The Human League

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Electronic band from Sheffield, England. Formed in 1977 by Martyn Ware and Ian Craig Marsh. Originally called 'The Future', but changed their name to 'The Human League' in 1978 with the addition of vocalist Phil Oakey and the release of the single "Being Boiled".

This original lineup lasted until 1980, after which Ware and Marsh left to form Heaven 17. Oakey kept the band name and added female vocalists, and it is this incarnation that gained widespread popularity.

Mainly known for a synthesizer based pop sound, in particular the song “Don’t You Want Me”.

In 1982 The Human League released a remix album, Love and Dancing, under the band name The League Unlimited Orchestra as a nod to Barry White's disco-era Love Unlimited Orchestra.
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TCV 2133 Reproduction — The Human League The Human League Reproduction (Album) Virgin TCV 2133 UK 1979 Sell This Version
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V 2160 Travelogue — The Human League The Human League Travelogue (Album) Virgin V 2160 UK 1980 Sell This Version
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20.312 Dare — The Human League The Human League Dare (Album) Virgin 20.312 Argentina 1981 Sell This Version
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VEP 319 Fascination! — The Human League The Human League Fascination! (MiniAlbum, Album, EP) Virgin VEP 319 Canada 1983 Sell This Version
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CDV2315 Hysteria — The Human League The Human League Hysteria (Album) Virgin, Virgin CDV2315 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
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0777 7 87298 2 2, CDV 2391 Crash — The Human League The Human League Crash (Album) Virgin 0777 7 87298 2 2, CDV 2391 UK 1986 Sell This Version
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RL 4-9 Greatest Hits / Martika — The Human League Human League* / Martika Human League* / Martika - Greatest Hits / Martika(LP, Transcription) AFRTS, Armed Forces Radio And Television Service, United States Department Of Defense RL 4-9 US 1988 Sell This Version
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TCV 2624 Romantic? — The Human League The Human League Romantic? (Album) Virgin, Virgin, Virgin TCV 2624 Italy 1990 Sell This Version
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96 87504 Octopus — The Human League The Human League Octopus (Album) EastWest 96 87504 Canada 1995 Sell This Version
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PRCD 9185-2 Interview - 60 Minutes Of Conversation And Music — The Human League The Human League Interview - 60 Minutes Of Conversation And Music(CD, Promo) EastWest PRCD 9185-2 US 1995 Sell This Version
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210336-4 Secrets — The Human League Human League* Secrets (Album, Comp) Papillon Records, Roadrunner Arcade Music, Roadrunner Arcade Music 210336-4 Czech Republic 2001 Sell This Version
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MELCD4, ENTER 666017046822 The Golden Hour Of The Future — The Human League The Future (3) And The Human League The Future (3) And The Human League - The Golden Hour Of The Future (Comp) Black Melody, Black Melody MELCD4, ENTER 666017046822 UK 2002 Sell This Version
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DR-4461 Live At The Dome — The Human League The Human League Live At The Dome (Album) Secret Records Limited DR-4461 US 2004 Sell This Version
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LOVECD115 Credo — The Human League The Human League Credo (Album) Wall Of Sound, Wall Of Sound LOVECD115 Hong Kong 2011 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

FAST 4 Being Boiled / Circus Of Death — The Human League The Human League Being Boiled / Circus Of Death (Single, Maxi) Fast Product FAST 4 UK 1978 Sell This Version
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VF.1. The Dignity Of Labour  Pts.1-4 — The Human League The Human League The Dignity Of Labour Pts.1-4 (EP) Fast Product VF.1. UK 1979 Sell This Version
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VS 294 Empire State Human — The Human League The Human League Empire State Human (Single) Virgin VS 294 UK 1979 Sell This Version
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VS 1104 I Don't Depend On You — The Human League The Human League A.K.A. The Men The Human League A.K.A. The Men - I Don't Depend On You(7", Single) Virgin VS 1104 Canada 1979 Sell This Version
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K-8039 Rock 'N' Roll — The Human League The Human League Rock 'N' Roll (Single) Virgin K-8039 Australia 1980 Sell This Version
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SV 105 Holiday '80 — The Human League The Human League Holiday '80 (Single, EP) Virgin SV 105 UK 1980 Sell This Version
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102 148, 102 148 - 100 Only After Dark — The Human League The Human League Only After Dark (Single) Virgin, Virgin 102 148, 102 148 - 100 Germany 1980 Sell This Version
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VS 395 Boys And Girls — The Human League The Human League Boys And Girls (Single) Virgin VS 395 UK 1981 Sell This Version
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VS 435-12, VS435-12 Love Action (I Believe In Love) — The Human League The Human League Love Action (I Believe In Love) (Single, Maxi) Virgin VS 435-12, VS435-12 UK 1981 Sell This Version
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VS453 Open Your Heart — The Human League The Human League Open Your Heart (Single) Virgin VS453 UK 1981 Sell This Version
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AM-2397, 2397-S Don't You Want Me — The Human League The Human League Don't You Want Me (Single, Maxi) Virgin, Virgin AM-2397, 2397-S US 1981 Sell This Version

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kraff

kraff

March 16, 2020
edited over 3 years ago
"I guess you always wanted. Life on your own" (1984) and "Rebound" (1990)
DJWerkz

DJWerkz

May 28, 2002
Continuing from Mr. Tech above...Ian Craig Marsh and Martyn Ware after leaving Oakey and Wright formed B.E.F., or, The British Electric Foundation.
If you have the Japanese import of the Holiday '80 EP on 12" vinyl, it has a large picture label of the original Human League, Oakey, Wright, Marsh and Ware.
B.E.F. issued an album on cassette tape only called 'Music for Stowaways' for their first release, this was totally instrumental, and this is where the classic 'We Don't Need This (Fascist Groove Thang)' first appeared as an instrumental. Next came a vinyl version of this album but with a minor track change, 'A Baby Called Billy' (some dispute still rages as to whether this has any reference to Billy Mackenzie of the Associates who later recorded three tracks with Marsh and Ware under the B.E.F. moniker), featured on the vinyl version only. The vinyl record was sought after at the time as it was marketed for 'export only', but I remember seeing loads of these at the time. B.E.F. later produced two compilation albums, nine years apart I might add, with various guest vocalists appearing. The first early 80's album was more in tune with the 80's sound, but the early 90's album seemed to be hinting towards that Level 42 type Funk Fusion sound. All great stuff though. The first compilation album was also released as a 7" box set, which is a very nice collectors piece.
I have just burned a very nice CD-R with complete original artwork of the first 'Music for...' releases which include all the early tracks.
On a final note, March and Ware also produced some songs for solo members of the 80's dance troup, Hot Gossip. Most of these seem to be early Human League covers, such as, 'I Don't Depend on You' (originally recorded by The Men, but was the first Human League line-up). These productions along with many other's can easily be found on ebay and www.Netsounds.com
techrat

techrat

March 25, 2002
Most people remember 'the League' from their successful post 1981 synth-pop, but credit must be given to the original line-up (before Ian Craig Marsh and Adrian Ware split to form 'Heaven 17'). Although not commercially as successful, the first two albums, 'Travelogue' and 'Reproduction' were considerably darker. Along with Gary Newman, they were among the very first (UK) artists to produce TOTALLY electronic music.
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