China (Red Rockers song)

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China 12-inch single.jpg
Single by Red Rockers
from the album Good as Gold
Released 1983
Format 7", 12"
Genre New wave
Length 3:57
Label Columbia/415
Writer(s) Hill/Griffith/Singletary/Kahne
Producer(s) David Kahne
Also found on numerous compilations.

"China" was a hit single by Red Rockers in 1983.

The recordings[edit]

7" track listing[edit]

  1. "China"
  2. "Voice of America"

12" track listing[edit]

  1. "China"
  2. "China" (Dance Mix)
  3. "Ball of Confusion (That's What the World is Today)"


"China" was originally one of the ten songs on Red Rockers' second full-length album, Good as Gold. The single was released by the joint label Columbia/415.[1] In the wake of 415's deal with Columbia, "Voice of America" was relegated to the B-side of the single, and "China" became the breakout single for the band.[2] Although the song did not reach the Billboard Top Ten, it had an enduring lifespan. The song's popularity was enhanced by its colorful music video, which was a regular selection on MTV during its early years. The video was filmed in New Orleans, the band's hometown. [3]


"China" was described by rock critic Ira Robbins as "a startlingly pretty pop song", and it represented a major change in the sound and style of Red Rockers: "Gone was the raging rhetoric, replaced by... articulate, ringing guitars and John Griffith's newly smoothed-up vocals."[4]

"China" was included on Rhino Records' new wave compilation album series, Just Can't Get Enough: New Wave Hits of the 80's. In 2000, John Thomas Griffith re-recorded the song with his band Cowboy Mouth for their studio album Easy.

In spite of - or perhaps because of - its amorphous qualities, the song remains an accessible touchstone for American pop cultural references to China more than a quarter of a century after its release.[5]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "AMG Good As Gold overview". Retrieved 2010-10-23. 
  2. ^ "The Red Rockers - Voice of America". Little 2005. Retrieved 2010-10-23. 
  3. ^ "China - Music Video Database". Retrieved 2010-10-23. 
  4. ^ Robbins, Ira, ed. (1985). The New Trouser Press Record Guide (3 ed.). NY, USA: Collier/Macmillan. pp. 465–456. ISBN 0-02-036370-2. 
  5. ^ "China: Red Rocker Video for a Mayor Out of Quarantine". Huffington Post. 10 June 2009. Retrieved 2010-10-23.