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The Human League

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Sheffield, United Kingdom (1977 – present)

The Human League are an English band formed in 1977. Originally a minimal synthesiser-based group from Sheffield, UK, they became one of the most successful acts of the 80s. The only consistent band member is vocalist and songwriter Phil Oakey. The band’s best known configuration was their 1980-1985 lineup of Phillip Oakey (vocals), Joanne Catherall (vocals), Susanne Sulley (vocals), Phillip Adrian Wright (keyboards), Jo Callis (guitar, keyboards) and Ian Burden (bass).

Martyn Ware and Ian Craig Marsh were both working as computer programmers in 1977, and combined a love of pop music (such as glam rock and Tamla Motown) with avant garde electronic music. They acquired a Roland System 100 synthesizer and began to create music in their own rehearsal facility. Initially they formed a group called The Dead Daughters, which then became The Future with Adi Newton on vocals. Newton was soon dismissed and left to form the outfit Clock DVA. Ware and Marsh searched for a vocalist, but their first choice, Glenn Gregory (who would be the lead singer of their later band, Heaven 17), was unavailable. Ware instead decided to invite Philip Oakey, an old school friend, and a hospital porter at the time to join the band, “apparently by leaving a note stuck to his door”. Oakey accepted the invitation, despite never having been in a band before. Shortly after, they decided to call themselves The Human League. A collection of demos from this period was released on CD in 2002, titled The Golden Hour of The Future, compiled by Richard X.

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  • RazorGothMetal

    I'm only Humaaan...

    14 Aug 6:05am Reply
  • MusiQ3985

    Adore "Octopus," "Secrets," & "Credo"; three sequential recording of perfection.

    29 Jul 2:16am Reply
  • Cylob

    'Romantic?' is an overlooked album. Not far off their 80's calibre.

    6 Jul 10:37am Reply
  • brattybc

    the narcotic that forges their union is a substance known only to one. to the clown it is known as dominion, it's a secret that he'll give to none. the drug which gives the clown power means the circus can never be stopped. and his dream can go on unhindered till the last human being has dropped.

    9 May 3:52am Reply
  • marksplace2008

    Don't You Want Me is heading back to the UK Top 40 on Sunday, it's rising up the itunes chart thanks to an advert. Currently at 15.

    18 Mar 8:14pm Reply
  • BlowPeterMurphy

    I'd have FUCKED Phil Oakey into a COMA back in the "early days"!!!.... He was soooo fucking GORGEOUS!!!.... I had been "hoping" that he was an "out of the closet gay man" ( like "Marc Almond" for instance... ) Allegedly, he says he's not.... ( sure, Phil.... )

    3 Mar 3:28am Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    доставляли, как и OMD, только в самом начале карьеры

    20 Feb 12:44pm Reply
  • SunSearcher

    don't you want me? :>

    19 Feb 5:34pm Reply
  • pranav13

    one man in my heart

    8 Feb 6:48am Reply
  • HierSoir

    BoobyNoobie, "Together In Electric Dreams" is a song by Giorgio Moroder and Philip Oakey, from the "Electric Dreams" movie soundtrack. There was a lot of confusion over the song, since the Human League performs it live and it has been released on the Human League "greatest hits" compilations. But it was just Philip. This soundtrack was also the source for Culture Club's hit "Love Is Love".

    20 Jan 8:08pm Reply
  • luckyrucksack

    new wave rules

    8 Jan 1:29pm Reply
  • Cylob

    @MusiQ3985, "These Are the Days" is one of their greatest tracks and certainly their best since 1986. Discuss.

    28 Nov 2013 Reply
  • DumbDebbie

    @BoobyNoobie: No, it isn't. It is however included on several of their Greatest Hits compilations. & They do often perform it live in a slightly altered version, with Joanne and Susan doing the backing vocals.

    12 Oct 2013 Reply
  • BoobyNoobie

    Is "Together in Electric Dreams" a Human League song?

    3 Oct 2013 Reply
  • hemlighaller

    Phil Oakey is such a cutie <3

    13 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Tahula

    Synthesizer fans & lovers & addicts are all welcomed! http://www.last.fm/group/Synthesizer

    27 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Keila_M

    Human ♥

    26 Jul 2013 Reply
  • RussellChap

    Fuck the haters of Dare! It's more listenable than Travelogue (better production & songs). The success of Dare! made The Human League pop stars which was the whole point of The Human League. Travelogue is a great album, don't get me wrong, but Dare! is the full realization of the The Human Leagues ideas, both musical and conceptual. Travelogue is just the blueprint. So all Dare haters just back off. Without Dare! The Human League would just be an quirky electronic band only popular with hipsters & snobs.

    25 Jul 2013 Reply
  • MXB2001

    I like the girls...

    8 May 2013 Reply
  • electricchurch

    QuirkyKiwi you are right.try to listen to the album "the golden hour of the future"

    4 May 2013 Reply
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