So, the Human Racing deluxe edition is out, he's getting some long-overdue credit for that album and his other 80s work - let's give the man his own thread. Just been playing The Riddle (80s CD master) - this was my favourite Nik album at the time; the point where he overtook Howard Jones as the premier UK solo male act of the age. And yet - title smash aside - it's barely remembered. Top 10, 36 weeks on the chart....hardly a let-down after Human Racing's success. Part of the answer lies in the comments Nik makes in that recent interview; MCA's strategy for the 2nd album was "crazy" - they rushed it out to cash in on the debut album's popularity, but didn't really think it through. The single was massive, top 5 all through Christmas 1984, so why didn't they hold the album back until ealry 1985, get a certain #1 or #2 entry, and then spend 1985 taking further hits from it? True, Wide Boy went to #9, and even Don Quixote sneaked in for a week at #10, but the real fruits of MCA's short-sightedness came when by the end of 1985, they were having to release a totally new track just to keep the momentum up, and yet that flopped at #27. The Riddle has the gem of a song called Roses, kind of a flip-side/sequel to I Won't Let The Sun Go Down (but nowhere near as outright catchy, I admit), while Save The Whale is stunning...if HoJo could hit #12 with Hide & Seek, why not try to move Nik Kershaw into the more serious market with something sophisticated as well? You feel the label just kept wanting Nik to put out the punchy, hook-laden little songs - from Wide Boy to When A Heart Beats to Nobody Knows (to ever-decreasing chart peaks). I'm not sure that did him any favours in the end; he had material like City Of Angels and Save The Whale, plus Roses, waiting to be exploited. Anyhow, I expect I'll dig out Radio Musicola too before the week is out.