KajaGooGoo Video EP VHS
Anything retro these days is viewed as being interesting, and I think it won’t be long until VHS starts to become a bit retro. Okay it’s a tired format but a lot of people will still have a VHS player in their living room or at least a bunch of tapes in a drawer or a cupboard. That sort of presence will keep the video playing for a little while longer yet!
One such item that I do love is this three track Video EP re-release from 1983 on VHS. I’m hoping someone will confirm for me whether this item was released on Betamax or not also?
It features three tracks, ‘Too Shy‘, ‘Ooh to be Ah‘ and ‘Hang on Now‘. These were a great way to see the videos, in the days long before YouTube (kids these days don’t know they’re born etc).
This item leads on to three items which unfortunately, I own none of! The first being the laserdisc version of this EP, the second being a four track version of this VHS with Big Apple also, and the third being the laserdisc of that four track EP.
I found fairly recently that the Videozone software on the PS3 which is a free service where you can search for music videos from a large library and play them on demand has KajaGooGoo tracks so it is possible to have the videos on your main television without hauling the VHS back down from the loft. Saying that, if I had this on Betamax, I’d be buying a top loader for sure and giving it pride of place in the living room!!
I do feel quite nostalgic about the video format, it was the very first piece of technology that I remember having a big impact on me as a kid. I can still remember the moment in the car getting a lift home from school from my dad when he told me they’d bought a video recorder and I got home utterly delighted to find a wonderful Betamax machine there in all its ‘soon to be destroyed by VHS’ glory.
So, is this one rare? Well, I’ve seen the odd one come up for sale in my time as an active Goo collector. That just means that they don’t get sold often though, not that they are rare. I’d suggest that as I mentioned at the beginning of the post, VHS hasn’t completely become discarded yet in many homes so this one will be sat in a bunch of cupboards somewhere with a hundred other tapes doing nothing. I can imagine the car boot sales to be a good source for this one also. Good luck!
The video above was confirmed to be a re-release by Denny. He has very kindly photographed his original release, on VHS in card packaging.
He also notes that there is an extra bit to the picture to the left of Jez and at the bottom.
The bottom is sealed on this, the cassette is removed from the top:
Many thanks to ‘Steven AKA Denny’ for providing the photos.