Some great early 80s pop groove material from HumanLeague – less of the colder synth of before, and more of the warmer soul-based sound that worked surprisingly well for the group! The EP features a number of tracks that fell between the LPs – including the extended version of their big hit "(Keep Feeling) Fascination", plus "Mirror Man", "Hard Times", "I Love You Too Much", "You Remind Me Of Gold" and "(Keep Feeling) Fascination Improvisation". LP, Vinyl record album
Crash ... LP A&M, 1986. Used Gatefold ...
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LP, Vinyl record album
Dare ... LP A&M/Virgin, 1981. Used Gatefold ...
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A masterpiece of synth pop – and a landmark album for the HumanLeague! The record took the group from the Brit post-punk underground to the charts of the world – with a stark blend of noisy keyboards, spare beats, and Phil Okey's wonderfully flat and monotone vocals. And although the record is a bit of a departure from the group's noisier first few albums, it's also still got a dark edge that we'd kind of missed the first time around. Includes a nice remake of the theme from "Get Carter", plus loads of little great synth tunes like "I Am The Law", "Seconds", "The Sound Of The Crowd", and "Darkness" – as well as the hits "Love Action", "Don't You Want Me", and "The Things That Dreams Are Made Of". LP, Vinyl record album
Insane early work by HumanLeague – very different than their later hits, with a stark, cold sythn-heavy sound that we really love! The group at this time were just a bit more than punk rockers with some electronics – and the sound on the set is very much in the spirit of the Sheffield scene of the time, crossed with some of the darker pop of the Manchester groups. The drums are raw and jagged, the keyboards really eerie and mechanical, and the vocals have all the life and hope drained out of them – making for a beautifully moody approach that blows away most of today's young low-fi electronic groups trying for a similar sound. Titles include "Circus Of Death", "The Path Of Least Resistance", "Blind Youth", "Empire State Human", "Austerity/Girl One", and "Almost Medieval". LP, Vinyl record album
(UK pressing, including the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a mark from sticker removal.)
The second album by HumanLeague – and one that has them really honing their craft a bit, sliding from a world of messed-up broken-down synthesizers into more song-based forms that hint at the genius pop of later years. Things are still pretty darn dark – with vocals that would scare a cat, and lots of prog/punk riffs on the keys and drums – and the album's a key link in a trajectory of European music of the 70s that's still plenty darn powerful today! Titles include "Gordon's Gin", "The Touchables", "Crow & A Baby", and "The Black Hit Of Space". LP, Vinyl record album
One of the strangest acts to come from Motown in the early 80s – and almost more of a new wave record than a soul one! The standout hit here is the title track "Somebody's Watching Me" – an odd electro tune that has Rockwell speaking/singing these paranoid lyrics with a vague British accent – but which has Michael Jackson coming in on the chorus to warm up the tune! Sadly, Michael's gone for the rest of the record – so Rockwell takes center stage with tunes that have a soul-based take on styles heard more familiarly by HumanLeague or Ultravox at the time – and which display the real Anglophile bent in American pop at the time. Still, there's a few nice electro moments – and titles include "Obscene Phone Caller", "Change Your Ways", "Runaway", "Wasting Time", and "Knife". CD
Really great early work from Severed Heads – done at a time when they still had an edge, and were a lot more hip and electro than some of their later more goth-based impulses! The album's a perfect fit for all the best UK underground electrics of the period – Cabaret Voltaire, 400 Blows, and even the earliest HumanLeague – back when they were nice and noisy. The duo have a great way of blending noisy bits with warmer elements – and even do these great sequences with turntables – kind of a more playful Christian Marclay mode! Titles include "Dead Eyes Opened" – which was a bit of a favorite – plus "Golden Boy", "Gashing The Old Mae West", "A Relic Of The Empire", "Epilepsy 82", "Treating Deaf Mutes", and "Brassiere In Rome". LP, Vinyl record album