The Human League

Formed 1977.
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The Human League are an English electronic new wave band formed in Sheffield in 1977. Dare (1981), the band's most popular album, yielded the single "Don't You Want Me", a No. 1 hit in the pop charts of UK, US and many other countries. After its UK success, their first single, "Being Boiled" was reissued and became a top ten hit at the beginning of 1982. The success of "Don't You Want Me" is seen as the beginning of the MTV-driven Second British Invasion of the US. Other international hits include: "Love Action", "Open Your Heart", "Mirror Man", "Fascination", "The Lebanon", "Human" (a US No. 1) and "Tell Me When".

The only constant band member since 1977 is vocalist and songwriter Philip Oakey. Originally an avant-garde all-male synthesizer-based group, The Human League evolved into a commercially successful synthpop band under Oakey's leadership. Since 1987, the band has essentially been a trio of Oakey and long-serving female vocalists Joanne Catherall and Susan Ann Sulley (both of whom joined the ensemble in 1980), with various sidemen.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Dare / Fascination

    Dare / Fascination 2012

    Reviewed by Ian Wade
    Over 30 years on, Dare’s music still sounds fresh enough to mark it a pop classic.
  2. Review of Credo

    Credo 2011

    Reviewed by Tom Hocknell
    Better than it has any right to be, but far from an essential addition to their catalogue.
  3. Review of Very Best Of

    Very Best Of 2003

    Reviewed by Mick Fitzsimmons
    ''Being Boiled'' remains the greatest single inspired by the plight of silk worms ever...
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