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Wang Chung


Wang Chung is a new-wave music group that formed in 1980 and hit the height of their success in the mid-1980s, amassing five Top 40 hits in the U.S between 1983 and 1987. Some of the band's most well-known hits including: “Dance Hall Days,” “Everybody Have Fun Tonight,” and “Let's Go!” The founding members of the band, vocalist Jeremy Ryder and bass player, Nick Feldman formed numerous line-ups of the band during early formation. As a trio with Darren Costin on drums, the band called themselves, Huang Chung. The band was signed to 101 Records and released the single, “Baby I'm Hu-man.” The band's exposure led to their signing a record deal with Arista Records in 1981. Around this time the band expanded to become quartet, with the addition of Dave Burnand on sax. The band's self-titled debut album arrived in 1982, but failed to chart.

1982 also saw Arista Records release the band from their contract, with Geffen Records picking up the band as they changed their name to Wang Chung and entered the studio to record their second album. “Points on the Curve” emerged in 1984, and produced two hit singles: “Don't Let Go,” peaking at #38 on the U.S Singles Chart and “Dance Hall Days,” peaking at #16 on the U.S Singles Chart, and #21 on the U.K Singles Chart. 1985 marked the departure of Costin from the band. Wang Chung released their fourth album, “Mosaic,” a year later in 1986. This album spawned the band's biggest hit to date, “Everybody Have Fun Tonight,” which peaked at #2 on the Billboard Singles Chart. Wang Chung released their final album, “The Warmer Side of Cool,” in 1989 and decided to call it quits by 1990 as the musical climate began to move more towards alternative, grunge, and hard-rock music.

Feldman went on to work with Jon Moss of Culture Club to form the band Promised Land, and released their self-titled debut album in 1992. Hues pursued work on soundtracks for various feature films, in addition to signing a solo record deal with Sony Records. 1997 saw the band reunite with a greatest hits album. “Everybody Wang Chung Tonight: Wang Chung's Greatest Hits,” followed by a U.S tour. Since that time Feldman and Hues have reunited for a number of special appearances and collaborations. 2010 marked the release of the EP, “Abducted by the 80s,” which became a full-length album in 2011 followed by a U.S tour to support the album.

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