The Human League ‎– The Dignity Of Labour Pts.1-4

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Fast Product ‎– Fast 10, Fast Product ‎– VF 1, Fast Product ‎– VF. I.
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Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM
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The Dignity Of Labour
A1 Part 1 4:21
A2 Part 2 2:46
B1 Part 3 3:49
B2 Part 4 3:49

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℗ 1979 Virgin Records Ltd.
© 1979 Virgin Music (Publishers) Ltd

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  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, variant 1): VF-1-A3 TOWN HOUSE 2 4
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, variant 1): VF-1-B3 TOWN HOUSE 2 4
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, variant 2): VF-1-A2 ?? Ʊ?
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, variant 2): VF-1-B3 ? TOWN HOUSE ∴

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Scrap_Iron

September 25, 2017

Being born when this 12" was released, I discovered about The Human League in the 1990's, while reading a book about "Horror Rock", and finding their name listed among the first wave of UK industrial bands, alongside Throbbing Gristle and Cabaret Voltaire! Only later I came across "Dare" and their synthpop chart hits.

Even if The Human League never was an industrial band, "The Dignity Of Labour" is definitely the closest Philip Oakey and co. came to such sound. Side A, especially "Part 2", is extremely cold, mechanical and dissonant, reminding a lot of what fellow Sheffield experimentalists Cabaret Voltaire were doing in their early years. Side B shows a different side of the band's instrumental electronics, heavily influenced by the German cosmic school of Tangerine Dream and Klaus Schulze.