they're still around? oh they are...and they want you!
How do you feel about cutting the rug, 80s style?
Today, I explored a group that has influenced artists like Madonna, Pet Shop Boys, Moby, George Michael, Robbie Williams...and Lady Gaga's a huge fan.
Here's the song most people know them for (if not for actual memories, or 80s night at a club...then for the swiffer or chips ahoy ad with the singing cookies):
The Human League with the 25th highest selling single of all time: "Don't You Want Me" from their album Dare. That album came out nearly 30 years ago - October 1981 (the song was officially released as a single in November 1981). More recently, in 2007, the band received an ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) Award for 20-million radio spins of that song (and that's in the US only!).
If that song's been kicking it for 30 years, that means the band's been making music for at least that long. They started off as a new wave band in 1977, originally as an all-male, avant-garde synthesizer-based group. The band released their first single in June, 1978. NME (New Musical Express) was all over them, but one guest reviewer called them "trendy hippies" Guess who that reviewer was? Sex Pistols' Johnny Rotten.
The band made the shift from avant-garde to pop wonder in 1980; their label refused to release anything else by them because they just weren't selling singles (they were compared to Gary Numan - why was his stuff selling, while theirs wasn't?). One of the guys in the band wanted to keep doing their pure electronic sound, while another (that would be Philip Oakey, who's been the only constant member since 1977) wanted to emulate commercially successul pop groups. The band's original line-up was dissolved, and...now, The Human League has released their 9th studio album, Credo - their first studio album in ten years.
You know it's been 25 years since their last US #1 song? Remember "Human"?
But anyway, here's new stuff from The Human League: "Night People":
The band's on-tour right now (speaking of 80s dance party: some shows they're playing with The B52s and Men Without Hats!), and they're throwing it down 80s style at the Rickshaw on Sunday night (September 11th).
I have to swiff my desk now (I actually use compostable sweeper duster thingies that come from corn...although I don't know how).