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World Party is an alternative rock band which formed in Prestatyn, Wales in 1985. Its only consistent member is former Waterboys keyboardist Karl Wallinger. They are best known for their 1985 international hit single "Ship of Fools", one of the first alternative rock songs to hit the Top 40 in the United States. Wallinger was a key member of The Waterboys during their 'Big Music' period, which covered their first three albums: The Waterboys, A Pagan Place, and This Is The Sea. In 1985, Wallinger left The Waterboys to form World Party. Although the parting was quoted as being amicable, musical differences may well have played a factor, given chief-Waterboys Mike Scott's radical shift towards traditional Irish folk music (evidenced by The Waterboys' next album Fisherman's Blues). World Party's debut album was Private Revolution, which adopted a more commercial sound than that of The Waterboys, and also hinted at Wallinger's social conscience - especially on the 'hit' single Ship Of Fools. Private Revolution was followed by Goodbye Jumbo, which was more successful, and then Bang! which was slightly less so. Walinger penned the song She's The One, which was taken to (British) number one by Robbie Williams - for which Wallinger has pledged his undying gratitude, as royalties from this probably outweighed everything he earned from World Party. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.

Tracks We Played

All Come True

Private Revolution
Last Played on June 01, 2015 3:42pm

Put The Message In The Box

Goodbye Jumbo
Last Played on August 20, 2014 11:31am

Is It Like Today?

Last Played on May 17, 2014 11:59am

Ship Of Fools

Private Revolution
Last Played on April 30, 2014 7:49am

Way Down Now

Goodbye Jumbo
Last Played on April 15, 2014 9:44pm

Is It Too Late?

Last Played on January 11, 2014 9:46pm

Radio Days

(I Need Your) God On My Side

All I Gave

Thank You World

Goodbye Jumbo

It Is Time


Another Thousand Years

Strange Groove


What Does It Mean Now?

Piece Of Mind


Who Are You?

Dumbing Up

Here Comes The Future

The Ballad Of The Little Man

Best Place Ive Ever Been

Show Me To The Top

Goodbye Jumbo

All I Really Want To Do

Private Revolution

Give It All Away

All Come True

Private Revolution

Sooner Or Later

Aint Gonna Come Till Im Ready


Take It Up

Goodbye Jumbo