September 13, 2004

Everybody Have Fun Tonight

OVER AT SHEILA O'MALLEY'S excellent site, her legions of commenters are busy discussing songs from the Eighties which might be considered intolerable, unless they were played at roller-skating rinks during the decade.

Now, we admit we are not experts on such matters. When we were growing up back in western Michigan, we only knew of one roller-skating rink in our local community. As roller-skating was a pastime which had peaked in popularity a bit before our formative years, we never went to such places. Instead, when we were young kids, our idea of Big Fun was to spend time at various horrible establishments which existed to separate parents from their hard-earned. This transfer of wealth was accomplished via buying "tokens" for play in expensive video games, as well as pizza of such low quality that it would today garner warnings from public health agencies.

But we digress. Having grown up in the Eighties, we are somewhat familiar with the tunes of that era. So we must register surprise at one thing.

As of this writing, it is now 5 p.m., and 25 comments have been left on the subject. NONE have mentioned ANY SONGS from this great British duo:

We would submit that while Wang Chung had some pretty good songs -- "Dance Hall Days" in particular -- the former chart-topper "Everybody Have Fun Tonight" has not become a timeless hit. For, as a different duo once put it:

"What's that guy in the back doing?"
"He's Wang Chunging."

But enough of my ranting about. Go check out the rest of the discussion -- it's good stuff. Plus, there's more on Wang Chung mentioned. Read the whole thing, and the comments.

Posted by Benjamin Kepple at September 13, 2004 05:27 PM | TrackBack

Okay - you seem to be more of an expert on Wang Chung than I, so please help. They had another top 40 hit ... I cannot remember the name of it, or how it goes - but I remember thinking it was a damn good song, and I remember the crowd going INSANE at the concert.

Any ideas? I know I haven't given you much to go on ... If I heard the title, I might remember.

Posted by: red at September 13, 2004 05:46 PM


Their one other hit was "Let's Go," which was done around the same time as "Everybody Have Fun Tonight."

Also, for all other readers, I must issue a correction: "Everybody Have Fun Tonight" only reached No. 2 on the charts.

Posted by: Benjamin Kepple at September 13, 2004 05:51 PM

You know, somewhere around here I may actually still have a cassette tape of these guys.

Posted by: Benjamin Kepple at September 13, 2004 05:59 PM

I think "Let's Go" is the one I'm talking about. I can hear it in my head.

Posted by: red at September 13, 2004 06:05 PM