KajaFax SuperFan #6
KajaFax are delighted to bring back our SuperFans series, a cool sixteen months since our last feature.
Our sixth superfan in the series is J’nae from USA.
Hi J’nae, thanks so much for agreeing to be part of SuperFans here at KajaFax
Thank you so much for asking me.
First off, can you tell us how you first came to be a fan of the band please?
Well, it grew slowly really. I loved their song “Too Shy” when I heard it on the radio and then I started seeing articles in the teen magazines over here in the US; Mostly Tiger Beat and Bop which was fairly new. I actually liked the second release here, which was “Hang on Now” better. With little exposure here, especially in Porland, Oregon where I grew up it took a while before I was really collecting anything.
You’re living in the US, do you feel the exposure you had to the band was as good as being anywhere else?
No, I don’t. I never even knew about the second album. The third was out before I ever heard a new song on the radio from them, though I had already fallen in love Limahl’s release of the “Never Ending Story.” I honestly had no idea he’d even had his first album until I was looking around in the ship’s store aboard the USS Dixon when I was stationed there in December of 87. That is when I found a copy of “Don’t Suppose”. It wasn’t until 1999 when a friend in Phoenix, Arizona I’d introduced to the music of Kajagoogoo and Limahl sent me a tape she’d found as a gift that I knew about Limahl’s second album “Colour all My Days”.
When the band split, did you since have any particular stronger favour towards the band or Limahl or did you become a fan of both equally?
Since there was more exposure for Limahl and like a lot of teen girls I had a crush on him, I favoured Limahl. Though hearing all their music now, I don’t favour one over the other anymore. Nick Beggs ranks up there as one of my favorite bassists.
If you had to persuade a non-believer to listen to the band, how would you best describe the music and the talents of the band?
I usually do it by playing the music for people. I’ve done it before. I do tell people now that they’re a New Wave band from the 80’s.
We’re approaching the thirty year anniversary of the band, what keeps your interest burning to this day?
I never lost interest. I love what they’ve done. The newer material though no longer new, certainly helped energise me. Also the fact they’ve made themselves accessible to the fans in a fashion helps in keeping that interest alive and well.
I want to rewind back to 2008 and the reunion show. You travelled a long way to come and see the band at that special evening at The Stables, was that an easy decision for you to take?
I almost didn’t. I already knew the day the tickets would be going on sale was coming up when I was talking about, at the time, the craziest thing I’d ever done to see a concert, which involved a plane flight back to San Diego from Oakland after my ship had got underway. My husband then said flying somewhere to see a concert really wasn’t a crazy thing to do. Then I thought of the fact we’d gone to other states just for science fiction conventions and realised that really wasn’t any different. So, the planning began. I got up pretty early PSD time to go online to get the ticket the day they went on sale. There was a problem with their system and they gave me the number to call from California, so the next morning I was up early again, I called them and purchased my VIP ticket. I then had to figure how I was getting there. That was a fun process. I had to get a passport, tell my husband what I wanted to do and get his help, get him a passport, and then plan the whole trip. The hardest part was asking my husband. I was so afraid he’d say no. I actually sent him an e-mail explaining what and why, told him to read it all first before he said anything. An hour later, I finally asked, “well?” His response, “We don’t have a lot of time to get me a passport.” Well obviously it worked out. It was a great trip.
And you spent some time over here with a certain Askew family?
Yes, Anna contacted via private message on the forum before I headed over. She and Steve picked my husband, Chris and I up at our hotel the day of the show and took us to an old pub called The Globe for lunch. We had a very nice time talking with both of them.
What do you think about the band silence we’ve had since the end of the tour, is this the last we will ever see of KajaGooGoo as a full band?
I find it somewhat sad that they haven’t done anything else, because what they put out together is always so wonderful. Not that their other works aren’t also wonderful in their own right. I do understand that they need to work on what pays their bills, and with the passing of time and the physical distance between them that unfortunately isn’t Kajagoogoo. If the falling out had never happened back in the 80’s that would likely be a different story as they are all excellent musicians and may have weathered the twists and turns the entertainment industry seems to have better.
Are you following the band member projects at all? What did you think of the Limahl single ‘1983’, the work Steve has done with Lu and the ever increasing projects of Nick?
I love “1983” already have it memorised and can sing it. I was gifted a copy of “Red” from Steve and love it! I had already been introduced via some YouTube footage that Christine had shown me, so already was excited to hear more. I even tuned in via the internet for one of Lu and Steve’s concerts.
What’s your favourite KajaGooGoo track?
Tossup between “Lies and Promises” and “Space Cadet.”
What’s your favourite KajaGooGoo album?
Who’s your favourite band member?
What message would you like to send out to the band if they are listening today?
I wish you guys the best of luck and hope to hear you all perform again someday.
Any message for your fellow fans?
Regardless of whether or not they do anything together again, keep enjoying what they gave us and help them grow their other projects.
J’nae, thank you again for talking with us
You’re welcome, it was a pleasure.