Early days of Human League pt.1
I guess anyone even vaguely interested in electronic/synth-based pop music have heard of Human League. They had major hit songs like “Don’t you want me baby”, “The Lebanon” and many more in the 1980/90’s. But Human League had a life before their major hit album Dare released in 1981. In fact they made two albums, Reproduction and Travelogue.
The group was formed in 1977 and recorded their first album in 1979, Reproduction.
Reproduction never had an impact in the charts but Travelogue made it to no. 16 on the UK album chart. The relationship between Oakey and Ware had always been turbulent. The lack of success compared with the success of Gary Numan’s work at that time had brought matters to a head. Ware insisted the band maintain their pure electronic sound while Oakey wanted to emulate more successful pop groups. This led to Ware and Marsh leaving the band and forming Heaven 17.
What made them stand out a bit from other electro pop/new wave acts at the time like Gary Numan, YMO and Ultravox is that they just like Kraftwerk (after the Autobahn album) only used synthesizer instruments. No acoustic drum, electric guitars nor basses.