Wang Chung

They started as The Intellektuals and then started again as 57 Men. After that, from 1980 to 1982, the new wave band from London, England, called itself Huang Chung. The not always refined and certainly not always sober audience corrupted that to Hung Chung and that was quite beside the point. For that reason it became Wang Chung.

First the band said that in Chinese Wang Chung means something like 'perfect pitch', then they maintained that it is an onomatopoeia (sound imitation): wang chung is the sound you get when you strike a power chord on a guitar. So something like Kerrang!, but different.

Active: 1979-1990; 1997-present, GBR
Site: http://www.wangchung.com/

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