The British group Wang Chung has surfaced several times since going on hiatus in 1997. But frontman Jack Hues says that these days he and co-founder Nick Feldman feel like they’ve reactivated rather than reunited.
“Certainly we’re going to see how things go over this next sort of 12, 18 months,” Hues, 55, says of the group best known for its ’80s hits “Dance Hall Days” and “Everybody Have Fun Tonight,” as well as the soundtrack for the film “To Live and Die in L.A.”
“I guess we just need to get out there and see whether there’s this lingering warmth for (Wang Chung) that turns into something a little more lucrative, or whether it’s just a slightly expensive hobby we’re indulging in.
“I think if we can get it working so we’re making a bit of money out of it and enjoying it, we’ll just keep it going.”
Hues — who also has a jazz group called the Quartet back in Canterbury — and Feldman have re-recorded some of their old material for a new release, “Abducted by the ’80s,” that they’re releasing themselves, which also features some new songs on a second disc. And Hues says if the group is to go forward, the partners have no plans to simply exist as a nostalgia act.
“The nice thing about Wang Chung is we’ve always been pretty eclectic,” he says. “I know everybody remembers ‘Everybody Have Fun Tonight,’ but ... we feel a freedom with Wang Chung to do different stuff.
“I think Wang Chung does have a strong identity, which is beyond it being my voice connecting things up. Nick and I have a certain chemistry together that’s hard to define, but you know it when you hear it, and that makes it easier to try different things because that connection is there.
Wang Chung and JTX perform at 8 p.m. Sunday, June 27, at the Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10. Call 248-544-3030 or visit www.themagicbag.com.
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