Bang! (World Party album)

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World Party Bang UK original.jpg
Studio album by World Party
Released 26 April 1993
Recorded March 1991 – October 1992
Genre Rock
Length 52:22
Label Ensign
Producer Karl Wallinger
World Party chronology
Goodbye Jumbo
(1990)Goodbye Jumbo1990
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Bang! is the third album by British group World Party, released by Ensign Records on April 26, 1993. While previous World Party albums were essentially solo projects by one-man orchestra Karl Wallinger, for this album World Party officially became a three-person group: Wallinger (vocals, keyboards, guitars, basses, etc.), Dave Catlin-Birch (guitars), and Chris Sharrock (drums). As well, the band is aided by a number of guest artists.

In 2000, the album was re-released by Papillon Records with new cover art.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Karl Wallinger, except where noted.

  1. "Kingdom Come"
  2. "Is It Like Today?"
  3. "What Is Love All About?"
  4. "And God Said..." (Wallinger, Guy Chambers)
  5. "Give It All Away" §
  6. "Sooner or Later"
  7. "Hollywood"
  8. "Radio Days" (Wallinger, Chambers, David Catlin-Birch)
  9. "Rescue Me"
  10. "Sunshine"
  11. "All I Gave"
  12. "Give It All Away (Reprise)" ¥
  • § Give It All Away is an extended mix of 8m34s in the UK version. The US version is shorter at 4m23s.
  • There is a hidden track towards the end of Give It All Away (Reprise), a track only on the US release, entitled "Surfing in Kuwait City" or, more simply, "Kuwait City". It is a satirical song and a pastiche in the style of the Beach Boys. It makes a social commentary on the 1991 Gulf War.


Weekly charts[edit]

Year Chart Position
1993 UK Albums Chart 2[2]
1993 The Billboard 200 126


Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1993 "Is It Like Today?" Mainstream Rock Tracks 38
1993 "Is It Like Today?" Modern Rock Tracks 5