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Pop Rewind: The Human League “Human”

We really can’t think of the British New Wave movement of the 80s without thinking of The Human League—especially when it comes to New Wave’s influence on the pop market. Along with contemporaries like Tears for Fears and Duran Duran, The Human League’s emphasis on lush synths and danceable drum loops helped to define not only the New Wave genre, but the overall sound of 80s pop music in general.

“Human,” while not The Human League’s most danceable hit, is probably their most memorable—at least, here in the U.S., where it hit Number 1 on the Billboard charts. The water-based imagery of the video also helped embed the song in our minds as MTV and VH1 gave it plenty of airplay.

Interestingly enough, The Human League is still in action. We don’t hear much about them here “across the pond” these days, but they are still charting in the UK, having released two new albums just last year.

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About the Author


Tim Ferrar's interest in pop and rock started as a child, listening to Top-40 radio for hours on end while playing air guitar in his bedroom. Eventually air guitar led to electric guitar, and Tim began playing in bands and writing his own songs. With an admitted weakness for "a great hook or a great guitar riff," Tim's musical tastes are broad and varied, ranging from Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga on the pop side to Bon Jovi and Foo Fighters on the rock side- making him the ideal guy to cover our Rock and Pop categories. By day, Tim is a mild-mannered accountant in Chicago. By night, he rocks out on electric guitar in a cover band in various clubs around town- much to the surprise of some of his clients.

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