Synth pop's first international superstars, the Human League were among the earliest and most innovative bands to break into the pop mainstream on a wave of synthesizers and electronic rhythms, their marriage of infectious melodies and state-of-the-art technology proving enormously influential on countless acts following in their wake. The group was formed in Sheffield, England, in 1977 by synth players Martyn Ware and Ian Marsh, who'd previously teamed as the duo Dead Daughters; following a brief tenure as the Future, they rechristened themselves the Human League after enlisting vocalist Philip Oakey. The trio soon recorded a demo, and played their first live dates; they soon tapped Adrian Wright as their "Director of Visuals," and his slide shows quickly became a key component of their performances.
Signing with the indie label Fast, in 1978 the Human League issued their first single, "Being Boiled"; a minor underground hit, it was followed by a tour in support of Siouxsie & the Banshees. After a 1979 EP, The Dignity of Labour, the group released its first full-length effort, Reproduction, a dark, dense work influenced largely by Kraftwerk. Travelogue followed the next year and reached the U.K. Top 20; still, internal tensions forced Ware and Marsh to quit the group in late 1980, at which time they formed the British Electronic Foundation. Their departure forced Wright to begin learning to play the synthesizer; at the same time, Oakey recruited bassist Ian Burden as well as a pair of schoolgirls, Susanne Sulley and Joanne Catherall, to handle additional vocal duties.
|Single Minded||Credo||Electronic, Pop|
|Never Let Me Go (Italoconnection Radio Mix)||Never Let Me Go - EP||Electronic|
|Get Together||Credo||Electronic, Pop|
|When The Stars Start To Shine||Credo||Electronic, Pop|
|All I Ever Wanted||Secrets||Electronic, Pop|
|Never Let Me Go||Credo||Electronic, Pop|
|Electric Shock||Credo||Electronic, Pop|
|Night People||Credo||Electronic, Pop|
|Into The Night||Credo||Electronic, Pop|
|Breaking The Chains||Credo||Electronic, Pop|
|Never Let Me Go (Aeroplane Remix)||Never Let Me Go - EP||Electronic|