Too Shy

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Not to be confused with Too Shy (Maureen Tucker song).
"Too Shy"
Single by Kajagoogoo
from the album White Feathers
B-side 12": "Take Another View"
7", 12": "Too Shy (Instrum.)"
Released January 1983
Format
Recorded 1982
Genre
Length 3:45
3:32 (7")
Label
Writer(s) Kajagoogoo
Producer(s)
Kajagoogoo singles chronology
"The Fear Machine"
as Art Nouveau
(1982)
"Too Shy"
(1983)
"Ooh to Be Ah"
(1983)

"Too Shy" is a song written and recorded by English band 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, spending five weeks at number one in Germany, and reaching number two in 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.[3] "Too Shy" is Kajagoogoo's only significant hit in the US, where the band is widely regarded as a one-hit wonder. In the UK, however, Kajagoogoo had further hits, including two more Top 10 singles: "Ooh to Be Ah" and "Big Apple", both in 1983.

Production[edit]

"Too Shy" was written by Kajagoogoo and was produced by Duran Duran keyboardist Nick Rhodes and Colin Thurston, the latter of whom had produced Duran Duran's first two albums. In 2006, "Too Shy" was ranked number 27 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the 80's[4] and number 9 on VH1's 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 80s.[5]

Chart performance[edit]

The song was an immediate hit, topping the UK Singles Chart for two weeks.[6] It was also very successful in other European countries, spending five weeks at number one in Germany, and reaching number two in Switzerland, and number four in Sweden, Austria and the Netherlands.[7]

The 12" maxi single's B-side, "Take Another View", a non-album track, often performed live, was included on the 2004 re-issue of White Feathers, which contained several bonus tracks, including the instrumental version of "Too Shy", originally featured on the B-sides of both the 7" and 12" singles.

Music video[edit]

The video for the song cast model Carolyn Espley (later wife of Dennis Miller) as a waitress cleaning up a nightclub at the end of the night. As the band performs the song on the club stage, she has visions of dancers from different eras populating the dance floor.[citation needed]

Appearances[edit]

The song can also be heard in the fictional Rockstar video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories played on the radio station Wave 103.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Digger, David. "Nick Beggs Kajagoogoo". Retrosellers.com. Retrieved 22 July 2013. "Digger talks to Nick Beggs, founder of Kajagoogoo, the band who hit the dizzy heights in 1983 with their synth pop with hits like 'Too Shy'." 
  3. ^ a b c d "White Feathers – Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "Rock On The Net: VH1: 100 Greatest Songs of the 80's: 1-50". Rock On The Net. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
  5. ^ Ali, Rahsheeda. "100 Greatest One Hit Wonders Of The 80s: Read the List – VH1 Blog". VH1. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "1983 Number Ones UK - Number One hits from the UK 1983 Singles Charts". Number-ones.co.uk. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "Nederlandse Top 40 – Kajagoogoo - Too Shy search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 22 July 2013.
  8. ^ "Forum – ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts – CHART POSITIONS PRE 1989". Australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
  9. ^ "Kajagoogoo – Too Shy – Austriancharts.at" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 22 July 2013.
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  11. ^ (Dutch) "Too Shy – KAJAGOOGOO". Top 30. Retrieved 26 July 2013. "Hoogste notering in de top 30 : 2" 
  12. ^ "RPM Top Singles." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
  13. ^ (French) "InfoDisc : Tous les Titres par Artiste". InfoDisc. Select "Kajagoogoo" from the artist drop-down menu. Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  14. ^ "Kajagoogoo – Too Shy". Officialcharts.de. GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 22 July 2013.
  15. ^ "The Irish Charts – All there is to know". Irishcharts.ie. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
  16. ^ a b (Italian) "I singoli più venduti del 1983". Hit Parade Italia. Creative Commons. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
  17. ^ a b "Japan #1 IMPORT DISKS by Oricon Hot Singles". Oricon. 18.ocn.ne.jp. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
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  20. ^ "South African Rock Lists Website SA Charts 1969 – 1989 Acts (K)". Rock.co.za. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
  21. ^ (Spanish) Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  22. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Kajagoogoo – Too Shy". Singles Top 60. Retrieved 22 July 2013.
  23. ^ "Kajagoogoo – Too Shy – swisscharts.com". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 22 July 2013.
  24. ^ "Archive Chart" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 22 July 2013.
  25. ^ CASH BOX Top 100 Singles – Week ending JULY 16, 1983 at the Wayback Machine (archived 11 September 2012). Cash Box magazine. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  26. ^ "Forum – ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts – Top 100 End of Year AMR Charts – 1980s". Australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
  27. ^ (Dutch) "Jaaroverzichten 1983". Ultratop. Hung Medien. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
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  32. ^ (German) "Schweizer Jahreshitparade 1983". Hitparade.ch. Hung Medien. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
  33. ^ "Top 100 Hits for 1983". The Longbored Surfer. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
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  35. ^ "French single certifications – Kajagoogoo – Too Shy" (in French). InfoDisc.  Select KAJAGOOGOO and click OK
  36. ^ (French) "Les Singles en Or". InfoDisc. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
  37. ^ "British single certifications – Kajagoogoo – Too Shy". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Too Shy in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Click Go

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Fame" by Irene Cara
Belgian Ultratop 50 Flanders number-one single
9 April 1983 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"99 Luftballons" by Nena
Preceded by
"You're Looking Hot Tonight" by Barry Manilow
Japanese Oricon International Chart number-one single
20 June 1983 – 4 July 1983 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Church of the Poison Mind" by Culture Club
Preceded by
"99 Luftballons" by Nena
German number-one single
4 April 1983 – 2 May 1983 (5 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Bruttosozialprodukt" by Geier Sturzflug
Preceded by
"Down Under" by Men at Work
Irish Singles Chart number-one single
20 February 1983 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson
UK Singles Chart UK number-one single
19 February 1983 – 26 February 1983 (2 weeks)