Chart Performance: Pop (#2) and Mainstream Rock (#25); 1986
Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne
After recording several tracks that appeared on indie compilations, London trio Huang Chung released its first single, Isn’t It About Time We Were On Television. The answer was “apparently not.” The single and the 1982 debut album sank like rocks. 1984’s Points On The Curve fared better; giving Wang Chung – as they were now billed – two U.S. charters: Don’t Let Go (#38) and Dance Hall Days (#16). Filmmaker William Friedkin was duly impressed by WC and commissioned them to compose music for To Live And Die In L.A., the title tune to which reached #41 in 1985. Reduced to a duo, Wang Chung returned with Mosaic and the dance-pop songs Everybody Have Fun Tonight and Let’s Go!. The former included the classic line, “Everybody wang chung tonight,” a lyric as meaningless as the name and designed with the same end in mind: to have fun. After Let’s Go reached #9, the Wang Chung fun was over, and the band faded from sight.
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- Peter Wolf
Lyrics Written by:
- Nick Feldman
- Jack Hues
- Peter Wolf