Kajagoogoo – Big Apple Scarce Promotional Copy
Today’s item of collectors’ memorabilia is a little bit special – dating back to late 1983 and the band’s fourth single. Big Apple was the first track to be written for the Islands album in the spring of 1983 – whilst Limahl was still in the band. Conflicting ideas were being exchanged on the direction that the new album would take – differences that would ultimately to lead to Kajagoogoo’s fragmentation. Limahl had written ‘Only for Love’, a song that would have surely cemented Kajagoogoo’s place into the premier league of pop. In the other camp, Jez, Steve, Stuart and Nick had written the equally good ‘Big Apple’ and ‘On a Plane’.
What happened next is history…
To promote the single, the guys shot a great video in New York. Here is that video now in great HQ quality in its original form – complete with the original ‘screeching tyres’ that featured on its original release – no re-mastered overdubs here….
Blocked in your country? Stream the video HERE
Available commercially as both a 7” & 12” single, the song reached UK #8. Also on issue (and the subject of today’s article) was this fabulous promotional copy, complete with wraparound sleeve and DJ catalogue number.
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The inner section of the wrap-around outer sleeve contained a group photo, accompanied by an interesting written section telling the tale of how the single (as well as the four piece band!) came to be. We know that one or two of you out there have one of these in your collection, but for those that have not, be prepared for a long wait – they don’t come up for sale very often 🙂
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