The Human League

The Human League

Electronic New Wave band formed in Sheffield in 1977

In the late 'seventies Human League was a pioneer band in the use of synthesizers in dark and experimental pop. The former band was composed of Phil Oakey on voice, Martyn Ware and Ian Craig Marsh on synths, and Philip Adrian Wright. In 1980, Martyn Ware and Ian Craig Marsh left to found Heaven 17, Phil Oakey and Philip Wright went on with new musicians in a more pop way.

The Human League Discography


VV-33.032 The Human League Reproduction (Album) Virgin VV-33.032 Portugal 1979 Sell This Version
202332 The Human League Travelogue (Album) Virgin 202332 France 1980 Sell This Version
29 034 9 The Human League Dare (Album) Virgin 29 034 9 Germany 1981 Sell This Version
VEP 319 The Human League Fascination! (MiniAlbum, Album) Virgin VEP 319 Canada 1983 Sell This Version
621505 The Human League Hysteria (Album) Virgin 621505 Portugal 1984 Sell This Version
28VB-1118, V2391 The Human League Crash (Album) Virgin 28VB-1118, V2391 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
SP-5227, R100837 Human League* Greatest Hits (Comp, Album) Virgin, Virgin SP-5227, R100837 Canada 1988 Sell This Version
VG 50514 The Human League Romantic? (Album) Virgin, Virgin VG 50514 Greece 1990 Sell This Version
none The Human League Octopus (Album) EastWest none UK 1995 Sell This Version
PRCD 9185-2 The Human League Interview - 60 Minutes Of Conversation And Music(CD, Promo) EastWest PRCD 9185-2 US 1995 Sell This Version
6691-2 The Human League Secrets (Album) Papillon Records 6691-2 Brazil 2001 Sell This Version
MELCD4, ENTER 660170468822 The Future (3) And The Human League The Future (3) And The Human League - The Golden Hour Of The Future Black Melody, Black Melody MELCD4, ENTER 660170468822 UK 2002 Sell This Version
DR-4461 The Human League Live At The Dome (Album) Secret Records Limited DR-4461 US 2004 Sell This Version
LOVECD115 The Human League Credo (Album) Wall Of Sound, [PIAS] Entertainment Group LOVECD115 Hong Kong 2011 Sell This Version
P-25537, RL 4-9 Human League* / Martika Human League* / Martika - Greatest Hits / Martika(LP, Transcription) AFRTS (Armed Forces Radio & Television Service), AFRTS (Armed Forces Radio & Television Service) P-25537, RL 4-9 US Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

FAST 4 The Human League Being Boiled / Circus Of Death (Single, Maxi) Fast Product FAST 4 UK 1978 Sell This Version
VS 35112 The Human League Empire State Human (Single) Virgin VS 35112 Australia 1979 Sell This Version
VS 1104 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
VS 10012 The Human League The Dignity Of Labour Pts. 1 - 4 Fast Product VS 10012 Australia 1979 Sell This Version
SV 105 The Human League Holiday '80 (Single) Virgin SV 105 UK 1980 Sell This Version
102 148, 102 148 - 100 The Human League Only After Dark (Single) Virgin, Virgin 102 148, 102 148 - 100 Germany 1980 Sell This Version
K-8039 The Human League Rock 'N' Roll(7", Single, Gre) Virgin K-8039 Australia 1980 Sell This Version
SP-12049 The Human League Love Action (I Believe In Love) (Single, Maxi) Virgin SP-12049 US 1981 Sell This Version
VS 416 The Human League The Sound Of The Crowd (Single, EP) Virgin VS 416 Australia 1981 Sell This Version
VS 395 The Human League Boys And Girls (Single) Virgin VS 395 UK 1981 Sell This Version

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March 11, 2016
"We ALL wanted to be Donna Summer !", ...
... Phil Oakey on his and most '80's Pop Stars 'inspiration'.


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


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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