Monday, April 9, 2012

H is for The Human League


“If it seems a little time is needed

Decisions to be made

The good advice of friends unheeded

For the best of plans mislaid”


- Song “(Keep Feeling) Fascination” The Human League


The Human League was a fun group. The women and man often took turns singing the lyrics to create a story in their hit songs.


Here, the male lead singer pretty much sang solo:


This was a new wave group. All synthesizer. And they all wore a lot of makeup. Fun band. I’ll admit it: their songs still make me want to dance. And I may or may not sing along loudly if I hear them on the radio.


Honorable Mention: Howard Jones


In you’ve missed the little bit o’ news,

I have a short story on page 12 of Issue #2 of

Vine Leaves Literary Journal.


68 comments:

  1. Hi Theresa. This group is quite unique. I like the lyrics and the way they present their songs.

    Denise

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  2. OMG - yes I loved them as well. Electric Dreams being my favourite. Great choice, Theresa!

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    1. Iris B, thanks! I should've added Electric Dreams

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  3. I loved these songs! Boy you've just taken me back a few years!

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    1. Rebecca, writing these posts and watching these videos has been bringing me back too.

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  4. Yay for the Human League - especially the make up and I loved that "Don't you want me" had a proper story to it!! Take care
    x

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    1. Old Kitty, I agree. There's a song that's a big hit now that has a break up with the male and female perspective. Not a new idea!

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  5. What fantastic makeup. Theresa, my pal, I have listened to them before. They were very different. :-) I'll say one thing, the lyrics in that song are very true. Be safe!

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    1. Robyn, I chose those lyrics because they were poetic.

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  6. I never listened to them. But thanks for letting me know about a new group.

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  7. Ah yes - very singable songs!

    Just read your story, too, Theresa... so sad, but really well written. Congratulations.

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    1. Annalisa, thanks for reading my story and thank you for the compliment.

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  8. Oh yes, I heard the second one on the radio here very recently!

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  9. Oh come on now, Theresa! You can't just give poor Howard an honourable mention!I love him!

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  10. There's nothing like that electronic sound to draw you back into the '80s. :D

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    1. SA Larsen, so true. It was the only decade with so much synthesizer.

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  11. I like these guys! Great sound!

    And I meant to come back and tell you that I read your vignette. Very heartbreaking but sooo good!

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    1. Shelley, thank you very much! I appreciate the feedback--especially positive feedback.

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  12. I know the name of the group, but not this particular song.

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  13. 'This was a new wave group. All synthesizer. And they all wore a lot of makeup.'

    That would make them New Romantic, too, no?

    Love the Human League. Love the song you quoted, too. Also, I think HoJo is a great honorable mention.

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    1. Suze, I'll take your word about the New Romantic. I'm no music expert (even though I'm doing my A to Z on music).

      HoJo, ha!

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  14. I missed out on that time in musical history. Where was I anyway? Oh, that's right. My children had stolen my brain. Thanks for making me cool again.

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    1. Bossy Betty, I hope your children gave back your brain! Thanks for visiting. : )

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  15. Oh, there was a blast from the past. I totally thought I'd remembered most of the 80s, but I hadn't thought about these guys since then--not that I didn't like them--they just aren't something I ever owned, so once off the air, they disappeared from my mind.

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    1. Hart, I hear them once in a rare while and I have a few songs on my iPod. Other groups I've forgotten about.

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  16. Congrats on your story in Vine Leaves! Now that I read the lyrics, I'm going to be singing that song all day!

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    1. Susan, thanks. This son has been in my head all day too!

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  17. I haven't heard Human League for years! Great H choice.

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  18. I remember the Human League always putting out very entertaining videos for their songs! :)

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  19. I used to have a party bus and would take people clubbing in SF. "Don't You Want Me" was always played on 80's nights and that song was everyone's favorite. People knew the words and I guess it made them want to get out on the floor and dance. I wasn't a huge fan, but I liked those songs.

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    1. Deathwriter, I don't think people can help but dance when they hear these songs.

      You had a party bus?

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  20. Love the Human League. Their nineties output wasn't very good, but they have a new album out I'm anxious to hear.

    I'm wondering if you meant Howard Jones in your honorable mention. Unless you mean that the hotel chain was influential in your musical tastes of the 80's? (sorry, couldn't resist.:))

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    1. Brent, nope, I'm just an idiot! Thanks for pointing it out.

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  21. When the chorus came on I actually recognized the first song! I don't remember hearing of this group, but I like their sound.

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  22. Congrats about your short story in Vine Leaves Literary Journal!

    I don't think I've heard of this band before.

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    1. Cherie, thanks for the congrats. Glad I introduced you to a band you didn't know.

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  23. Congratulations on your short story! :)

    (I tried to visit the link, too, but their servers must be down or something because my browser can't access www.vineleavesliteraryjournal.com. I'll try again later.)

    Thanks for sharing the songs! I like the dual perspective of the first.

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    1. The Golden Eagle, I'm sorry you couldn't access the journal. Maybe this link will help?

      http://www.vineleavesliteraryjournal.com/issue-02-apr-2012.html

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  24. I had forgotten about The Human League. One of these days you're going to come up with a group I haven't heard of, I'm sure.

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    1. Liz, I take that as a challenge. Now I must find a band you don't know!

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  25. Human is my favorite song of theirs.

    Congrats about your short story. :)

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    1. Medeia, Human is my favorite song too, though the others are catchy.

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  26. I have never heard of The Human League... I'm intrigued. Congratulations on your story! How very exciting! :)

    I have nominated you for the Sunshine Award! Visit this link to collect: http://melissakline.blogspot.com/2012/04/sunshine-award.html

    Keep spreading sunshine!

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  27. Melissa, thanks for the congratulations and for passing on the Sunshine Award!

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  28. Sounds like a very interesting group. I'm now going over to the Vine Leaves Journal!
    Ann Best, Author of In the Mirror & Other Memoirs

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  29. Love your choices so far! Say, have you seen The Divine Comedy's cover of Don't You Want Me?

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  30. I LOVE your choice in music, Theresa. Human League is a favorite!

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  31. Dang, girl, brilliant short story!!!

    I don't remember the Human League so well. I remember their name and two of their songs, but that's about it.

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    1. Lynda, thank you very much! That's so nice to hear.

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  32. Yes, hooray for HJ and Human League.

    I enjoyed your short story. Nice twist at the end! Didn't see that coming.

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  33. I'm afraid the only song I know by the Human League is "Don't You Want Me." Congrats on your short story. I will go check it out.

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  34. Missed Periods, you know that best song, which is what's important.

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