Wishful Thinking (China Crisis song)

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"Wishful Thinking"
China Crisis Wishful Thinking single cover.jpg
Single by China Crisis
from the album Working with Fire and Steel – Possible Pop Songs Volume Two
B-side "This Occupation"
"Some People I Know to Lead Fantastic Lives"
Released 1983
Format 7" vinyl, 12" vinyl
Recorded 1983
Length 4:08 (7" single edit)
4:40 (12" single / album version)
8:36 (extended mix; not on all releases)[1]
Label Virgin
Songwriter(s) Gary Daly, Eddie Lundon
Producer(s) Mike Howlett
China Crisis singles chronology
"Working with Fire and Steel"
"Wishful Thinking"
"Hanna Hanna"
"Working with Fire and Steel"
"Wishful Thinking"
"Hanna Hanna"

"Wishful Thinking" is a song by English band China Crisis, released as the third single from their 1983 album Working with Fire and Steel – Possible Pop Songs Volume Two. It reached #9 in the UK charts in early 1984, becoming their only top 10 hit single in that country. The song is their biggest and most well-known hit, and is included on numerous compilation albums. It was a top 20 hit in several European countries[2] and hit number 1 on the Swedish radio chart Poporama on 8 March 1984.[3]

The lead vocal on this track is by Eddie Lundon who also wrote the lyrics, as opposed to Gary Daly who sings lead vocals on the majority of the band's songs.

The track "This Occupation" remains exclusive to this release and appears in two very different forms on the 7" and 12" releases.

The track "Some People I Know to Lead Fantastic Lives" is taken from the band's debut album Difficult Shapes & Passive Rhythms, Some People Think It's Fun to Entertain, although the remix on this 12" single remains exclusive to this release.

Track listing[edit]

7" vinyl single[edit]

All tracks written by Gary Daly and Eddie Lundon.

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Wishful Thinking" 4:08
Side two
No. Title Length
2. "This Occupation" 2:41

12" vinyl single[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Wishful Thinking" Daly, Lundon 4:38
2. "Some People I Know to Lead Fantastic Lives" Daly, Lundon, Dave Reilly 3:43
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "This Occupation (Extended Mix)" Daly, Lundon 4:00
2. "Some People I Know to Lead Fantastic Lives (Extended Mix)" Daly, Lundon, Reilly 6:07

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1984) Peak
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[4] 9
Germany (Official German Charts)[5] 16
Ireland (IRMA)[6] 6
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[7] 14


  1. ^ Wishful Thinking Extended Mix on YouTube
  2. ^ Hitparad.se
  3. ^ Stefan Heiding: Poporama - Heta högen (1992) ISBN 91-971894-1-3
  4. ^ "January 1984/ Archive Chart: 28 January 1984" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 8 August 2010.
  5. ^ "Musicline.de – China Crisis Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH. Retrieved 8 August 2010.
  6. ^ "irishcharts.ie search results for China Crisis". Retrieved 8 August 2010. 
  7. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 7, 1984" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40 Retrieved 8 August 2010.

External links[edit]

"Wishful Thinking" at Discogs (list of releases)