Song of the Day #1,581: ‘Dance Hall Days’ – Wang Chung

I know even less about Wang Chung than any of the other bands I’ve featured this week. ‘Everybody Have Fun Tonight’ is the only song of theirs I can name off the top of my head.

I had no idea that ‘Dance Hall Days,’ a song I really like, was performed by these British New Wavers. Good for them.

Did you know that Wang Chung was originally named Huang Chung? That is the “first note in the Chinese classical music scale,” according to Wikipedia.

I’ve always been amused by Wang Chung’s use of their own band name in the chorus of ‘Everybody Have Fun Tonight.’ “Everybody Wang Chung tonight!” they cry, as if that is something one can just do.

Take your baby by the hand
And make her do a high hand stand
Take your baby by the heel
And do the next thing that you feel

Chorus:
We were so in phase
In our dance hall days
We were cool on craze
When I, you, and everyone we knew
Could believe, do, and share in what was true
Oh, I said

Dance hall, days love

Take your baby by the hair
And pull her close and there there there
Take your baby by the ears
And play upon her darkest fears

Repeat Chorus

Dance hall, days love
Dance hall days
Dance hall, days love

So take your baby by the wrist
And in her mouth an amethyst
And in her eyes two sapphires blue
And you need her and she needs you
And you need her and she needs you

Repeat Chorus

Dance hall, days love
Dance hall, days love
Dance hall days
Dance hall, days love
Dance hall days
Dance hall, days love
Dance hall days
Dance hall, days love

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One thought on “Song of the Day #1,581: ‘Dance Hall Days’ – Wang Chung

  1. Dana says:

    I can’t begin to tell you how much I loved this song back in the day, and how much I was starting to get into this band right through “To live and Die in L.A.” But then they just lost me with “Everybody Have Fun Tonight.” It’s a shame that your exposure to this band came through that song and not this one (though it sounds like you liked them through this song without knowing it was them).

    In a way, this song and their sound reminded me of the type of stuff the Kinks were putting out around this time, such as “Come Dancing.” Except wang Chung put a bit of that new wave spin on it.

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