.comment-link {margin-left:.6em;} <$BlogRSDUrl$>

Ontario Empoblog

Ontario Emperor Blog
("yup, its random!")
This blog has been superseded by the mrontemp blog


October 2003   November 2003   December 2003   January 2004   February 2004   March 2004   April 2004   May 2004   June 2004   July 2004   August 2004   September 2004   October 2004   November 2004   December 2004   January 2005   February 2005   March 2005   April 2005   May 2005   June 2005   July 2005   August 2005   September 2005   October 2005   November 2005   December 2005   January 2006   February 2006   March 2006   April 2006   May 2006   June 2006   July 2006   August 2006   September 2006   October 2006   November 2006   December 2006   January 2007   February 2007  

The Breast Cancer Site
Fund free mammograms at no cost to yourself by clicking on the link, then on the pink button.

Hall of Shame (NoteUnworthy Blog Posts)
Other Blogs (sorted regionally)
Ontario Emperor Selected del.icio.us Tags

This page is powered by Blogger. Isn't yours?

Listed on BlogShares



Who Links Here

Click for Ontario, California Forecast

Monday, March 08, 2004

Early Human League
An old set of lyrics just popped into my head:

Is such a big word
It's been around since
Richard The Third

These are taken from
"Blind Youth", a song on an early Human League album. Before the days of Joanne and Susanne, Human League was a four-piece outfit of men with synths, ranging from the dour (their blue-eyed soulless version of "You've Lost That Loving Feeling") to the tragic (Hawaii Five O meets ancient Greece in "Circus of Death") to the cerebrally amusing ("Empire State Human").

As time passed, Human League began to develop the Electronic Beat that they would exhibit on the albums Dare and Heaven 17. The last album before the breakup of the original Fab Four included "The Black Hit of Space" (in which a record goes up to number one, and then keeps going up into minus figures), and their Human League meets Harry Chapin song "WXJL Tonight."

In my view, Human League reached its musical and lyrical peak with their song "The Lebanon." By this time they were, in a word, daring to use instruments other than synthesizers. Phil and the ladies had worked the vocals out. Lyrically, you can't fault them for trying to say something.

Then they became an interchangeable Jam/Lewis act. "Love on the Run" was a rare hurrah for the League on that album. Most of it, while good, sounded very much like Jam/Lewis (in the same way Jeff Lynne made Roy Orbison and George Harrison sound like the lead singers in a bad ELO cover band).

Comments: Post a Comment

Links to this post:

Create a Link