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Was blasphemy to blame for Wang Chung's fall? (Who said they fell?!?)



Ah, the fickleness of popular music. One year, you have an iconic single and a few years later no one buys your record. Such is the case with Wang Chung.

With a solid start with songs like Dance Hall Days, Wang Chung cemented their ‘80s legacy in 1986 with the No. 2 smash Everybody Wang Chung Tonight and three Top 40 hits off the Mosiac album.

In 1989, Wang Chung returned to the charts with their new single Praying To A New God to the sound of crickets and a peak position of only No. 63. It would also be Wang Chung’s last visit to the Top 100 singles chart.

Some might have blamed the lack of chart success on the song title for being blasphemous, but really the song lyrics are more of an observation of society becoming obsessed with celebrity and TV than any direct religious attack. Even though Praying To A New God is a catchy song with nice guitar riffs, it was just a sign of the times that musical tastes were changing and Wang Chung would suffer the same fate as many other popular ‘80s acts.

After breaking up in 1990, Nick Feldman and Jack Hues have revived Wang Chung and have been busy with reunion concerts and albums including their latest, Tazer Up, released in 2012.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 12, 2013 10:42am]


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