Sometimes, a piece of merchandise or memorabilia comes your way that you will only ever see one of. Newspaper clippings tend to fall into that category, as the papers they originate from are rarely kept – especially if they are local rather than national papers. For our fourth article of 2015, we wanted to give you the opportunity to read this review of the eighteenth date of the White Feathers tour, which took place at the Derby Assembly Rooms on May 25th 1983.
So far as we know, there is no recorded audio of this performance in circulation, and we hold no ticket stubs or photographs from this particular show. If you have any, or if you were there, please get in touch!
This is what the reporter of the Derby Evening Telegraph had to say all those years ago….
As usual, to open a large, easy to read version of this article, click on the image.
See you again soon!
Today is a special day for Kajagoogoo drummer Jez Strode as he celebrates his birthday!
Jez is a lovely bloke and very popular with the fans as anybody who has ever chatted to him before or after a Kajagoogoo gig will testify! KajaFax, on behalf of all Kajagoogoo fans, wish him a very happy birthday!
The article for today is the sort of thing that we here at KajaFax HQ really love. Fan contributions are our favourite type of feature, and what we have for you now is nothing short of brilliant, especially as it has been triggered, in part, by the recent KajaHunt competition.
Those who followed the 2014 competition will know that Suzy Purnell from Suffolk was the winner of our top prize, but what you may not be aware of is how big a Kajafan she actually is! Suzy was absolutely thrilled to be named as our winner on New Year’s Day and has since received her prize package. The story didn’t end there though, as Suzy explains:
“I have been a Kajagoogoo fan since the beginning, and ‘White Feathers’ is still one of my favourite and most played albums even now. Your prize has certainly gone to a real fan! I was hooked from the very beginning, and have never really stopped listening to their music. It was definitely Limahl whom I idolised and that made me decide at the age of 17 to give up show jumping and turn to acting and singing. All I wanted to do was perform! I have just been listening to the CD of the White Feathers tour and been transported back all those years to the Hammersmith Odeon and being a screaming teenager! I have sent a photo of a presentation that I have put together which I am really thrilled with. Not only did I add my concert ticket, but have also found a photo of the venue that I went to as well to tie it all together. This was the very first concert I ever went to – I was 16 years old and so excited to be seeing Kajagoogoo. I hope you feel that I did the prize justice; I think it looks great and it takes pride of place in my music room! The calendar is also up but is too nice to write on, so I will just admire the pictures each month and then put it away for safe keeping as a great collector’s item. All the very best to you, and thanks to you both for running such a great site for all us Kaja fans. Long may KajaFax continue!”
KajaFax are not only thrilled that Suzy was so happy with her prize, but also that she has shared with us now these great memories and indeed images from back in ’83. Both nights at the Hammersmith Odeon were, of course, recorded and can still be enjoyed to this day.
Here are the pictures – a huge thanks to Suzy for sharing them:
To finish off this article we have something interesting (if you happen to speak Norwegian).
Broadcast on Norway’s NRK Radio, ‘Transmission’ is a weekly radio show. Billed as The Sound of the 80’s, this week’s broadcast has listed amongst other things a section called ‘Colin Thurston: From Bowie to Limahl’. It can be streamed in the below banner until mid July:
Thanks for visiting KajaFax!
KajaFax receive a lot of contributions for the site, sent in by fans of the band. Today’s such contribution is particularly pleasing as it showcases an item that is a true ‘one-off’, and thus one that nobody else will ever be able to own….
Hand drawn by Nick Beggs for the Multiple Sclerosis Society back in November, this specially commissioned Christmas Card raised a whopping £91 for the charity, and we are pleased to announce that the winning bid came from an ardent Kajagoogoo fan!
Congratulations to Denny, not only for raising that much needed cash for the MS Society, but also for bringing the card ‘home’ where it should be – with a true fan of the band. Luckily for us, Denny is also a really nice guy, and was only too happy to contact us shortly after Christmas with some photos and a closer look at the card:
Many thanks to Denny for photographing the card and sharing these pictures !
To finish off today’s article, we have a brief interview with the Beggion.
Published in Ultimate Basses magazine, Nick talks kit with a man known only as ‘The Chancellor’….
You can read it HERE.
See you next time!
Happy New Year!!!
Here we are as promised with those all important answers to our 2014 KajaHunt competition.
More importantly, it’s also time to reveal the names of those lucky winners!
OK, here goes… The answers are:
1: Sit Down and Shut Up (taken from Crazy Peoples Right to Speak)
2: Too Shy, Death Defying Headlines, The Waiting Game, Rivers, London For Christmas, Rocket Boy, Kumara, OTT, Hang on Now, and Big Apple
3: Big Ben
4: Magician Man
5: Too Shy
6: Saturday Superstore
7: Shy Guy
8: Paul Ryan
9: Industrial Salt
10: Brian Aris
11: The Cedars Grammar School
13: The song is ‘Frayo’ and the country that is the subject of that song is Poland
14: 1983, Fear Machine, High Life, Nightingales, For My Hearts Sake, and Lions Mouth
the original clue….
…and the solution!
15: San Damiano
16: Chelsea Football Club
17: Hammersmith Odeon, May 31st 1983
18: The EBow
19: The meeting with Nick Rhodes (of Duran Duran)
20: The Lion’s Mouth
That’s it! There was a maximum of 35 points available!
We are happy to announce that our KajaHunt 2014 champion and winner of the KajaFax ‘Portrait Pack’ is Suzy Purnell from Suffolk, with a winning score of 34.
Congratulations to you from all of us here at KajaFax!
The following prizes will be on their way to you soon:
This marvellous postcard sized portrait of Limahl, designed by artist Otis Porritt and personally signed for KajaFax by Limahl himself. Ideal for framing!
A superb 7″ copy of Kajagoogoo’s 3rd hit single ‘Hang on Now’ signed especially for KajaFax by Limahl and Nick:
The Kajagoogoo and Limahl album collection box set – contains the first 5 albums on Compact Disc
The London for Christmas CD single:
An EXCLUSIVE 2015 ‘KajaFax’ Kajagoogoo calendar:
A high quality, 12 page, full colour A3 Calendar, finished with wire comb binding and hanging loop.
*This professionally produced calendar is exclusive to KajaFax and is not commercially available*
A vintage, enamelled metal Kajagoogoo badge:
Well done Suzy!
In second place is Cristiano Steffe from Italy.
Congratulations Cris! Your ‘Solo’ prize pack will be on it’s way soon:
A signed copy of Nick Beggs recent solo album, The Darkness in Men’s Hearts – signed especially for the competition by Nick:
A 12″picture disc single of Limahl solo hit Too Much Trouble – signed especially for KajaHunt by Limahl:
Special credit goes out to Sabrina Dom from Belgium who missed out on a prize by 1 point!
To everybody who submitted an entry into the 2014 competition, thank you! Steve C and I are thrilled that so many of you follow the quiz each year, and that we receive such a high volume of entries.
KajaFax will be back in a few days time with more of the very best in Kajagoogoo news, views and memorabilia. Thank you for visiting the site and making the fan community such a great place to be!
We are absolutely delighted to see that today, KajaFax has achieved half a million hits!
Since KajaFax was formed in 2010, we have been both surprised and proud at the longevity of our site and the loyalty of the Kajagoogoo fans. The fact that we have hosted 500,000 visitors in a little over four years is testament to the power of the fans and their love of Kajagoogoo and their music.
KajaFax belongs not only to us, but also to each and every one of you that reads and subscribes to it.
We send our thanks to you for your interest in our website, and for sharing our love of Kajagoogoo.
KajaFax is brought to you by Steve Yeo and Steve Conley
“When we started the site I never thought that we would be around this long! It’s great that four years later we are still here, not struggling but thriving! Approved by the band, KajaFax is the central point for all things ‘Goo on the internet and for that I am proud of what has been achieved. Bring on a million hits, and until the next time the guys regroup, let’s keep on flying the flag!”
“From starting this site in 2010, we had no idea that all this time later the site would still be thriving the way it is. We’ve had some incredible moments like the ‘Death Defying Headlines’ single release, meeting the band, appearing on TV and Radio and just having a lot of fun along the way. Chatting to the guys from the band is always a great thing for us and the interaction they have with us and the site is wonderful. It’s such a thrill to reach half a million and we’re gunning for the next half already!! Thank you to everyone who reads our site and gives us feedback and encourages us to do what we do.”
The timing of this landmark number of visitors coincides with another event….
Happy New Year to all of our readers! Here’s to a fabulous 2015!
Both Steve C and I would like to take this opportunity to say a massive THANK YOU to all of our readers for being so supportive. As always, many of you have in the last year submitted your thoughts, comments and contributions to the site. We appreciate each and every one!
We both look forward to another year of bringing you the very best in all things ‘goo…..rest assured, if it happens, you will hear it from us first!!! KajaFax will return tomorrow with the answers to KajaHunt 2014 and more importantly will reveal the names of those all important winners! See you soon!
All that’s left to say from the both of us here is…..
Those of you who have not yet returned to work after the Christmas festivities may want to be near a television set later on this morning.
Limahl will be one of the featured artistes on Vintage TV today, as they run a repeat showing of Pat Sharp’s Time Warp, a great show in which our man talks to Pat about all things 1983.
The show runs for half an hour.
For those who missed it first time around, this is your time to catch up!
Tune in at 11am and enjoy….