White Feathers

White Feathers is the debut album by English new wave band Kajagoogoo, released on 18 April 1983 by EMI Records. It is the only album by the band to date to feature original lead vocalist Limahl. The album contains their most successful single, "Too Shy", a UK No. 1 hit in February 1983, as well as two other UK Top 20 hits: "Ooh to Be Ah" and "Hang on Now".

White Feathers
Kajagoogoo White Feathers.jpg
Studio album by
Released18 April 1983
Recorded1982–1983
Studio
GenreNew wave, synthpop
Length34:53 (original 1983 release)
73:12 (2004 CD reissue)
LabelEMI (UK)
EMI America (US)
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: 21 March 1983
  3. "Hang on Now"
    Released: May 1983
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Smash Hits2/10 stars[1]
Allmusic4/5 stars[2]

BackgroundEdit

White Feathers was produced by Nick Rhodes, of Duran Duran, and Colin Thurston, who was Duran Duran's producer at the time. The sole exception is the self-titled instrumental track "Kajagoogoo", produced by Tim Palmer and the band. This track song was featured as the opening title song in the 1984 John Hughes movie Sixteen Candles.

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 U.S. since 1993). Originally containing 10 tracks, the 2004 version of the album contained eight bonus tracks, including four B-sides and four remixes, two of which are of "Too Shy" (both an extended and instrumental version).

Track listingEdit

Music by Kajagoogoo. Lyrics credited below.

Side one

  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

  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
  • The American and Canadian editions have a resequenced running order: "Too Shy" opens side one, and on side two, "Ergonomics" is moved to track 4.

2004 CD bonus tracks

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

PersonnelEdit

Kajagoogoo

Technical

  • Colin Thurston – co-producer, engineer
  • Nick Rhodes – co-producer
  • Tim Palmer – co-producer ("Kajagoogoo", "Animal Instincts", "Introduction"), engineer ("Kajagoogoo", "Animal Instincts")
  • Kajagoogoo – co-producer ("Kajagoogoo", "Animal Instincts")
  • Femi Jaya – producer ("Take Another View")
  • Shoot That Tiger! – art direction, design
  • Ian Hooton – front cover photography
  • Eric Watson – liner sheet photography
  • Toni & Guy – hair
  • Nigel Reeve – reissue project coordination
  • Kathy Bryan – mastering
  • Hugh Gilmour/The Red Room – re-issue design

ChartsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Jo-Anne, Smith (28 April 1983). "Album Reviews: Kajagoogoo – White Feathers". Smash Hits. London, England: EMAP. p. 43.
  2. ^ https://www.allmusic.com/album/r42076
  3. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 163. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
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  13. ^ "Kajagoogoo Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard.
  14. ^ "Top 100 Album-Jahrescharts" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 4 August 2021.