Wang Chung









Wang Chung

Wang Chung

was a rock band which was formed in 1979. The name Wang Chung translates to mean, yellow ball, in Chinese but it also refers to the definition of, ‘perfect pitch’. The original members of the group were, Jack Hues (guitar player, vocalist), Nick Feldman (bass guitar player), and Darren Costin (drum player). In 1977, Hues answered an ad, by Feldman, in the classified ads section of the weekly British music magazine, The Melody Maker. The two then met up with Bud Merrick and Paul Hammond in 1977. The group became known as, The Intellektuals.The band split up in less than a year and Hues and Feldman joined with Darrin Costin (drummer), and Simon Campbell (keyboard player), Leigh Gorman (keyboard player), and Glenn Gregory (keyboard player), and they became the group called, 57 Men. This group also lasted less than a year.

Haung Chung’s self titled debut album was released in 1982 with the Arista Records label, after several singles had been released. One of the singles was the post punk song called, Isn’t It About Time We Were On TV. The group were dropped from Arista records in 1983 and they then signed with Geffen Records. The band changed their name to Wang Chung after Geffen records suggested it to them. Their reason was that it was easier to pronounce for English speaking people. Another theory was that they changed it because people were referring to them as Hung Chung. The group then released the album called, Points on the Curve, and from it came the major hit singles called, Don’t let Go (reached number 38 in the U. S.), and Dance Hall Days (hit number 16 in the U. S.). William Friedkin, the director of the 1985 film called, To Live and Die In L. A., sought out the group to record a soundtrack for the film. They also recorded the song, Fire In the Twilight, for the movie called, The Breakfast Club, in 1985.

Costin left the band in 1986 and Hues and Feldman continued to record music. Their biggest hits came that same year with, Everybody Have fun tonight (hit number 2 on the charts), and Let’s Go (hit number 9 in the U. S.). Both of the songs were from the album called, Mosaic. There was also a music video for, Everybody Have Fun Tonight. The band released their last album called, The Warmer Side of Cool, in 1989, and then split up in 1991.

Feldman joined Jon Moss in the 1990's and formed the band called, Promised Land. Hues has recorded different soundtracks for movies, one of whish was, The guardian. He also had a solo album called, The Anatomy Lesson. The album was not successful until Hues joined with Tony Banks and they released the album called, Strictly Inc.. In 2002 Wang Chung’s song, Dance hall days, was used on the video game, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City on Flash FM. The group went on tour again in 2006. They have released 5 albums, 2 compilations, 9 singles, and 1 video.