Say It’s Your Birthday: World Party’s Karl Wallinger

Today is the birthday of World Party’s Karl Wallinger, born this day
1957 in Wales. Originally a member of the Waterboys, Wallinger also
spent time as musical director of The Rocky Horror Picture Show
before forming his entirely self-conceived and executed project
World Party in 1986. The following year he put out his debut album,
Private Revolution which was deeply influenced by
environmental issues and featured help from Sinead O’Connor on vocals.
The rest of that year was spent touring heavily in support of the
album, which did well on U.S. and UK charts, and was college favorite.
Next up for World Party was involvement in the Greenpeace –
Rainbow Warriors
project, which also benefited the environment.
Further concerns for the air and fishes prompted the third World party
album, Goodbye Jumbo , which again featured Sinead O’Connor.
In 1990 Wallinger performed the single “Message In The Box” at the MTV
video awards, and it went to #39 on the UK charts. After further
touring, including a festival in Reims, France, World Party released
it’s third album Bang! in 1993, which once again spoke of the
evils besotting our troubled planet. Today is also the birthday of
Jennifer Holliday.