Too Shy

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"Too Shy"
Single by Kajagoogoo
from the album White Feathers
B-side12": "Take Another View"
7", 12": "Too Shy (Instrum.)"
ReleasedJanuary 1983
Format7" single, 12" single
Recorded1982
GenreNew wave[1]
Length3:45
3:32 (7")
LabelEMI (UK), EMI America (U.S.)
Writer(s)Kajagoogoo
ProducerNick Rhodes
Colin Thurston
Kajagoogoo singles chronology
"The Fear Machine"
as Art Nouveau
(1982)
"Too Shy"
(1983)
"Ooh to Be Ah"
(1983)
 
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"Too Shy"
Single by Kajagoogoo
from the album White Feathers
B-side12": "Take Another View"
7", 12": "Too Shy (Instrum.)"
ReleasedJanuary 1983
Format7" single, 12" single
Recorded1982
GenreNew wave[1]
Length3:45
3:32 (7")
LabelEMI (UK), EMI America (U.S.)
Writer(s)Kajagoogoo
ProducerNick Rhodes
Colin Thurston
Kajagoogoo singles chronology
"The Fear Machine"
as Art Nouveau
(1982)
"Too Shy"
(1983)
"Ooh to Be Ah"
(1983)

"Too Shy" is a song written and recorded by English New Wave/pop band Kajagoogoo, released in 1983. The first single from their debut album White Feathers, the song was an immediate hit and reached number one on the UK Singles Chart for two weeks. It was also very successful in other European countries, spending five weeks at number one in Germany, and reaching number two in Switzerland, and number four in Sweden, Austria and the Netherlands.

Assisted by heavy rotation on MTV, the song later became a success in the United States, peaking at number five on the Billboard Hot 100. It is Kajagoogoo's only significant hit in the U.S., where the band is widely regarded as a one-hit wonder. In the UK, however, Kajagoogoo had further hits, including two more Top 10 singles: "Ooh to Be Ah" and "Big Apple", both in 1983.

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Production [edit]

"Too Shy" was written by Kajagoogoo and was produced by Duran Duran keyboardist Nick Rhodes and Colin Thurston, the latter of whom had produced Duran Duran's first two albums. In 2006, "Too Shy" was ranked number twenty-seven on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the 80's[2] and number nine on VH1's 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 80s.[3]

Chart performance [edit]

The song was an immediate hit, topping the UK Singles Chart for two weeks.[4] It was also very successful in other European countries, spending five weeks at number one in Germany, and reaching number two in Switzerland, and number four in Sweden, Austria and the Netherlands.[5]

Assisted by heavy rotation on MTV, the song later became a success in the United States, peaking at number five on the Billboard Hot 100.[6] "Too Shy" is Kajagoogoo's only significant hit in the U.S., where the band is widely regarded as a one-hit wonder. In the UK, however, Kajagoogoo had further hits, including two more Top 10 singles: "Ooh to Be Ah" and "Big Apple", both in 1983.

The 12" maxi single's B-side, "Take Another View", a non-album track, often performed live, was included on the 2004 re-issue of White Feathers, which contained several bonus tracks, including the instrumental version of "Too Shy", originally featured on the B-sides of both the 7" and 12" singles.

Music video [edit]

The video for the song cast model Carolyn Espley (later wife of Dennis Miller) as a waitress cleaning up a nightclub at the end of the night. As the band performs the song on the club stage, she has visions of dancers from different eras populating the dance floor.

Cover versions [edit]

In 1997 Croatian singer Siniša Vuco covered the song on his album Vuco IV. The cover was entitled "Šta je, šta je?".

In popular culture [edit]

Charts [edit]

Chart (1983)Peak
position
Austrian Singles Chart4
German Singles Chart1
Norwegian Singles Chart5
Swedish Singles Chart4
Swiss Singles Chart2
UK Singles Chart1
US Billboard Hot 1005
US Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs25

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Preceded by
"Down Under" by Men at Work
UK number-one single
19 February 1983 – 26 February 1983
Succeeded by
"Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson