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”.

The Human League released in 1982 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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Albums

TCV 2133 The Human League - Reproduction album art The Human League Reproduction (Album) Virgin TCV 2133 UK 1979 Sell This Version
V 2160 The Human League - Travelogue album art The Human League Travelogue (Album) Virgin V 2160 UK 1980 Sell This Version
V4613, V 2192 The Human League - Dare album art The Human League Dare (Album) Virgin V4613, V 2192 Philippines 1981 Sell This Version
VEP 319 The Human League - Fascination! album art The Human League Fascination! (MiniAlbum, Album) Virgin VEP 319 Canada 1983 Sell This Version
621505 The Human League - Hysteria album art The Human League Hysteria (Album) Virgin, Virgin 621505 Portugal 1984 Sell This Version
0777 7 87298 2 2, CDV 2391 The Human League - Crash album art The Human League Crash (Album) Virgin 0777 7 87298 2 2, CDV 2391 UK 1986 Sell This Version
RL 4-9 The Human League - Greatest Hits / Martika album art 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
TCV 2624 The Human League - Romantic? album art The Human League Romantic? (Album) Virgin, Virgin, Virgin TCV 2624 Italy 1990 Sell This Version
96 87504 The Human League - Octopus album art The Human League Octopus (Album) EastWest 96 87504 Canada 1995 Sell This Version
PRCD 9185-2 The Human League - Interview - 60 Minutes Of Conversation And Music album art The Human League Interview - 60 Minutes Of Conversation And Music(CD, Promo) EastWest PRCD 9185-2 US 1995 Sell This Version
22 20239-4 The Human League - Secrets album art Human League* Secrets (Album, Comp) Papillon Records, Roadrunner Arcade Music, Roadrunner Arcade Music 22 20239-4 Hungary 2001 Sell This Version
MELCD4, ENTER 666017046822 The Human League - The Golden Hour Of The Future album art 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
DR-4461 The Human League - Live At The Dome album art The Human League Live At The Dome (Album) Secret Records Limited DR-4461 US 2004 Sell This Version
LOVECD115 The Human League - Credo album art The Human League Credo (Album) Wall Of Sound, Wall Of Sound LOVECD115 Hong Kong 2011 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

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