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
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
(US pressing. Cover has a cutout notch. Label has a peeled spot.)
Dare ... LP A&M/Virgin, 1981. Very Good Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
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
A wealth of electronic groovers from the early 80s onwards – mostly club cuts that are heavy on electro touches, presented here in hard-to-find mixes from 12" singles! The set begins with those early 80s grooves we love so much – the best Brit moments when electronics really started to hit the dancefloors in the post-punk years – on up through house tracks, 90s soul numbers, and a few more contemporary tracks. The remixes are offered up as a partner collection to the Electrospective compilation – and the set features 24 cuts that include "Penthouse & Pavement (original 12") by Heaven 17, "It's My Life (US mix)" by Talk Talk, "Talking Loud & Clear (extended)" by OMD, "Buffalo Stance (Kevin Saunderson's techno stance rmx)" by Neneh Cherry, "Water From A Vineleaf (acid bath mix)" by William Orbit, "Always (capella club rmx)" by Erasure, "Milkshake (Tom Neville rmx)" by Kelis, "Sound Of The Crowd (Extended Family voc mix)" by HumanLeague, "Moskow Diskow (Carl Craig rmx)" by Telex, "Around The World (Kenlou mix)" by Daft Punk, and "Good Life (Mayday club mix)" by Inner Life. CD
Raw postpunk electronics from OMD – not necessarily as dark as work from groups like Cabaret Voltaire or early HumanLeague, but with a nicely stripped down feel that showed that the punk ethos could be filtered down to the world of Kraftwerk and some of the more overblown electronicists of the 70s. Tracks are short, sweet, and with a good blend of pop lyrics and spare electronics – with titles that include "Bunker Soldiers", "Almost", "Electricity", "Dancing", "Pretending To See The Future", "Julia's Song", and "The Messerschitt Twins". LP, Vinyl record album
(Epic pressing in the grey & orange cover, which has ring & edge wear.)
The overlooked collaboration between HumanLeague singer Philip Oakey and producer Giorgio Moroder! The duo initially worked together on the outstanding "Together In Electric Dreams" single – a surprise hit from Moroder's soundtrack for a forgettable movie – and given The HumanLeague's move towards a dancefloor sound around the same time, the timing was perfect! Moroder lays down a soulful synth backdrop that rarely lets up – in fact, the first five tunes flow together almost like a continuous suite! Ultimately, this is a sweet, largely forgotten slice of quintessentially 80s sounds – in a style that's endured – especially when you consider its influence on groups like Passion Pit a good 25 years later! Other tracks include "Now", "Why Must The Show Go On", "In Transit", "Goodbye Bad Times" "Brand New Lover (Take A Chance)", "Be My Lover Now", "Valerie" and "Shake It Up". 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