He accepted the invitation, but early sessions were awkward. Philip New to the line-up were keyboardist Neil Sutton who had worked with the band on the Crash tour of 1986, and guitarist/keyboardist Russell Dennett. producer, synthesizer and currently member of Heaven 17....if they percussion, synthesizer and guitar. Manager Bob Last tried to reconcile both parties, and when that proved impossible various options were suggested including two new bands under a Human League sub-label. The other 3 members were Ian Burden, Jo Callis, and Philip Adrian Wright. In 1992, Virgin abruptly cancelled their recording contract. Human League Electro and synth poppers from English Sheffield, with singer Philip Oakley as their everlasting band member, supported by at least seven different colleagues in over thirty years. [unreliable source? Originally just wanting a single female singer to replace the high backing vocals originally provided by Martyn Ware, he says that he thought having two female vocalists/dancers would also add potential glamour to the band. Subsequent singles "Filling Up with Heaven" and the non-album single "Stay with Me Tonight" also reached the UK Top 40, and a new remix of "Don't You Want Me" was released to capitalise on the band's revitalised profile. A change in management at EastWest in 1998 saw the cancellation of the band's contract once again. Nic The track was taken from the film soundtrack to Electric Dreams and became a massive hit. given in grants to local, grassroots organizations in 2018. The band invested heavily in the stage set and lighting for the tour, including elaborate high definition video backgrounds provided by set designer Rob Sinclair.. The Human League has influenced many electropop, other synthpop, and mainstream performers including Moby, Pet Shop Boys, and Little Boots. Because of Dare's success, Virgin executive Simon Draper instructed that a fourth single be released from the album before the end of 1981.  They have been sampled and covered by various artists including Ladytron, Utah Saints, George Michael, Robbie Williams and LCD Soundsystem. Because of their lack of commercial success, Virgin refused to release further singles from Travelogue. , Lineup: Susan Ann Sulley, Philip Oakey, Joanne Catherall, 1980s: Line up changes and rise in popularity, 2020s: Further releases and Anniversary tour, Micheal Van Bockhorst, Nukove Records 2003, The Human League Original Remixes and Rarities, "Human League record first album for nine years", "WTOJ Magic 103.1 – The North Country's Best Mix", "Anglomania: The Second British Invasion", "Complete guide to The Human League 1977–1980", "The Human League: do you still want them, baby? Virgin's faith had been restored by "Boys and Girls," but they believed the band lacked professional production. Song-writer, synthesizer and photographer. The remainder of the concert was dedicated to songs from the band's other albums and also included the Oakey/Moroder song "Together in Electric Dreams". At the end of 2005, together with EMI, the band released a compilation album of remixes. Co-founder of The Human League, song-writer, The Human League has 3 members: Philip Oakey, Joanne Catherall, and Susan Ann Sulley. A performance in the studio, complete with slideshow, was broadcast of the tracks "The Path of Least Resistance" and the current minor hit "Empire State Human.". The next single from the album was the ballad "One Man in My Heart", which features Sulley on lead vocals. Members The band toured for the first time together internationally. 3 on the UK album chart. synthesizer and Finally in May 1984, the band released the politically charged single "The Lebanon". Along with Sulley and Catherall, the band had Neil Sutton on keyboards. percussion, synthesizer and guitar. , Worried by the lack of progress with their most profitable act, Virgin paired the Human League up with American R&B producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, who had a proven track record with Janet Jackson, the SOS Band, Alexander O'Neal, and Cherelle. Group Members. As a result, "Empire State Human" was re-released and the band made their second appearance on Top of the Pops even though it only reached No. In July 2020, the band announced the 'Dare 40' European and UK tour taking place in 2021. The band spent many months agonising as they tried to make a successor to Dare, and as things became ever more stressful, producer Martin Rushent left the project. Neither had any experience of singing or dancing professionally. A double vinyl edition of Credo was released on 25 July 2011, together with the download of "Sky", the third single from the album. A 12" single remix of "Things That Dreams Are Made Of" (originally from the Dare! The first result of the Genetic sessions was the single "The Sound of the Crowd." ], In June 1979, the Human League supported Iggy Pop on his European tour before settling into recording their first single for Virgin. It was the last time all four members performed together live. In 1990, the band released their last album for Virgin Records, Romantic?. ", With a new line-up, sound, and vocalist, Ware decided that the band needed a new name. On the album cover artwork and in videos, the group was now presented simply as a trio of Oakey/Catherall/Sulley. By now, longstanding members Adrian Wright and Ian Burden, together with newer recruit Jim Russell, had all left the band, although Jo Callis did return to play on some of the sessions and co-wrote two songs, including the minor hit single "Heart Like a Wheel". The Human League are an English synthpop band formed in 1977. 13 in the UK and was unique in that it was the only single by the Human League to feature a female only lead vocal until "Never Let Me Go" in 2011. They have adopted the song as a terrace chant, citing their midfielder Peter Pawlett with the lyrics changed to "Peter Pawlett Baby".. * Not counting the album 'Crash'. The band has been the subject of, and appeared in, various TV documentaries and features including Channel 4's Made in Sheffield and the BBC's Young Guns: The Bands of the Early 1980s. The association with Adi Newton was short; Newton left The Future and went on to form Clock DVA. The Human League Biography by Jason Ankeny + Follow Artist. www.humanleague.dk. "[conflicted source], "Don't You Want Me" became the band's biggest hit, selling almost 1.5 million copies in the UK. Ian Craig Marsh Song-writer, programmer, percussion and synthesizer. In August 1983, the band released "the UK's first videotape single" to capitalise on the growing market created by the increasing popularity of domestic home video cassette recorders (VCRs), called The Human League Video Single. Oakey believed if the band owned their own facilities it would cut down on the production costs of future albums and the band could become more productive. 47 in the UK charts, the band's highest chart position to that point. It had a US No. Damaged by the failure of the album, their rejection by Virgin, harsh criticism in the media and facing financial ruin, the emotional well-being of Oakey and Sulley deteriorated badly. Although he had no musical experience, Ware thought he would be ideal as lead singer for The Future as "he already looked like a pop star. The band originally had 6 members. Oakey and Moroder then recorded an album together for Virgin, Philip Oakey & Giorgio Moroder, but this met with rather less success and the following two singles failed to make the UK Top 40. The Human League are an English synth-pop band formed in Sheffield in 1977. Heavily in debt to Virgin Records, Oakey and Wright were under pressure to produce results quickly. The tape contained versions of "Being Boiled," "Toyota City" and "Circus of Death." The lack of success compared with the success of Gary Numan's work at that time had brought matters to a head. The Human League is a British pop music band from Sheffield. Later that year, success outside of the Human League came for Oakey in the shape of the huge hit single "Together in Electric Dreams", a collaboration with one of his idols, synth pioneer Giorgio Moroder. Catherall remained positive and she is cited as the principal reason why the band did not fold at this, their lowest point. On 22 September 2006, the band performed on the US network television show, Jimmy Kimmel Live!. To complete the tour, Oakey had to recruit new people in a matter of days. It was closed by the parent company shortly after the album's release, leading to poor promotion and sales. OWA member organizations across 6 continents. Disheartened by being sidelined in Minneapolis and with the direction the band had taken, Adrian Wright left the band to work in film. [unreliable source? In addition to Sulley and Catherall, Oakey employed professional musician Ian Burden from Sheffield synth band Graph as a session keyboard player for the tour to cover for the keyboards of the now departed Ware and Marsh. 2007' tour encompassed 20 European venues from London to Stockholm, most of which were sold out. In early 1977, Martyn Ware and Ian Craig Marsh, who had met at youth arts project Meatwhistle, were both working as computer operators. song-writer, programmer, producer, percussion, synthesizer. The final result of the sessions was the Crash album. Song-writer, vocals, producer, They will play the Dare album in full as well as other songs from their back catalogue. By this time, the Human League's role as UK electronic pioneers was usurped by Gary Numan when his single "Are 'Friends' Electric?" 3 in the UK in August 1981. Far from being “humane” to people it disagrees with, The Humane League has a history of unlawful activity conducted in the name of animal rights. Jam and Lewis had expressed an interest in working with the band after hearing their US releases. Eventually it was agreed that Oakey would continue with the Human League name while Ware and Marsh would form a completely new band, which became Heaven 17. The band originally comprised of Ian Craig Marsh and Martyn Ware who went on to form the other Sheffield Electronic band Heaven 17 with Glenn Gregory . Russell Originally a minimal Post-Punk synthesiser-based group from Sheffield, UK, they became one of the most successful New Wave acts of the 80s. The Human League was booked to conduct a tour of the UK and Europe from October to November 1980 but the lack of success after two years of hard work and perceived lack of faith by Virgin set about severe internal conflict within the band. The Human League found a new record label, in the form of EastWest records. Aided by an expensive music video (a rarity at the time) directed by film maker Steve Barron, the single went to No. In January 1981, although they had survived the tour, the band was still in trouble. Song-writer, programmer, can find him! Because the League had accepted a large financial signing advance, Ware was in no position to refuse but insisted that any releases in this style be credited to a pseudonym. In 2004 they released The Human League Live at the Dome, a DVD of a live show in filmed at the Brighton Dome, complete with a compilation CD called Live at the Dome. EastWest financed expensive music videos and heavily promoted their releases. His choice was to be "Don't You Want Me", a track Oakey considered to be a filler and the weakest track on the album. The album, while making the Top 10 in the UK, was not as popular as previous releases. [unreliable source?] In 1989, the band built their own studio in Sheffield, jointly funded by Oakey and a business development loan from Sheffield City Council. Song-writer, synthesizer and photographer. In 1994, EastWest Records (a subsidiary of Time Warner) showed interest in the band's demos and the material rejected by Virgin. Jo Callis Jim Russell The band eventually quit the sessions early amidst creative acrimony, although the personal relationships had actually been good. At this point, the band ditched much of the material recorded so far and started over again with new producers Hugh Padgham and Chris Thomas (though some of Rushent's contributions to certain tracks from the earlier sessions were included on the released album). This compilation was unique in that the third disc, with the exception of the first two tracks, focused entirely on the band's pre-Dare material.  They also have their own studio in Sheffield, and are managed by Sidewinder Management Ltd. Also in May, the band released their second studio album Travelogue. The UK's Daily Telegraph said "as good a night's entertainment as you are likely to find anywhere on the planet". The track, which deals with the subject of infidelity, was written and produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. 3 in UK. Burke With the price of electronic components dropping in the mid-1970s, equipment became more affordable for the average consumer; Ware and Marsh purchased a Korg The first single from the album, "Night People" was released on 22 November 2010 but failed to enter the mainstream UK chart. In June 2007, Sulley and Catherall presented a documentary on Sheffield's pop music history entitled The Nation's Music Cities for VH1. For the party, Ware and Marsh formed themselves into an informal band called The Dead Daughters. Virgin flew the entire band to Minneapolis. On completion of the tour, Burden went on to his next commitment playing bass guitar in West Berlin. At the end of 2012, the band undertook the 'XXXV Tour' across Europe and the UK, to celebrate 35 years in existence. The reason for this was twofold: record companies had been reluctant to sign The Future, as they could not offer any "marketable" songs, and therefore a talented singer was required for any chance of commercial success; also the group only owned two synthesizers and could not afford a third. The album featured much material written by the Jam and Lewis team, and showcased their Yamaha DX7-led sound. Under Oakey's leadership, the Human League then evolved into a commercially successful New Pop band with a new line-up including female vocalists Joanne Catherall and Susan Ann Sulley. The only consistent band member is vocalist and songwriter Phil Oakey. In a 1995 interview with music journalist James Richliano, Oakey credited MTV for helping the song reach the top of the charts: "I don't think we would have had a number one if it weren't for the video and MTV. Concurrently in 1993 they were invited to work with veteran Japanese electropop band Yellow Magic Orchestra (YMO) which resulted in the EP "YMO Versus The Human League". The band members are Philip Adrian Wright, Phil Oakey, Ian Burden and Jo Callis. They signed the band and paired them with producer Ian Stanley (formerly of Tears for Fears). 2 in the UK chart, just missing another Christmas No. In 2020, similar 'deluxe' treatment was given to their 1995 Octopus album on its 25th anniversary. Equipment used in this period were: Roland Jupiter 4, Korg 770, Roland System 100 consisting of 1 × 101 keyboard, 2 × 102 expanders, 2 × 104 sequencers and 103 mixer plus taped backing for rhythm and drum parts. If you go The Humane League’s website, you’ll likely see a cute picture of an animal or two, but the organization’s real goal is to harass businesses that serve meat. Susan Sulley said that the rejection of Secrets was "the lowest the band had been since 1992 and after putting in so much time and effort in to an album that then failed, nearly causing them to call it a day.". Ware then decided to invite an old school friend, Philip Oakey, to join the band. It did, however, reach No. The band received the Brit Award for Best British Breakthrough Act in 1982. [unreliable source?]. Oakey states that when he found out the age of the girls and that they were best friends, he revised his plan for a single female and decided that the two girls could look after each other on the tour. Oakey and his then girlfriend went into Sheffield city centre on a Wednesday night with the intention of recruiting a single female backing vocalist. Using Future material, the Human League released a demo tape to record companies under their new name. Bands in the Sheffield scene were also referred to as Futurists, although Oakey himself has said: "We thought we were the punkiest band in Sheffield.". The single peaked at No. In May 1979, the band accepted an offer by Richard Branson's Virgin Records. Song-writer, programmer, The pair clashed continually, with Ware eventually walking out. Female members were not unheard of, however. In May 1980, the band toured the UK. This included Philip Oakey playing the Human League's instrumental arrangement of the theme from "Get Carter" on an original Casio VL-Tone from 1981. * Not counting the album 'Crash'. Before adopting the name the Human League, the band briefly had two previous incarnations. In February 1983, the band was nominated for the Best New Artist award at the 25th Annual Grammy Awards (though the award eventually went to Men at Work). The single reached No.  In winter 2018 they undertook an extensive 'Red Tour' in Europe and the UK. Read Full Biography. Susan Ann Sulley (born 22 March 1963), formerly known as Susanne Sulley and Susan Ann Gayle, is an English singer who is one of the two female vocalists in the synth-pop band The Human League. 1 single, "Human" (No. To accompany the then-stalled album, the band conducted the 2001 'Secrets Tour'. In March 1980, the band—which had not yet hit the singles charts—was namechecked in a UK hit song by The Undertones. To round off the line-up in 2002, percussionist Errol Rollins was added to play the electronic drum kit. Pages in category "The Human League members" The following 10 pages are in this category, out of 10 total. Sulley and Catherall who had just left school immediately postponed their plans to attend university to work on the album. . , In November 1982, the Motown influenced electropop single "Mirror Man" reached No. Although "video albums" had been released by bands such as Blondie and ELO as early as 1979, this release was a short (12 mins) video tape cassette in either VHS or Betamax format containing just three tracks (the music videos for "Mirror Man", "Love Action (I Believe in Love)", and "Don't You Want Me"). 16 in the UK, giving the band their first real success. In the game, the Human League arose in 2415 A.D. and were a frontier-oriented society that desired more independence from Earth. Early British synth specialists and later a co-ed pop act who scored a number of hits in the 1980s. Ware insisted the band maintain their pure electronic sound while Oakey wanted to emulate more successful pop groups. The band's highlight of 2006 was a performance to an audience of 18,000 at the Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles on 24 October 2006, one of their largest concerts to date. currently member of Heaven 17. Bob Last believed that the band could be improved further by the addition of one more professional musician, so in April 1981 his associate Jo Callis (formerly of The Rezillos whom Last had previously managed) was invited to become the final permanent member of the band. The band's new album, Dare, was also released in October 1981 and reached No. Further hits followed throughout the 1980s and into the 1990s, including "Mirror Man," "(Keep Feeling) Fascination," "The Lebanon," "Human" (a US No. songwriter. Find The Human League bio, music, credits, awards, & streaming links on AllMusic - Early British synth specialists and later a co-ed… Often now erroneously credited as a Human League single, due to its success and enduring popularity, the band have since adopted it for their live performances and it appears on their greatest hits compilations. ], In April 1979, the Human League released their first EP on the Fast Product label entitled The Dignity of Labour, which contained four experimental instrumentals. Their musical style is mainly considered Folk, Pop, Punk, Rock, Indie, Electrónica, New Wave, Synthpop, Electronic, Art Rock, soft rock, dance rock, new wave pop, disco, new romantic, europop, madchester, post-punk and permanent wave. It did, however, feature female vocals by guests Lisa (Liza) Strike and Katie Kissoon sounding like the yet-to-be-formed future Human League of 1981. The first release was on Boxing Day 1994, and was the single "Tell Me When", which gave the band their first Top 10 hit since 1986's "Human". [unreliable source?] The Human League discography Studio albums 1) and "Tell Me When". 1 there in the summer of 1982. This was clearly demonstrated in 2002, when the band was booked to appear on UK national TV channel GMTV, where they were to play "Don't You Want Me" before being interviewed. Sulley has joked that she "has to carry on because she doesn't know how to do anything else".. He wrote: "The technology may have dated, synths and drum machines may have become more advanced, but few have manipulated technology in such an emotionally effective way." In 1978, he was invited to join the new avant-garde electronic band The Human League which composed of Oakey, Martyn Ware and Ian Craig Marsh. The Human League is an English new wave band formed in Sheffield. Long-time studio engineer David Beevers had become part of the on-stage line-up controlling the sequencers from behind his deck of twin Apple Macintoshes. Reproduction charted for the first time in August 1981, eventually peaking at no.34, and Travelogue also recharted and returned to the Top 30 for several weeks. In November 1988 a greatest hits compilation album was released that reached No. Since the mid-1990s, the band has essentially been a trio of Oakey, Catherall and Sulley with various sidemen. became a huge hit in the UK in mid-1979. Oakey, Wright, and Marsh agreed with the new name, and in early 1978 The Future became The Human League. [unreliable source? Oakey further recruited multi-instrumentalist Nic Burke, then aged 21, who he had seen playing in Sheffield, to play electric guitar and keytar. In 2016, the band performed their 'A Very British Synthesizer Group' European and UK tour to accompany the release of the multi-disc anthology of the same name. © 2009 Oakey acknowledged that he needed to bring in professional musicians and so Ian Burden was tracked down and invited to join the band as a trial member. In May 2000, the band signed to Papillon Records, a subsidiary of the Chrysalis Group and began recording tracks for their new album due out the following year. As a point of honour the band refuses to use playback; they always play live and rehearse before every appearance, ensuring that no two performances are the same. More commercial-sounding than Reproduction, it peaked at No. With the tour only ten days away and the music media reporting that the Human League was finished now that "the talented people had left", promoters started threatening to sue Oakey if the tour was not completed as contracted. synthesizer, guitar, percussion and vocals. A friend of Oakey's who had been in the audience, Philip Adrian Wright, who also had an art and photography background was invited to become the band's Director of Visuals with a remit to "liven up" the stage performance with slides, film clips and lighting. With no preamble, Oakey asked both girls to join the tour as dancers and incidental vocalists.. Although a limited release—because it was unique and at odds with everything else on the market—it was picked up on by NME who championed the band, although one guest reviewer, John Lydon of Public Image Limited condemned the band as "trendy hippies.". Called The Human League Original Remixes and Rarities, it was aimed at the DJ/Dance market in the US and UK. The following months proved to be difficult ones for the band as they struggled to record a follow-up album to Dare under immense pressure from Virgin. Co-founder of band, vocals, album) was released in the UK in January 2008, by Hooj Choons. Oakey had never sung in front of an audience before, could not play keyboards and only owned a saxophone (which he could barely play). The other 3 members were Ian Burden, Jo Callis, and Philip Adrian Wright. In 2003, a second single from Secrets, "Love Me Madly? Although the subject of retirement is often brought up in interviews, Oakey, Sulley and Catherall have all stated that they still enjoy performing and intend to carry on for "as long as they are filling concerts and people want to see them". The tour was completed as advertised with the first date at Doncaster Top Rank but was less than successful. The label required the band to use conventional instruments and vocals as well as synthesizers. " The band themselves have also consistently and strenuously rejected the label. In November and December 2008, the Human League got together with Martin Fry's ABC and Heaven 17 for 'The Steel City Tour' of the UK. The Humane League has a presence in cities and on campuses across the US, as well as the UK, Mexico, and Japan. Many of the audiences who had paid to see the original all-male line-up were not happy with the new band; Sulley and Catherall were often heckled and, on occasion, objects were thrown. Oakey fought the decision believing it would damage the band, but was over-ruled by Draper and "Don't You Want Me" was released in November 1981. Joanne Catherall explained why on air during the interview: "We simply don't sound like we did 20 years ago; it would be wrong if we used tapes, so we do everything live.". With their reliance on technology and tape machines, the band had been nervous about playing live. Initially an experimental electronic outfit, the group signed to Virgin Records in 1979 and later attained widespread commercial success with their third album Dare in 1981. In March, Oakey was introduced to veteran producer Martin Rushent. After these flops, Virgin cancelled the band's December 1979 tour. Dare has since been labelled as one of pop music's most influential albums. It entered the UK album chart at No. By this time, the band's commercial success and higher profile had caused their first two albums to start selling again. Philip 62 in the singles chart. , Because the imposed style had not worked, Virgin permitted the band to return to their original style and the band recorded and released their first full studio album Reproduction in August 1979. Dennett 1, which was taken by a novelty record by Renée and Renato. Remixer, programmer, drums and songwriter. can find him! In December 1978, David Bowie appeared in the audience and later declared to NME that he "had seen the future of pop music. The accompanying album, Octopus, returned the band to the UK Top 10 and later achieved a gold disc. Oakey The Human League was a neo- Imperial Corellia -based group active during the decades after the Battle of Endor. 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