Kajagoogoo was a British new wave band, best known for their 1983 hit single “Too Shy”, which reached No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart, and the Top 10 in numerous other countries. Formed in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, in 1978, the band was originally known as Art Nouveau, a four-piece avant-garde group, with Nick Beggs on bass guitar, Steve Askew on lead guitar, Stuart Croxford Neale on keyboards, Jez Strode on drums. Art Nouveau released a track called “The Fear Machine”, which sold a few hundred copies and enjoyed airtime on John Peel’s show. In spite of the song’s success, the band failed to secure a record deal during this period. In 1981, Art Noveau advertised for a new lead singer. They ultimately auditioned and chose Christopher Hamill, who then went under the stage name Limahl (an anagram of his surname). The group renamed themselves Kajagoogoo, a name coined phonetically from the first sounds that many infants make. Here are all of the Kajagoogoo albums ranked.
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3. Gone to the Moon (2008)
“Don’t kid yourself for one moment; Kajagoogoo was and is more talented than they were given credit for, and if this album doesn’t win you over, nothing about them will.”
2. Islands (1984)
“Never has so much stigma been attached to a group that to take them as “serious” musicians would blow any credibility for self respecting music lovers, but amazingly a “Limahl-less” Kajagoogoo produced an album of superb tunes with jazz funk influences that well and truly scared the teenybopper populace away. In 1984 anyone expecting a “Too Shy” or an “Ooh To Be Ah” were in for a shock.”
1. White Feathers (1983)
“Brilliant, brilliant pop. Their aesthetic relationship with Duran Duran (Kaja playing the role of nubile baby brothers) is underscored by the guiding hand of co-producer Nick Rhodes. Risque yet innocent, the music has aged in only the most charming of ways, and stands up as a very pure example of the period’s signature sound. Very consistent, very playable throughout.”