To many, Dance Hall Days was an 80s anthem.

To many, Dance Hall Days was an 80s anthem.
To many, Dance Hall Days was an 80s anthem.

Click on the link here for Audio Player – BBC Radio 1 – In Concert with Wang Chung – February 4, 1984 – BBC Radio 1

Continuing our Week of 80s tonight with a concert by 80’s perennials Wang Chung, recorded by BBC Radio 1 as part of their Sight and Sound Series (the video ran simultaneously and the stereo sound was on FM) on February 4, 1984.

Wang Chung had been around for a while before striking it big. With one album already under their belts (known as Huang Chung), they set out to record their second, and ultimately career changing album. Nine months in the studio before Points On The Curve was to be released. This concert comes just ahead of that. The album was slated to hit the stores in March and this concert is a preview of coming attractions (Wikipedia states the album came out in January 1984, but according to the band at the time of this concert in February, the album wasn’t coming out until March. So . . . ). Indications were already high that this would be a big seller, since they had already issued the iconic Dance Hall Days ahead of the album. And it would prove to be an anthem of sorts, and a huge hit in the U.S.

Points On The Curve would pave the way for a string of hit albums and singles, lasting all the way to 1989 when tastes changed and the hits stopped.

Wang Chung called it temporary quits in 1990, going on hiatus until 1997. Since then, the band have had a number of reunions and are currently promoting their latest album Tazer Up!

Tonight it’s Wang Chung right as their career was poised to take off – February 4, 1984 – lots of high energy all around.

Crank it up and enjoy

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