The most famous band ever to come out of Hong Kong, Beyond formed in 1983 as a progressive rock group with ties to the Western post-punk movement. Persevering through initial public indifference, the band hit its stride in the late 1980s and early 1990s, as it released a string of commercial hits including "Glory Days", a political anthem dedicated to the accomplishments of Nelson Mandela. Riding the success of these songs, Beyond went on to become the most famous band in southeast Asia, attracting a massive fan base across Japan, Taiwan, and Malaysia as well as southern China.
Success for the band proved tragically short-lived. In 1993 Beyond's founder and lead singer Wong Ka-kui died from internal bleeding after an accidental fall during a television appearance in Japan. While his bandmates continued to play after his death, the loss of Wong's talents were self-evident: he had written over 90 percent of their previous material. The remaining members formally disbanded in 2005 and went on to pursue solo projects.