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The band set about arranging their existing material and demos into a viable album, produced by Rushent. Sulley and Catherall who had just left school immediately postponed their plans to attend university to work on the album. By this time, the band's commercial success and higher profile had caused their first two albums to start selling again.
Reproduction charted for the first time in August , eventually peaking at no. Both albums would eventually achieve Gold status. The band's new album, Dare , was also released in October and reached No. Because of Dare 's success, Virgin executive Simon Draper instructed that a fourth single be released from the album before the end of 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.
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 Aided by an expensive music video a rarity at the time directed by film maker Steve Barron , the single went to No. In a 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.
Trying to interpret songs with video is a real problem, but at the same time, we know that we wouldn't be here without video. 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 , paraphrasing an NME headline from , Oakey once famously quipped: "The Human League: one day all music will be made like this! And it is! Although the group has been retrospectively identified with the New Romantic movement of this period,  according to Dave Rimmer, author of New Romantics: The Look , "at the time [they] were no such thing.
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. Capitalising on the success of the album and their recent No. The band toured for the first time together internationally. Concurrently, Dare later renamed Dare! By the end of the awards party, a drunken Sulley and Catherall had lost the band's valuable trophy and it was never seen again.
The Human League's work was now recognised on both sides of the Atlantic. 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. A six-song EP called Fascination! In August , 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. 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.
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.
Finally in May , the band released the politically charged single " The Lebanon ". The single peaked at No. This was followed shortly thereafter by the album Hysteria, so called because of the difficult and tense recording process. It entered the UK album chart at No.
The second single was " Life on Your Own " in mid 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. The track was taken from the film soundtrack to Electric Dreams and became a massive hit. 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.
However, the success of the original Oakey and Moroder track encouraged Virgin to release one final single from Hysteria in November , the ballad " Louise " was released and reached No. Remembering their work in a interview, Oakey recalled Moroder telling him what he liked best about his voice was that he, "sang out of tune. I consider myself very lucky to be singing on records at all. After Hysteria, the group found themselves in creative stagnation, struggling to record material to follow up on their previous successes.
Key songwriter Jo Callis departed, replaced by drummer Jim Russell. Bob Last quit as manager and was not replaced. In , the band spent several months working on a new album with producer Colin Thurston who had produced the first two Duran Duran albums but yet more clashes in the recording studio ensued and the project was shelved in September Jam and Lewis had expressed an interest in working with the band after hearing their US releases.
Virgin flew the entire band to Minneapolis. The four-month-long recording sessions were beset with creative disputes, with Jam and Lewis having preconceived ideas on how they wanted the album to sound, rejecting most of the band's material which would cost the band considerable loss of royalty income.
The band eventually quit the sessions early amidst creative acrimony, although the personal relationships had actually been good.
The final result of the sessions was the Crash album. The album featured much material written by the Jam and Lewis team, and showcased their Yamaha DX7 -led sound. It had a US No. The album, while making the Top 10 in the UK, was not as popular as previous releases. Disheartened by being sidelined in Minneapolis and with the direction the band had taken, Adrian Wright left the band to work in film. Crash was generally more popular in the US and internationally than in the UK. The band toured in the UK and internationally in and to capitalise on their high-profile at this time.
In , Ian Burden also left the band. In November a greatest hits compilation album was released that reached No. In , the band built their own studio in Sheffield, jointly funded by Oakey and a business development loan from Sheffield City Council.
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. In , the band released their last album for Virgin Records, Romantic?
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 ".
At odds with the prevailing trend of US grunge and the Manchester scene the Romantic? In , Virgin abruptly cancelled their recording contract. 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.
Please try again later. To put it simply, if you like any kind of electronic music, this is a must have. Great catchy, off beat songs. Oddball, often humorous lyrics. These guys were groundbreaking and influenced a whole generation to follow.
You couldn't go to a club in London for years without hearing "Being Boiled" and it jump-started the whole New Romantics movement. It is odd to me that it took a watered down, safer version of this group to finally break the charts, but it only shows how ahead of their time they were.
In my opinion, a masterpiece that still stands in a corner all it's own. One person found this helpful. It was one part experimental and other part synth pop. Overall a great album. Just like it was when I listened to it on Spotify.
Early album from synth pop band Human League. Great album. No comments. Takes me back to the '80's when I was much younger. The CD itself is digitally remastered and you can tell. I play it on my car player and the sub thumps big time. If you liked the Human League when you were young then do yourself a favour and get this.
The modern tech we have now makes it sound unreal. And the CD was shipped fast from the seller too. Format: Audio CD. I remember picking up the vinyl album of 'Reproduction' back in Even including the Flexi-Disc that I didn't get with my copy. Back in believe me this was a really new sound.
Synthesized pop for a new generation. Actually pretty dark pop with heavy lyrics reflecting Philip Oakey's take on death and the human condition. Just check out 'Zero As A Limit' which is my favorite track. A slow echoing hand-clap repeating begins the song with Mr. Oakley's deep voice telling the story of someone going through the unfortunate motions of being run over by a car.
The urgent increase in the simple hand-clap as the car approaches and the frenzied urgency of Oakey's voice brings the song to its inevitable conclusion. The whole album has great beats with beautifully programmed Synth lines. There really wasn't much else out there in the electronic field that was anything like this.Nov 27, · The Word Before Last ( Digital Remaster) The Human League - The Path Of Least Resistance 9 videos Play all The Human League - Reproduction - Claudestar1;.