Too Shy – 30 Year Anniversary Today!
Today is an important and significant day in the Kajagoogoo diary and (of course) the diaries of Kajagoogoo fans around the world, as it marks 30 years since the UK release of debut single ‘Too Shy’
The song itself has an interesting history.
As we all know, EMI Records first signed the band in ’82, after which they were whisked away to the Manchester Square Studios to begin work on what was to become the White Feathers album. Songs written during the Art Nouveau days were re-visited, this time with legendary EMI producer Ron Hill on board, as well as new tracks such as Interview Rooms and This Car Is Fast. It was much later during a rehearsal session that the track that was to become ‘Too Shy’ happened…..surprisingly after the bulk of the White Feathers album had been written! Amazingly, and according to ‘Goo keyboard maestro Stuart Croxford Neale, the first draft of the song didn’t meet with record label approval. Three re-writes later and the band, with the assistance of Nick Rhodes and Colin Thurston, knew that they had a hit. Even then, not everybody was convinced as Limahl was to find out in the Christmas of ’82 when an EMI executive told him that the song “wouldn’t be a hit but might get the band noticed”….
We all know the video so well – here it is again for you to enjoy…
Even the striking artwork for the single was a Kajagoogoo ‘in-house’ design.
We all know Too Shy as an ‘80s classic, UK and European #1, and top 5 hit in just about every other territory. Computer games, remixes, cover versions, and movie appearances justify the ‘classic’ moniker. The song even ranks at #27 on the VH-1 ‘Greatest Songs of the 80s’ poll.
Wouldn’t it be nice to see it reappear in the charts sometime in 2013?
Why not click on the below logo, download a copy, and help make it happen?
Here are the guys in a 2010 ‘HD’ performance recording of Too Shy live on stage.
You can’t keep a good song down!