Kajagoogoo….On This Day in History III
Today continues our series of anniversary posts that will be featured on KajaFax throughout 2014, as we look back at important events in the group’s history.
Released on this day in 1984, ‘Turn Your Back on Me’ was a late addition to the Islands album, being conceived relatively late in the writing process. The lyrics of the song, as written by Nick Beggs, tell an interesting and very personal tale, as Nick explains:
“I wrote the lyrics to this song after a close friend of mine used my identity in a fraud. It all came to a head when the Police knocked on my door one night and wanted to arrest me for checking out of a Hotel and not settling the room bill. However, it became clear that this individual had used my name and address without my consent, run up a hefty bill, and then disappeared. The perpetrator was finally tracked down by the authorities. I never spoke to him again!”
The single is also notable for its success both here and overseas – claiming the #2 position on the ‘Billboard Dance Charts’ in America, and also contributing to the gold sales figures achieved by the ‘Islands’ album in Japan.
Single sales were boosted by the issue of the standard 7″, an extended 12″ single, and this lovely 12″ picture disc:
There are also two versions of the video….here is one of them!