Human League split "manufactured", reveals Heaven 17 star - VIDEO

BEING Boiled and Empire State Human co-writer Martyn Ware has been revealing more about his split from The Human League.

He says it was a management decision to create two bands for the price of one.

Martyn and Ian Craig Marsh, another founding member of both bands, then drafted in Glenn Gregory, to form Heaven 17, while Don't You Want Me star Phil Oakey recruited girl backing singers Joanne Catherall and Susan Sulley.

VIDE0: Press the play button to listen to our exclusive interview in full with Heaven 17, ahead of their world exclusive show at Magna, on Saturday, March 6, 2010. Ticket details below.

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Martyn, of his departure from Human League, explained: "It's a long story, but fundamentally the record company and Bob Last, who was managing us at the time, were determined to get two bands for the price of one.

"So they manufactured a situation, I have to say with a little bit of duplicity in the background – a little bit of lying and whispers in people's ears They manufactured a situation where it became 'untenable' for us to be in the same band together.

"What they got out of it was two highly successful bands. So from a Machiavellian point of view it worked – a complete success."

And, despite Human League album Dare being a bigger commercial success than Penthouse and Pavement, Martyn says he never regarded his departure as a mistake.

"No, not at all. Good God no. We were in direct competition. We were recording in the same studio down in West Bar, an old vet's place – it was horrible. We were doing night shifts and the Human League were doing day shifts in the same studio. They were making Dare and we were making Penthouse and Pavement.

Glenn added: "They came out of the same mucky old vet's, in West Bar. We went there, wrote and recorded it on an eight track, which was in reality a seven track, because one was broken.

"I was upset to hear the Human League had split. I had tickets to see them in Doncaster and thought they wouldn't be playing. But actually they did, because Phil went out and got the girls straight away and they did that gig."


Tickets to see Heaven 17 at Magna, on Saturday, March 6, 2010, doors 7pm and show from 8pm, are 26.50 and VIP 85, may be subject to a booking fee

VIP includes champagne reception, three course dinner and exclusive access to the VIP Room, plus After Show Party with Guest DJ's, including Martin Ware.

Get your tickets now from from The Star Shop, York Street, Sheffield. Or buy online at, call 0114 2565656, also at and in person from Magna, Sheffield Road, Templeborough, Rotherham, S60 1DX.


Heaven 17 will play an invite only concert, the latest in Real Radio and Sheffield City Council's Intimate and Exclusive gig series, at the award-winning Winter Garden, Sheffield, on Thursday, February 11.

For your chance to win a pair of tickets, by deadline on Wed Feb 3, 2010, at 10am - CLICK HERE

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