Released: 26 October 2006
You’ve Got To Laugh is the seventh studio album by Nik Kershaw, released on 26 October 2006 under his own record label.
In a 2008 interview, Nik spoke of the album:
“‘You’ve Got to Laugh’ took about five years to get together. That wasn’t intense recording, obviously. I just waited until I’d got enough tracks and that was the time to release it. Had it not been for my girlfriend, it probably wouldn’t have been released at all.
The songs are all about my own experiences or those of people around me; they’re about friends and foes; they’re about real life, which means there’s nothing too glamorous going on.”
“Six-year hiatus. Got myself a bit lost. Aimless doodlings and unfinished songs. Focus needed. Focus arrives (Sarah, girlfriend – wife to be). New energy and self-belief. Drums at Tufty’s with Julian Bown.
Simon Phillips emails me the drum tracks to “Old house”, “Can’t get arrested” and “She could be the one”. Mix myself at home in attic above cart lodge.
Mastering in sunny Devon. Set up ShortHouse Records. Who needs a record company? D.I.Y.”