Today’s article comes to you courtesy of KajaFan ‘CroxyStuart’, who has brought this content to our attention. What we bring to you now is pretty much exactly as described in our header – bass lessons courtesy of Kajagoogoo’s very own bass maestro, Nick Beggs!
The embedded video clips provided below complete the course, with web links to each ‘written’ lesson page under each clip. There are PDF downloads of the musical notation needed for each segment which are fully downloadable. Please be aware that the ‘original page’ links take you to an English translation of the original German text, hence the unusual wording of the written content!
Learning the instrument or not – just sit back and enjoy a true virtuoso musician at work.
Many thanks to ‘CroxyStuart’ for the heads-up on this one
Video content courtesy of www.bonedo.de.
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We have for you today a couple of pieces of music that we think feature Kajagoogoo’s very own keyboard wiz, Stuart Croxford Neale.
The group Touch Sensitive released a handful of singles and remain largely a mystery – nobody at team KajaFax actually remembers them! KajaFan ‘Dean’ from Canada contacted us some time ago with information about the band and following on from this, Steve and I managed to source a copy of one of the singles – ‘Don’t Cry’, from 1988. The band were produced by Colin Thurston and, according to the CD single liner notes, the group line-up was:
Vocals: Peter Orr
Drums: Ray Knight
Phil Todd: Sax
Bass: Kevin Jarvis
Keyboards: Stuart Neale
We are hoping that this article may generate some discussion and welcome anybody with any information on the band to come forward! In the meantime, here are sides A and B of the debut single ‘Don’t Cry’, ripped from our vinyl copy.
What do you think…..?
See you next time!
Team KajaFax always aim to bring you the very latest in Kajagoogoo news, and today it is my pleasure to bring details of an upcoming live performance by Limahl which is sure to please all fans.
Limahl will be appearing at the ‘Jack up the 80s’ event being held on Saturday, 9th August 2014 in Newchurch on the Isle of Wight. We have spoken to Limahl and he has confirmed his appearance at the festival which is scheduled for the opening day, Saturday 9th August. Tickets can be booked direct from the organisers by clicking on the above ticket link.
As always, we will bring you updates as and when we are made aware of them, and hope that many of our readers will be able to attend what promises to be a fabulous event and a day of great music.
Today begins a series of anniversary posts that will be featured on KajaFax throughout 2014, as we look back at important events in the group’s history.
Many of you will remember similar articles published last year, which commemorated the 30th anniversary of White Feathers and the group’s commercial breakthrough. The first of our 2014 articles focuses on the hit single and fan favourite ‘The Lion’s Mouth’ which was released on this day in 1984.
With album recording sessions encompassing three studios (Jacob’s, Farm Yard, and The Manor studios) the single, (recorded at Farmyard Studios) and indeed the whole Islands album was finally mixed in London at the legendary Air Studios. Air, (or Associated Independent Recording) is George Martin’s state of the art facility – originally located on Oxford Street, London - on the fourth floor of the former Peter Robinson’s department store which we think had changed by ’84, if we remember correctly, to another big name store – Marks and Spencer’s.
Air Studios, London – circa 1984.
The Lion’s Mouth is representative of the new direction taken by the band in ’84. It is actually taken from a section of the Bible, which says that if we step out into the mouth of the lion, God can stop the jaws of the lion closing in around our necks. If he is for us, no one is against us. Interviewed back at the time of the release, Nick said:
“It’s heavy symbolism for me because it means everything that is risky, that is tempting, that is a danger to me and other people who share my faith”
Put more simply by guitarist Steve Askew, the Lions Mouth is basically about temptation.
The single is memorable for the rather nice promotional video that accompanied it, which was recorded earlier in the February of ’84 with director and graphic designer Storm Thorgeson. Thorgeson was himself a major force in his field, with his surreal works gracing many an album cover – most famously his iconic ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ album cover design.
The track also featured contemporary jazz musicians Guy Barker and Phil Todd within it’s brass section.
Produced by Colin Thurston and also the first Kajagoogoo song to showcase the Chapman Stick, the Lion’s Mouth hit the charts all over Europe, making #25 here in the UK.
The single was also available in standard 7″, 12″ and picture disc formats.
It entered the UK chart on 3rd March 1984.
May we present…..the Lion’s Mouth….
A while ago, we featured some scans from a series of ‘Q&A’ type articles and interviews conducted back in early ’83 with the individual members of Kajagoogoo. Originally featured in pop mag ‘No 1’, the articles are still fairly easy to get hold of, and there are a few scans floating around the internet for those determined to find them. Luckily for those who like an easier life, we have our own scans here!
Today, we publish Jez Strode’s contribution to the series.
As usual, click on the individual image to open a large version in your internet browser.
Enjoy the read, and we will see you again in a few days with more Kajagoogoo goodies!
Today we have a change to what was the scheduled post.
KajaFax have been contacted by Limahl regarding some fake ‘Twitter’ and ‘Facebook’ accounts that profess to be official, and he has asked us to clarify the situation regarding him, the band, and social media accounts.
Two particular accounts are currently active on the social media sites Twitter and Facebook that we feel should be brought to the attention of all fans.
Neither page is in any way official or affiliated with the band although both imply that they are – in the case of the twitter account actually claiming to be so.
The Twitter account is @KajagoogooKaja and can be viewed HERE .
The ‘Limahl’ Facebook account can be viewed HERE.
KajaFax can confirm following clarification by the band themselves that both accounts are in no way official, and are probably the result of well meaning or over enthusiastic fan(s).
Please be aware that any news published on-line via these unofficial accounts is not necessarily accurate as it is not from an official source.
Thanks for reading KajaFax and offering your continuing support to Kajagoogoo!