A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from April 19, 2008
“Big Apple” (1983)

"Big Apple” is a 1983 song by the British pop band Kajagoogoo. A repeated lyric in the song is: “Life in the big apple moves very fast and so must you.”

A YouTube video of Kajagoogoo’s “Big Apple” shows the World Trade Center.


Wikipedia: Kajagoogoo
Kajagoogoo are a British pop band, best known for their first single, “Too Shy”, which reached Number 1 in the UK Singles Chart, and Number 5 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, in 1983. The single was produced by Duran Duran’s keyboardist Nick Rhodes, and by Colin Thurston, Duran Duran’s in-house producer at the time.
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In 1981, they advertised for, and auditioned, lead singers, and finally chose Christopher Hamill. He made his profile, and therefore that of the band, catchier by using an anagram of his surname for his stage name, becoming Limahl, matched with his typical double colour hairdo (blond on top and black on sides). The name of the group was then changed to the also catchier Kajagoogoo: writing out the phonetics of a baby’s first sounds gave them ‘GagaGooGoo’ - with a little bit of as casual as musical an alteration, it became ‘Kajagoogoo’.

Success and decline
The band attracted the interest of three record labels (and Duran Duran’s Nick Rhodes), while performing at the Embassy Club, in London. The group was eventually signed to EMI, in July of 1982, and Rhodes was hired to produce their first album, White Feathers. In between events, they supported Birmingham New Romantic band Fashion on tour. Their debut single, “Too Shy”, was released in January of 1983 and went to the top of the charts (before any of Duran Duran’s singles had done so, Rhodes noted ruefully). Originally entitled “Shy Shy”, this was subsequently changed to the current title, due to their already close association with Duran Duran themselves. Follow-up releases, “Ooh to Be Aah” and “Hang on Now”, both reached the UK Top 15 as well.

As success came, tensions began to rise in the band, which eventually culminated in Limahl being fired by the other band members in 1983, with Beggs then taking over as lead singer. The first single by the new four-piece Kajagoogoo was “Big Apple”, which made the Top Ten, in late 1983.

YouTube
KajaGooGoo Big Apple
Added: May 15, 2006
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Kajagoogoo Kaja 80’S Limahl New Wave

KAJAGOOGOO Lyrics - BIG APPLE
Life in the big apple moves very fast and so must you

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityMusic/Dance/Theatre/Film • (0) Comments • Saturday, April 19, 2008 • Permalink