Monday, May 29, 2017

"Don't Be My Enemy" by Wang Chung

Song#:  2054
Date:  09/22/1984
Debut:  88
Peak:  86
Weeks:  3
Genre:  New Wave, Synthpop

Pop Bits:  Wang Chung's album Points on the Curve boasted two Pop Top 40 hits including the #16 "Dance Hall Days," which was the LP's second single. Needing a follow-up, this track was selected as the third single. It had a fairly good showing at Dance getting to #17, but Pop didn't latch on to it and the song could only manage a few weeks near the bottom of the chart.

ReduxReview:  Their Points album was very good, but it wasn't loaded with big single contenders. "Dance Hall Days" was the catchiest of the bunch and "Don't Let Go" was pretty good too. This one followed in their footsteps and was probably a logical choice, but it just wasn't as strong or as memorable as the other two. I think "Wait" was a potentially better choice for the third single (see below), but it may have been a bit dark for Pop. That one sticks in my mind where "Don't Be" seems to fade away quickly.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  In the UK, this song was actually the first single issued from the album. It did not do very well only getting to #92. Like in the US, the best performing single from the LP was "Dance Hall Days," which got to #21. In both countries, a fourth single was issued. "Wait" was able to make a #87 appearance on the UK chart, but it was shut out on the US Pop chart. However, like "Don't Be My Enemy," the song was able to get to #17 at Dance.


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