KajaFax about Nick Beggs Pt1
The ‘KajaFax’ about Nick Beggs – Part One.
Today’s feature is part one of a two part feature. We at KajaFax know that many people visiting KajaFax for the first time are new fans, with little or no knowledge of the band’s history and heritage. In an attempt to rectify that, here is the first part of my overview of the career of Bass-god and spaceman, Nick Beggs!
Nick Beggs attended Barnfield College in Luton, studying graphics and fine art as a freelance designer. Leaving in 1979, and to supplement the day job, he formed avant guard act ‘Art Nouveau’, based in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire. The band featured Steve Askew on Vocals and Guitars, Nick Beggs on Vocals and Bass, Stuart Croxford Neale on Synthesisers and backing vocals and Jez Strode on Drums, backing vocals and electronic percussion. Their debut single, ‘Fear Machine’, became a late night ‘Radio One’ favourite via the legendary broadcaster John Peel and an instant collector’s piece for any ‘Goo fan!
He formed ‘Kajagoogoo’ in 1981 after recruiting vocalist Limahl to front the band, signing to EMI Records in 1982. Following on from his art studies in Luton, Nick was influential in the development of the artwork, images and videos for the band, a trend that continues to this day. When Limahl left the group, Nick stepped into the role of vocalist with ease, continuing the bands run of UK hit singles and touring the UK, Europe, and Japan with the ‘Islands’ album.
Following the demise of Kajagoogoo at the end of 1985, Nick worked on song writing for other artists as well as writing solo material, until 1987, when he formed ‘Ellis Beggs & Howard’ with Simon Ellis and Austin Howard. He co-wrote the ‘Homelands’ album, which included the hit single ‘Big Bubbles, No Troubles’.
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Still a prolific song writer, Nick provided material for artists as diverse as Mark Shaw (Then Jerico), Gary Numan and Cliff Richard. Already a personal friend of Cliff Richard, 1991 saw the Beggion touring as a part of Sir Cliff’s band.
Moving away from the commercial end of the music industry, Nick joined the Guitar Institute in 1992, teaching bass guitar and Chapman Stick. At this time, he was also a member of progressive Celtic rock band ‘Iona’.
By 1993 he had joined Phonogram Records as A&R Manager, discovering and signing numerous acts to the label. A notable discovery at that time was the band ‘Let Loose’, and Nick was responsible for their second hit single ‘Seventeen’.
That’s it for now. Our whistle-stop tour of Nick’s career will continue in part two, with a change of employer, more work with yet another new artist, something ‘spicy’, and an unexpected reunion with old friends.
Stay tuned to KajaFax…