Lost or Forgotten Oldie of the Day: 1984 Wang Chung – Dance Hall Days

Jack Hues and Nick Feldman formed the group Huang Chung in England in 1980. Their name was Chinese and translates to “yellow bell.” Several other musicians rotated in and out of the group over the next few years.

The group released a series of at least six singles, none of which found a home on the charts. The last single was their first version of Dance Hall Days.

After the single failed to sell well, their manager convinced Arista to release them from their contract and signed them with Geffen Records instead. Geffen insisted that the group change the spelling of their name to Wang Chung to prevent misreading of their name as Hung Chung.

The group recorded their first Geffen album and it was released in 1983. The first single from the album was Don’t Be My Enemy. The single barely touched the Hot 100 but managed to reach #17 on the US Dance chart in 1983.

Their second single did even better in 1984. Don’t Let Go barely reached the top forty on the Hot 100 and made it to #1 on the US Dance chart. The song was not related to the Roy Hamilton hit from 1958.

The album also contained a new recording of Dance Hall Days. That was their third single from the album and the group finally found real success on the Hot 100. They once again topped the US Dance chart and also reached #16 on the Hot 100. There were at least two very different videos for the song; the second video comes with a warning on YouTube.

They provided singles for the soundtracks of To Live And Die In L.A. and Breakfast Club in 1986, but neither single was very successful. Their biggest hit was Everybody Have Fun Tonight in 1986. That single reached #2 on the Hot 100 and contained the timeless line, “Everybody Wang Chung, tonight.”

The group has disbanded and reformed a few times. In 2019 they recorded yet another version of Dance Hall Days for their Orchesography album with the help of the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. They do look a lot older now…but then, don’t we all?


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