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One Hit Wonders - KAJAGOOGOO (1983)
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Too Shy by Kajagoogoo - 



This synthesizer-driven song finds lead singer Chris Hamill (who goes by "Limahl") trying to convince a girl to open up to him. It was Kajagoogoo's first single, and it was a huge hit in England. In America, MTV launched in August, 1981, and over the next few years many British bands with interesting looks had some success in America simply because they had videos available for the station to play - in Europe there were outlets for music videos before they became viable in The States. Some of these acts, like Duran Duran, had staying power, but others like Haircut One Hundred and Taco were one hit wonders in America. Kajagoogoo is very much in the later category, although they had several more hits in their native England, including "Ooh To Be Ah" and "Big Apple."
 
Lead singer Limahl left after Kajagoogoo's first album, and the band continued without success as "Kaja," while Limahl carried on as a solo act, scoring a hit in 1985 with "Never Ending Story."
 
Nick Rhodes of Duran Duran got the band signed to their label EMI, and Rhodes produced this track with Colin Thurston, who produced Duran Duran's first two albums.
 
This song appears in the computer game The Sims 2: Open For Business in the Sims' language, Simlish. (thanks, Blake - Manchester, TN, for above 2)
 
The girl in the video is Ali Espley, a Canadian model who later married the comedian Dennis Miller. She was a friend of Limahl, which is how she got the gig.

http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=9876

Billboard Top 10 Songs of 1983 - Year End Charts

1 Police Every Breath You Take
2 Michael Jackson Billie Jean
3 Irene Cara Flashdance... What A Feeling
4 Men At Work Down Under
5 Michael Jackson Beat It
6 Bonnie Tyler Total Eclipse Of The Heart
7 Daryl Hall and John Oates Maneater
8 Patti Austin and James Ingram Baby Come To Me
9 Michael Sembello Maniac
10 Eurythmics Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)

50 Kajagoogoo Too Shy

| Closed on 06/01/13 at 05:00PM
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14 Fans 
0%a. 10 - (Great Song)
14%b. 7-9 (Good Song)
29%c. 5-6 (ehh..ok)
43%d. Who? What? Huh?
14%e. That song blows GOO GOO!

  
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#1 | 353 days ago

Great year!
5-6 (ehh..ok)  
#2 | 353 days ago

Here's an appropriate "lock screen" for your phone.

5-6 (ehh..ok)  
#3 | 353 days ago

I kinda liked this song, but the band's name?  Kajagoogoo?  Sounds like the ooze that comes out of a kangaroo when it gets hit by a car...jus sayin
7-9 (Good Song)  
#4 | 353 days ago

Kajagoogoo/ Lady Gaga......she hijacked some of that name (shaking head) enlightened
Who? What? Huh?  
#5 | 352 days ago

Only goo goo I know.
Who? What? Huh?  
#6 | 344 days ago

Wedding Singer helped this one
5-6 (ehh..ok)  
#7 | 343 days ago

This song was helped immensely by the video, and the lead singer's good looks. Not really impressive on the car stereo (I heard it last night coming home from work, and thought..."why was this song so big?").
7-9 (Good Song)  

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