were partly responsible for bringing Sheffield music to
an international audience. Their electronic sound mixed
with pop tunes were a start of a new era in music.
The originators of the band, Martyn Ware and Ian Craig
Marsh met in 1975 on a theatre project called Meat Whistle.
They started gigging in Sheffield under names like Musical
Vomit. Their intention was to just get up and play and
get away from the industrial environment of Sheffield.
Hearing Kraftwerk at a party at Richard Kirk's (Cabaret
Voltaire) house made them realize how powerful electronic
music could be. Ian started building his own synthesiser
and they experimented with electronic sounds. They formed
a duo called the Dead Daughters and in June 1977 Adi Newton
joined to form ´The Future´
In 1978 Adi Newton leaves to form his own band Clock DVA
and Ian and Martin ask an old school friend Phil Oakey
to join their new band ´The Human League´
Their aim to make electronic pop music wasn't taken seriously
by the people involved in the Sheffield music scene. To
everybody's surprise their first single Being Boiled was
But the following albums weren't as successful as they
wanted them to be and when Gary Numan had a number one
with his single 'Are Friends Electric?', they felt that
he had stolen their thunder.
To everybody's surprise the band split. Quote from Paul
Bower of 2.3: "The Human League has split! That's
like taking down the town hall. I can't believe it."
The new line up with Joanne and Susanne had a huge success
with their album Dare in 1981.
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early human league