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Kajagoogoo in International Musician Magazine

April 25, 2012

Today we bring you some magazine scans taken from trade magazine International Musician & Recording World.

Published in June 1983 the magazine was a glossy heavyweight and carried a whopping £1 price-tag. The magazine was also aimed at the ‘business end’ of the industry and thus very far removed from the Smash Hits and Number One magazines also on the newsagent’s shelves at that time.

Interviews tended to focus more on the recording techniques, equipment and instrumentation favoured by the artists interviewed as opposed to the more lightweight approach of its pop rivals.

The magazine folded after seventeen glorious years in 1991.

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A great feature and a different journalistic angle….

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. April 25, 2012 4:54 am

    Wow cool interview. Props to Nick and Stuart for defending themselves and their music. That journalist was rather dismissive of them. Wonder if he ever heard Islands!

    • April 25, 2012 5:50 pm

      Thanks for your comment David. It’s a shame that the tone of many articles at that time was so similar – only the pure pop mags were kind to the band at that time. Of course, it was all just musical snobbery of the first order really…. When you see the rest of the magazine it’s obvious which genres are accepted and which are not 🙂

      Nice to see a reviewer ask something of substance though. More than Smash Hits ever did!

  2. Will permalink
    April 25, 2012 6:13 pm

    really cool interview

  3. April 25, 2012 9:55 pm

    “I don’t think you have to analyse it closely, it’s pop music you know?” -Nick
    Limahl can testify to the countless times I have messaged him,”What do these lyrics mean? What is the back ground behind the song?” Yeh, I analyse…so shoot me! 😉 i’m one of those weird musician types…ironically, Nick is a weird musician type and he doesn’t seem to care… haha! oh well….Still questing…I think it’s just human nature to search for meaning, you know? I’m just fascinated by songs and lyrics and the whole lot of it!

  4. April 25, 2012 10:11 pm

    The interview has got a good point at the end. Life is short, why waste time worrying about the next big pop group and other such frivolous pursuits. Live your life with purpose, not to say music doesn’t have purpose. But there are some that tend to over-obsess…you know who you are. These are normal guys trying to make a descant living doing what they love best. How different is that from me and you?

    • Cris permalink
      April 26, 2012 12:41 am

      I do not agree. I honestly found it quite out of place. Why end an article which is in itself dealing with a frivolous subject (pop music), which however could be treated seriously from a technical point of view as the mag apparently wanted to do but actually isn’ t because the “writer” (quite a few spelling mistakes by the way) simply wants to be very ironical and take the mickey out of KGG, with such a sad episode (if it is true) and such an obvious “life lesson”? Totally out of place. A sad example of bad “journalism”.
      I took always wonder about the meaning of songs or at least about how they were inspired. BUt of course, being works that are costantly retouched and refined for their final version (exactly like books or paintings), they loose in inspiration at some point. It’ s the paradox of the works of art. Probably only jazz, action painting and the first draft of a book can be considered as pure impulse and inspiration.
      And if Nick tells you that in one particular case hesimply wnated to create a catchy pop song, you just ahave to deal with that. Also because it is not that easy to do even that, after all.

  5. April 27, 2012 4:59 am

    I do see your point. Sad, yeah, didn’t quite catch that out of place bit. But I was really bothered by this interview. The writer seemed very pessimistic and I got the feeling Stu and Nick were less than enthused by the interview as well. I agree with you on the inspiration. You write a song/book/piece of some form of art, and then the “professionals” come along and alter it and take bits out and add bits…It’s sad. Being a musician myself, I can say that when I first started out my music was very different. Because I think when you have one person writing it; it’s just you and the art is more original. But as you progress and you get more people in they take your work and run with it and in the end the style and lyrics are totally different. it kind of looses originality. Music can still have an impact. I’m not saying it’s bad, I believe God used music in my life to keep me from killing myself. (true story!) Yet, my problem is with the people who tend to obsess over the pop stars and such and make for themselves a fake reality that is completely based on another persons life. It’s not healthy and I don’t know how often I have said this to people but Pop stars are normal people like you and me, they wash dishes, they put the hoover round, and they even take out the rubbish! Now then, it’s about time you dropped your rubbish and got on with your life! Yeh, ok so that was a bit harsh, but we get the point. And I see your point too. Thank you for bringing it to my attention. I need to stop skimming. 😉

    • Cris permalink
      April 28, 2012 2:06 am

      Don’ t say so Kryssi, you’re not skimming! I understand what you want to communicate, we simply concentrated on two different ideas the article could stimulate. And we do agree on the tone of the article and Nick & Stu’ s low enthusiasm.
      I agree with your point of view and I think I can reassure you that at our age it is rarer to find people not realising how “normal” pop stars are in that they are inevitably human like all of us.
      I confess that my admiration for anybody who can create music or play an instrument and touch my inner chords is such that my first enthusiasm can make me see them as “superhuman”. However luckily after that first moment I am back to Earth and in my encounters with artists I tend to simply chat very normally and exchange ideas on life and music and the way they create it being this such a wonder for a profane like me.
      I am sure all of us fans of Kajagoogoo see it that way and we are so lucky as to admire five artists who are at the same time wonderful, normal, generous down-to-earth people like the boys have always demonstrated to be. And in that, they truly are superstars.
      Cheers.

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