Do You Want Crying – Katrina and The Waves | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#37); 1985

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

In the wake of Walking On Sunshine, Katrina and The Waves hit the road; opening for acts such as the Kinks and the Beach Boys whose careers were undergoing a revival.

High on Sunshine, Capitol Records released Do You Want Crying, written by Katrina’s old church choir chum and Waves bassist Vince De La Cruz. Although Crying cracked the Top 40, follow-up singles didn’t. After one final Top 20 showing with That’s The Way in 1989, Katrina slipped beneath the pop waves.

Exiled to “where are they now?” land by critics and fans alike, Katrina and band soldiered on. Germany alone clamored for more Waves music, then that oasis dried up, too.

Still, the band never gave up, and in 1997 its persistence paid off with a UK win in the Eurovision Song Contest. Singing Love Shine A Light before a worldwide audience of 300 million viewers, Katrina and The Waves had – against all odds – scored one of the biggest comebacks in pop history.

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Produced by:

  • Katrina and The Waves
  • Pat Collier
  • Scott Litt (additional production)

Lyrics Written by:

  • Vince de la Cruz