There was a grand ‘ol time in the UK when, in 1983 some sort of social disease known as Kajagoogoomania existed. Teen girls screamed and cried as frontman Limahl enchanted them with his cooing and the rest of the guys looked like a bunch of typical New Wavers dressing badly and loudly, but looking like anyone would expect during this special year.
You see, every generation has what is referred to as “teeny-bopper music” and in 1983 Kajagoogoo fit the bill, at least in the UK. Here in the US, the band their one big hit and weren’t thought of again. That one hit was “Too Shy” which topped the charts in the UK and went Top 5 in America.
Just look at that cute-as-the-dickens Limahl! He’s so innocent, perhaps even too shy? Maybe he’s also wondering why those crappy electronic drums are behind his head?
For some reason the band is playing in a sort of VFW hall while a cocktail waitress walks around. A “Welcome Home Boys” banner and the style of dress tells us this is during the war around the 40’s or so. So why the fuck would Kajagoogoo be playing there? It’s not supposed to make sense I guess. But wait-now it’s suddenly the 80’s and we see 80’s people gettin’ down to the sexual sounds of Kajagoogoo. So-is it now or then? Is it all in her head? Do I care?
The waitress actually was rather hot and we can see why Limahl was too shy. Oh yeah-she’s now married to comedian Dennis Miller. Small world, eh?
I would also note in the very beginning of the video you will see a bearded old man exchanging money with the staff. This boob was in countless videos on MTV. I remember him from videos by Billy Joel, Squeeze, Ultravox, Haircut 100 and others. He obviously knew someone and just the sight of him angers me to no end. I hate this man! But I digress.
The lyrics for “Too Shy” were poetic genius:
Too shy shy
Hush hush, eye to eye
Too shy shy
With words like that, it makes me really reflect on life. But doesn’t it excite the soul to see Limahl singing those words with conviction? Barefoot no less! Like he’s singing them just for me?
Some further lyrical awesomeness:
Modern medicine falls short of your complaints
Ooh, try a little harder
You’re moving in circles,
won’t you dilate
Can’t beat those words-I dare you. Go ahead! “Too Shy” still gets played to this day and that’s truly tragic.
On a serious note, bassist Nick Beggs is a dynamite musician. A simply phenomenal bassist, I saw him as a part of ex-Led Zeppelin member John Paul Jones’s band back around 2002 in concert and he was awesome. I mean, even on this laughable Pop turd “Too Shy”, the bass lines are fantastic.
I cannot explain the photo below which seems to be from some sort of nightmarish UK TV show in the 80’s where it’s apparently a great idea to have bald female mannequins wrapped in sheets surrounding a band.
Kajagoogoo made a Kajabooboo when they sacked Limahl during the height of their popularity and Beggs doubled up on vocals. They some minor hits, but they faded into the 80’s ether very quickly and split in 1985 after daringly shortening their name to Kaja (Yeah, that’ll save your floundering career guys). Let’s not forget that Limahl graced us with the nauseating 1985 hit “The Never Ending Story” from the hideous film of the same name. Actually, let’s forget that after all.
VH1 Classic’s Bands Reunited show briefly got the original 5 guys speaking and playing again in 2003 but it wasn’t until 2008 that they got past their bickering and made the world quiver again and are still together now. Hold back the tears please.
Enjoy seeing this cinematic masterpiece one more time!
“Too Shy” stats:
US #5/ UK #1 (1983) on the singles charts
Limahl mullets: 1
Distraught waitresses: 1
Shyness: A lot of it.