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Even in the '80s, the Big Apple was on all our minds

Another anniversary of 9-11 has taken place and while the tragedy hasn't been forgotten, the important news of present, like Hurricane Irma, seems to displace it from front page news. One nice thing about '80s videos is many of them are like snapshots of simpler times in New York City just like the video for Big Apple by Kajagoogoo.

Several years ago we commemorated the 9-11 anniversary and the Twin Towers with AC/DC and Shake Your Foundations. This year we go from hard rock to new wave with Big Apple by Kajagoogoo. When Kajagoogoo is mentioned,  it is pretty much as on the list of one-hit-wonders as Too Shy was one of the signature songs of the British New Wave Invasion of 1983. When lead singer Limahl left the same year, bassist Nick Beggs and his unusual pigtails took over singing duties.

Big Apple was the first single released without Limahl and while it was a Top 10 hit in the U.K., it did not chart in the U.S. in 1984. The lyrics to Big Apple are an outsider's view of NYC with all its danger and street action. However, in the video, an unusual four screen device is employed. While the song is about the gritty side of the Big Apple, the video softens near the end showing NYC's kindness and romance with its climax showing a view of those ill-fated Twin Towers that crumbled on September 11th, 2001.

Without Limahl, Kajagoogoo struggled in the '80s and while they reunited for a VH1 special in 2003 and even released new material, the tensions that were always in the band resurfaced and they have been inactive the last five years or so.



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