Human League: every album every song

Human League: every album every song

by Andrew Darlington
Human League: every album every song

Human League: every album every song

by Andrew Darlington


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Sheffield in the late-1970s was isolated from what was happening in London in the same way that Liverpool had been in 1963. A unique generation of electro-experimental groupings evolved in the former Steel City around Cabaret Voltaire and The Future. The Future split into two factions, Clock DVA and The Human League. Then The Human League split into two further factions, Heaven 17, and The Human League as we now know them, fronted by Philip Oakey with Joanne Catherall and Susan Sulley. Dare became one of the most iconic albums of the eighties; the album by which Human League are most instantly recognised. It is a musically ambitious album, both driven and voracious album, with giddy grenades of shared inventiveness. A triumph of content over considerable style, at once phenomenally commercial and gleefully avant-garde. The American success of ‘Don’t You Want Me’, accelerated by the high-gloss movie-quality video, exploiting the band’s extreme visual appeal, heralded what was soon termed the Second British Invasion. It was the first of two Human League singles to top the American charts. This book tells the full story, from the band’s origins in Sheffield, through the full arc of Human League and the very early Heaven 17 hits, and the albums – track-by-track, into the twenty-first century…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781789521863
Publisher: Continental Sales, Inc.
Publication date: 10/15/2022
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Andrew Darlington watched the very first episode of ‘Dr Who’, he also watched the most recent episode. Whatever academic potential he may once have possessed was wrecked by an addiction to loud rock ‘n’ roll and cheap science fiction, which remain the twin poles of what he laughingly refers to as his writing career. He is most proud of his parallel universe collection A Saucerful Of Secrets. His latest book is a biography of the Beatles spin-doctor Derek Taylor: For Your Radioactive Children (Sonicbond, 2020). His writing can be found at ‘Eight Miles Higher’:

Table of Contents

Introduction 9

Beginnings 14

The Golden Hour Of The Future - Recordings by The Future and The Human League (2002) 14

Reproduction (1979) - The Human League 27

The Dignity Of Labour EP - The Human League (1979) 34

The 1980s 39

Early Compilation Albums 39

Travelogue - The Human League (1980) 41

The Human League Split - and Reform 52

Dare! - The Human League (1981) 57

The Human League in 1982 and 1983 71

Releases from ABC and Cabaret Voltaire 75

Heaven 17 - Back to The Future 77

Penthouse And Pavement (1981) by Heaven 17 79

The Luxury Gap (1983) by Heaven 17 84

Hysteria by The Human League (1984) 89

Oakey Collaborates with Giorgio Moroder 98

Philip Oakey And Giorgio Moroder (1985) 100

How Men Are by Heaven 17 (1984) 103

Crash by The Human League (1986) 108

Romantic? by The Human League (1990) 116

Octopus by The Human League (1995) 123

Secrets by The Human League (2001) 131

The Golden Hour Of The Future by The Human League (2002) 136

Live At The Dome by The Human League (2005) 137

DVD: Made In Sheffield: The Birth Of Electronic Pop 1977-1982 (2001) 143

Credo by The Human League (2011) 144

Epilogue 149

Human League Compilation Albums 151

Bibliography 157

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