The Warmer Side of Cool

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The Warmer Side of Cool
Studio album by Wang Chung
Released 23 May 1989
Recorded 41B Studios, Westlake Village, CA from 1988-1989
Genre Rock/Pop
Length 52:04
Label Geffen
24222
Producer Peter Wolf
Wang Chung chronology
Mosaic
(1986)
The Warmer Side of Cool
(1989)
Everybody Wang Chung Tonight: Wang Chung's Greatest Hits
(1997)
Singles from The Warmer Side of Cool
  1. "Praying to a New God"
    Released: April 1989
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]

The Warmer Side of Cool is Wang Chung's fifth studio album and fourth on Geffen Records. Released in May 1989, the album was a commercial disappointment, peaking at #123 on the Billboard 200 in its final week on the chart.[2] Despite poor sales, the album managed to provide a minor hit with "Praying to a New God", which peaked at #63 on the Billboard Hot 100 on May 27, 1989.[3]

Track listing[edit]

CD[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Praying to a New God"   Jack Hues, Nick Feldman, David Chandler 3:58
2. "What’s So Bad About Feeling Good?"   Hues, Feldman, Chandler 4:11
3. "Snakedance"   Hues 4:58
4. "Swing"   Feldman 4:29
5. "When Love Looks Back at You"   Hues 4:50
6. "Games of Power"   Feldman 4:53
7. "At the Speed of Life"   Hues 5:26
8. "The Warmer Side of Cool"   Hues 4:42
9. "Logic and Love"   Feldman, Chandler 4:04
10. "Tall Trees in a Blue Sky"   Hues 4:21
11. "Big World"   Hues 6:12
Total length:
52:04

Cassette/LP[edit]

Side One

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Praying to a New God"   Jack Hues, Nick Feldman, David Chandler 3:58
2. "What’s So Bad About Feeling Good?"   Hues, Feldman, Chandler 4:11
3. "Snakedance"   Hues 4:58
4. "Swing"   Feldman 4:29
5. "When Love Looks Back at You"   Hues 4:50
6. "Games of Power"   Feldman 4:53
Total length:
27:19

Side Two

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "At the Speed of Life"   Hues 5:26
2. "The Warmer Side of Cool"   Hues 4:42
3. "Logic and Love"   Feldman, Chandler 4:04
4. "Tall Trees in a Blue Sky"   Hues 4:21
5. "Big World"   Hues 6:12
Total length:
24:45

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1989) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200 123

Personnel[edit]

  • Lead Vocals: Jack Hues
  • Additional Vocals: Bill Clift, Darren Costin, Gary Falcone, Nick Feldman, Roger Freeland, Jeff Pescetto, Joe Pizzulo, Ina Wolf and Peter Wolf
  • Tribal Vocals: Bill Clift, Allan Ryder and Peter Wolf
  • Guitars: Jack Hues, Pete McCray and Mikal Reid
  • Bass Guitar: Nick Feldman
  • Drums: Michael Baird, Vinnie Colaiuta and Bryan Hitt
  • Percussion: Paulinho Da Costa
  • Vocal Percussion: Jeremy Smith
  • Trombone: Bill Reichenbach Jr.
  • Keyboards: Peter Wolf
  • Mixed by Jeremy Smith
  • Engineers: Jeremy Smith and Gonzalo "Bino" Espinoza
  • Assistant Engineers: Gonzalo "Bino" Espinoza and Carlos Golliher
  • Management: David Massey
  • Art Direction/Design: Lynn Robb
  • Collage by Ron Chadwick
  • Wang Chung photos: Victoria Pearson-Cameron
  • Photo of Asian boy: Reed Davis
  • Photo of Kangaroo: Vitamvas/Camera Agency
  • Photo of Interior: used by kind permission of Atlantic Antique Centres with thanks to Soho Design
  • Photo of Dolphin: Julia Whitty
  • Aerial Photography: from The Home Planet © 1988 Kevin W. Kelley. Addison-Wesley Pub. Co.
  • Album mastered by Stephen Marcussen at Precision Lacquer
  • Cassette and CD mastered by Dan Hersch at DigiPrep, Los Angeles, CA
  • John Kalodner
  • Special Thanks to: David Massey, John Kalodner, David Geffen, Ed Rosenblatt and everyone at Geffen Records (especially Al Coury, Marko Babineau, Peter Napoliello, Jonas Livingston, Norman Beil, Eddie Gilreath, Peter Baron, and Robin Rothman). Robin Godfrey-Cass, Ronny Vance, Ken Kraus, Nick Ben-Meir, Sandy Campbell, Lynn Robb, Rob Kline, and Bruce Jackson at 41B. Elaine Black, Debra Shallman, Cathy Woller, Lyn Fey, Roz Schrank, Sigrine Vally, David Chandler, Mikal Reid, Martin Winning (especially for help on "Swing"), Darren Costin, Brian Hitt, Debra Dobkin, and Jeff Naideau.
    • Thanks too, to: Toru Nittono at L.A. Guitar Works, all at Norm's Rare Guitars, Bill Reim and Chuck Fukagawa at Ibanez Guitars, Chris and Allen at the Bass Centre, L.A., Beverly Lund, Francis and Rick at Bull Hitt Productions, the inventor of 'Asteroids', New England Digital, AKG, Monster Cables, Zildjian Cymbals, and D.W. Drums

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Discography for The Warmer Side of Cool on Billboard.com
  3. ^ Praying for a New God Charts on AllMusic.com