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"Difficult shapes and passive rhythms"
Founded in Liverpool, England by Gary Daly and Eddie Lundon. The two started working together in 1979 after leaving school.
China Crisis debuted in 1981 with the single "African and White", then followed another single "Scream Down At Me" in 1982. Both these releases were on a small Liverpool independent label, Inevitable Records.
The band was then signed by Virgin Records who re-released "African and White", which then became a minor UK hit, reaching number 45 in the singles chart.
The debut album "Difficult shapes and passive rhythms, Some People Think It's Fun To Entertain" surfaced in late 1982 and hit the number 21 spot in November. Production credits were shared by Pete Walsh, Steve Levine, Gil Norton and Jeremy Lewis. At this stage the band consisted of Gary Daly (vocals, synths and bass guitar), Eddie Lundon (guitar and vocals) and Dave Reilly (percussion).
The album spawned two more singles "No More Blue Horizons" and "Christian", the latter peaking at number 12 in the UK singles chart.