Wouldn’t It Be Good

B-side “Monkey Business”
Released 21 January 1984

Format 7″, 12″, CD Single, CD Maxi

Recorded Summer 1983

Genre Synthpop, New wave
Length 4:32

“Wouldn’t It Be Good” is a song by the English singer-songwriter Nik Kershaw. It was released one month prior to his debut studio album Human Racing. The release was Kershaw’s second single, and features the non-album track, “Monkey Business” as the B-side, which was also released as a bonus track on 2012 re-release of the album.

“Wouldn’t It Be Good” was the second single from Kershaw’s debut solo album Human Racing and turned out to be among his most popular single releases. It spent three weeks at #4 in the UK charts and became a hit throughout Europe, as well as a top 10 hit in Canada. Kershaw is also most closely associated with this song in the U.S., where it narrowly missed going Top 40. Kershaw performed this song at Live Aid in London’s Wembley Stadium in July 1985.

Kershaw’s first single from this album had failed to be a major hit, and it was on the strength of this recording’s success that the earlier single, “I Won’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me”, was promoted for a re-release. This time the single went all the way to #2 in the UK, becoming his highest-charting single there to date.

“Wouldn’t It Be Good” was released in a single version and an extended 12″ version. The main synth tune was produced using a combination of PPG Wave 2.2 and a Yamaha DX7. A remix by Simon Boswell, clocking in at 7:20, appears on the album Retro:Active 4: Rare & Remixed.

Track listings

7″ single
“Wouldn’t It Be Good” — 4:35
“Monkey Business” — 3:28
12″ maxi
“Wouldn’t It Be Good” (special extended mix) — 6:50
“Monkey Business” — 3:28

Cover versions

In 1984: German singer Juliane Werding recorded a German version of “Wouldn’t It Be Good”.
In 1986, Danny Hutton Hitters covered “Wouldn’t It Be Good” which appeared on the soundtrack for the 1986 film Pretty in Pink.
In 1992, American singer-songwriter Tommy Page recorded a cover of the song for his album, A Friend to Rely On.
Belgian rock band Soulwax covered the song in 1999.
German Eurodance group Cascada covered the song in 2006, from the album Everytime We Touch. It peaked number 54 in Sweden only.
In 2009, Placebo recorded their version as the B-side to their single “For What It’s Worth”.