Kajagoogoowas a pop band which was formed in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, in 1979 as a four piece group called Art Nouveau. The band was formed by Nick Beggs (bass guitar player), Steve Askew (lead guitar player), Stuart Croxford Neale (Keyboard player), and Jez Strode (drum player). Art Nouveau released a track called, The Fear Machine. The single only sold several hundred copies. It was also played on the John Peel Show but they did not get a record deal from it. Nick Rhodes and Colin Thurston produced the single. At the time they were Duran Duranís producer. The groupís first single was, Too Shy, and it reached number one in the U. K. Singles Chart and number 5 in the United States, on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1983.
In 1981 the band recruited Christopher Hamill as a lead singer for the band. This was when the band decided to change the name of their band to Kajagoogoo. These were the phonics for a babyís first sounds and this was where the band got their name. The band played at the Embassy Club and attracted some attention from 3 record labels. They signed with EMI in 1982. Rhodes was assigned the job of producing their first album which they named, White Feathers. During this same time they also supported the band, Fashion, while on tour. Their debut single, Too Shy, was released in 1983. Their followup releases were, Ooh To Be Aah, and Hang On Now, and they both reached the Top 20 in the U. K.. As the band became more successful, the tensions rose among the members and Limahl was fired by the other members in 1983. Beggs then took over as the groupís lead singer. Big Apple was the first single by the foursome after Limahl was fired. The song made the Top 10 in 1983. The Lionís Mouth was their next single and it reached the Top 30 on the charts. After that their success began to go downhill and their next album did not meet with much success as it only reached number 35 un the U. K.. After that, Strode left the band and the three remaining members renamed their group, Kaja in 1985. This did not pan out and the band split up in 1986.
Limahl had a short successful solo career with Top 20 hit, Only For Love, and also a Top 5 hit called NeverEnding Story. The band got back together for a short period on VH!ís Bands Reunited in January, 2004, Season 1, Episode 6. Following the VH1 reunion the band had offers to keep on playing in the lineup for the show but there were too many disagreements among the members. As of 2007, Beggs, Askew, and Neale still play together as Kajagoogoo and are about ready to release a new album. To date the group has released a total of 7 albums and compilations and 8 singles during their career.
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