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Phil Oakey


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Phil Oakey is best known for fronting the band The Human League.

Born in 1954, he lived in Sheffield and joined The Human League in 1977, when his old friend from school invited him to sing (by invitation on his door!).

When the early Human League split up, with Ian and Martyn going on to form Heaven 17, Phil was left with a broken band and a European tour. In order to not get sued, he famously recruited 2 schoolgirls who were dancing in a club in Sheffield to tour with him. This mismatched band then went on to create early 80s hits such as “Don’t You Want Me,” “Love Action,” “Mirror Man,” “(Keep Feeling) Fascination,” “Human,” “The Lebanon,” and “Louise.”

In 1984, he teamed up with Giorgio Moroder to create a solo album, including the hit “Together In Electric Dreams” which was used in the soundtrack for the film “Electric Dreams.”


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  • UnfortunatelyGr

    A great guy, has occasionally been spotted in Sheffield righting upside down Robin three-wheelers for Doncaster-born motoring journalists.

    8 Sep 2013 Reply
  • CDPETE01

    believe it or not first listen to this oakey moroder duet album,nice stuff,very 80s.

    12 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Emptaze

    Fans check out Symmetry by Little Boots with guest vocals by Phil Oakey!

    1 Nov 2010 Reply


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  • Obliquemusic

    the best!!! Kisses from Barcelona

    3 Apr 2009 Reply
  • PaisleyPlay

    I LOVE THIS SONG! Beautiful, thank you Phil :)

    21 Jan 2009 Reply

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