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Kershaw’s Magnum Opus?

How would you react if a wild-eyed, lunatic fan approached you in the street or supermarket, quoting lyrics from an album you made over 20 years ago… claiming that it was the ‘best thing ever’ and it ‘changed their life’? I’ve not met him… I’ve not even seen him play live… but if I ever spotted Mr. Kershaw shopping for groceries, I would most certainly be that lunatic fan. I wouldn’t be able to help myself. You see, ‘The Riddle’ is simply amazing. A beautiful and engaging slice of pop perfection. A sublime blend of the (then) cutting-edge tech and superb musical talent. From the rhythmical, brass-stabbing opener in ‘Don Quixote’ to the sad, slow heartbeat of ‘Save the Whale’, this album delivers a tale of incipient madness and potential dystopia… cleverly at odds and congruent to the trends of the era. OK… so ‘best thing ever’ and ‘changed my life’ would probably sound ridiculous spoken out loud in the middle of the crisps aisle but the album’s effects on me back then, as a youngster, still pervade today. Nice one Nik.

Nik's best by far

A politically motivated album if ever there was one, from Know How (police state ?), You Might (Ego), Wild Horses (Stress) and Roses (waste disposal) Not a bad track on the album and in my opinion still ranks as his best. Still relevant over 20 years after its release.

Great stuff

Now this is what the 80's was all about. Nik Kershaw made a great album, spot on production making full use of synths and reverb tools, excellent technical skill on all instruments used (see 'You Might' & 'The Riddle'). This will always be one of my favourite albums from this decade, one of the first i remember growing up with my sister playing it full blast from her room and me playing with my transformers toys. Great Stuff !


Born: 01 March 1958 in Bristol, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

During the mid-'80s, Nik Kershaw managed to score a handful of pop hits and, in doing so, establish himself as a profitable commercial songwriter. Kershaw began his musical career by learning to play guitar when he was a teenager. In 1974, he joined his first band, Half Pint Hogg, which played nothing but Deep Purple covers. However, his musical ideas were not limited to heavy metal; after he left school, he joined a jazz-funk band called Fusion. Fusion released one album, 'Til I Hear From You, in...
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