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One-Hit Wonders: Kajagoogoo And “Too Shy”

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Kajagoogoo - "Too Shy" (EMI, 1983)

Kajagoogoo – “Too Shy” (EMI, 1983)

With a name like [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Kajagoogoo[/lastfm], it had to be good. At least once, anyway.

kajagoogoo too shy 385 One Hit Wonders: Kajagoogoo And Too Shy

Yes, it’s true that Kajagoogoo had a string of Top-25 hits in the UK (and was popular in Germany and the Netherlands for the better part of two years). But in the US, they were a bona fide one hit wonder, their lone charting song being “Too Shy.”

Released in January 1983, the song was produced by Colin Thurston and Nick Rhodes (of [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Duran Duran[/lastfm]) for the band’s White Feathers LP. Thanks to heavy rotation on MTV, the song managed to climb all the way to #5 by July that same year.

Posthumously, the song was voted as one of the 100 Greatest Songs of the ’80s by VH-1, is also on their Top 100 One-Hit Wonders list and has appeared in Grand Theft Auto and the Sims.

The band’s name, by the way, is a variation on the a babies first words — gaga, googoo — or, in the case of my kid, “please pass the Tabasco.”


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