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Huang Chung – Dance Hall Days (UK 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on March 3rd, 2016

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1982

A. Front

Dance Hall Days” is a single by English band Huang Chung originally released in October 1982 on Arista Records. This early version failed to have any chart success. The band then left arista and was signed to American based Geffen Records, making the group the second UK-based act to be signed to Geffen worldwide after Asia (not counting then-New York-based John Lennon in 1980).

At this juncture, and at Geffen’s suggestion, the band changed their name to Wang Chung, allegedly to make pronunciation easier for English-speakers. In 1984 the band re-recorded “Dance Hall Days” making it the hit version that we are all familiar with (No. 16 US, No. 21 UK).

This rare 12″ contains the original 1982 dance mix.

SIDE A:
Dance Hall Days (Dance Mix) 5:25
Producer – Tim Friese-Green*

SIDE B:
China (American Extended Remix) 6:58
Producer – Roger Bechirian

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: Arista ‎– Arista ‎– ARIST 12493, Arista ‎– ARIST 12 493
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM, Single
Country: UK
Released: Oct 1982
Genre: Electronic
Style: New Wave, Synth-pop

CREDITS:
Performer [Huang Chung Are] – Darwin*, Hogg*, Jack Hues, Nick*
Written-By – Jack Hues

NOTES:
Track B remixed from the album “Huang Chung”

Find the 12″ on DISCOGS

B. Back

EQUIPMENT USED:
Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut Carbon (DC)
Cartridge: Ortofon 2M
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Platter: Pro-Ject Acryl-It platter
Stabilizer: Pro-Ject Record Puck 
Phono Pre-amp:
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Tube:
Tung-Sol 12AX7ECC803-S Gold Electron Tube
Soundcard:
ESI Juli@
Record Cleaning:
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Artwork Scans:
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

SOFTWARE USED:
Recording/Editing: Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Down Sampling: iZotope RX Advanced 2
Artwork Editor: Adobe Photoshop CS5
Click Removal: Manual
FLAC/MP3 Conversion: dBpoweramp
M3U Playlist: Playlist Creator

RESTORATION NOTES:
All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

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29 Responses to “Huang Chung – Dance Hall Days (UK 12″)”

  1. David Says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever heard this original version before, certainly not the dance mix of it. Thanks!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome David 🙂

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  2. Synth Says:

    Great find. Just goes to show you how important the right mix can be. All of the elements of Dance Hall Days are there, but it doesn’t grab you like the re-recorded version that we all know and love does. The re-recorded Wang Chung version is one of my favorite songs from the 80’s and has a mystical quality that songs rarely do. That song was very influential on me as a songwriter/musician and just on my personal musical tastes. Great to hear this example of how drastically the right mix of a song can completely change its fortunes.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    I agree with you Synth. Pretty much the same thing happened with “Take On Me” by a-ha.

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  3. OMAR Says:

    Wow. Thanks Paul for these gorgeous rarities . Keep the 12″ new wave singles coming.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Omar 🙂

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  4. NKelly Says:

    Huang Chung? Well i never knew that! Many thanks not heard this original version at all then judging by your write up

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Neil 🙂

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  5. Jeff Says:

    And here is another slice of nirvana for me Paul!! Just think, we were just talking about the band the other day and here you deliver a truly wonderful surprise!! I am so looking forward to hearing this version. So interesting what Synth had to say about it. I so agree with him that the later version really had a “mystical quality that songs rarely do.” The later version was so hypnotizing, to say the least. Thank you for expanding their discography for us all. You are momentous in your approach to picking songs. I swoon over your talents as a music propagator and provocateur Paul. Your posts are like sonic lovers that tend to my every musical need. You….Are….OUTSTANDING!!! The Champagne corks surely come popping off with your effervescence Paul.

    Drunk on the music!!

    Jeff

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Jeff hope you like this version 🙂

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  6. RA Feutz Says:

    Damn, nice find and rip, Paul! Thank you for this rare treat. I have the original Huang Chung CD on ‘China’ records, but I don’t think I have ever seen this. Looking forwarding to hearing this early version. Thanks again for this and everything!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    My pleasure RA 🙂

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  7. MAN Says:

    Thank you for this one … I like it much , nice Choise

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome MAN 🙂

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  8. VanceMan Says:

    I knew Huang Chung — I think I have that first LP somewhere — but I’m pretty sure it doesn’t contain this early version of “Dance Hall Days.” Thanks so much for sharing.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You are correct VanceMan “Dance Hall Days” did not appear until their second album re-recorded.

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  9. Junior Says:

    One of my favourite 80’s tracks but never heard this version before. I think i’m gonna like it though. Such a cool song!

    Thanks Paul 🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Junior 🙂

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  10. Rickie Says:

    Hi Paul,

    While listening to this version, that I only heard once a millenia ago, I couldn’t stop thinking.. How important is getting a good arrangement, definitely the most know version became a hit for simply having a more music arrangement (to my ears), another song that comes to mind is “lawnchairs” by My Daughters Wedding.

    Thank you!

    Rickie

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Love “lawnchairs” Ricki posted it a while back 🙂

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  11. Rickie Says:

    correction: I meant “a better musical arrangement”

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  12. John Says:

    Often, when band releases a re-recorded version, it’s far superior to the original (e.g. a-ha’s “Take on Me” from 1985 is so much better then the original 1984 version). This one is just as good as the more popular one. Thank you!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    I agree John I like it just as well maybe because it seems new 🙂

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  13. Song_And_Dance Says:

    Strange how things can go, isn´t it? As Synth said above, all the elements are there. It´s all in the right mix at the right time. The rerecorded version went to no 5 over here in Germany. I bought the 12inch back then, of course. The follow-up singles could not match the success of Dance Hall Days but I LOVED “Wait”, their final single from their 1984 album, Points on the Curve. “Wait” failed totally, though, and there is no promo video for that single! The 12inch includes a strange and interesting “part 2” version of Dance Hall Days, by the way.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    I posted the “Wait” single a while ago great 12″ 🙂

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  14. Locutus Says:

    Thanks for this one.
    It’s interesting to hear but reveals that the hook that made it a hit isn’t quite there yet but all the elements are there. It’s not the first nor the last time that a tune just needed a little producer’s magic to bring it to life.

    Air Supply’s ‘Lost In Love’ comes to mind as a prefect example of this. Clive Davis knew the hit qualities were there & it just needed a little more work The result is night & day to the original version.

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  15. MillCity9 Says:

    Wow!

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  16. George Says:

    Great early version. And,while you mentioned John Lennon in the write up,Elton John was also on Geffen (I think John, Elton and Donna Summer were the first three artists who signed to Geffen followed by Asia and Wang Chung,amongst others,with Donna Summer being the first to release – although the first single actually bore a modified Warner Brothers label,which had a simple box reading “Geffen Records”.)

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  17. Matt Says:

    Thanks for posting this & the other Wang Chung 12″s.Great hearing these again.

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