THE HUMAN LEAGUE – No Time (John Peel session 1978)

December 31, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized 

The sci-fi soaked daddies of the Sheffield synth scene who, along with Kraftwerk and Gary Numan, were most instrumental in hooking me on electronic music in the late 70s. When I heard this existential curiosity, from the John Peel Radio 1 session recorded at Maida Vale on August 8 1978 and tx’ed on Aug 16, it blew my mind. It reworks their demo track Again, the Eye Again – and was redone once more as The Word Before Last for the Reproduction album – but this version knocks the others into a cocked hat, and remains my favourite among their work. A cover version is in the offing sometime.

‘I spent a bad day yesterday / With a man and a picture of himself / The tape was running and the TV turned / How different these people were, I learned…’

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