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Those who Dare – The Human League return

It seems a bit perplexing that in the midst of an 80s revival, no-one thought to thank the people that really started the whole thing off. Oh, sure, we’ve had Gary Numan féted and people have said nice things about Depeche Mode, but there was one song which took keyboard music from clubland to the classrooms and factory floors of Great Britain and that song was the immortal ‘Don’t You Want Me’ by the Human League. That 45 – still one of the greatest British singles ever released – instantly spawned a thousand imitators but no-one could quite capture the zeitgeist the way parent album Dare did. 

Dare was inescapable in the 80s – everybody owned it. It’s actually difficult to imagine that kind of ubiquity now. It’s gargantuan success – it was released in October 1981 and reached #1 in the UK, spending a total of four weeks at the top spot over the 1981 to 1982 period, remaining in the chart for 77 weeks and eventually going triple platinum – seems just too much for modern eyes to comprehend. Of course, when you hit the top, there’s only one way to go, but The Human League have been allowed to drift unfairly. They are one of British pop’s legacy acts.

Hopefully new album Credo, produced by i-Monster, will catapult them back into the spotlight. Their new tour – the first in three years – kicks off at the end of the month and swings into Edinburgh on the 14th December.

The Human League deserve their place in the pop pantheon – it’s time they got it.

For full details of the tour, please visit the band’s website http://www.thehumanleague.co.uk


One Response

  1. “Norman Wisdom, Johnny,Joey, Dee Dee, good times!”
    Saw them at Wickerman in 2009. Fucking awesome. And the blonde one has still got it.

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