Saturday 12 Jul 2014 King Tut's Wah Wah Tent
Don't You Want T, Baby?
Formed in Sheffield in 1977 by Phil Oakey and Martin Ware, and starting out quite experimental, The Human League became part of a new wave of post-punk synthesizer bands.
They failed to really make it big with their first crop of releases, and after Ware's departure to form Heaven 17, front man Phil Oakey hired two young girls he literally saw in a Sheffield nightclub, and the rest, as they say, is history.
They hit the big time with the classic karaoke favourite, “Don’t You Want Me”, the lead single that propelled their iconic album Dare to the top spot of the charts for an incredible four weeks on the trot.
“Don’t You Want Me” has stood the test of time, recently even re-emerging on the iTunes top five on the back of an Aberdeen FC fan campaign.
Success continued throughout the 80s for The Human League with a string of chart topping singles, including notably a Phil Oakey collaboration with legendary electronic musician Giorgio Moroder. The Human League saw success on both sides of the Atlantic, with their single “Human” topping the US charts, a feat that continues to elude many British artists.
Throughout the 90s and early noughties the band continued to tour, enjoying success as a live act. In November and December 2007, to mark their 30th anniversary, the band conducted their highest profile tour yet. As of 2009, they signed a deal with Wall of Sound and have been writing and recording new material.