China Crisis is an English group formed in 1979 in Kirkby, near Liverpool, by Gary Daly and Eddie Lundon. Duo who will be joined quickly by Dave Reilly.
Their first single "African and white" was released in 1982 and enjoyed notable success. Shortly followed by the incredibly long-titled album "Difficul shapes & passive rhythms, some people think it's fun to entertain".
In 1983, new success and seriously increased notoriety with the release of the excellent single hit "Christian".
Also the same year released the album "Working with fire and steel - Possible pop songs volume two" which will produce several hits including the magnificent "Wishful thinking".
In 1985, the album "Flaut the imperfection" was released and it was again a success. Album from which will come the single hit "Black man ray", as well as the minor hit "King in a catholic style".
A year later in 1986, the album "What price paradise" was released which produced one of the group's last hits, "Best kept secret".
We will have to wait 8 years and the year 1994 to see the release of a new album "Warped by success", an album which will be far, very far, from reaching the level of success of previous opus and we even think that the fate of the group is now sealed.
But they will be reborn in a totally unexpected way 20 years later thanks to the album "Autumn in the neighborhood", album which will go somewhat unnoticed in the Charts but which will make it possible to show in a dazzling way that this group really has an extraordinary talent !
To discover or rediscover.
Discography (among others ...) :
African and white 1981
Scream down at me 1982
No more blue horizons 1982
Tragedy and mystery 1983
Working with fire and steel 1983
Wishful thinking 1983
Hanna Hanna 1984
Black man ray 1985
King in a catholic style 1985
You did cut me 1985
The highest high 1985
Arizona sky 1986
Best kept secret 1987
Saint Saviour square 1989
Red letter day 1989
Everyday the same 1994
Everyone you know 2013
Down here on earth 2015
Autumn in the neighbourhood 2015
Because my heart 2015
Everyone you know 2015
1981 ... a promising first title for a group which is no less so. First title and already first success, what more could you ask for !
1982 ... the rest will be a little more complicated to manage. The group does not manage to surf on the dynamics generated by the previous title and this title there will pass completely under the radars ...
1982 ... just like this one. Certainly, the years go by but they don't necessarily look alike. Fortunately the rest will prove that the success of the 1st title was anything but an accident ...
1982 ... a unique sound, different from other groups. A particular strength that is fully reflected in pieces like this. Magnificent !
1983 ... the group clearly grows in strength and finds the path to success. We suspected that the slight air hole at the beginning of 1982 would not last ...
1983 ... frenzied rhythm on this colorful track which offers them their first world class success. A well-deserved recognition !
1983 ... then this title arrives ! He delivers here a marvel of sweetness and finesse which offers them the biggest success of all their discography and a direct ticket for posterity. MAS-TER-FUL !
1984 ... the tempo suddenly re-accelerates resulting in a severe unscrewing in the Charts. Bad pick as they say ...
1985 ... another excellent title which confirms the enormous potential of the group in the 'emotional' register. Good pick this time with the 2nd biggest success of their career. All good little guys!
1985 ... the title which will remain forever the credits of a cult program of the 80s on the French side. And yes, it's even better in the afternoon ... isn't it Christophe !
1985 ... a BIG year 1985 with a quality which does not weaken and plethora of titles of large, even very large caliber. The group is at the height of its art and it can be heard !
1985 ... the 'little' hit of the year. But even this small hit is more than enough to keep the group in the lead pack. For now, everything is going perfectly ...
1986 ... a group in the end little known but which would have really deserved recognition much higher than it was with the general public. Tough law of the trade ...
1987 ... certainly the production of titles slows down from year to year but better is quality than quantity as they say. And on this one, once again, the account is there !
1989 ... something has changed, it's clear. The style, the sound, everything has been changed. Unfortunately, everything that made them original has gone somewhat ...
1989 ... which does not prevent them from still landing 'small' hits but they now do more some figuration than anything else, it's clear ...
1994 ... they will even try the transition to the 90s but like many colleagues, the transition will not be really favorable to them unfortunately. End of story as they say ...
2013 ... end of the story ? Oh no, it was bad to know them. Here they are reborn from their ashes in this decade of 2010 and in what way !
2015 ... their new album "Autumn in the neighborhood" is a real gem and full of musical pearls. we are already the second and it is far from over !
2015 ... each track is inspired and sees the group literally transcend himself on this totally unexpected album. Like what, in music, everything is always possible, the proof !
2015 ... what is incredible is that they kept their musical fundamentals of the 80s without them taking a wrinkle on this album. Darned daring bet but won !
2015 ... what is deeply unfair is that this album is surely one of their best and yet it will go almost completely unnoticed. Frankly shame ...
2015 ... anyway, it is precisely thanks to this kind of article that what went unnoticed suddenly becomes visible to everyone. A fair return of things !
Top Bonus : 2015 ... they will realize this title, a revisited version of Carole King's title dating from 1971, for the compilation '80s Recovered'. And once again, the title will be a real success !
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