The Human LeagueBeing Boiled / Circus Of Death

Label:EMI – 1C K 052 20 1128 6, EMI – 052 20 1128 6
Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM, Maxi-Single, Reissue, Stereo
Style:Synth-pop, New Wave


ABeing Boiled3:45
BCircus Of Death4:47

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℗ Fast Product 1980
Printed in Germany by 4P Nicolaus GmbH, Köln.
Made in EEC.
Copyright Human League 1978

Cat# on spine: 052 20 1128 6
Cat# on back cover: 1C K 052 20 1128 6

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 5 099920 112868
  • Barcode (Scanned): 5099920112868
  • Label Code: LC 0542
  • Rights Society (Boxed): GEMA
  • Rights Society: STEMRA
  • Matrix / Runout (Label side A): 1C K 052 20 1128 6 A
  • Matrix / Runout (Label side B): 1C K 052 20 1128 6 B
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, stamped): 2011286-A1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, stamped): 2011286-B1

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Being Boiled / Circus Of Death (7", 45 RPM, Single, Mono)Fast ProductFAST 4UK1978
New Submission
Being Boiled (Acetate, 7", Single Sided)Not On LabelnoneUK1978
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Being Boiled / Circus Of Death (7", 45 RPM, Single, Promo, Reissue, Mono)Fast ProductFAST 4UK1980
Being Boiled / Circus Of Death (7", 45 RPM, Single, Reissue, Stereo, Mono, 4-Prong Push-out Centre)Fast ProductFAST 4UK1980
Recently Edited
Being Boiled / Circus Of Death (7", 45 RPM, Single, Reissue, Mono, Solid Centre, Red/Yellow Labels)Fast ProductFAST 4UK1980



  • beatflip's avatar
    Absolute killer track, but 3:45 on a 12"? And that annoying fade.....
    • dmp's avatar
      Is this also a mono recording like the prior releases?
      • Edited 19 years ago
        True pioneers in every sense of the word, The Human League's contributions to this lil ol' genre known as Electronica are legendary. For starters, they are the undisputed founders of Synth-Pop and, moreso, critical figures in the "White Electro" movement at the dawn of the 80s. Even though the roots of Electro originate in Germany with you-know-who, it wasn't until The League re-sculpted the style to fit in with their pop sensibilities that the sub-genre really crossed-over to the mainstream.

        'Being Boiled' is a great example of Electro in its post Kraftwerk, pre-Funk era. It was these 'ere sounds that became the blueprint for what Afrika Bambattaa and Newclus later relaunched with a new face, literally. Today, we don't think much of the plodding analogue bass line and the tinny snares that made the track what it is, but for the early 80s, this was realised science fiction for the music industry.


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