Label retrospectives are not without a degree of risk: it's easy for compilers to fall into the self-indulgent trap of looking after your pet projects, with the line by extension between vanity exercise and faithful cataloguing dangerously a thin one.
The guys at Wall of Sound will probably feel that they're worth it. Twenty years after their first and fondly remembered compilation 'Give 'Em Enough Dope', they're back to celebrate their 21st in business with a two disk, thirty-odd song opus, the idea to map the imprint's evolution from big beat boutique to its later, more cosmopolitan artist roster.
They've got the sense to start with two stone cold killers as well; it's been donkey's years since we heard the Propellerheads' 'Take California' or Royksopp's 'Poor Leno', but we're happy to report that both are still headphone gold. There are also selections from the respective acts at their peak, which is less than can be said, however, for some of the other choices strewn across the first disk. The problem here isn't a lack of the quality in the contributors - we've got stuff from the likes of Zoot Woman, The Bees and Les Rythmes Digitales - but they've all produced better material than that featured here, a point best illustrated via The Bees on the jazzy, underwhelming scat of 'A Minha Menina'.
Human League (Dare) - I am both, a musician called Lone Taxidermist and a make up artist, so Record store Day seemed like a good way of merging both of my passions. One of the reasons why I love vinyl is because of its true long playing physical format. I decided to listen to each album in full from start to end over and over again until the face was complete. Every time the album finished I would have a glass of wine! But I was getting too drunk especially after Human League!" - London, United Kingdom - Friday 24th April 2015
Eighties chart-toppers The Human League are on the verge of a chart resurgence in the U.K. thanks to fans of Aberdeen Football Club in Scotland.
The band's Don't You Want Me hit has been adopted by the soccer lovers and it has become an anthem in the stands for Aberdeen's run in the Scottish League Cup, which the club won on Sunday (16Mar14).
To mark the victory, fans have launched a campaign on social media in a bid to get The Human League back to number one. The band, led by singer Phil Oakey, is not expected to chart so high this weekend (23Mar14), but experts predict the song will return to the top 10.
Continue reading: The Human League Set For Chart Return With Soccer Anthem
Fan power has seen the 80s hit make it back into the charts.
Following Aberdeen’s heroic win in the Scottish League cup, fans of the club have been hard at work getting The Human League’s ‘Don’t You Want Me’ to the top of the iTunes chart. And they haven’t done too badly, with the 1981 hit currently sitting in the top 5.
The Human League performing in Amsterdam
The Human League’s iconic hit reached the top spot back in 1981, and was ringing around Celtic Park after Aberdeen won the final 4–2 against Inverness CT. The jubilant fans changed the lyric ‘don’t you want me baby’ to “Peter Pawlett baby” after their injured midfielder, who missed out on playing the final but was there to help the players celebrate the famous win.
Beverley Knight, pop rockers Texas, Scouting For Girls and reunited 1990s band Steps were also set to perform at M Fest in Leeds, England this weekend (07-08Jul12) but organisers have decided to cancel the event over safety concerns if predicted storms move in.
A statement from the festival chiefs reads, "It is with our deepest regret that due to the adverse weather conditions leading up to this event in conjunction with the extreme weather warning as issued... for the weekend, we were left with no other decision than to abandon this weekend's Mfest.
"This was a joint decision made between the promoter, the production team, health and safety and (venue) Harewood House. We sought advice from a number of agencies including Leeds City Council before making the decision.
Continue reading: British Festival Axed Over Weather Concerns
The Human League have pulled out two upcoming gigs in Ireland after a dispute with the promoter.
The New Wave stars were booked to play at the Summer Sessions event in Dublin next month (May12), but they have axed their sets after allegedly failing to receive the payment they were promised.
A statement posted on the band's Facebook.com page reads, "It is with very great regret that The Human League must announce their withdrawal from the bill of the Summer Sessions concerts at Iveagh Gardens on the weekend of Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th May.
"We have been forced, reluctantly, to withdraw from this event by the repeated failure of the promoter, Mr John Greaney of The Event Company in Naas, to make any of the scheduled payments we were due under the terms of our contract with him whatsoever, indeed he has to date paid us nothing at all to guarantee this show and this despite our giving him several extensions to the original contracted deadline."
Continue reading: Human League Axe Irish Concerts
Whilst it seems the industry has little by the way of collective conscience, we at Contact Music are never short of a metaphorical finger or two to wag at it. Today's hot topic (again): reissues, flogging a dead horse, or money for old bloody rope, discuss. We feel that what was a stream of nostalgic reminders-of-a-blinder has in the last few years become a tidal wave, now apparently synchronised with the gift and card industry in a weirdly cynical act of symbiosis. Old indie band needing a quid? Father's Day. Celine Dion?...well, the list goes on. Grrr.
Continue reading: Human League, Dare Album Review
Heaven 17, Bananarama, Hue & Cry, The Beat, ABC, The Bluebells and Fiction Factory, who have reformed specially for the occasion, will also perform for an expected 20,000 fans of 1980s music, who will attend the festival.
Billy Ocean, Kim Wilde, Howard Jones, Go West, Nik Kershaw, Imagination, T'Pau, Kid Creole and the Coconuts, The Real Thing, Toyah, Hazel O'Connor, China Crisis, Doctor & the Medics, Modern Romance and Cutting Crew complete the line-up.
The festival will take place from 29 to 31 July (11).
Continue reading: Stars Line-up For 1980s Supergig
The Human League are recording their first new album in nine years after signing a new record deal.
The Human League are recording their first new album in nine years.
The legendary electronic pop pioneers have signed a record deal with label Wall of Sound and have started work on their tenth studio LP.
The '(Keep Feeling) Fascination' hitmakers - made up of Phil Oakley, Susan Sulley and Joanne Catherall - are hoping that, after their extended break from recording, they can win over new fans and head back into the charts. Their last album, 2001's 'Secrets', was a commercial flop.
Continue reading: Human League Back In Big League
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RT @deepcarlad: @humanleagueHQ @happydaysfest great performance last night https://t.co/sqUhoF4MvK
RT @marka999: @wicks_michael @dawn_wicks70 @martincollins_8 something to look forward to . . . @humanleagueHQ @cityh4ll 04Dec2016 https://…
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RT @Used2You: @humanleagueHQ @happydaysfest Human League - As ever stunning class act that just bring it ! Nuff said xx https://t.co/QiWQD3…
RT @Used2You: @humanleagueHQ @happydaysfest Had a fab day !! Really fab day. Next years bookings open when ?? lol https://t.co/pIegRwW1l8
Thanks from everyone @humanleagueHQ to the brilliant audience last night @happydaysfest Esher https://t.co/9Aoe9kF6ok
RT @GrahamHodges3: Fantastic set, as always, from @humanleagueHQ at the @happydaysfest https://t.co/nYcXtwrKdA
RT @HumanLeagueFans: While @humanleagueHQ are stuck on the M1, and The Evil Tharg is away from home this happened https://t.co/wg9Mxiel0L
RT @ch_aize: @humanleagueHQ killed their headline slot @happydaysfest @ImberCourt https://t.co/EocVHDcYJK
RT @skinner_gayle: @humanleagueHQ Brilliant set at Happy days last night. https://t.co/fPWiTGf9ij
RT @GrahamHodges3: Off with @bubs63 to the @happydaysfest with @humanleagueHQ top of the bill. Will be great to see them perform again. htt…
@humanleagueHQ stuck in a bit of traffic on M1 on the way to @happydaysfest https://t.co/v4RXwchzAv
@humanleagueHQ on the way to Esher to play @happydaysfest tonight & the weather is looking good
RT @GrahamHodges3: Looking forward to seeing @humanleagueHQ at the @happydaysfest tomorrow with @bubs63 Always an entertaining set. https:/…
Saturday 28th May @humanleagueHQ playing @happydaysfest Esher https://t.co/i4PCjq7Lqj
Next weekend @humanleagueHQ will be heading south to play @happydaysfest in Esher Saturday 28th May