The first album was Private Revolution, released in 1987, which yielded two minor hits in the UK, "Private Revolution" and "Ship of Fools", however the latter was to reach number 4 in Australia and number 27 in the U.S. (when the album charted); but it wasn't until the follow up, Goodbye Jumbo (1990) that World Party came to more widespread notice. This album yielded two significant hits - "Put the Message in the Box" (#39 in the UK) and "Way Down Now". Goodbye Jumbo was voted album of the year by Q magazine and was nominated for a Grammy for Best Alternative Music Performance in the USA. The influence of British Invasion rock on World Party's music was much more obvious on this effort, from the "hoo hoo" chorus on "Way Down Now" coming straight from the Rolling Stones' "Sympathy for the Devil," to the album photography that was laid out in the same manner as the promotional poster from the Beatles' so-called "White Album."
Goodbye Jumbo was followed a year later by Thank You World, which besides the title track included two remixes and a live version, as well as other previously unreleased songs, including a cover of the Beatles' "Happiness is a Warm Gun."
The third all-new album, Bang! (1993), continued the band's creative borrowing of classic rock tropes, using the bridge from The Who's "Getting In Tune" for the track "Sunshine". Bang was a bigger success in chart placing terms, reaching number 2 in the UK album chart, with the track "Is It Like Today?" (#19 on the UK Singles Chart) also being a successful single in Europe, but sales were already on the slide. Even so, the fourth album, Egyptology (1996), written following the death of Wallinger's mother, was commercially disastrous, although "She's The One" won an Ivor Novello award and was subsequently recorded by Robbie Williams. The album Dumbing Up was released in 2000 on the band's own label, and was a real return to form, arguably Wallinger's best work since Goodbye Jumbo. Shortly afterwards, however, Wallinger was struck down by an aneurysm that left him unable to speak.
After a long rehabilitation, Wallinger re-emerged onto the scene in 2006. With his back catalogue reclaimed from EMI, a distribution deal was struck (via his own Seaview label) with Universal, and he played his first live show in a decade at the Austin-based South by Southwest festival. Further US dates have been set up for May and June 2006. Big Blue Ball, a joint project with Peter Gabriel with production work by Stephen Hague (Pet Shop Boys, New Order) is also in the pipeline.
Karl delighted his Australian fans in September 2007 when World Party supported Steely Dan in their first ever live tour of Australia. The hope was to release a new CD as the band started their tour with Steely Dan, but the new songs are delayed til 2008.
He's here (once again) for the Party; British rocker Karl Wallinger finally is back with World Party after suffering an aneurysm - and Robbie Williams.(SCENE)
Jul 07, 2006; Byline: Chris Riemenschneider; Staff Writer Austin, Texas -- He had just touched down for his first American gig in seven years...