Human Racing

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This article is about the Nik Kershaw album. For the title track, see Human Racing (song).
Human Racing
Studio album by Nik Kershaw
Released 27 February 1984
Recorded Sarm East Studios, London, Sarm West Studios, London, Marcus Music, and Cherokee Studios, Los Angeles, Summer 1983[1]
Genre New wave, pop rock
Length 39:39
Label MCA
Producer Peter Collins
Nik Kershaw chronology
Human Racing
(1984)
The Riddle
(1984)
Singles from Human Racing
  1. "I Won't Let the Sun Go Down on Me"
    Released: September 16, 1983
  2. "Wouldn't It Be Good"
    Released: January 21, 1984
  3. "Dancing Girls"
    Released: April 1984
  4. "I Won't Let the Sun Go Down on Me (Re-release)"
    Released: June 1984
  5. "Human Racing"
    Released: August 1984
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]

Human Racing is Nik Kershaw's first album, released in February 1984 by MCA Records. The title track was a top 20 hit in the United Kingdom, peaking at #19.

The album's first single in the UK was "I Won't Let the Sun Go Down on Me," which peaked at #47 upon its first release. It has become major hit only in Scandinavia, Netherlands and Switzerland. "Wouldn't It Be Good" became Kershaw's first major hit in UK, spending three weeks at #4 in UK Singles Chart spot and logging his longest chart run there. It is the song Kershaw is best known for in the U.S., where he narrowly missed going Top 40, peaking at #46. Further hits from the album were "Dancing Girls" and the title track, but the album's first single "I Won't Let The Sun Go Down On Me" has become a second international hit upon its second UK release in 1984, reaching #2. It is the song Kershaw is best known for in UK, Canada and Netherlands. Kershaw's Human Racing album peaked at #70 in the U.S.

The album was re-released on 27 February 2012,[3] on Universal’s new Re-presents imprint and came packed with rare bonus content. A special 2CD package featuring the original album, digitally re-mastered from the original 1/2” mix tapes and associated 12” mixes and B-sides. Featuring a previously un-released version of Bogart, a special brass mix of Shame on You and a live version of Cloak and Dagger recorded at Hammersmith Odeon.

Track listing[edit]

LP, cassette, CD[edit]

  1. "Dancing Girls" – 3:46
  2. "Wouldn't It Be Good" – 4:32
  3. "Drum Talk" – 3:10
  4. "Bogart" – 4:38
  5. "Gone to Pieces" – 3:11
  6. "Shame on You" – 3:33
  7. "Cloak and Dagger" – 4:55
  8. "Faces" – 4:05
  9. "I Won't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" – 3:23
  10. "Human Racing" – 4:26

2012 Re-Release - Additional CD[edit]

  1. "Dancing Girls (Extended 12" Remix)" - 8:05
  2. "Bogart (Extended 12" Remix)" - 4:29
  3. "Monkey Business" - 3:30
  4. "Shame On You (Additional Brass Mix)" - 3:40
  5. "Drum Talk (Extended 12" Remix)" - 5:00
  6. "Faces (Extended 12" Remix)" - 4:40
  7. "Dark Glasses" - 4:16
  8. "Wouldn't It Be Good (Extended 12" Remix)" - 6:52
  9. "Human Racing (Extended 12" Remix)" - 5:24
  10. "She Cries" - 3:48
  11. "I Won't Let The Sun Go Down On Me (Extended 12" Remix)" - 6:33
  12. "Cloak and Dagger (Live at Hammersmith Odeon 1984)" - 5:07

Original Track Listing[edit]

The master tapes for Human Racing are shown in the booklet that accompanies the 2012 re-release. They show the original track listing of the album was:[4]

Side 1

  1. Drum Talk
  2. Wouldn't It Be Good
  3. Bring On The Dancing Girls
  4. Bogart
  5. Gone To Pieces

Side 2

  1. Shame On You
  2. Cloak and Dagger
  3. Faces
  4. Wide Boy
  5. I Won't Let The Sun Go Down
  6. Human Racing

Wide Boy was dropped before the album's official release, but was later released on Kershaw's next album, The Riddle.

The master tapes also show that the album was completed in November 1983. The master tapes were later baked for preservation purposes. Side 1 was baked on September 15, 2011, and Side 2 on February 23, 2005.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1983) Peak
position
Total
weeks
Canadian Albums Chart[5] 19 23
German Albums Chart[6] 8 ?
New Zealand Albums Chart[7] 32 11
Norwegian Albums Chart[8] 7 10
Swedish Albums Chart[9] 38 3
Swiss Albums Chart[10] 12 24
UK Albums Chart[11] 5 61
U.S. Billboard Hot 200[12] 70 17
Chart (2012) Peak
position
Total
weeks
UK Albums Chart 159 1

Singles[edit]

  • "I Won't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" #47 (on first release in 1983), #2 (on re-release in 1984)
    • B-side - "Dark Glasses"
  • "Wouldn't It Be Good" #4
    • B-side - "Monkey Business"
  • "Dancing Girls" #13
    • B-side - "She Cries"
  • "Human Racing" #19
    • B-side - "Faces" (Simon Boswell remix)

Credits[edit]

  • Nik Kershaw: Vocals, Vocal Percussion and effects, Guitars, Bass, Keyboards, Percussion
  • Wix: Keyboards
  • Charlie Morgan: Drums

Featuring

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kershaw 2012, p. 2-3.
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ "Nik Kershaw To Release Expanded Reissue Of ‘Human Racing’". thisisnotretro.com. 2012-02-15. Retrieved 2013-07-09. 
  4. ^ Kershaw 2012, p. 14-15.
  5. ^ "Welcome to the LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA website | Bienvenue au site Web BIBLIOTHÈQUE ET ARCHIVES CANADA". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2011-01-31. 
  6. ^ "Charts-Surfer". Charts-surfer.de. Retrieved 2011-01-31. 
  7. ^ Steffen Hung (2011-01-24). "New Zealand charts portal". charts.org.nz. Retrieved 2011-01-31. 
  8. ^ Steffen Hung (2006-06-15). "Norwegian charts portal". norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved 2011-01-31. 
  9. ^ Steffen Hung (2005-03-10). "Swedish Charts Portal". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2011-01-31. 
  10. ^ Steffen Hung. "Die Offizielle Schweizer Hitparade und Music Community". swisscharts.com. Retrieved 2011-01-31. 
  11. ^ "UK Singles & Albums Chart Archive". Chart Stats. Retrieved 2011-01-31. 
  12. ^ "Music News, Reviews, Articles, Information, News Online & Free Music". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2011-01-31. 
  13. ^ Kershaw 2012, p. 3.
  • Kershaw, Nik (2012). Human Racing (2CD Expanded Edition) (CD Booklet). Nik Kershaw. Universal/Island Records Ltd. UMCREP2013. 

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