One Hit Wonders of the ’80s: 1985 – Limahl

“NeverEnding Story” by Limahl

Limahl had been the lead singer of Kajagoogoo, best known for the song “Too Shy”, before tensions rose in the band, and he went off on his own. Christopher Hamill took the stage name Limahl (an anagram of his last name) when he was recruited by the members of Kajagoogoo.

His solo career started off strong, as he recorded “NeverEnding Story” which was the title theme from the film of the same name. There were actually two versions of the song – English and French. The English version was performed by Limahl and Beth Anderson; the French version was performed by Limahl and Ann Calvert. The song was a worldwide hit, reaching No. 1 Norway and Sweden, No. 2 in Austria, Germany and Italy, and No. 4 in the UK. The song peaked at #17 in the U.S. on June 15, 1985.

His debut album, 1984’s Don’t Suppose was not very successful, only reaching #63 in the U.K. Following this, Limahl released two more albums: 1986’s Colour All My Days, and Love Is Blind in 1992, both of which did not sell very well. So Limahl had some hard times for a while.

However, in 2003, VH1 persuaded the band to reform the original 5-piece band for the show, Bands Reunited. As a result of the show, the band received offers to work as their original five piece band. But, their were too many disagreements regarding the terms on which they could work together. But, they put their differences, and in February 2008, Kajagoogoo announced plans to reunite with original members singer Limahl and drummer Jez Strode.

The band has been recording and touring ever since. So, if Limahl ever has another hit, it may be with Kajagoogoo, and not as a solo artist. So, let’s listen to the very cool song, “NeverEnding Story”:

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2 thoughts on “One Hit Wonders of the ’80s: 1985 – Limahl”

  1. Hmm – I always thought Lihmal was his real name. Learned something new today.

    Nice song. I sort of recall seeing the video once or twice, but I never saw the movie.

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