White Feathers

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White Feathers
Kajagoogoo White Feathers.jpg
Studio album by
Released18 April 1983[1]
Recorded1982-83
GenreNew wave, synthpop
Length34:53 (original 1983 release)
73:12 (2004 CD reissue)
LabelEMI America
ProducerNick Rhodes
Colin Thurston
Tim Palmer
Kajagoogoo
Kajagoogoo chronology
White Feathers
(1983)
Islands
(1984)
Singles from White Feathers
  1. "Too Shy"
    Released: 10 January 1983
  2. "Ooh to Be Ah"
    Released: March 1983
  3. "Hang on Now"
    Released: May 1983
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Smash Hits2/10 stars[2]
Allmusic4/5 stars[3]

White Feathers is the debut album by British new wave band Kajagoogoo, released on 18 April 1983 and the only album by the band to-date to feature lead vocalist Limahl. It was produced by Nick Rhodes of Duran Duran and Colin Thurston, who was Duran Duran's producer at the time, except for track #5, the self-titled "Kajagoogoo", an instrumental (with some lyrics sung only in live performances), which was produced by Tim Palmer and the band. This self-titled song was featured in the John Hughes movie Sixteen Candles as the film's opening title song in 1984. The album contains their most successful single "Too Shy", a UK Number One hit in February 1983, as well as two other UK Top Twenty hits; "Ooh to Be Ah" and "Hang on Now".

After the band was featured on the VH1 program Bands Reunited in 2003, renewed interest in Kajagoogoo prompted the band's original label EMI to re-issue "White Feathers" on CD in the UK for the first time in 2004 (although it had been available on CD in Japan and the USA since 1993). Originally containing ten tracks, the 2004 version of the album contained eight bonus tracks, including four B-sides plus four remixes - two of which are of "Too Shy" (both an extended and instrumental version).

Track listing[edit]

Music by Kajagoogoo. Lyrics credited below.

Side one[edit]

  1. "White Feathers" (Nick Beggs) – 3:28
  2. "Too Shy" (Beggs, Limahl) – 3:44
  3. "Lies and Promises" (Beggs, Limahl) – 2:51
  4. "Magician Man" (Limahl) – 3:42
  5. "Kajagoogoo" (Instrumental) (–) – 3:10

Side two[edit]

  1. "Ooh to Be Ah" (Limahl) – 3:14
  2. "Ergonomics" (Beggs, Limahl) – 3:12
  3. "Hang on Now" (Beggs, Limahl) – 3:26
  4. "This Car Is Fast" (Limahl) – 3:32
  5. "Frayo" (Limahl) – 4:15

Note

  • The American and Canadian edition has a re-sequenced running order: "Too Shy" opens side one, while on side two "Ergonomics" is moved to track 4.

2004 remaster bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Too Shy" (Instrumental Mix) (Beggs, Limahl) – 4:01
  2. "Take Another View" (Kajagoogoo) – 4:33
  3. "Interview Rooms" (Beggs) – 3:24
  4. "Animal Instincts" (Beggs) – 2:39
  5. "Introduction" (Beggs, Limahl) – 5:09
  6. "Too Shy" (Midnight Mix) (Beggs, Limahl) – 5:27
  7. "Ooh to Be Ah" (The Construction Mix) (Limahl) – 6:37
  8. "Hang on Now" (Extended Version) (Beggs, Limahl) – 6:19

Note

  • There are two 12" mixes of "Too Shy", both confusingly called the 'Midnight Mix' (although sometimes erroneously billed as 12" Extended Version). The UK one has a running time of about 5:27, while the American 'Midnight Mix', available on the 1993 Too Shy: The Singles and More and the 2000 Maximum 80's compilations, is around 5:44. The 2011 So80's compilation contains both mixes.

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1983) Peak
position
Austria (Top 40)[4] 15
Germany (Media Control Charts)[5] 7
Japan (Oricon Weekly Western Albums)[6] 1
Netherlands (MegaCharts)[7] 36
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[8] 17
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[9] 7
United Kingdom (Albums Chart)[10] 5
US (Billboard 200)[11] 38

References[edit]

  1. ^ Plunkett, John. |https://www.discogs.com/Kajagoogoo-White-Feathers/release/169699 London, 05 February 2017. Retrieved on 05 February 2017.
  2. ^ Jo-Anne, Smith (28 April 1983). "Album Reviews: Kajagoogoo – White Feathers". Smash Hits. London, England: EMAP. p. 43.
  3. ^ https://www.allmusic.com/album/r42076
  4. ^ "Kajagoogoo - Austrian Albums Chart". austriancharts.at. Archived from the original on 2012-11-06. Retrieved 12 September 2011.
  5. ^ "Kajagoogoo - German Longplays Chart". Media Control. Archived from the original on 18 October 2014. Retrieved 12 September 2011.
  6. ^ "オリコンのデータ協力による "全曲、80年代の週間オリコンチャートNo.1" の洋楽コンピが登場!" [A western compilation of "All weekly Oricon No. 1's of the 1980s" has arrived] (in Japanese). Sony Music Entertainment Japan. 1 July 1983. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  7. ^ "Kajagoogoo - Dutch Albums Chart". dutchcharts.nl. Archived from the original on 2012-10-24. Retrieved 12 September 2011.
  8. ^ "Kajagoogoo - New Zealand Albums Chart". charts.org.nz. Archived from the original on 2012-11-04. Retrieved 12 September 2011.
  9. ^ "Kajagoogoo - Swedish Albums Chart". swedishcharts.com. Archived from the original on 2012-10-22. Retrieved 12 September 2011.
  10. ^ "Kajagoogoo on Chart Stats". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 23 October 2012. Retrieved 12 September 2011.
  11. ^ "Kajagoogoo Chart History". Billboard. 9 July 1983. Retrieved 24 January 2018.