Thursday, January 2, 2020

"Let's Go" by Wang Chung

Top 10 Alert!
Song#:  3000
Date:  01/24/1987
Debut:  74
Peak:  9
Weeks:  18
Genre:  Pop

Pop Bits:  Wang Chung grabbed their first US Top 10 hit with "Everybody Have Fun Tonight," the lead single from their album Mosaic. It would reach #2 on the Pop chart. To follow it up, this next track was selected. The tune took its time climbing the chart and it eventually got inside the Top 10. It was also a minor entry on the Dance chart at #41. The hit helped sell a few more albums and eventually it would go gold.

ReduxReview:  With its big, hooky chorus, this song served as an excellent follow-up to "Everybody Have Fun Tonight." It was also nice that both of the duo got a chance on lead vocal duties with Jack Hues on the verses and Nick Feldman on the bridge. Sadly, this song gets overlooked these days. Even the lower charting "Dance Hall Days" seems to get more attention. This tune certainly showed that the duo had the goods to create catchy pop hits, but unfortunately it would end up being their last one to crack the Top 10.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  Prior to releasing Mosaic, Wang Chung contributed a song to the soundtrack for the 1985 hit film The Breakfast Club. Songwriter/producer Keith Forsey was in charge of the film's music (along with Gary Chang) and co-wrote/produced several songs with various artists including Wang Chung. Their track "Fire in the Twilight" was written by Wang Chung's Jack Hues along with Forsey and Steve Schiff, and produced by Forsey. It was released as a single, but couldn't get on the Pop chart. It bubbled under at a very minor #110. Of course, the big hit from the soundtrack was the #1 "Don't You (Forget About Me" by Simple Minds.


1 comment:

  1. 7/10 for me as well, oddly when I was younger I was not a big fan of this song and thought it was a lame tune, as I've gotten older I grew to appreciate the song a lot more and find myself liking it, I agree this song seems to get overlooked in favor of their two other Top 20 singles, I also felt their follow up single to this song "Hyptonize Me" should've been a much bigger hit.