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Today's '80s lesson by Nik Kershaw is on British slang

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August

If I called you a Wide Boy would you be insulted? No fat jokes here, were just learning U.K. slang as in England a wide boy is one who lives by his wits - or a wheeler-dealer as we would say in the U.S. Another definition of Wide Boy is one of the many hit singles for Nik Kershaw.

In a short 2-year span between 1984-85, Nik Kershaw would score eight Top 40 hits in the U.K. including the Top 10 Wide Boy in early 1985. The video for Wide Boy is directed by the underrated Storm Thorgerson, whose videos we have featured on Lost and Found about a half dozen times, including Kershaw's most recognized song in the U.S. - Wouldn't It Be Good. (Thorgerson also designed hundreds of album covers including perhaps the most famous - Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon.)

With a pure pop sound, the video for Wide Boy tracks a mythical musical wide boy from the doo wop days of the '50s throughout the MTV eras with some bad wigs and plenty of dancing.

Kershaw still performs, especially in many '80s music festivals. In a article with The Telegraph, Kershaw shared how he has a comfortable life and put his children (he has four) through college with the songwriting royalties of his four biggest songs: Wouldn't It Be Good, The Riddle, I Won't Let The Sun Go Down On Me and a song he penned for Chesney Hawkes called The One And Only that was a Top 10 hit in the U.S. in 1991.  

[Last modified: Thursday, August 11, 2016 1:29pm]

    

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