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The Human League

The Human League

The Human League are an English electronic new wave band formed in Sheffield in 1977. They had an early hit with "Being Boiled", then achieved greater fame after a membership change in 1980. Dare (1981), the band's most popular album, yielded the single "Don't You Want Me", a No. 1 hit in the pop charts of UK, US and many other countries. The song is seen as the beginning of the MTV-driven Second British Invasion of the US. Other international hits include: "Love Action", "Open Your Heart", "Mirror Man", "Fascination", "The Lebanon", "Human" (a US No. 1) and "Tell Me When".The only constant band member since 1977 is vocalist and songwriter Philip Oakey. Originally an avant-garde all-male synthesizer-based group, The Human League evolved into a commercially successful synthpop band under Oakey's leadership. Since 1987, the band has essentially been a trio of Oakey and long-serving female vocalists Joanne Catherall and Susan Ann Sulley (both of whom joined the ensemble in 1980), with various sidemen.Since 1978, The Human League have released nine studio albums, four EPs, 30 singles and several compilation albums. They have had five albums and eight singles in the UK Top 10 and have sold more than 20 million records.Awards
  • 1982 BRIT Award – Best British breakthrough act
  • 2004 Q Award – Innovation in sound
  • 2008 ASCAP Award – for 20 million U.S radio plays of "Don't You Want Me" (in 2007)


  • 1982 Grammy Awards – Nominated for Best New Artist


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