"Dance Hall Days" is one of Wang Chung's most popular and best known hit singles. It was released in 1984 on the album Points on the Curve. This was their only song to make the Top 75 charts in the UK, narrowly missing the Top 20. In the U.S. it peaked at #16 on the Hot 100, reached #8 on the Mainstream Rock radio chart, and went all the way to #1 on the Dance/Disco chart, their highest showing on the latter two charts.
|Single by Wang Chung|
|from the album Points on the Curve|
|B-side||"There Is a Nation"|
|Released||14 January 1984|
|Format||CD, LP, cassette|
|Recorded||Abbey Road Studios, 1983|
|Genre||Pop rock, New Wave|
"Dance Hall Days" in popular culture
- The song can be heard playing in the background during the strip club scenes in Bachelor Party and To Live and Die in L.A., for which Wang Chung also composed and performed the original soundtrack. It was later featured in Pretty in Pink', Gotti, Romy and Michele's High School Reunion, Adventureland, Blood and Bone, The Informers, I Love You Phillip Morris, Duplicity and The Fighter.
- A remix version can be heard during the frat party scene in The Sure Thing.
- It can also be heard on the Flash FM radio station and in the Malibu Club in the popular video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City as well as a brief appearance in a commercial for Major League Baseball 2K9 featuring Tim Lincecum.
- In the commercial, the animated Lincecum character is chastised for listening to the song. The actual Lincecum intones, "and we don't listen to that", as they are driving and listening to music.
- The song is briefly heard playing during a party in the Breaking Bad episode "Over", apparently a reference to the 80's crime dramas such as Scarface and To Live and Die in L.A. which the series ironically recalls.
- In the American version of Wilfred, the song plays in the montage of Ryan and Wilfred practicing their dance routine in the episode "Avoidance".