Kajagoogoo Biography

Formed in Leighton Buzzard, Hertfordshire, England, this fresh-faced quartet comprised Nick Beggs (15 December 1961; vocals/bass), Steve Askew (guitar), Stuart Crawford (vocals/synthesizer) and lead singer Chris Hamill (b. 19 December 1958, Wigan, Lancashire, England), better known as the anagrammatic Limahl. Emerging at a time when the ‘new pop’ of Duran Duran, Adam Ant, Culture Club and Spandau Ballet was in the ascendant, Kajagoogoo was perfectly placed to reap instant chart rewards. Their debut single, ‘Too Shy’, had an irresistibly hummable, pop melody and reached number 1 in the UK in early 1983. Significantly, the record was co-produced by Nick Rhodes, from their ‘rivals’ Duran Duran. Both bands relied on a strong visual image, but Kajagoogoo lacked the depth or staying power of their mid-80s contemporaries. They enjoyed two further hits, ‘Ooh To Be Ah’ and ‘Hang On Now’, before internal friction prompted Limahl’s departure for a solo career. Kajagoogoo struggled on with Beggs taking lead vocals on the hits ‘Big Apple’ and ‘The Lion’s Mouth’. By 1985, however, they were suffering from diminishing chart returns and after briefly abbreviating their name to Kaja, they broke up early the following year. Beggs subsequently joined the Christian folk band Iona and, in 1993, was hired by Phonogram Records UK as A&R manager. Askew runs his own recording studio.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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