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
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 as 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/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.


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