CHINA CRISIS (S2 | LTNF LIVE)
Not a lot of great music was happening for China Crisis prior to 1985. They punched out a couple of albums but were being overshadowed by the many many synthpop bands busting out of England at the time. Then their label, Virgin Records, made a suggestion. “How ’bout we bring in some out-of-town talent. Namely, Steely Dan’s Walter Becker.” And suddenly, this unremarkable band became… well… remarkable.
China Crisis, Frazier Chorus, Naked Eyes, The Dream Academy, The Thompson Twins, The The, Aztec Camera, Kajagoogoo… this week on LTNF LIVE
About China Crisis
China Crisis are an English new wave and synth-pop band. They were formed in 1979 in Kirkby, near Liverpool, Merseyside with a core of vocalist/keyboardist Gary Daly and guitarist Eddie Lundon. China Crisis were part of a wave of new Liverpool acts in the late 1970s and early 1980s, led by OMD and also including Echo and the Bunnymen, The Teardrop Explodes, A Flock of Seagulls and Frankie Goes to Hollywood.
Sharing an affection for Steely Dan, David Bowie, Brian Eno and Talking Heads, Gary Daly (born 5 May 1962, Kirkby, Knowsley, Merseyside) and Eddie Lundon (born 9 June 1962, Kirkby, Knowsley, Merseyside) played with various Knowsley post-punk groups. Daly then spent time tinkering with synthesizers and a drum machine. Along with Lundon, Daly began writing songs. The pair eventually asked drummer and percussionist Dave Reilly to join them, and in 1981 they released their debut single “African and White” as China Crisis on the independent record label, Inevitable. In March 1982 they recorded a four-song Peel session for the BBC. In June 1982, they backed Tom Verlaine at The Venue in London.
The band were signed to Virgin Records and recorded their debut album, Difficult Shapes & Passive Rhythms, Some People Think It’s Fun to Entertain, which was released in December 1982. A re-release of “African and White” reached No. 45 in the UK Singles Chart in August 1982. The follow-up single, “No More Blue Horizons”, released in October 1982 had little success, but the single “Christian”, made UK No. 12 in early 1983 and brought them to national prominence. By the time of this success, Reilly had left the band, but had remained with the band long enough to co-write and perform on “Christian”, along with session musician Steve Levy playing oboe and saxophone. The album peaked at No. 21 in the UK Albums Chart] During this period the band toured supporting Simple Minds on their New Gold Dream tour.
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