Islands (Kajagoogoo album)

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Kajagoogoo Islands.jpg
Studio album by Kajagoogoo/Kaja

21 May 1984 (LP/MC) [1]

2004 (CD)
Genre New wave, pop rock
Length 39:36 (LP/MC), 69:55 (CD), 34:32 (Extra Play)
Label EMI (United Kingdom)
EMI America Records (United States)
Producer Colin Thurston & Kajagoogoo
Kajagoogoo/Kaja chronology
White Feathers
Crazy Peoples Right to Speak
Alternative cover
US/Canada cover.
US/Canada cover.
Singles from Islands
  1. "Big Apple"
    Released: September 1983
  2. "The Lion's Mouth"
    Released: February 1984
  3. "Turn Your Back on Me"
    Released: April 1984
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Smash Hits 7/10 stars[2]
Allmusic 3/5 stars link

Islands is the second album by the British pop band Kajagoogoo, released on 21 May 1984 on the EMI label. This was the band's first album without lead vocalist Limahl; who had been fired by the band in mid-1983 and went on to pursue a solo career. Bass player Nick Beggs, already the group's main backing singer, took over lead vocal duties, and also wrote the lyrics. The album was co-produced by the band themselves, now a four-piece group, along with Colin Thurston, who had also produced their debut, White Feathers. It is the final album to-date to feature founding drummer Jez Strode.

The album did not sell as well as its predecessor, peaking at no.35 in the UK Albums Chart. The album's first single, "Big Apple", reached no.8 in the UK, but subsequent singles were less successful with "The Lion's Mouth" peaking at no.25, and "Turn Your Back on Me" reaching no.47.

In the U.S., the band had renamed themselves as Kaja and Islands was released as a mini-LP titled Extra Play. It contained only seven tracks (five from the album and two bonus remixes), and peaked at no.185 on the Billboard 200. On the U.S. edition, the version of "Turn Your Back on Me" was different from the original UK version, having been remixed by Steve Thompson and Michael Barbiero. This remix was released as a single in the U.S., and reached Number 2 on the dance charts.

In 2004, the original UK album was remastered and reissued on CD with seven bonus tracks.

Track listings[edit]

All tracks music written by Steve Askew/Nick Beggs/Stuart Neale/Jez Strode, lyrics by Nick Beggs.


  1. "The Lion's Mouth" – 3:34
  2. "Big Apple" – 4:09
  3. "The Power to Forgive" – 4:44
  4. "Melting the Ice Away" – 5:15
  5. "Turn Your Back on Me" – 4:00
  6. "Islands" – 4:50
  7. "On a Plane" – 4:13
  8. "Part of Me Is You" – 3:55
  9. "The Loop (Instrumental)" – 4:38

CD Bonus Tracks (2004 Remastered Edition)[edit]

  1. "Turn Your Back On Me (Thompson & Barbiero US Mix)" – 3:56
  2. "The Pump Rooms Of Bath (Instrumental)" – 2:31
  3. "The Garden (Instrumental)" – 2:51
  4. "Big Apple (Metro Mix)" – 6:05
  5. "The Lion's Mouth (The Beast Mix)" – 5:37
  6. "Turn Your Back on Me (Extended Dance Mix)" – 5:03

Extra Play (U.S. only release)[edit]

  1. "Turn Your Back on Me (Thompson and Barbiero U.S. Mix)" – 3:56
  2. "The Power to Forgive" – 4:46
  3. "Big Apple" – 4:02
  4. "Melting the Ice Away" – 5:18
  5. "The Lion's Mouth" – 3:30
  6. "Turn Your Back on Me (Flipped Disc Mix)" – 6:58
  7. "Big Apple (Metro Mix)" – 6:02



Additional musicians, vocals and production[edit]

Engineers and recording studios[edit]



  1. ^ Plunkett, John. London, 05 February 2017. Retrieved on 05 February 2017.
  2. ^ Cranna, Ian (12 April 1984). "Review: Kajagoogoo – Islands". Smash Hits. London, England: EMAP. p. 19. 

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