1986 Nik Kershaw – 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 Nik Kershaw. However, Kershaw did find some minor success with its lead single “When a Heart Beats” (which 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.

Tracks

1 Radio Musicola 5:52
2 Nobody Knows 4:18
3
L.A.B.A.T.Y.D. 4:12
4 What The Papers Say 3:31
5 Life Goes On 5:01
6 Running Scared 5:03
7 James Cagney 5:19
8 Don’t Let Me Out Of My Cage 4:33
9 When A Heart Beats 4:28
10 Violet To Blue 6:17

1 Radio Musicola

Guitar Nik Kershaw
Keyboards Nik Kershaw
Keyboards Andy Richards
Keyboards Paul Wickens
Flute Simon Clarke
Sax Tim Sanders
Sax Simon Clarke
Trombone Peter Thoms
Trumpet Roddy Lorimer
Trumpet Steve Sidwell
Background Vocals Sheri Kershaw
Background Vocals Miriam Stockley
Background Vocals Stevie Lange
Background Vocals Iva Davies
Background Vocals Gary Dyson
Background Vocals Larry Dunn
Background Vocals Denis McNamara
Background Vocals Bob MaRonne
Background Vocals Malibu Sue

2 Nobody Knows

Drums Mark Brzezicki
Drums Mark Price
Guitar Nik Kershaw
Keyboards Nik Kershaw
Keyboards Andy Richards
Keyboards Paul Wickens
Sax Tim Sanders
Sax Simon Clarke
Trombone Peter Thoms
Trumpet Roddy Lorimer
Trumpet Steve Sidwell
Background Vocals Miriam Stockley
Background Vocals Stevie Lange
Background Vocals Iva Davies
Background Vocals Gary Dyson

3 L.A.B.A.T.Y.D.

Bass Steve Brzezicki
Drums Mark Brzezicki
Guitar Nik Kershaw
Keyboards Nik Kershaw
Keyboards Andy Richards
Sax Tim Sanders
Sax Simon Clarke
Trumpet Roddy Lorimer
Background Vocals Sheri Kershaw

4 What The Papers Say

Drums Mark Brzezicki
Bass Kuma Harada
Guitar Nik Kershaw
Keyboards Nik Kershaw
Keyboards Andy Richards
Keyboards Paul Wickens

5 Life Goes On

Bass Dennis Smith
Drums Mark Price
Guitar Nik Kershaw
Keyboards Nik Kershaw
Keyboards Andy Richards
Background Vocals Sheri Kershaw

6 Running Scared

Guitar Nik Kershaw
Keyboards Nik Kershaw
Keyboards Rupert Greenall
Flute Simon Clarke
Sax Tim Sanders
Sax Simon Clarke
Trombone Peter Thoms
Trumpet Roddy Lorimer
Percussion Gary Wallace
Background Vocals Gary Dyson

7 James Cagney

Drums Mark Brzezicki
Bass Felix Krish
Guitar Nik Kershaw
Keyboards Nik Kershaw
Keyboards Andy Richards
Keyboards Tim Moore
Background Vocals Sheri Kershaw
Background Vocals Carol Kenyon

8 Don’t Let Me Out Of My Cage

Drums Simon Phillips
Guitar Nik Kershaw
Keyboards Nik Kershaw
Keyboards Paul Wickens
Background Vocals Sheri Kershaw
Background Vocals Carol Kenyon

9 When A Heart Beats

Drums Charlie Morgan
Guitar Nik Kershaw
Keyboards Nik Kershaw
Keyboards Paul Wickens
Keyboards Tim Moore
Background Vocals Sheri Kershaw
Background Vocals Martin Taylor

10 Violet To Blue

Bass Dennis Smith
Bass Kuma Harada
Drums Simon Phillips
Guitar Nik Kershaw
Keyboards Nik Kershaw
Keyboards Rupert Greenall
Keyboards Tim Moore
Keyboards Robin Cruikshank
Flute Simon Clarke
Sax Tim Sanders
Sax Simon Clarke
Trumpet Roddy Lorimer