Then: The Human League formed in Sheffield, England in 1977. Worldwide success alluded them until 1981, when after creative differences caused bandmates Martyn Ware and Ian Craig Marsh to promptly leave the band and form Heaven 17. Lead singer, Philip Oakey faced without having a band to tour with, recruited teenage backing vocalists Susan Ann Sulley and Joanne Catherall in a nightclub and asked them to join him on tour as dancers and incidental vocalists. This collaboration resulted in them officially joining, and their next album, Dare would be met with international acclaim and is now considered one of pop music’s most influential albums. The single, Don’t You Want Me, accompanied by a splashy big budget video, would go on to sell over 2 million copies and make them household names. The band continued to have a string of hit albums and singles including Mirror Man, (Keep Feeling) Fascination and what bop2pop feels is waterdowned dreck, Human.
Now: The Human League have been active, releasing albums and singles ever since (Romantic (1990), Octopus (1995) and Secrets (2001)). This past year saw the release of Credo, their first album in nearly 10 years. Sadly, first two singles Night People and Never Let Me Go failed to make much of an impact both commercially or in bop2pop’s personal opinion, so now they are giving it another go with third single, Sky, which is more of a return to their roots, albeit, a funkier one (the warmth of it ironically sounds like something Martyn Ware and Ian Craig Marsh would collaborate on if they had never left).