Wednesday, 12 September 2012
Before they Were famous - Human League
Today's post is prompted by last week's life of live when I also remembered that Heaven 17 did a version of Being Boiled , that and the fact that I finally got round to buying Travelogue and Reproduction on cd.
Both lps are patchy and listening to them now you can see why they didn't take off Virgin had hoped or why Bowie's future of music comment seemed a little silly. However they also have some great tracks , Being Boiled is still the highlight but here is another that also reminds me how mad Phil Oakey's lyrics could be
Circus of Death - the Human League
The lps also threw up a couple of oddments that i didnt know about.
The first was that in between the 2 lps their first single for Virgin was recorded under the name the Men as the record company insist they tone down the synths. The result is a bit more discoy in sound , a bit like Life in Tokyo era Japan
I don't Depend on You - The Men / The Human League
When this too failed Virgin let the band go their own way with Travelogue
The second thing is that the band released a single in between the split with Ware and Craig - Marsh and the Dare era. The girls joined in time for the cover shoot but didn't feature on the single. It is a bit ropey but bought them a bit more time with Virgin
Boys and Girls - the Human League
as the cliche goes the rest is .....