Dance Hall Days
|"Dance Hall Days"|
|Single by Wang Chung|
|from the album Points on the Curve|
|B-side||"There Is a Nation"|
|Released||14 January 1984|
|Recorded||Abbey Road Studios, 1983|
|Wang Chung singles chronology|
"Dance Hall Days" is a song by English band Wang Chung, released as a single in 1984. It was the band's only single to make the Top 75 charts in the UK, narrowly missing the Top 20. In the US, it peaked at number 16 on the Hot 100 and went all the way to number one on the Dance/Disco chart, their highest showing on the latest chart.
- 1 Music videos
- 2 "Dance Hall Days" in popular culture
- 3 Track listing
- 4 Chart performance
- 5 References
Two versions of a music video were made. The first version of the video, directed by Derek Jarman, is a collection of home movies with the majority of the archive footage consisting of a stage show with swimmers and fountains, and other World War II-era material. Apparently, the footage is courtesy of the director's father, who was one of the very first people ever to use a colour home movie camera. The toddler in the home movie footage is the director himself as a child. The home movies are interspersed amid footage of Jack, Nick, and Darren, lip-synching and playing the violin. The band are also dressed up as characters from The Wizard of Oz at the end of the video, with Jack Hues as The Tin Man, Nick Feldman as The Scarecrow, and Darren Costin as The Lion.
The second version of the video is the most well-known, and received heavy rotation airplay at MTV. It is a magical fantasy concept video set in the 1940s, the heyday of dance halls. The video begins in black-and-white, with Jack Hues stopping in front of a closed-down hall, setting down the suitcase he carries, and picking up a flyer. The scene shifts to colour, featuring the band performing in the packed hall with the backing of a big band as couples dance. Later, a disco ball descends to the floor and breaks open, allowing a mirror-covered humanoid creature to emerge and dance. The video ends in black-and-white, with Hues walking past the hall and down the street; he leaves his suitcase behind, but it sprouts legs and hurries off after him.
"Dance Hall Days" in popular culture
- The song can be heard playing in the background during the strip club scenes in Bachelor Party and To Live and Die in L.A., for which Wang Chung also composed and performed the original soundtrack. It was later featured in Pretty in Pink, Gotti, Romy and Michele's High School Reunion, Adventureland, Blood and Bone, The Informers, I Love You Phillip Morris, Duplicity, The Fighter and Seeking a Friend for the End of the World.
- A remix version can be heard during the frat party scene in The Sure Thing.
- It can also be heard on the Flash FM radio station and in the Malibu Club in the popular video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City as well as a brief appearance in a commercial for Major League Baseball 2K9 featuring Tim Lincecum.
- In the commercial, the animated Lincecum character is chastised for listening to the song. The actual Lincecum intones, "and we don't listen to that", as they are driving and listening to music.
- The song is briefly heard playing during a party in the Breaking Bad episode "Over", apparently a reference to the 80's crime dramas such as Scarface and To Live and Die in L.A. which the series ironically recalls.
- The Psychemagik's Leg Warmer Edit of the song plays in the montage of Ryan and Wilfred practicing their dance routine on an episode of Wilfred.
- The song was featured in the direct-to-DVD release Blood and Bone.
- The song is softly sung at the end of the episode 23 of the tenth season of Grey's Anatomy.
- The song briefly plays in a scene of American Ultra whilst Mike replenishes stock of vegetable oil at the convenience store.
7": Geffen / A3837 (UK)
- "Dance Hall Days"
- "There Is a Nation"
7": Geffen / 7-29310 (US)
- "Dance Hall Days"
- "Ornamental Elephant"
12": Geffen / TA3837 (UK)
- "Dance Hall Days [Remix]" (8:02)
- "There Is a Nation"
12": Geffen / 0-20194 (US)
- "Dance Hall Days [Victor Flores Remix]" (8:02)
- "Don't Let Go [Remix]" (7:12)
12": Geffen / GEF65T (UK)
- "Dance Hall Days Revisited [Extended Version]"
- "Dance Hall Days Revisited [Dub Version]"
- "Dance Hall Days [Original Version]"
12": Geffen / GEF 12-22301 (US)*
- "Dance Hall Days [Flashing Back To Happiness 12" Mix]"
- "Dance Hall Days [Darren Costin Remix]"
- "Dance Hall Days [Richie Warburton Remix]"
- "Dance Hall Days [Flashing Back To Happiness 7" Mix]"
- "Let's Go! [Shep's Mix]"
(* Released in 1997 to coincide with the band's "Best Of" release)
"Land of Hunger" by Earons
|Billboard Hot Dance/Disco number-one single
(with "Don't Let Go")
2 June 1984 (1 week)
"Tell Me I'm Not Dreamin' (Too Good to Be True)" by Jermaine Jackson and Michael Jackson
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