oh, and wake up the musician, too.