Welcome to the second of our retrospective ‘On This Day in Kajagoogoo History’ articles, which today has a unique twist, as it also features items emailed to us by Swedish KajaFan Richard. Always happy to see items from the personal collections of our readers, I was pleased to see these images pop through the KajaFax ‘virtual letterbox’ a week or two ago and thought that now would be a great time to showcase them.
First of all….you can never have too much of a good thing, right? The White Feathers album has been the subject of many a KajaFax article, and not without good reason, as it is such a great record!
It was on this day in 1983 that ‘White Feathers’ was released.
The band were by this time the proud owners of two hit UK singles (soon to be three) and were about to embark on their first major tour as headline act. ‘Hang on Now’ was soon to follow in the June to complete the trio of hits from the album, and a live video release of the tour was just around the corner. If that was not enough, this hectic schedule was all preceded by a personal appearance at the Virgin Megastore in Oxford Road, London on April 21st.
White Feathers went on to climb to #5 in the UK Album Charts, spending 20 weeks on the hot 100 listings. It was also globally successful, attaining top 10 status in many major territories, crucially making in big in the lucrative American and Japanese markets.
It is testament to the longevity and popularity of the album that only a couple of years ago, title track White Feathers was given a modern day twist and reissued as a rather special remix single by Manhattan Clique.
There are many regionally unique pressings of the album in circulation, and collecting them all would take quite a while! With foreign variations containing differences such as gatefold sleeves, varied track listings and alternate cover art as well as modern re-issues and club editions, there are lots of different examples out there for the dedicated collector to track down.
We have featured a few such releases in previous articles – see the official Korean issue HERE, and the Korean bootleg edition HERE. A full list of our other previously published articles featuring the album can be found HERE.
Richard’s pressing is from Portugal, and as you can see from the photographs he has so kindly sent, this version has different front cover and inner sleeve imagery.
A huge thanks to Richard for taking the time to photograph and email these in to us!
To finish this article, here is some great musical content. Sit back and enjoy the Manhattan Clique remix of White Feathers. See you next time for more of the very best in all things Kajagoogoo!
Hot on the heels of Sunday’s article, KajaFax bring more news that will be of particular interest to fans of Kajagoogoo bass guitarist and Chapman Stick maestro Nick Beggs.
Record label Burning Shed are to issue Nick’s Lifesigns album as a 180g double vinyl edition.
The album is housed in a luxurious gatefold sleeve, and features bonus track ‘Telephone’ (single edit).
Visit www.burningshed.com to be taken to the label’s website, or for a direct link to the album pre-order page, click on the below cover art.
A true collector’s item and a fabulous addition to your Kajagoogoo vinyl collection.
The Lifesigns vinyl LP is available to pre-order now, for a release date of May 26th.
All of us here at team KajaFax welcome comments from our readers, and our inbox has a regular turnover of emails from fans of the band, which is of course how we like it ;)
What we bring to your attention today goes one step further than a written comment on a webpage – it’s a podcast. Recently uploaded to the internet by American fan ‘John Ginder’, this is a verbal retrospective of the bands career thus far as seen through the eyes of the listener. John has an obvious preference for the White Feathers album, and although a little bit mixed up with his band history clearly has a love of the band and an interest in their full catalogue of song and not just the ’80s ones.
Why not set a few minutes aside and give the broadcast a listen?
Click on the ‘play’ button below to listen to what John has to say….
We would appreciate your comments :)
Those of you who explore KajaFax’s many pages on a regular basis will have seen the forthcoming Arena show, detailed in the Live section of the site.
Limahl will be performing at the Telenor Arena in Oslo on Saturday 26th April in front of 23,000 fans as a part of the We Love The 80′s tour. Our man takes to the stage alongside contemporaries Bananarama, Kim Wilde, Rick Astley, Nik Kershaw, and many more. The event is compèred by DJ Pat Sharp. With a huge sound system, a spectacular light show, lasers, pyrotechnics and other special effects, this night of great 80′s music is sure to be an unforgettable evening.
The Arena is huge and in recent times has hosted Justin Bieber, Beyoncé, and love it or loathe it – the Eurovision Song Contest.
Massive stage + huge audience = great show!
Full information (including the purchasing of tickets) can be found HERE.
This really is sure to be a fabulous gig – if you are due to attend the event, don’t forget to share your thoughts (and indeed your photographs) with all fans right here on KajaFax!
For now, here’s a taster of what is to come….recorded in 2013 for Italian broadcaster Rai 1.
Team KajaFax love vintage footage, and it doesn’t get better than this, as we present audio from the BBC Summer of ’84 Special featuring Kajagoogoo.
Recorded during the ‘Islands’ Tour, this clip features two live tracks as well as the introduction by BBC DJ Richard Skinner. The clip has been lifted from an American transcription album which in its full form includes Thomas Dolby and Wang Chung amongst others, as well as lots of US radio advertisements!
We hope that you enjoy the clip! ;)
See you again next time for more news and updates from the world of Kajagoogoo!
Hello again! KajaFax comes to you today with more great content, and an article that is a ‘must see’ for both fans of Nick as an individual and lovers of his musicianship alike. TC Electronic are a one stop shop for all things performance related – Bass, Guitar, Vocal, Production, Broadcast….these guys have it all. Nick features heavily and has his own page on their site, and by clicking on that hyperlink, you will be transported over to their website where you can get a brief résumé of Nick’s career and more interestingly an overview of the hardware he uses on stage and in the studio.
The TC Electronic website is a really interesting site to explore and may even tempt you to pick up an instrument? If you play already, it’s a great site to browse and a fantastic resource for all the equipment that you could ever dream of!
Why is this on the KajaFax newsfeed I hear you ask? Well, Nick has filmed several demonstration videos for the company that are both interesting from a musical perspective, and a great chance to see Nick do what he does best! Look out for the ‘Big Bubbles No Troubles’ segment which is particularly good….
Enjoy the clip, and please don’t forget to pay TC Electronic a visit HERE and see what fantastic products they have to showcase.
Here’s the Beggion. Enjoy!
Today’s entry into the KajaFax newsfeed is a change to what was to be our scheduled article. In what we think is a UK exclusive, we can now reveal full details of a new book release featuring Kajagoogoo that is sure to excite all fans of the band and become the definitive reference source for fans of 80s pop. With exclusive interviews with both Limahl and Nick Beggs, ‘Mad World: An Oral History of New Wave Artists and Songs That Defined the 1980s’, is a whopping 320 pages of all that is worthy in 1980’s music. KajaFax had the heads-up on this some months ago, but it is only now that we have all the details at our disposal and can share them with you.
“‘Mad World’ is a highly entertaining and completely original oral history that celebrates new wave through all-new interviews with 35 of the most notable artists of the period, alongside a parade of vintage photographs. The stars of the decade discuss their breakthrough songs, as well as their histories and place in the scene, ultimately painting a vivid picture of this exciting, genre-bending, idiosyncratic time. Participants include: Duran Duran, New Order, Kajagoogoo, Tears for Fears, Adam and the Ants, Depeche Mode, INXS, Simple Minds, Soft Cell, A-ha, Berlin, Psychedelic Furs, Joy Division, ABC, Echo and the Bunnymen, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, and more!”
This is a must have acquisition for any fan of Kajagoogoo and Limahl, and is destined to become an essential purchase for anybody with an interest in 80’s culture or indeed 80s subculture. Available via Amazon pre-order, the book is released in the US on April 15th, with a UK release to follow shortly after.
The title can also be pre-ordered from www.madworldbook.com.
To pre-order from Amazon US, click the below logo:
and from Amazon UK, click here:
Not to miss out on an opportunity, team KajaFax has been in contact with Jonathan Bernstein, one of the authors, who kindly took the time out of his busy schedule to talk to us about the book.
KF: Thanks for agreeing to speak to us Jonathan and welcome to KajaFax!
JB: You’re welcome!
KF: So, I guess my first question is an obvious one, so lets get started!
There are many books on the subject of 1980’s music, some good and some not so good. What inspired you to write another on the subject of 80’s pop, and how many of those books, if any, did you read during your research?
JB: This has been an itch Lori and I have wanted to scratch for a very long time. We’re both fans of the era. She’s a bit more psychotically obsessed than me. The only eighties book I would class as an inspiration is Dave Rimmer’s “Like Punk Never Happened” which is real from-the-trenches reporting.
KF: How long has the project taken from beginning to end, which interviewee took the longest to track down, and which (if any) did you feel were reluctant to ‘open up’?
JB: It feels like several eternities but it started in earnest late summer 2012. Probably Nile Rodgers, whose commentary we used on the Duran Duran, INXS and Thompson Twins chapters, was the hardest to get because of his endless schedule. The two toughest nuts to crack ended up not making the book. One was Toni Basil, with whom I got off on the wrong foot and ended up never getting back on the right foot. Every thing I said succeeded in pissing her off more than she was already pissed off. The nice posh lady from The Flying Lizards was charming but it was obvious that being in the band was like a holiday she took when she was fifteen that I was asking her to go into detail about.
KF: The book seems to have taken you down a different path than what has traditionally become the norm, and there are several artists mentioned in the sleeve notes that from a British viewpoint are unusual but very interesting and welcome choices. How did you decide on which artists to approach?
JB: I’m Scottish and middle-aged. Lori is American and a decade younger. We experienced the eighties in similar but also completely different ways. Hence, the use of the term New Wave, which is meaningless but also covers what was a very varied, very fast-moving few years. It wasn’t just synth-pop, it wasn’t just new romantic, it wasn’t just post-punk, it wasn’t just British, it wasn’t just American. We tried to make the list of artists as varied as possible, going from one-hit wonders to people with still-thriving careers. In terms of the artists that might seem unusual from a British viewpoint, I’m guessing you’re referring to The Waitresses and Animotion. The first are there because they’re an example of the incredible longevity that songs in the eighties–even those that weren’t huge hits– still enjoy. Animotion is more of a cautionary tale of what happens at the end of the era when the industry takes control.
KF: Who was your favourite interviewee and why?
JB: Without pandering to your particular constituency, Limahl was great, very open and candid. I also enjoyed talking to Martin Fry from ABC, Midge Ure, Martyn Ware from Heaven 17, Jim Kerr from Simple Minds, Mark Mothersbaugh from Devo and Kim Wilde. I pretty much had a good experience with everyone apart from Toni Basil and that was probably my fault.
KF: Did anybody refuse to be interviewed, or was there anybody that you were unable to make contact with?
JB: Scritti Politti and Japan were long shots that didn’t pan out. M, of “Pop Muzik” fame never replied to emails. Bananarama seemed like it was going to happen but didn’t. We were hoping for Frankie Goes To Hollywood. But that just means Book Two, when it happens, is going to be awesome.
KF: Moving on to Kajagoogoo, how open did you find Nick Beggs to be about the events surrounding Kajagoogoo’s rise to fame and premature fragmentation in the 1980’s? Were there any questions that you felt he was reluctant to answer?
JB: It didn’t seem like it was his favourite subject. He wasn’t averse to answering any questions, though.
KF: Readers of the advance copy have commented on how compelling and entertaining Limahl’s contribution is. Team KajaFax know just how approachable Limahl is, and how much love he has for Kajagoogoo and its music. Given the plethora of things written in the press over the years about the reasons for the band’s split, how did Limahl’s interview compare with your expectations, and did he throw you any surprises in his answers?
JB: In the spirit of honesty, I did not go into this interview as a Kajagoogoo fan, nor did I present myself as such. However, I found him to be a fascinating and unexpectedly unguarded interviewee, whether he was talking about his own childhood, the band’s formative years, his sexuality, the group’s dissolution or his own financial situation. In terms of the band’s breakup, there’s clearly a disconnect between Limahl and Nick Beggs. Beggs thinks Limahl was impossible to work with. Limahl feels he was blindsided by the rest of the band. You’ve probably heard both sides of this story a hundred times but they were new to me.
KF: Kajagoogoo have a loyal and dedicated fan base who were delighted when in 2008 the full band reunited. Did either Nick or Limahl make reference to any recent solo projects or hint at any future Kajagoogoo activity?
JB: I did not get the impression time has healed the wounds…..
A massive thank you goes out to Lori Majewski and Jonathan Bernstein for allowing KajaFax to play a tiny part in the project as well as agreeing to be interviewed for the site. A final thank you goes of course to Limahl and Nick, who have not only contributed to this fabulous book, but also helped bring this KajaFax exclusive interview to fruition.
Thank you for visiting KajaFax, the premier Kajagoogoo site on the internet!