Human Leagueis a British band which was formed in 1977 and performed synthpop and New Wave music. They were very popular in the 1980's. They also performed in the 1990's and 200's and are still performing today. The band was originally an all male synthesizer based group from Sheffield. The only original member to still be in the band is Philip Oakey (vocalist, song writer, and composer). Today they are a trio with Philip Oakey, Joanne Catherall (vocalist), and Susan Ann Sulley (vocalist). Before the name Human League was adopted the band had 2 different lineup changes. In 1977 In June, 1978, the Human League released their first single called, Being Boiled. The band was asked to support different popular groups. The first was The Rezillos then later they supported Siouxsie & The banshees. In April, 1979, the Human League released their first EP called, The Dignity of Labour, under the label Fast record. The EP just barely charted but major record labels began contacting them to get them to sign under their label. In 1979 they signed on with Virgin Records.
The first single released under the Virgin record label, was I Don’t depend On You, which was released in 1979. The single never made it to the charts and it was not the style of the groups previous music style. Ware and marsh left the Human league band and formed the band, Heaven 17. They released the album called, Dare, and also released the single Don’t You Want me, which was a multi million seller. The band went on tour in 1981 and although they survived the tour, they were still in trouble. They were heavily in debt to Virgin Records. Since Ware and Marsh left to form Heaven 17, the brunt of the debt accumulated by the group previously fell on the shoulders of Oakey since he wanted to keep the Human League name. He got all of the debt that went along with the name. They released the single, Boys and Girls, in hopes to pay off some debts. In 2000, the band signed on with Papillion Records and released their next album, Secrets, in 2001. The band was presented as the Philip & the Girls trio.
Human League is still playing live today and appearing at many key music festivals world wide. They will mark their 30th anniversary this year (2007) by doing a special 20 act “Dare Tour” of Europe in November and December. They are going to perform their most successful album. The group has released a total of 22 albums and compilations, 30 singles, 5 DVD and music video releases, and have received 2 awards.
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