Too Shy

Album: White Feathers (1983)
Charted: 1 5
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  • 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 a huge hit in their native UK. 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 latter category, although they had several more hits in the UK, 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.
  • "Too Shy" was written by Limahl and the band's bass player, Nick Beggs.
  • 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.
  • This song appears in the computer game The Sims 2: Open For Business in the Sims' language, Simlish. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Blake - Manchester, TN
  • Kajagoogoo's ghosts perform this song in the 2019 American Horror Story 1984 episode "The Lady in White" after the band is savagely murdered before a festival. Their grizzly deaths don't stop the show. "No one is going to miss Kaj-f--king-googoo and their one hit single," the sociopathic promoter says.

    Limahl, very much alive in real life, got a kick out of it and even posted the clip.

    The song also appears in the 2004 Gilmore Girls episode "Last Week Fights, This Week Tights," and in the 2018 Netflix movie Black Mirror: Bandersnatch. Additionally, it's heard in these films:

    The Wedding Singer (1998)
    24 Hour Party People (2002)
    Sparkle (2007)
    Joyful Noise (2012)

Comments: 3

  • Josh from Champaign, IlI would call this more of a bass driven song really. Such a unique use of the instrument that underlies so much of the signature sound!
  • George from Vancouver, CanadaIt's pretty crappy that the band made this song, but Limahl gets all the credit in Google lyrics searches. . .
  • Michael from Modesto, CaAs I understand it, the original band performed live for the 2010 UK Rewind festival, which I saw on the Palladia cable channel. I only vaguely recalled the song from living through the 80's but they did a fantastic live version for the festival. The bass-line is fantastic and ageless. Good job, Nick.
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