Human League — with original members Phil Oakey, Susan Ann Sulley and Joanne
Catherall — was an experience in pre-darkwave pop.
The singers and the band, dressed in black, stepped to their sterile-white
instruments and pulsed out a little techno-new-wave beats into the club.
Keyboards, laptop computers and electronic drums shook the stage and video
screens as Oakey, dressed in a long black trenchcoat, let his gothlike
baritone do the singing with "Mirror Man."
Throughout the night, Oakey and the women changed costumes from casual suits
to formal evening wear and pumped out "Love Action (I Believe in Love)," "Seconds,"
which was an ode to the late president John F. Kennedy, and the ballad
Of course it was the band's major hits "Fascination" and "Don't You Want Me
Baby" that brought the house down.
While old and young fans loved the show from the first note, those who came
to laugh at the New Wave artists' image, found it hard not to dance and sing
along to the songs that hit the charts some 20-plus years ago.
Lake City Tribune August 2008
Review » Three of the
four bands in the Regeneration Tour had two keyboards in the group. Or, more
specifically in the case of Human League, they had two keytars. Does it get
The Aug. 7 lineup at the Depot was full of the mainstays spun at any
self-respecting club's '80s night. The tour was originally slated to play at
the Usana Amphitheater, but slow ticket sales pushed the bands into the
smaller venue - and the dance-club vibe of the packed quarters suited the
...Philip Oakey, lead singer for the headlining Human League, moved from one
end of the stage to the other, dancing a little robotic shuffle as he sang
the hooks to "(Keep Feeling) Fascination" and "Don't You Want Me." Back-up
singers Susan Ann Sulley and Joanne Catherall kept up the band's theatrical
reputation by changing costumes four times - from silver and black sequin
dresses to hot pants - during their 30-minute performance.
At the end of the night, the crowd coaxed a one-song encore, and the
band sent off the audience "Together in Electric Dreams."