Gary Daly and Eddie Lundon formed China Crisis in Liverpool after leaving school in 1979. Their first releases, African and White and Scream Down At Me, were on the small local label, Inevitable, but a signing to Virgin followed.
Their chart fortunes fluctuated, but high points included the thoughtful ballad Christian, the sublime Top 10 single Wishful Thinking and the more upbeat King In A Catholic Style.
Difficult Shapes and Passive Rhythms was the 1982 debut album while Working With Fire and Steel and Flaunt The Imperfection consolidated their reputation.
1986’s What Price Paradise was released to mixed reviews while Diary Of A Hollow Horse was well received in 1989.