The Future & The Human League ‎– Excerpts From The Golden Hour Of The Future (LTD Promo 12″)

An early Birthday present from Mike B ?!?! How kind. (It is my birthday on Wednesday with the big 5 Ohhhhh but more of that later next week)

This was from a limited edition 12″ released in 2002 featuring old League stuff and even older The Future stuff  (formed in 1977 by Ian Craig Marsh, Martyn Ware & Adi Newton who went on to form Clock DVA)

If you are into your wobbly and raw synths this will certainly tickle those earbuds. Way ahead of it’s time Techno/Electro/Ambient soundscapes. A novelty synth track, “C’Est Grave” featuring Tim Pearce on vocals. A beautiful closing instrumental.

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Black Melody ‎– MEL 3 SAM_7115

A1 Dance Like A Star (V.1) 4:23
A2 C’Est Grave 3:04
A3 Titled U.N. 3:06
B1 Dance Like A Star (V.2) 3:14
B2 Treatment 2:27
B3 Last Man On Earth 10:38

Re-uppage 73 – (Herb Albert, Boxcar, Ugly feat. Glen Gregory, Trio x2, Living In A Box feat. Bobby Womack, Harry Enfield, Nothing I have ever heard of)

Okay, okay people love Rapidshare, but when the files expire I end up having doing this!

Herb Alpert – Keep Your Eye On Me (12″) For Retro Hound (Lapping it up with his rough tongue)


Boxcar ‎– Gas Stop (Who Do You Think You Are) (US 12″) For Nick Birch (the 90’s are on there way Mate!)


Ugly (feat. Glenn Gregory) ‎– Boom The Future (12″) For DBD (What more Heaven 17/ Human League stuff ?)









Trio – Da Da Da (French Import) (7″ Vinyl) For Krawinkel (Yes, him, yes Mr Winkle!)


Living In A Box feat. Bobby Womack – So The Story Goes (12″) For DBD (Yup, this hasn’t been requested for a while!)


Trio – Ready For You (German 12″) For MATT (A Trio Obsessive!)









Harry Enfield ‎– Loadsamoney (Doin’ Up The House) (12″) For Neil Kelly (It’s back up, Enjoy!)










Early Human League – Before the Girls ruined it !

The League were proudly independent mavericks with a plan for World Domination but with a D.I.Y ethos. (Thanks go to WINX for the shares!)

Here is a pile of rarities from the late 70’s/Early 80’s that you may enjoy!

The Human League ‎– Being Boiled / Circus Of Death (7″)

The original mono recording from 1978 and their debut release. Primitive sounds with the soundtrack-like arrangements on “Circus Of Death” I love the Phil Oakey introduction where he tries to explain the meaning of the song, got to love a bit of pomposity now and again.


Fast Product ‎– FAST 4


A Being Boiled
B Circus Of Death

The Human League – Peel Radio Session (16/8/1978)

Probably as near as I’m going to get to hear what the old League sounded like live. “Being Boiled” is more intense, in stereo and gets cut suddenly towards the end, someone with a finger on the pause button ?

“No Time” from the LP “Reproduction” (all the rest are as well) and a more interesting version, Oakey’s distant vocal style suits the song well.

“Blind Youth” is a lively but simple pop track with some weird modular sounds mixed in with the tambourine led beat.

“You’ve Lost…” is minimal and icy but slightly warmer than the studio version but fades before it reaches the great climax!



  1. Being Boiled
  2. No Time
  3. Blind Youth (Progression)
  4. You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling

The Human League ‎– The Dignity Of Labour Pts.1-4 (12″)

Going truly experimental now with this entirely instrumental 4 track E.P. Cold, industrial sounds and sounding more like Cabaret Voltaire (also from Sheffield) Part 3 unleashes the sequencers, very Tangerine Dream. Ending with the avant garde, improvised sounds of Part 4.


Fast Product ‎– Fast 10


The Dignity Of Labour
A1 Part 1 4:21
A2 Part 2 2:46
B1 Part 3 3:49
B2 Part 4 3:49

The Human League ‎– Empire State Human (2 x 7 “)

The 2nd single and a nice little double pack. This was from June 1980 with a lot of the tracks recorded back in 79. A celebration after being signed to Virgin no doubt. “Empire” is great synthpop track, weird and funny but sounding out of this world with co-production from Colin Thurston. “Introducing” is another dark instrumental, seeming to be like a Police Car chase.

The Bonus 7″ is a cover of the Mick Ronson track, again co-produced with Richard Manwaring who also co-produced the involving “Tokyo City”, atmospheric and futuristic and far superior to the short album version.


Virgin ‎– VS 351


A Empire State Human 3:10
B Introducing 3:13
C Only After Dark 3:15
D Toyota City (Long Version) 5:38

The Men – I Don’t Depend On You (7″)

Released in February 1979, The Men was an alias used by The Human League as a result of Virgin pressing the group to record material which used more ‘conventional’ instruments, rather than just synthesizers. They were worried about the Musicians Union banning synths and a public back lash.So the band went under a pseudo name and recorded this with session musicians providing bass guitar and drums, and Katie Kissoon and Lisa Strike on backing vocals. (two years prior to the arrival of Joanne Catherall and Susan Ann Sulley)

Cruel, was a remix of the A-side, from which Philip’s vocals were absent, they were still plenty of synths in the mix, electro-disco. Both were co-produced with Colin Thurston

The group were obviously convinced that this record would provide them with their first hit single. Philip later revealed how the group had “planned what we were going to do on Top Of The Pops. We had all these actors and actresses hired for the backing group.” But they ended up being too busy to promote it.

Another strange fact is the song was covered by the British dance troupe Hot Gossip on their 1981 album “Geisha Boys and Temple Girls” which was produced by Martyn Ware, the album was a commercial failure and winded up to be the last Dindisc release.

I wonder who played the bass ?


Virgin ‎– VS 269


A I Don’t Depend On You 4:31
B Cruel (Instrumental) 4:41

The Human League ‎– Boys And Girls (7″)

A track I had overlooked and was pleased to give it a revisit. Again before the Girls took over the backing vocals and before Martin Rushent. This was after the SPLIT, Feb 1981, with Oakey teaming up with Philip Wright, who was originally “director of visuals” in the old Human League and quickly learned to play keyboards and began writing with Oakey for Dare.

This was produced by Richard Manwaring with drama and plenty of synths with hardly any beats.

B-side , “Tom Baker” has a superb, early League sound with a nod to the original Dr. Who theme and the Radio-phonic Workshop.


Virgin ‎– VS 395


A Boys And Girls
B Tom Baker

Human League ‎– The Sound Of The Crowd (7″)

So it happened, Human League Mk2 and the embodiment of synth New Wave.

Martin Rushent adds his magic and it is co-written with new, permanent band member Ian Burdon, Formerly of Sheffield band Graph, Burden was employed as a session keyboard player for the Human League’s October 1980 tour, covering for Martyn Ware and Ian Craig Marsh’s keyboards after their departure, (he also played Bass Guitar)

The classic 7″ is here and the shorter but very effective dub on the flip.

“Still vocals and synthesizers only”


Virgin ‎– VS416


A The Sound Of The Crowd
B The Sound Of The Crowd (Add Your Voice)

Human League ‎– The Sound Of The Crowd (12″)

To complete this little feature the original 12″ version that was my first League purchase. I remember it came in a full, weighty vinyl slab and remember hearing those electronic Toms for the first time. The B-side is another different mix, here for the completists.

The Human League had made it but in such way that Ware and Oakey still not speak to each other, the high cost of Fame.


Virgin ‎– VS 416-12


A The Sound Of The Crowd (Complete) 6:32
B The Sound Of The Crowd (Instrumental) 4:11

Terence Trent D’Arby ‎– If You Let Me Stay (LTD 12″)

Saw this the other week, in a standard black sleeved 12″ cover and thought this was quite rare. Turns out it was originally packaged in a 12″ double pack which seems quite common, ahh well!

The debut release from the small, but perfectly formed Terence and his unusual voice. This is from a London Capital Radio session recorded to promote this new talent. So a lively, live and quite short version of his breakthrough hit, showing his love for a James Brown grunt.

Sunday Jam (One Woman Man)” is a soulful acoustic number (with some synth string sounds thrown in) that appeared again as a B-side to “Dance Little Sister.” A cover of “Wonderful World” is also from the same session and is spine tingling good.

CBS ‎– TRENT D1stay2

A If You Let Me Stay (Capital Radio Session)
B1 Sunday Jam (One Woman Man)
B2 Wonderful World

Love And Money ‎– River Of People (Promo 12″)

An earlier single from Love And Money (and this time from Mike B) from 1986 and sounding like a very polished 80’s Pop band. Synths are everywhere and the main track gets a glossy, long mix from Mike Berry.

More astonishingly Shep Pettibone remixes their debut single “Candybar Express” funky it up to 11 but maybe not in a good way, probably too many gimmicks for fans of the band but a great listen for any 80’s remix junkies. Very very similar to Hipsway’s “The Honeythief”


Mercury ‎– MADDOX 19candy

A River Of People (Extended Version) 7:03
B Candybar Express (Pettibone Mix) 5:59

Heaven 17 ‎– Train Of Love In Motion (12″)

From the 1988 album ‘Teddy Bear, Duke & Psycho’ and at a time Heaven 17 were struggling with popularity and this quite mediocre single didn’t help. The lyrics and the trying to catchy chorus with all the “naah naah’s”

The 12″ has a more than a nod to Moroder about it and improves it by getting more electronic.

The other 2 tracks are both from the album (well the CD version), “Work” and “Giving Up” and they were still using the tried and tested Linn Drum machine that immediately dates them as earlier than ’88. I think they were trying to sound too much like a band but as everyone knows it was mostly samplers. Tim Cansfield’s versatile guitar can be heard and they did (and still do) love their R & B.

There is a very interesting article about the album here, for all you tech heads


SAM_1927Virgin ‎– VST 1134

A1 Train Of Love In Motion (The Mainline Mix) 5:58
A2 Work 3:39
B1 Train Of Love In Motion (7″ Version) 3:30
B2 Giving Up 3:05

Huey Lewis And The News ‎– The Power Of Love (12″)

From August 1985 and a first hearing for me, Jellybean electrifies the famous track from “Back To The Future” adding extra hooks and drops. A longer guitar solo and some added drum machine.

The flip is a “Bad Is Bad” a kind of electro blues with Linn Drum Machine. originally a hit back in 1983

B-side includes a live versions of, “I Want A New Drug” (another ’83 that Ray Parker Jr. blatantly plagiarized for his “Ghostbusters” theme) and the Doo Wap acapella version of Curtis Mayfield’s,  “It’s All Right.”

Chrysalis ‎– HUEYX 1SAM_1811

A1 The Power Of Love (Jellybean Remix)
A2 Bad Is Bad
B1 It’s All Right (Live Version)
B2 I Want A New Drug (Live Version)

Jody Watley ‎– Real Love (US 12″)

From 1989 and from the ex-lead singer of Shalamar , Jody Watley. Every 12″ fan loves an edit in the mix and these come from hip hop producer, Greg “Ski” Royal. It’s a huge sounding set of mixes by David Bianco and Louil Silas Jr, what a bass for the late 80’s! All 3 mixes have something to them with the instrumental not being a pure, voxless version as stated.

MCA Records ‎– MCA-23928jody

A Real Love (Extended Version) 6:59
B1 Real Love (Extended Instrumental) 7:40
B2 Real Love (Dub Version) 6:15
B3 Real Love (Bassapella) 4:28

Jellybean Featuring Richard Darbyshire ‎– Coming Back For More (12″)

When the vocalist from Living In A Box teamed up with Madonna connected, NYC producer Jellybean.

From 1988 and an early House track and did appeared as a new track on the compilation “Jellybean Rocks The House!” and is a typical, polished production job with a solid bass

Part 2 is a dub and doesn’t feature Darbyshire’s vocals. The added bonus is the 1984 track which features the uncredited vocals from Madonna (I wish !) the vocals were from Catherine Buchanan. (nicknamed “Catt”) however she is in there somewhere , Madge wrote it and it was originally a single release back in 1984 and also in 1986.


Chrysalis ‎– 611 688jellyfronycov

A Coming Back For More (Part 1) 6:53
B1 Coming Back For More (Part 2) 4:38
B2 Sidewalk Talk (Funhouse Mix) 6:12

Love And Money ‎– Strange Kind Of Love (12″)

More from forgotten Scottish Band , Love And Money. (which comprised of members of the band Friends Again) More of a 4 track E.P. on this 1988 release showcasing the bands diverse sound. Gary Katz (Steely Dan) gives the title track a polished 80’s sound with a nod to the dancefloor. He also produces the last track, “Scapegoat” which keeps up the pop funk style and goes down the Level 42 route.

The other 2 tracks are more guitar orientated having been self produced; with the bluesy “Looking for Angeline” demonstrating James Grant fine guitar playing. There is a folk feel to “Set The Night On Fire” hinting at the bands new direction.


Fontana ‎– MONEY 6122lovefrontcov

A1 Strange Kind Of Love
A2 Looking For Angeline
B1 Set The Night On Fire
B2 Scapegoat