China Crisis - Difficult Shapes & Passive Rhythms Some People Think It's Fun To Entertain

China Crisis - Difficult Shapes & Passive Rhythms Some People Think It's Fun To Entertain
Recording Location:
Amazon Studios, Liverpool; Red Bus; Strawberry South
Difficult Shapes & Passive Rhythms Some People Think It's Fun To Entertain
New Wave, Punk/New Wave, Alternative/Indie Rock, Post-Punk
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Like fellow Liverpudlians O.M.D., China Crisis began life as a synthetic duo who performed brilliantly executed pop songs with quirky edges. And like O.


D., they seamlessly mixed their love of guitar-based pop with (then) modern musical technology (i.e., synthesizers). Unlike O.M.D., China Crisis' legacy languishes somewhere between there and then with no sign of them ever being considered "hip." Not to say that that is their fault! Gary Daly (the quirky vocalist/keyboardist) and Eddie Lundon (the smooth vocalist/guitarist) made their fascinating debut, Difficult Shapes & Passive Rhythms, Some People Think It's Fun to Entertain, on a low budget, and their magic was already in place, especially on the Steely Dan-ish "No More Blue Horizons," the upbeat groove of "Some People I Know to Lead Fantastic Lives" and "You Never See It," the gorgeous "Christian," and their early hit "African and White." Their quirkiness doesn't quite translate on a few tracks ("Temptation's Big Blue Eyes" and "Are We a Worker"), but the charm of this album will win you over if you like smart, yet slightly eccentric, pop songs. It is plainly obvious that, no matter how uncommercial a particular song may be, the boys in China Crisis put their heart and soul into it, creating something uniquely their own, and building upon it. They would finally work their quirks effortlessly into the music on their sophomore release, but there's plenty for synth fans and '80s fans to find here.

Seven Sports for All / Eddie LundonChina Crisis3:18
No More Blue Horizons / Eddie LundonChina Crisis3:48
Feel to Be Driven Away / Eddie LundonChina Crisis2:55
Some People I Know to Lead Fantastic Lives / Eddie LundonChina Crisis3:33
Christian / Gary Daly / Eddie LundonChina Crisis5:37
African and White / Gary Daly / Eddie LundonChina Crisis3:46
Are We a Worker / Eddie LundonChina Crisis3:30
Red Sails / Eddie LundonChina Crisis4:43
You Never See It / Eddie LundonChina Crisis2:57
Temptation's Big Blue Eyes / Eddie LundonChina Crisis3:25
Jean Walks in Fresh Fields / Eddie LundonChina Crisis1:53

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