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Formed in late 1979 by Kevin Donoghue who quickly recruited John Leek and Peter Wainwright.

The band was a direct influence from a meeting between kevin donoghue and Phil Oakley and Martyn Ware of the Human league in Sheffield at the Christmas break in 1978. Kevin had been playing bass with the Sheffield punk band 2.3, who supported the human league at the Sheffield’s Limit club.

2.3 shared rehearsal rooms with Cabaret Voltaire and hung out with the Human league and the Cabs in a pub called the Bee Hive on West Street, Sheffield.

After discovering that Kevin could play keyboards, Phil took Kevin to see the human league studio and left him alone for an hour or so with a synthesizer.

The next week 2.3 broke up. Kevin sold his Rickenbacker and Marshal stack and bought a synth and drum machine.

Junior was recorded in Fairview studios, Hull in Spring 1980 and release on the bands own label in May 1980. The money raised from this release allowed the band to record track for the album “Europeans” which was also to be self released.

Illuminated records a London based indie contact Btroop after their John Peel airplay and paid for the recording of computer logic the band 2nd single ( originally a punk song played by 2.3).

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