380. Crazy Peoples Right to Speak – Kaja
CRAZY PEOPLES RIGHT TO SPEAK (1985)
The band that started the 1980’s too shy had just shortened its name from Kajagoogoo to just Kaja and was releasing their second, post Limahl release. Though not as successful as its predecessor, the band made its final and best album at the halfway point through the 1980’s. It was also the most decidedly Christian album.
Musically fitting perfectly in the heart of the 1980’s with techno driven pop music with a clear European influence. There are touches of Duran Duran and Flock of Seagulls as well. Before the 1980’s Euro invasion British and European artists would mask their accents, but the popularity of the British sound allowed artists to lay the accent on thick, and Kaja is an prime example.
Nick Beggs would leave soon after its release and join the band Iona. A more evangelical worldview shows up more on this project than on the previous two. One of the most obvious examples is the song, “Rivers” which borrows liberally from the popular poem “Footprints.”
Other highlight include “Do I,” “Fear of Falling” and “Shouldn’t Do That.” It is always a shame when a very talented band with creative and commercial music is unable build a significant audience and makes one wonder how much great music is lost as a result.