Everybody Have Fun Tonight

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"Everybody Have Fun Tonight"
Everybody Have Fun Tonight.jpg
Single by Wang Chung
from the album Mosaic
B-side"Fun Tonight: The Early Years"
ReleasedSeptember 23, 1986
Format
Recorded1986
Genre
Length4:47
4:15 (7" version)
LabelGeffen
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Peter Wolf
Wang Chung singles chronology
"Wake Up, Stop Dreaming"
(1985)
"Everybody Have Fun Tonight"
(1986)
"Let's Go!"
(1987)
Music video
"Everybody Have Fun Tonight" on YouTube

"Everybody Have Fun Tonight" is a song performed by the British new wave group Wang Chung, released as a single from their album Mosaic in 1986. Collaboratively written by Jack Hues, Nick Feldman, and Peter Wolf, it reached #2 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart on Christmas 1986 behind "Walk Like an Egyptian" by The Bangles. It also hit #1 on the Canada RPM Top 100 Singles chart the week of January 17, 1987. With some different lyrics, the original ballad version of the song was placed on the B-side.

After their breakup in 1991, Wang Chung reunited in 2005 to perform this song on the television show Hit Me, Baby, One More Time.

The song is featured on numerous 1980s compilation albums and still receives some radio airplay across the United States.

It has appeared in the "#2s" episode of VH1 Classic's One Hit Wonders series, even though the band had one more top 10 single, "Let's Go", in April 1987.

Track listing[edit]

7" Geffen / 7-28562 (USA)
  1. "Everybody Have Fun Tonight (edit)"
  2. "Fun Tonight: The Early Years"
7" Geffen / GEF 13F (UK)
  • Side One
  1. "Everybody Have Fun Tonight (edit)"
  2. "Fun Tonight: The Early Years"
  • Side Two
  1. "Dance Hall Days"
  2. "Don't Let Go"
7" Geffen / P-2193 (JPN)
  1. "Everybody Have Fun Tonight (edit)"
  2. "Fun Tonight: The Early Years"
12" Geffen / 0-20551 (USA) and TA 2589 (UK)
  • Side One
  1. "Everybody Have Fun Tonight (12 Inches of Fun)" - 6:45
  2. "Everybody Have Fun Tonight (edit)" - 3:59*
  • Side Two
  1. "Everybody Dub Tonight" - 6:02*
  2. "Fun Tonight: The Early Years" - 4:12

*times as indicated on record label (not actual)

12" (Promo) Geffen / PRO-A-2581 (USA)
  • Side One
  1. "Everybody Have Fun Tonight (Edit)" - 3:59
  • Side Two
  1. "Everybody Have Fun Tonight (LP Version)" - 4:47

Music video[edit]

A screenshot of the band in the then-banned first music video.

Two music videos were made for the song.

The first music video, directed by musician and film duo Godley & Creme, featured scenes of the band playing in a wood-lined room with very rapid editing between different takes of the same performance. The editing gives the video a somewhat disorienting flip book-like animation style, employing the use of visual jitter. Wang Chung, additional musicians and dancers are seen in several formations throughout the video, including in close portrait and seated along a row of chairs, the seating arrangement of which was changed with each take. Each shot flips through up to four takes of the same shot, with some shots approaching up to 1/24th of a second between edits. This video was banned by television networks from airing after its premiere due to reviews determining that the rapid editing would trigger epileptic seizures, though has re-aired as part of Pop Up Video and appears in its original form on YouTube.

A second version of the video was shot and debuted shortly after the first. The original video later became a collector's edition.

Charts[edit]

Chart (1986–87) Peak
position
Canada The Record[1] 1
Canada Top Singles (RPM) 1
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[2] 76
US Billboard Hot 100[3] 2
US Radio & Records CHR/Pop Airplay Chart[4] 1
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[5] 4
US Album Rock Tracks (Billboard) 25

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1987) Position
US Billboard Hot 100 12

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lwin, Nanda (2000). Top 40 Hits: The Essential Chart Guide. Mississauga, Ontario: Music Data Canada. ISBN 1-896-594-13-1.
  2. ^ "Wang Chung: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved April 14, 2017.
  3. ^ "Wang Chung Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved November 3, 2018.
  4. ^ "Wang Chung". Wweb.uta.edu.
  5. ^ "Wang Chung Chart History (Dance Club Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved April 14, 2017.