Stimming Is Life 004

A playlist of music that I stim to.

This playlist contains some oldies. I suppose the term oldie depends on what age you are, but I expect that for most kids, some of the music is going to fall squarely in the oldies category.

If I do have some trivia about a song that I picked, I like to share it. I do have some trivia about The Riddle by Nik Kershaw. People have puzzled over his riddle for years and years. The fact is, there is no riddle to be solved. Nik was pressed for time, put some gibberish lyrics that sounded good together, and recorded that. They explain it in the Wikipedia page for the song. However, for me the clincher is this passage found here, in a FAQ. Nik is the one answering the question. (I left the spelling untouched. The word jibberish is novel to me.)

What’s the answer to “The Riddle”?

It amazes me that people are still asking me this question. I spilled the beans a few years ago now so this isn’t exactly news.

My producer (Peter Collins) came over to my house just before we commenced recording on the second album to hear how I was getting on with the writing. He went away saying he thought it sounded great but didn’t think I had the first single. Incensed by this, I went straight up to the spare room and got the chords and melody together for the Riddle. This must’ve taken all of twenty minutes. Knowing time was short before we started recording I jotted down some jibberish with the intention of writing the real lyric as we were recording it.

About a week later we started recording and I threw a rough guide vocal down using the jibberish lyrics. As the album progressed, I tried various different lyric ideas but nothing seemed to fit as well as the guide lyric. So we decided to stick with what we had. “Let’s call it the Riddle”, I thought. Then people would think it was actually about something.

I had completely underestimated the fuss this would cause and, to make matters worse, the marketing and promotions people at MCA decided to make a competition out of it (without telling me). The response was unbelievable. We got sack loads of mail with elaborate and detailed analysis of the song. Line by line, word by word. Some were the size of small novels. Some even made sense!! People stopped me in the street to give me their thoughts and theories. On one occasion I arrived to do a live Radio 1 interview with a certain DJ only to find he’d told the great British public that I would be “revealing all” on his show. He was most put out when I wouldn’t (couldn’t) co-operate.

It all got a bit out of hand and, very quickly, passed the point at which I could come clean without pissing off a lot of people.

In short, “The Riddle” is nonsense, rubbish, bollocks, the confused ramblings of an 80’s popstar.

Please forgive me. I knew not what I did.


The YouTube playlist is here:

Here is the Spotify playlist:






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