|Studio album by Nik Kershaw|
|Released||24 October 1986|
|Studio||Swanyard Studios, London|
|Nik Kershaw chronology|
|Singles from Radio Musicola|
Radio Musicola is the third solo studio album by the English singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Nik Kershaw. The album was released in late 1986, on the label MCA Records, two and a half years after Kershaw's successful album, The Riddle. It was Kershaw's first studio album to feature him as producer. It also features guest backing vocalists, including Icehouse's lead vocalist Iva Davies, and Night's lead vocalist Stevie Lange.
The album was released to critical acclaim, but wasn't as successful as Kershaw's previous albums, peaking at #47 on the UK Albums Chart, and achieved silver status from the BPI in 1986. Four singles were issued from Radio Musicola, but none of them reached the Top 20, a first for Kershaw. However, Kershaw did find some minor success with its lead single "When a Heart Beats" (which interestingly was not featured on the LP release, only on the cassette and CD versions of the album). The album (to date) remains Kershaw's last album to make the Top 60.
The album showcased Kershaw's frustration at the time, with subjects of integrity - media scepticism (particularly towards tabloid journalism), privacy, insecurity and mass-produced run-of-the-mill pop music ("Why can't you let us do it like Joni does it? There you go again, giving it your very best - trying so hard to make it sound like all the rest"). The subject is reflected in the cover artwork's concept. The LP record release featured 1950's style spoof advertisements with the song titles woven in, some of which were replicated in the Compact Disc's booklet.
Release and chart performance
The album's first single in the United Kingdom was "When a Heart Beats", which peaked at #27 upon its release, was the first time that a lead single from a Kershaw album failed to hit the Top 20 in the UK. It became a bigger hit in Ireland, peaking at #14. Further singles from the album were "Nobody Knows" and the title track "Radio Musicola", which peaked at #44, and #43 respectively.
When Kershaw was asked about the poor sales of the album he said:
"I didn't keep their attention – two albums in nine months was a stupid idea because the next one took two and a half years and a lot of people lost interest and went elsewhere, which is fair enough. And the music changed a little bit as well and I produced it myself so that might have been a reason."
All songs written and composed by Nik Kershaw.
|4.||"What the Papers Say"||3:33|
|5.||"Life Goes On"||5:02|
|8.||"Don't Let Me Out of My Cage"||4:34|
|9.||"Violet to Blue"||6:16|
- Additional track
|Bonus track on compact disc and cassette releases|
Credits are adapted from the album's liner notes.
- Nik Kershaw – lead vocals, guitar, keyboards, computer
- Additional personnel
- Simon Phillips – drums
- Mark Brzezicki – drums
- Charlie Morgan – drums
- Mark Price – additional drums, drums
- Steve Brzezicki – bass guitar
- Felix Krish – bass guitar
- Kuma Harada – bass guitar
- Dennis Smith – bass guitar
- Paul "Wix" Wickens – keyboards
- Tim Moore – keyboards
- Robin Cruikshank – keyboards
- Rupert Greenall – keyboards
- Andy Richards – keyboards & fairlight programming
- Tim Sanders – saxophones
- Simon Clarke – saxophone, flute
- Peter Thoms – trombone
- Roddy Lorimer – trumpet, flugelhorn
- Steve Sidwell – trumpet
- Gary Wallace – percussion
- Iva Davies – backing vocals
- Miriam Stockley – backing vocals
- Stevie Lange – backing vocals
- Carol Kenyon – backing vocals
- Martin Taylor – backing vocals
- Gary Dyson – backing vocals
- Sheri Kershaw – backing vocals
- Horn arrangements by the Kick Horns, and Nik Kershaw
- Produced by Nik Kershaw
- Recorded and mixed by Stuart Bruce, at Swanyard Studios, London except for "James Cagney" which was mixed at Sarm studios
- Assistant engineer: Robin Cruikshank
- Mastered by Ian Cooper
- Phil Warren – cover art
- Richard Evans - art direction
- Andrew Ellis – photography
- ICON – design, layout
|Canadian Albums Chart||87||5|
|UK Albums Chart||47||3|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Silver||60,000^|
^shipments figures based on certification alone
- "When a Heart Beats" #27
- B-side - "Wild Horses"
- "Nobody Knows" #44
- B-side - "One of Our Fruit Machines is Missing"
- "Radio Musicola" #43
- B-side - "LABATYD"
- "James Cagney (Edit)" (Germany only?) Edit-Version drops the second verse before first bridge with shorter outro
- B-side - "Radio Musicola"
- Allmusic review
- Radio Musicola liner notes. MCA Records. 1986.
- "UK Singles & Albums Chart Archive". Chart Stats. Retrieved 2012-01-07.
- "British album certifications – Nik Kershaw – Radio Musicola". British Phonographic Industry. Enter Radio Musicola in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Silver in the field By Award. Click Search