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Too Shy
Kajagoogoo Too Shy
single by Kajagoogoo
B-side 12": "Take Another View"
7", 12": "Too Shy (Instrum.)"
Released January 1983
Format 7" single, 12" single
Recorded 1982
Genre Pop, New Wave
Length 3.45

EMI Records (U.K.)
EMI America (U.S.)


Nick Rhodes
Colin Thurston

Nick Rhodes related

"Too Shy" is a 1983 song written and recorded by English New Wave/pop music band Kajagoogoo, and produced by Nick Rhodes of Duran Duran and Colin Thurston, who had produced Duran Duran's first two albums. As the first single from their debut album White Feathers, the song was an immediate hit and reached number one for two weeks on the UK Singles Chart. It was also very successful in other European countries, spending five weeks at number one in Germany, and reaching number two in Switzerland, number four in Sweden and Austria, and number five in 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. "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 two more Top 10 singles from White Feathers: "Ooh to Be Ah" and "Big Apple", both in 1983.

The track was produced by In 2006, "Too Shy" was ranked number twenty-seven on VH-1's 100 Greatest Songs of the 80s and number nine on VH1's 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 80s.VH1's 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 80s

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.

The song is also included in the computer game The Sims 2: Open For Business in the Sims' language, Simlish. An instrumental version of this song is also featured in the hit game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, on the fictional "Wave 103" station which plays New Wave tracks.

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Chart (1983) Peak
UK Singles Chart 1
Austrian Singles Chart 4
German Singles Chart 1
Norwegian Singles Chart 5
Swedish Singles Chart 4
Swiss Singles Chart 2
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 5
U.S. Hot Dance Club Play 25


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