Wednesday, 2 June 2010

THE HUMAN LEAGUE - Being Boiled (1978)

The Human League are one of the great bands. Fact. They actually helped change music. They went from the avant-garde underground to the toppermost of the poppermost, by developing and finessing a style of music unheard of by most of the world. They've written at least 10 stone cold classics - Love Action, Fascination, Mirror Man, Sound Of The Crowd, Empire State Human, Open Your Heart, Louise, Don't You Want Me, The Things That Dreams Are Made Of and, of course, this earthquake of a pop record.

This tune is from 1978, ferchrissakes. Just stop and think about that for a minute. Hits from around the time included Gerry Rafferty's "Baker Street", Rod Stewart's "Hot Legs", about 17 singles from the Grease Soundtrack, James fucking Galway and plenty, plenty more arsewands. The post-punk top 40 was not a pretty place, people.

They took drum machines, synthesisers, freaky androgyny and a huge bowl of anti-virtuoso punk rock attitude and smashed it into the top 10. This is one of the most audacious, game-changing, futuristic, comes-from-outer-space hit records EVER.

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