Kajagoogoo were a British new wave band, best known for their 1983 hit single “Too Shy”, which reached No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart, and the Top 10 in numerous other countries. Formed in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, in 1978, the band were originally known as Art Nouveau, a four-piece avant-garde group, with Nick Beggs on bass guitar, Steve Askew on lead guitar, Stuart Croxford Neale on keyboards, and Jeremy “Jez” Strode on drums. Art Nouveau released a track called “The Fear Machine”, which sold a few hundred copies and enjoyed airtime on John Peel’s show. In spite of the song’s success, the band failed to secure a record deal during this period.
In 1981, Art Noveau advertised for a new lead singer. They ultimately auditioned and chose Christopher Hamill, who then went under the stage name Limahl (an anagram of his surname). The group renamed themselves Kajagoogoo, a name coined phonetically from ga ga goo goo, the first sounds that many infants make
“Too Shy” is a song written and recorded by Kajagoogoo, released in 1983. The first single from their debut album White Feathers, the song was an immediate hit and reached number one on the UK Singles Chart for two weeks. It was also very successful in other European countries and Japan, spending five weeks at number one in Germany, also reaching number one in Belgium and Ireland, as well as reaching number two in France and Switzerland, and number four in Sweden, Austria and the Netherlands.
Assisted by heavy rotation on MTV, the song later became a success in the United States, peaking at number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100. “Too Shy” is Kajagoogoo’s only significant hit in the US.