Today’s update will be of general interest to anybody that appreciates quality crafted pop music and of course for our purposes with a specific interest in Limahl.
It is no exaggeration to say that Italy’s Georgio Moroder is a music producer of legendary status. He is solely responsible for some of the very best musical output of the 1970s and 1980s and has made an indelible mark of the history of popular music all over the world. In 1984, EMI Records asked Limahl to travel to Japan to perform at the Tokyo Music Festival. The event was held at the historic Budokan Arena and had an audience of 10,000 – with a further 44 million watching on television! It was here that Limahl had the all important chance meeting with Giorgio Moroder, who just happened to be working on the soundtrack to a new movie entitled ‘The NeverEnding Story’…
The BBC have commissioned a two-part documentary about Moroder, a section of which discusses his work with Limahl on the Never Ending Story project as well as his production work on Limahl’s second album ‘Colour All My Days’. The broadcast is over two parts, with the first part available now via the BBC ‘IPlayer‘ service, with part 2 being broadcast tomorrow at 10pm UK time.
KajaFax wants to ensure that each and every reader has the opportunity to listen to this great show and offers you three different listening options.
You can either listen via BBC IPlayer (UK only), stream via ‘VideoBam’, or download via ‘Sendspace’. Click on the image of your choice to be directed to your preferred option:
Please also be aware that Sendspace can be a little confusing! The below screen-capture (courtesy of www.justanser.com) shows where to click to download:
Simarly, to play on VideoBam, please click on the play button shown on the floating bar at the bottom of the video screen and not on any of the advertising banners
We hope that you enjoy the show!
Today’s post takes a long running and familiar KajaFax theme and gives it a different perspective….
For some time now, regular readers will know that we have been featuring our ever increasing collection of tour ticket stubs on-site, and have in our collection amassed tickets from both the ‘White Feathers’ and ‘Islands’ tours as well as reunion tickets from the present day. Team KajaFax has over the years been to many ‘Goo gigs and although many of our stubs have been lovingly retained from the shows that we have attended, many more have been donated and/or purchased from generous subscribers and online retailers.
Today’s entry falls very much into the latter category, but being so scarce an item could not be left to slip away. When the opportunity presented itself to purchase it, we had to grab it!
Kajagoogoo toured the Islands album extensively in 1984. To give you a taster of those days, check out this gallery of scans from the ‘Encore Live’ tour book:
On July 18th, 1984, Kajagoogoo performed at the Nagoya Civic Assembly Hall and it is from this venue that today’s ticket was originally purchased:
As indicated on the stub, the show was promoted by FM Aichi Broadcasting Company Ltd. We know that other dates from the Islands tour were recorded by Japanese radio stations. Did FM Aichi record this show for broadcast??
KajaFax would be interested to hear from any of our Japanese subscribers who may have items in their own collections relating to this tour.
To round off this entry, here is some video of the band on Japanese television in 1984, courtesy of KajaFan ‘FunkyRoger’.
To catch up on all our ‘ticket’ articles, click here.
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KajaFax have dedicated many pages over the years to vinyl. We love a record’s feel, its packaging and most of all – its vintage authenticity! There is something very real about a proper ‘album’ on a 12 inch, 33rpm vinyl record. Besides, the format was the dominant force in the years that Kajagoogoo had their greatest commercial success, and so the best collectibles are to be found ‘on record’.
Today, we bring you an item that ticks each of the boxes mentioned above despite the fact that it’s not an authentic Kajagoogoo item but a bootleg. Bootlegs are a great part of every music collection, and for some of the other bands of the era there are literally hundreds of releases available. Quality is always variable, with some counterfeits being as good as official releases whilst others are barely listenable. There are only a handful of different ‘goo bootlegs around and each one is highly sought after by fans.
‘Here Is Limahl’ was issued in the UK in 1984 and contains audio taken from the White Feathers show, recorded at the Hammersmith Odeon on May 31st 1983. Its content was probably sourced from the home video release of the show issued the previous year, and most likely the VHS or Betamax versions judging by the quality. Laserdisc technology delivered stereo audio in the same way that Compact Disc does and had that been the source would have given a flawless sound when cut to vinyl…. ‘Here Is Limahl’ sounds very much like a mono track with its fair share of glitches and tape ‘artefacts’ if that is the right way to describe them!
It is however a lovely item and a with its vibrant colours and thick glossy sleeve, a desirable and collectable thing.
To complete today’s post, we bring you some video footage from the Hammersmith show in the form of fan favourite Frayo.
See you next time!
Today we return to the familiar subject of Kajagoogoo merchandise and in this case, vintage EMI promotional merchandise.
Kajagoogoo’s third album, Crazy Peoples Right to Speak, was released in 1985 and unlike the previous longplayer ‘Islands’ (which was issued in the altered form of ‘Extra Play’) hit American stores in the same format as it did in every other territory. The album was a moderate success and lead single from the album, ‘Shouldn’t Do That’ featured in both the charts and the hit film ‘Santa Claus the Movie’.
In this post, we bring you a vintage, promotional poster, issued by EMI America to promote the album.
There are some great Kajagoogoo posters out there and KajaFax has featured many over the years. If you have one that you would like to see published on-site, why not email us?
Our address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is only one thing that could round off a post like this…..some video footage.
This one seemed to fit the bill…..enjoy!
It’s been a while since we brought you up-to-date with the latest on ‘Goo guitarist Steve Askew and the wonderful Lu Cozma’s tour and forthcoming album. To rectify this, we have some great content for you today that is sure to please fans of the pair!
You will remember that a few weeks ago, we published detailed tour dates (see our ‘live’ section) and told you about the brilliant new E.P., Lockdown, that was available for download from March 4th. For those of you that mailed the KajaFax team looking for a physical copy of the E.P., your wait is over. RedDot Music have the E.P. available as a physical disc, and this is in-store for purchase from them now!
Visit http://www.lucozma.com for full details of how to purchase your copy.
RedDot have also made available this cool ‘Electronic Press Kit’ in which Steve and Lu discuss Lockdown and the recording of the forthcoming new album….
and to round off today’s news, check out this interview with the pair courtesy of David Bailey and sponsored by Boss Jock Studio
To join Lu and Steve’s mailing list, click here.
The Lockdown E.P. is a great way to sample what is to come on Lu & Steve’s forthcoming album, and KajaFax cannot recommend it highly enough.
Why not make today the day that you purchase your copy??
Always keen to bring you the best in Kajagoogoo related remixes, KajaFax today features an alternate take on a ‘fan favourite’ Limahl solo single.
‘Inside to Outside’ was the second single to be taken from the album Colour All My Days and originally released in 1986.
This version was remixed by DJ Jules in 2011. We hope that you like it!
Click on the below hyperlink to stream the track in your preferred media player:
or to steam ‘on-site’, press the below ‘play’ button. We like this one….and hope that you do too!
For more on Jules and her mixes, click on her picture to be redirected to her official page.
As we hurtle towards the summertime, 2013 has, so far, been a relatively quiet year for ‘Kajagoogoo’ and its component parts.
Eager fans have been deprived of their ‘Goo for some time now, and it seems that the solo projects are also entering a quiet period.
With the exception of Steve Askew (who is busy working the live circuit), and Nick Beggs (‘progressively’ showing Lifesigns), the rest of the band have been very quiet – no doubt beavering away on some project or other. In the absence of any new recordings or live shows, it is always nice to see older work revisited.
Thanks to our friends over at Gold Legion, we have something to bring you that will appeal to all collectors (such as myself!)
Due to the phenomenal success of the first pressing, the management team over at Gold Legion have commissioned a second limited run of Limahl’s ‘Don’t Suppose’ album, restricted to 300 pressings, and in doing so have instantly created an extremely desirable Limahl collectible!
Don’t Suppose….The Collector’s Edition will be available as a strictly limited fold-out Digipak, containing a 12 page booklet with extensive sleeve notes by both David Ybarra and of course Limahl himself and also gives credit to KajaFax and, as one of our readers, that means YOU!
Don’t miss out – click the above button to go straight to the online store and grab one of the 300 copies of this classic album!
….or to join Gold Legion’s mailing list, click below