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Difficult Shapes & Passive Rhythms (Some People Think It's Fun To Entertain) is the title of the debut album by China Crisis released on Virgin records in November 1982. The album features four different producers and song writing is attributed to the three group members of the time Eddie Lundon, Garry Daly and Dave Reilly. Cover design is by Peter Saville Associates.

Difficult Shapes.. achieved limited success on its release although eventually made it to no.21 in February 1983 on the back of the success of the single Christian, a longer version of which appears on the album. Early single African and White and the follow-up No More Blue Horizons are also included.

The album was reissued as a two CD deluxe package in 2017. The first disc contains the original album whereas the the second disc contains bonus material, including previously unreleased demos, B-sides and extended versions plus the group's first session for John Peel recorded on 22 March 1982 and broadcast for the first time on 01 April 1982.[1]


  • original LP/cassette,1982
    CC Difficult Shapes album promo flyer.jpg

Side One / "Difficult Side"

  1. Seven Sports For All
  2. No More Blue Horizons (Fool, Fool, Fool)
  3. Feel To Be Driven Away
  4. Some People I Know To Lead Fantastic Lives
  5. Christian

Side Two / "Entertainment Side"

  1. African and White
  2. Are We A Worker
  3. Red Sails
  4. You Never See It
  5. Temptation's Big Blue Eyes
  6. Jean Walks Through Fresh Fields
  • Deluxe reissue, 2xCD 2017

see here for full tracklisting


UK releases only

African and White

UK rel. date (1981) 1982, UK chart peak 45

  • see page for details
African remix 7 front.jpeg
No More Blue Horizons (Fool, Fool, Fool)

Virgin VS 521

rel. ?? 1982, UK chart peak ??

  • 7" A. No More Blue Horizons (Fool, Fool, Fool) (3.45) B. No Ordinary Lover (3.03)
  • 12" A. No More Blue Horizons (Fool, Fool, Fool) (5.02) B1. No Ordinary Lover (3.03) B2. Watching Over Burning Fields (6.22)
No More Blue Horizons 7.jpg

Virgin VS 562

rel. Dec. 1982, UK chart peak 12

  • see page for details
Christian 7 front.jpeg

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