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Supporting Kaja

April 25, 2011
Supporting Kaja
by Lulu Kyriacou
Once Too Shy had been a hit, the prospect of the first major tour for Kajagoogoo loomed large. Personally I liked going to gigs, I was a regular at all the major London venues and who would be the supprt band wa a matter of some importance to me. I had seen some pretty good bands as originally supporting other acts in the past (Talk Talk supporting Duran for example, some band called Kajagoogoo (huh?) supporting Fashion so I  was hoping there would be a quality opener for this Tour. 
I did manage to wangle out of Paul Ryan that it was a Glasgow band called H2O but that didnt mean much to me right then although I soon tracked down some record company promotional shots but I couldn’t find any music. As I have said before in another article, myself and the other girls had not originally planned to go to the opening gig at Margate. It sort of happened and we were hanging about at the venue all day. That was how we got chatting to Eddie, the roadie for H2O, whom we hadn’t yet met but Eddie was rather handsome and a good talker. When the band arrived to do their sound check (in a rather delapidated bus) Eddie introduced us and that was that. We soon discovered that H2O were rather effficient. Ian Donaldson, the lead singer, had a gorgeous dark brown voice and they had some excellent tracks. A synth pop band sort of a cross between Spandau and Ultravox.  The line up was Ian on vocals, Pete on lead guitar, Fergie on bass, Biggles on sax and keys and Kenny on drums. Kenny was very blonde and a complete nutter, he reminded me of a hard core version of Nick! 
As the White Feathers Tour progressed we got to know the guys quite well. They signed a deal with RCA and were recording their album Faith in North London. We saw quite a lot of them once kaja had disappeared onto the european leg of the their tour. I Dream To Sleep was the first single and it was a hit!  When the band did Top of the Pops, we figured we had better make an appearance and did our usual climbing over the wall thing to get in. We found the studio and dressing rooms without trouble and were planning to just march in behind the band as we usually did but on this occasion the band in question were a bit too proper! They insisted on trying to put on us on a guest list, but there isn’t such a thing and it just alerted security to our presence and we were swiftly slung out! Which I might add, never happened usually either before or after!
They were nice guys, H2O, they invited us up to Scotland to see them up there in their home town and that was mental, I am sorry we all lost touch. Here is the video from TOTP’s.
Video courtesy of PenarthJem:
For Islands, the support band were some guys called National Pastime, led by a guy called Rupert I think. Franky for me this lot were a very ordinary product of the 80’s, big hair and jolly pop with no edge. Apart from a couple of the hard core, the Kaja gang had changed somewhat and some of the newer additions were very keen on them and got really friendly.  If I can persuade Donna, she will tell you about them. This is a video of their best track in my opinion but it was not a big hit. They did get a massive following in Japan I think though.
Video courtesy of brushuk:
Many thanks to Lulu for the above brilliant article.
2011 KajaFax
4 Comments leave one →
  1. TheRaggedTiger permalink
    April 25, 2011 3:42 pm

    I enjoyed this article, thanks!

  2. lulu permalink
    April 25, 2011 4:18 pm

    you are very welcome, cant be letting you do all the work! xx

  3. TheRaggedTiger permalink
    April 25, 2011 5:09 pm

    I love articles that have a bit of something to them… this one being packed full of first hand experience makes it all the better.

    It’s great that more and more kajafax readers are making contributions!

    The more of this sort of thing, the better as far as I am concerned!


  4. July 3, 2011 6:54 am

    National Pastime, their song up there is great. Nice hook, catchy. Complex chord structure and changes not typical of 80s pop. Not sure why the reviewer was so brutal on them. The band H20 was good, but not as musically interesting. So there. Oh well. Cheers. Mark D.

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