1982 was a good year for Liverpool – Echo And The Bunnymen, Teardrop Explodes, The Mighty Wah!, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, Dead Or Alive (before they went disco), The Wild Swans, The Lotus Eaters, The Pale Fountains, The Icicle Works and surprise hit makers China Crisis.
China Crisis were a core duo of Gary Daly on vocals and keyboards and Eddie Lundon on guitar and vocals with added musicians as they needed them live and in the studio. I bought all their albums hoping for another song as moody and sweet as this one. Christian was the third single from their lengthily titled debut album, Difficult Shapes And Passive Rhythms, Some People Think It’s Fun to Entertain. The single reached No.12 in the UK charts in 1982 – the album reaching No.21.
The band released five albums in the eighties all of which charted, their second album, Working With Fire And Steel – Possible Pop Songs Volume Two continued the tradition of long titles and reached No.20 in 1983. Their third album, Flaunt the Imperfection (1985) reaching No.9. Their later albums, What Price Paradise (1986) and Diary Of A Hollow Horse (1989) stalled in the lower reaches of the charts, their sixth and final album, Warped By Success released in the nineties failed to chart. That was it – till now, a new album Autumn In The Neighbourhood is due out in 2015.
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