The Human League hailed from Sheffield, UK circa 1977.
Initially, they started out as a band called The Future. Although
there were no formal releases as The Future, in 2002, recorded demos
were on an album called The Golden Hour of the Future in 2002.
The Future was unable to land a record deal without a vocalist, so the
invited a friend of theirs, Philip Oakey, to join the band, and soon
after they changed their name to The Human League (this was a reference
to words in the video game Starforce: Alpha Centauri).
By 1978, The Human League had landed a record deal, and
their first hit single, "Being Bold", was released in 1978
(re-released in 1982). Their first studio album was
(1979). In the 80's, they released
(1980). Soon after this second release, tensions were very high
with the band. The result was a legal split whereby Oakey
maintained the Human League name, but other band members formed a band
called Heaven 17. After gathering up new members for the band,
was released in 1981, which ultimately became their most successful
release. You will remember the hit song "Don't You Want Me" from
this album. Other hit songs form this album included "The Sound of
the Crowd", "Open Your Heart", and "Love Action (I Believe in Love)".
An EP was released in 1982, called Fascination!, that feature the hit
song "(Keep Feeling) Fascination".
Other notable songs from the Human League in the 1980's
included the songs "The Lebanon" and "Life on Your Own" from
(1984), and "Human" from
It is worth noting here that the song "Electric Dreams" was not
technically a Human League hit, but a collaboration between Oakey and
As the years rolled on, The Human League continued to
produce new material, with some chart success in the mid 1990's, as well
as in 2011, but nothing like their heyday. The Human League was
known to be on tour in 2012. At the time of this writing, The
Human League Discography was as follows:1979: Reproduction
1988: Greatest Hits
1995: Greatest Hits
1996: Soundtrack to a Generation
1997: The Best Of
1998: The Very Best of The Human League
2002: The Golden Hour of the Future
2003: The Very Best of The Human League
2005: Original Remixes & Rarities
2005: Live at the Dome