Welcome again to KajaFax! Today we roll back to the late 1980’s and Limahl’s superb solo single ‘Inside to Outside’. A fan favourite, the song was included on Limahl’s set-list for his 2012 gig in Perth, Scotland, and was released in some wonderful editions to satisfy the keen collector.
What we have for you now is a record store only promotional poster.
We have not seen one of these before and only recently acquired it for the KajaFax collection.
What do you think??
See you again soon for more of the very best in Kajagoogoo news, views and merchandise!
The opening section of his article is the long awaited follow up to our earlier ‘vintage magazine scans’ post, the first instalment of which can be read HERE .
KajaFan ‘Pink’ from Holland has kindly supplied us with more fabulous magazine scans from what seems to be a vast collection, and today’s entry showcases those vintage magazine features.
As is the usual, click on the individual image to open a larger version in your browser.
A massive ‘thank you’ goes out to Pink for taking the time to scan and send these great images to us.
Finally, and for those who have not yet seen them, please check out our ‘tour’ section for details of forthcoming live Limahl shows in 2015. Limahl is doing a series of UK dates, the first of which is in February of next year. As usual, we will post any updates about these gigs as soon as we have them!
Click on the ‘Tour’ link on the menu bar below our site banner to for full details!
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Always striving to showcase the very best in Kajagoogoo’s history, ‘Team KajaFax’ have again gone the extra mile to publish what we think is a scarce broadcast dating back to the 1980’s. Interviewed by Capital Radio’s Paul Sexton, this clip was recorded for broadcast on 27th May 1984 and scheduled for syndication over the United States of America as a part of the Rock Over London series.
The below ‘soundcloud’ clip features an interview recorded during the promotional campaign for Limahl’s then hit single Too Much Trouble and as I’m sure you will agree, perfectly captures exactly where Limahl was in his fledgling solo career at that time.
So here it is….sit back and enjoy Limahl in conversation.
I wonder what happened to ‘Compromise’, the Jellybean Benitez track?
Today’s impromptu post is a mix of video media both old and new.
Our first two clips demonstrate the global impact made by Kajagoogoo following the release of their debut single Too Shy. For our first clip, we travel to the United States of America. Hot on the heels of stable-mates Duran Duran, Kajagoogoo also had their sights set Stateside; and it seems that the American public were licking their lips in anticipation of their visit. ‘Too Shy’ had hit number one on charts all over the world and had, most encouragingly, raced into the US Billboard Charts, peaking at #5.
What we bring you now is a clip lifted straight from a radio recording of the Casey Kasem American Top 40 Countdown show, originally broadcast in 1983.
Kajagoogoo are also popular in Japan where, purists that they are, lip-synching on television appearances would appear to be somewhat frowned upon. YouTube user ‘nyuv’ has uploaded this great footage of the band performing Too Shy live in the studio.
In case you missed it, here it is!
Finally, we bring things more up-to-date with a solo stick recital from Nick, recorded only a few days ago. This really is a beautiful performance, so settle down, turn up the volume, and enjoy!
KajaFax returns in a few days time with a real treat for Limahl fans that you don’t want to miss!
See you then!!
Today’s item of collectors’ memorabilia is a little bit special – dating back to late 1983 and the band’s fourth single. Big Apple was the first track to be written for the Islands album in the spring of 1983 – whilst Limahl was still in the band. Conflicting ideas were being exchanged on the direction that the new album would take – differences that would ultimately to lead to Kajagoogoo’s fragmentation. Limahl had written ‘Only for Love’, a song that would have surely cemented Kajagoogoo’s place into the premier league of pop. In the other camp, Jez, Steve, Stuart and Nick had written the equally good ‘Big Apple’ and ‘On a Plane’.
What happened next is history…
To promote the single, the guys shot a great video in New York. Here is that video now in great HQ quality in its original form – complete with the original ‘screeching tyres’ that featured on its original release – no re-mastered overdubs here….
Blocked in your country? Stream the video HERE
Available commercially as both a 7” & 12” single, the song reached UK #8. Also on issue (and the subject of today’s article) was this fabulous promotional copy, complete with wraparound sleeve and DJ catalogue number.
**click on each image to open a full size version in your browser**
The inner section of the wrap-around outer sleeve contained a group photo, accompanied by an interesting written section telling the tale of how the single (as well as the four piece band!) came to be. We know that one or two of you out there have one of these in your collection, but for those that have not, be prepared for a long wait – they don’t come up for sale very often :)
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Today’s entry into the KajaFax archive rewinds to 1988, and Nick Beggs’ work with Ellis Beggs & Howard.
The first (and best known) single release by the band was ‘Big Bubbles No Troubles’. RCA Records issued this single twice, with the re-issued edition having (in my opinion) far superior cover art than the original press. Second time around, the label also manufactured a Limited Edition pack. Housed in a sealed PVC sleeve, the package contained a copy of the single and four ‘exclusive’ colour prints.
Every collector’s dream item, this edition is a really nice thing. Here is the KajaFax copy, scanned from almost every angle!
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Smalltown Elephants were Steve Askew, Andy Fitzgerald, and Paul Turley.
The band were signed by Polydor Records in the summer of 1988, and soon after released debut single ‘Walking on Ice’. Alas, the business end of things overtook them, and despite a support tour with A-ha on the UK leg of their world tour, Smalltown Elephants soon disbanded. Footage of the band is notoriously difficult to come by, and despite the A-ha gigs being heavily bootlegged, nobody seems to have support slot recordings. The guys even got some VT airtime on ‘The Tube’ which again seems to be impossible to find. Needless to say, if we ever stumble across any footage, KajaFax readers will be the first to benefit.
What we do have however – the Raison d’être of today’s article – is this rather wonderful photo. Taken in London back in ’86, the image was emailed to us by KajaFan and friend of KajaFax Cris, who takes up the story:
“….I personally took the picture in London in December 1986, in a small street somewhere around the city centre. It is a possession that I am very fond of and I really hope you like it! it is nothing special I know, but… to share it with you, as a friend and fellow fan, it brings back good memories….”
As always, KajaFax extends a huge ‘thank you’ to Cris for being kind enough to send this image to us!
For those who are interested and so far as we know, during their lifespan, Smalltown Elephants played these dates:
30th September 1986: The Marquee Club, London, UK
4 December: Capitol Theatre, Aberdeen, UK
5 December: Caird Hall, Dundee, UK
7 December: Playhouse, Edinburgh, UK
8 December: City Hall, Newcastle, UK
10 December: City Hall, Sheffield, UK
11 December: City Hall, Sheffield, UK
12 December: Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, UK
13 December: Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, UK
15 December: Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK
16 December: Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK
17 December: Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK
18 December: Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK
19 December: Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK
20 December: Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK
22 December: Brighton Centre, Brighton, UK
23 December: Guildhall, Portsmouth, UK
24 December: International Centre, Bournemouth, UK
29 December: Royal Albert Hall, London, UK
30 December: Royal Albert Hall, London, UK
31 December: Royal Albert Hall, London, UK
2nd December 1986: The Marquee Club, London, UK
This list is by no means complete – did you attend a gig by the band that is not on this list?
If so, we would love to hear about it!
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