Wide Boy (song)

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"Wide Boy"
Nik Kershaw Wide Boy Single Cover.jpg
Single by Nik Kershaw
from the album The Riddle
B-side "Shame On You", "So Quiet"
Released March 1985
Format 7", 12"
Recorded 1984
Genre Pop rock, new wave
Label MCA
Songwriter(s) Nik Kershaw
Producer(s) Peter Collins
Nik Kershaw singles chronology
"The Riddle"
"Wide Boy"
"Don Quixote"
"The Riddle"
"Wide Boy"
"Don Quixote"
The Riddle track listing
"Wide Boy"
"Save the Whale"

"Wide Boy" was the sixth consecutive Top 20 hit single for 1980s teen idol Nik Kershaw. It reached #9 on the UK Singles Chart in 1985.[1] His next single "Don Quixote" was to become the last of his string of Top 20 hits on the UK chart. The song also charted highly in Ireland and Australia, peaking at #5 and #7, respectively.

The song was originally recorded for Kershaw's Human Racing album, but was dropped before the album was released. It later appeared on Kershaw's next album The Riddle.[2] The single was a remix of the album version.[3]

The accompanying video was directed by acclaimed graphic designer Storm Thorgerson.[4]

Track listing[edit]

7" single (WEA NIK 7)[3]
A. "Wide Boy" (Remix) - 3:19
B. "So Quiet" - 3:12

12" single (WEA NIKT 7)[5]
A. "Wide Boy" (Extended Mix)- 5:07
B1. "Shame On You" (Remix) - 3:39
B2. "So Quiet" - 3:07


"Wide Boy (Remix)"[3]
Produced by Peter Collins
Remixed by Gary Langan and Nik Kershaw

"So Quiet"
Produced by Nik Kershaw
Piano Accompaniment: Tim Moore

"Wide Boy (Extended Mix)"[5]
Produced by Peter Collins
Extended Mix by Nik Kershaw

"Shame On You (Remix)"
Produced by Peter Collins


Chart Position
UK Singles Chart 9
Irish Singles Chart 5
Australia (Kent Music Report)[6] 7
Dutch Mega Top 50 47
German Media Control Charts 25


  1. ^ "www.nikkershaw.it". www.nikkershaw.it. 1985-03-07. Retrieved 2012-06-26. 
  2. ^ Kershaw 2012, p. 14-15.
  3. ^ a b c Discogs: Nik Kershaw - Wide Boy 7" Cover Images.
  4. ^ Mvdbase.com The Music Video DataBase
  5. ^ a b Discogs: Nik Kershaw - Wide Boy 12" Cover Images.
  6. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 165. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.  N.B. The Kent Report chart was licensed by ARIA from mid-1983 until 19 June 1988.