Published on March 30th, 2020 | by Darren Paltrowitz


Wang Chung’s Jack Hues On His New “PRIMITIF” Album, Wang Chung’s Future, Licensing & More

As the co-founder and frontman of Wang Chung, you ought to know the voice and creativity of Jack Hues from still-played and still-licensed anthems like “Everybdy Have Fun Tonight,” “To Live And Die In L.A.,” “Dance Hall Days” “Let’s Go” and “Don’t Let Go.” But Wang Chung’s hits have only been one facet of Hues’ musical career, as he has scored films, recorded music as a solo artist, been part of a group with Genesis’ Tony Banks, and even studied at England’s Royal College Of Music.

The latest album from Jack Hues is PRIMITIF, a double-LP largely written and recorded in 2018. It is his first-ever official solo release — his full-length effort recorded for Sony in the early 1990s never got a proper release — and absolutely emphasizes his classical, prog and jazz influences. Videos for “A Long Time” and ‘Whitstable Beach” from PRIMITIV are already out and into the world.

I had the pleasure of speaking with Jack Hues by phone on March 26, 2020 — yes, as recorded in the midst of the current Coronavirus pandemic — about PRIMITIF, Wang Chung’s immediate future and plenty more. Audio of the full interview is embedded below for your listening pleasure, as are the aforementioned tracks off PRIMITIF, “A Long Time” and “Whitstable Beach.” More on all things Jack Hues can be found online by visiting his official website at

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Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World,, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of the bi-weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" podcast, as co-produced with V13 (formerly He has also co-authored two published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), with a second podcast set for a June 2020 launch.

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