China Crisis is an English pop/rock band. They were formed in 1979 in Kirkby, near Liverpool, Merseyside with a core of vocalist/keyboardist Gary Daly and guitarist Eddie Lundon.
The band was signed to Virgin Records and recorded their debut album, Difficult Shapes & Passive Rhythms Some People Think It’s Fun To Entertain, which was released in December 1982.A re-release of “African & White” became China Crisis’ first hit in the United Kingdom, reaching #45 in the UK Singles Chart. The follow-up single, “Christian”, made UK #12 in early 1983 and brought them to national prominence. The album peaked at #21 in the UK Albums Chart.During this period the band toured supporting Simple Minds.
Adding Gary “Gazza” Johnson (bass) and Kevin Wilkinson (drums) to the line-up, a second album, Working with Fire and Steel – Possible Pop Songs Volume Two, was released in November 1983.Tracks included the singles “Tragedy and Mystery” (released six months earlier) and “Hanna Hanna” as well as the title track, “Working With Fire & Steel”, which became a hit single in Australia. The album was a Top 20 success in the UK, and China Crisis spent 1984 and 1985 making their biggest chart run, beginning with their only UK Top 10 hit single, “Wishful Thinking”, which peaked at #9.
Wishful Thinking 4:38
Some People I Know Lead Fantastic Lives 3:43
This Occupation (Extended Mix) 4:00
Some People I Know Lead Fantastic Lives (Extended Mix) 6:07