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China Crisis

A bit fiery for most in the new romantic camp during the early '80s, China Crisis was inspired by similar sources but injected their pop songs with occasional political commentary and bluesy, reggae rhythms. Mostly a duo of vocalist/keyboard player Gary Daly and guitarist Eddie Lundon, the group formed in 1979 near Liverpool. The first China Crisis single, "African and White," didn't appear until 1982, but it was quickly picked up by Virgin and made the British charts. Realizing they needed a proper band, Daly and Lundon recruited bassist Gazza Johnson and drummer Kevin Wilkinson, and recorded their debut album Difficult Shapes & Passive Rhythms. Another single, "Christian," hit number 12, followed by two singles from second album, "Working with Fire" and "Steel Possible Pop Songs, Vol. 2."

China Crisis spent 1984 and 1985 making their biggest chart run, beginning with their first Top Ten hit, "Wishful Thinking." Third album Flaunt the Imperfection was produced by the sympathetic Walter Becker (from Steely Dan), and resulted in the hit singles "Black Man Ray" and "King in a Catholic Style." A critical misstep followed in 1986, What Price Paradise?, though China Crisis worked with Becker once more on 1989's Diary of a Hollow Horse, which earned critical raves though not much commercial movement. ~ John Bush, Rovi
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Flaunt the Imperfection was among the first New Wave Albums I ever bought (with the Cure's Head on the Door, New Orders Perfect Kiss, Dead or Alive Youth Quake, among others), still one of my all-time favorite groups and albums!
Pandora has rekindled a love affair!
stuee03
Saw them live in Edinburgh many, many years ago and they are still easily my favourite live performance. And I'm glad, after reading the preceding posts, that I'm not the only person to like them; I did wonder there for a while.
Love their more melodic tunes. Always have. They were a part of the what made the 80's fun and musical.
lexiepal9821
I saw them in 86 in Boulder CO on the What Price Paradise tour. They did not get their sound in the studio, they sounded so like their albums sound onstage. My girlfriend and I stayed after to meet the group. Nice blokes, and a great performance.
Agree with Jack and Rob below...high l y misunderstoo d and far too short-lived. Always relaxes me to listen to this band.
One of my favorite bands from the 80s!
wow, sandradmaui, to say they define you is right on. we lived this band for a few years back then. arizona sky almost frightens me at this point. beautiful!!
sandradmaui
Does anyone still love these guys? OMG they define me.
evinrude44
Now I'm confused. What's the difference between China Crisis, Red Rockers, and Wang Chung?
I so disagree with John Bush of All Music Guide. What Price Paradise was great - they simply released the wrong songs as singles; should have been June Bride and Worlds Apart. And both Walter Becker albums were the two bad albums.
China Crisis is one of the most underrated bands of the 80s. China Crisis music NEVER sounds outdated, no matter what decade they are played in! Truly brilliant,ti m e l e s s music!
rev.johnmark k
what album was Wishful Thinking on? I cant find it... Ughh Love these guys Missed them in the eighties also missed Oranje Juice LOVE them!
todd3195
been a fan of China crisis since they came out. Like many great groups, their time together was far too short

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