On this day in 1983, Kajagoogoo were top of the UK charts with their hit Too Shy. The song als went to number in the Netherlands and in Germany. It hit number 2 in New Zealand and 4 in Australia.
Originally a four-piece avant-garde instrumental group, called Art Nouveau, with Nick Beggs on bass guitar, Steve Askew on lead guitar, Stuart Croxford Neale on keyboards, and Jeremy “Jez” Strode on drums. The band advertised for a singer and ultimately auditioned and chose Christopher Hamill, who then went under the stage name Limahl (an anagram of his surname). They changed their name to Kajagoogoo.
While he was working as a waiterat the Embassy Club in London, Limahl met Nick Rhodes (of Duran Duran).Rhodes proceeded to co-produce the band’s first single, “Too Shy” with Duran Duran’s EMI producer Colin Thurston.