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When KajaGooGoo Became Fashion-able

April 18, 2011
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1982, the year that Kajagoogoo became Fashiøn-able

‘Fàshiön Music’, the band that went on to become ‘Fashiøn’, formed in Birmingham in 1978.  They were originally a post-punk band, consisting of vocalist Al ‘Luke Sky’ James, Dik Davis on drums and John Mulligan on bass/synthesizer.

The group’s initial recordings were released on their own ‘Fashion Music’ label.  Debut album ‘Product Perfect’ was released in 1979.  The band had considerable exposure, gaining support slots with U2, The Police, The B52’s, The Human League, and having Duran Duran play support to them.  Like most bands of the era, they had a ‘spiritual home’ – for Duran, it was the ‘Rum Runner’, for Spandau, ‘The Blitz’.  Fashiøn’s home was the ‘Holy City Zoo Club’, formerly known as ‘Le Metro’, in Birmingham.

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Their most notable album, Fabrique, was released in 1982 following their signing to Arista Records in the U.K.  The album saw a significant change in line-up.  Al James had left the band, to be replaced by Dee Harriss and Marlon Recchi.  Fabrique contained the hit singles ‘Streetplayer [Mechanik]’ and ‘Love Shadow’.  It was around this time that Kajagoogoo played the Friars venue music festival in Aylesbury, which in turn led to their first major live slot as support for Fashiøn, playing their first major gig on that tour in November 1982.

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Love Shadow Promo Video:

Dee Harriss left Fashion shortly after the release of Fabrique, with the band ultimately folding in 1983.  In yet another music industry twist of fate, John Mulligan continued his association with Kajagoogoo, working with Nick Beggs on another project under the name ‘Im-Mac Logic’

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Dee Harriss also stayed within the ‘Goo fold, co-producing Limahl’s debut album ‘Don’t Suppose….’ and even appearing on the promotional video for the debut solo hit ‘Only for Love’.

Fashiøn’s ‘home’, The Holy City Zoo club, closed due to bankruptcy in the 1980’s.

To the present day now, and quite unexpectedly in 2008, founder band member Al ‘Luke Sky’ James reformed Fashiøn, albeit with a new line-up.  The band is now based in the San Francisco Bay Area.  For more information on Fashiøn ‘1982 vintage’, you may wish to visit THIS SITE which hosts a great archive of period live footage:

KajaFax would like to thank the Friars Aylesbury website www.aylesburyfriars.co.uk for their permission to use materials of their ownership.

2011 KajaFax

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. lulu permalink
    April 18, 2011 9:03 am

    Well done raggedtiger. I absolutely adored Fashion. Mulligan was a legend, and the fist single off Fabrique, Move On, was wicked! I went to that gig in November 1982 and i was not disappointed. I also recall the support band who I thought were not without hope! I loved going to gigs above all things right then, although as an already hardened clubber, I would never admit it! It was shortly after this that Duran did some london shows which is where i first met Limahl…….

    • TheRaggedTiger permalink
      April 19, 2011 3:11 pm

      now that would be a very good tale to tell, Lulu…

  2. Madison permalink
    April 18, 2011 5:56 pm

    WOW! fancy ending up in San Francisco!

  3. shear-class permalink
    April 18, 2011 6:04 pm

    a great read.

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