The Human League

Electronic band from Sheffield, England. Formed in 1977 by Martyn Ware and Ian Craig Marsh. Originally called 'The Future', but changed their name to 'The Human League' in 1978 with the addition of vocalist Phil Oakey and the release of the single "Being Boiled".

This original lineup lasted until 1980, after which Ware and Marsh left to form Heaven 17. Oakey kept the band name and added female vocalists, and it is this incarnation that gained widespread popularity.

Mainly known for a synthesizer based pop sound, in particular the song “Don’t You Want Me”.

The Human League released in 1982 a remix album, Love and Dancing, under the band name "The League Unlimited Orchestra" as a nod to Barry White's disco-era Love Unlimited Orchestra.

Book of Love

Because, in the 1980's, even Goth girls liked to smile at the discotheque, there existed a band called Book Of Love. Hearing a Book Of Love song like "I Touch Roses" or "Boy" after the blood-curdling "Stigmata" or the macabre "Bela Lugosi's Dead" was like being smacked in the head with a sun beam. Music so fearlessly and effortlessly melodic and optimistic rarely ever parted the dancefloor, but somehow a synth band that originated in Philadelphia via New York did so, repeatedly. Book Of Love were formed in the early eighties by art students Ted and Susan Ottaviano. They are neither related nor married. Susan was the lead singer and her sweet yet expressionless vocals became the band's signature. Ted handled songwriting, programming and guitars. This Manhattan-based ambisexual quartet specialized in pure, love it or loathe it dance pop- a near mathematical melange of art house beats, smiley-faced hooks, Donovan-style lyricism, and female voices so droll they make Nico sound like Judy Collins. They have gone on to influence everyone from the Polyphonic Spree and Adult. 2016 marks the 30th anniversary of their debut album.

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