Heaven 17









Heaven 17

Heaven 17

is an English band which began in Sheffield, England, in the early 1980's. Ian Craig Marsh and Martyn Ware formed Heaven 17 after they left the group, The Human League. They also formed the production company called, British Electric Foundation. The two recruited a friend, Glenn Gregory (vocals) to finish the lineup for the group. Another friend, Malcolm Veale was also featured on some tracks either playing the saxophone or the synthesizers and drum machines. Heaven 17 had a few minor hits, one of which was an early single called, Play To Win. The song was from their album called, Penthouse and Pavement. The groupís debut single, We Donít Need This Fascist Groove Thang, was also a minor hit. This song became a left- wing anthem for a while. The song was banned by the BBC because of its political lyrics. The song still reached number 45 on the U. K. Single chart.

Heaven 17 did not reach success until they released the single, Temptation, in 1983, on which Carol Kenyon assisted on vocals. The single reached number 2 in the U. K. Charts. The single was from the album called, The Lusury Gap, which also charted at number 4. Other singles from the album were, Come Live With Me reached number 5 in the U. K., Crushed By the Wheels of Industry went to number 17, and Let Me Go reached number 41. Near the end of 1983, the band helped Tina Turner launch her solo career. They were going under the guise of BEF at this time. They did the producing for the single and the backup vocals on her debut hit, Letís Stay Together. Then in 1984, the minor hit, How Men Are, was released and it reached number 12 on the charts.

The band worked with the group, Band Aid, in 1984, with Gregory doing the vocals with Midge Ure and Sting. Their next album, released in 1986, was Pleasure One, and from it came the single called, Trouble, which was a minor hit in the U. K. at number 51, and reached number 17 in Germany. They released the album, Teddy Bear, Duke & Psycho in 1988. From it came the single, Train of Love In Motion.

The band split up for a while from the early 1990's until 1996. They continued to perform and release albums and in 2005 they released the album called, Before After. The songs were more of a contemporary dance sound than their previous works. They released a CD of remixes of, Hands Up Tp Heaven, and it hit number 6 on the Billboard Magazine US Club Play Chart in May, 2006.

The group released a total of 15 albums and compilations and also 25 singles during their musical career.