As promised, KajaFax returns today with a double-whammy of Limahl related updates.
Firstly, we share our views on the newly re-issued Don’t Suppose CD double-pack.
Looks impressive doesn’t it? Well, it sounds impressive too. Great mastering when listened to at volume through my TEAC amplifier, and with lots of delicious extras to get stuck into, this has to be considered the definitive version of this album to hit the stores to date. There is but one flaw – the disc seems to suffer the same issues with ‘Oh Girl’ that the Gold Legion one did!! (but don’t let that put you off) Still not convinced? Already have the Gold Legion issue? Well, be assured that this CD is worth the cost of its purchase for the extra demo tracks alone. How on earth ‘Heart of Gold’ has not seen the light of day before now is a mystery! Both Heart of Gold and Heartbeat would seem a little out of place on the album as we know it, but would have been great bonus tracks on a ‘B’ side or a 12″ single – in the case of the former, possibly a single in it’s own right. Then Suddenly is the original recording of a song we all know – later recorded in the late 1990’s. With a completely different feel to the reworked version the original track takes on a whole new ambience. Marvellous stuff. The booklet is, at 36 pages, a terrific companion to the two discs and features lots of text – no filler here – it’s all content and a great read. A massive thanks needs to go out to Barney Ashton at Strike Force Entertainment for making this project come to fruition, and also to Limahl for yet again pulling out all the stops to help produce a first class product.
Click on the Amazon logo to purchase your copy – we at KajaFax highly recommend it!
Moving on to another recent topic – Limahl’s recent TV appearance in the UK. Many KajaFax readers outside of the UK have been unable to view the show broadcast last weekend and as always, we have tried to help :) A little longer than usual due to a long weekend away from home but better late than never – we have that show in full for you now.
To stream the video directly via MediaFire, click on THIS LINK.
Alternatively, if you would rather download and watch at you leisure, click HERE.
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On this day in 1984, and intertwined in the beginnings of the ‘Crazy Peoples Right to Speak’ writing sessions, Kajagoogoo headed out to Poland to play a series of dates behind what was once then called the ‘iron curtain’. This was not their first trip – the guys had been to the country before in the August of 1983. The tremendous reception received and the warmth of the Polish people had assured their swift return. Poland was (and still is) in love with Kajagoogoo, and Kajagoogoo have always attracted the appreciative audiences on each occasion that they have played there. Nick Beggs has on many occasions stated that the Polish people, along with the Japanese, are amongst the best audiences in the world, and it was no surprise that the band were keen to return to the country again to promote the ‘Islands’ album in the late summer of ’84.
Beginning with an open air gig in Wroclaw, the itinerary for this leg of the Islands tour was:
August 26th – Wroclaw; Open Air
August 27th – Zielona Gora; Open Air
August 28th – Poznan Sports Hall
August 29th – Bydgoszcz Ice Rink
August 30th – Gdansk Opera Lesna
September 2nd – Warsaw Sports Hall
September 3rd – Warsaw Sports Hall
September 6th – Opole Sports Hall
September 7th – Zabrze Sports Hall
September 8th – Zabrze Sports Hall
September 9th – Kielce Sports Hall
September 10th – Lodz Sports Hall
The band hit the eastern bloc with their usual behind the scenes entourage of engineers, managers, designers and technicians, as well as front of house augmentation via backing vocalists Annie McCaig and Debi Doss. John Read was on hand as bass support for Nick Beggs who now had full vocal duties in Limahl’s absence.
The trip was not without it’s unexpected hiccups however an the whole tour crew came down with Gastro Enteritis and, to make matters worse, manager Paul Ryan was hospitalised for a week with appendicitis!
As well as some killer live shows, one positive to come from that tour was the future hit single ‘Shouldn’t Do That’. The track’s origins are rooted in Poland – a series of jam sessions at the sound checks for the Poland shows produced the earliest versions of the song as Steve Askew explains:
“….It started at the sound checks during the bands 1984 Islands tour of Poland. W e all had recording Walkman cassettes for logging ideas back then – we came up with the chorus section first and experimented with various parts in which Stuart modified a cymbal sample. This became the air breath noise in the middle 8 section. The single version was very much a cut down version of the actual recorded version we did…..”
Kajagoogoo fans have a lot to thank Polish Kajafans for, and it is no surprise that in recent years, the band have again toured the country to much appreciation by the Polish public and attention by the Polish media.
Thirty years have passed, but the welcome remains just as warm!
See you again next time!
News today of Limahl’s forthcoming appearance on the BBC TV game show ‘Pointless’.
Renamed Pointless Celebrities, this ‘Boyband Brilliance’ celebrity special airs on BBC1 in the UK this Saturday at 5:40pm. For those who have never seen the programme, Pointless is a quiz in which contestants try to score as few points as possible – plumbing the depths of their general knowledge to thinks up those elusive answers that nobody else can!
Presenters Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman preside over some great guest musicians, with appearances by Mark King, Toyah Willcox, Carol Decker, Limahl, Dave Hill, Dave Bartram, Antony Costa and Scott Robinson.
The show will also be available via BBC iPlayer in the UK . Just click on the below logo to be redirected:
The subject of the Kajagoogoo split of 1983 is one that no fan enjoys to relive, but in nevertheless a major event in the history of the band. Today, we publish scans of an interview piece originally printed on August 20th 1983, which is of course, exactly 31 years ago today. The interview is with the remaining four members of Kajagoogoo and broaches the sensitive issue of what actually happened on that fateful day back in early August….
* Back in 1983, Melody Maker was published in a format similar to a modern day tabloid newspaper – we have tried our best to scan the pages on a standard A4 scanner. This was quite a tricky task, so please excuse any obvious joins, smears, or other blemishes *
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KajaFax will soon be publishing scans of the interview detailing Limahl’s version of events, also taken from Melody Maker.
Friday is finally here, and with it comes welcome news of some live shows featuring Kajagoogoo’s Nick Beggs. Regular KajaFax visitors to may have seen this event in our ‘Live’ section, or alternatively on Nick’s Facebook page. If you haven’t, here is all the information that you need to book your reservation for an evening of great music in the very heart of London!
“The guitarist and Chapman Stick player collaborate to perform contemporary jazz…”
See Nick live at the Pizza Express Jazz Club, 10 Dean Street, London, W1D 3RW:
Thursday 28th August 2014
Friday 29th August 2014
Tickets are available by phoning the venue direct on 020 7437 9595
or online here:
This is sure to be a great night of music! For more information on Jason Carter, check out his website.
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A vintage interview forms today’s slice of ‘goo, as we rewind to the August of 1983.
These scans are taken from a rather rare edition of the News of the World’s sunday colour supplement, ‘Sunday’ magazine. We think that surviving copies of this mag must be pretty thin on the ground, 31 years after it first went on sale! This is an interesting interview in many ways, but mainly for the fact that at the time it went to press, Limahl will have been on the verge making his Kajagoogoo exit.
The magazine went on sale 31 years ago today.
We hope that you enjoy these vintage scans. KajaFax will soon return with more quality Kajagoogoo goodies ;)
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It’s been an incredible six months since we announced this, but it’s finally here! Limahl will be performing this Saturday at the ‘Jack Up The 80s’ Festival on the Isle of Wight, UK. Try as we might, none of us here at KajaFax HQ were able to make the 300 mile trip to see the show but it’s never too late! Who knows what may happen between now and the weekend? :)
The event is hosted by DJ Pat Sharp, and also features 80’s mixes and mash up’s courtesy of Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers throughout the day.
The full Saturday line-up is:
Dr & The Medics
If that great line-up has tempted you, or if you only want to see Limahl live on stage, tickets are still available for the event. Should you have that all important last minute gap in your diary, tickets can be booked HERE. Limahl has confirmed that he is expected to take to the stage at around 5pm.
Enjoy the show!
If that was not enough, we also bring news straight from the man himself of a couple of television appearances.
Limahl will be in Norway next week recording a performance for the national broadcaster TV2 and their hit show Allsang på Grensen (Singing on the Border). The program is recorded at Fredriksten Festning, a scenic 17th century fortress located in Halden – near the Swedish Border. It will be broadcast on August 14th at 8pm local time on Norway’s TV2 and Swedish station TV4 Sjuan, and is repeated on the Saturday at 7pm.
and that’s not all….
Limahl will also be in Germany in September as a guest of MDR television. Scheduled for broadcast on the evening of September 6th, he will be making an appearance on ‘Der Tag der Sachsen‘.
For the German speakers amongst you, HERE is some more information about the event.
KajaFax will bring you more news as and when we have it.