They’re only Human again

The Human League - Dare era (c) Virgin Records
The Human League - Dare era (c) Virgin Records
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ONE of the most important albums in Sheffield’s music ecology gets a re-birth on Monday when Dare is released as a deluxe double CD.

Human League’s seminal 1981 album is a landmark in electronic pop, cementing synths as one of modern pop’s most significant tools – as well as confirming Phil Oakey as a chart icon. As part of the package the Fascination EP gets a revival with previously US/Canada-only bonus tracks.

Open Your Heart and Don’t You Want Me were hits on both sides of the Atlantic, the latter a UK number one that ensured Dare also topped the British album charts. The 25-track reissue features six postcards and a 16-page booklet.

The band play Sheffield City Hall on December 4.

Our House at her palace

SUGGS seems a bit vague as to whether our majesty is a fan of Baggy Trousers but Madness will be doing their utmost to have royal feet tapping on Monday.

The Diamond Jubilee Concert features some of the nation’s best-known and most popular acts and kick-starts a busy time for Suggs and co who play Doncaster Racecourse on June 30 and Motorpoint Arena on December 11.

“I didn’t go out of my way but we’re very pleased,” he says of the Bucks Palace fixture. “We’re living in pretty dark times and its a cliche to say everyone needs a bit of livening up, but the fact we’re involved is a good thing. I can see it being a special day in some peculiar British way.”

Hystry in the making?

FIVE gigs in four days should put Rotherham and Doncaster-based pop and rock covers band Hystryonyz on the local music map.

Their “tour in a weekend” begins tomorrow at The Charter Arms, Rotherham, followed by a 2pm Saturday slot on the main stage at Sheffield Pride, in Endcliffe Park – and an evening shift at Dronfield’s Hearty Oak as part of the Three Valleys Beer Festival.

On Sunday they aid Jubilee celebrations at Firth Park WMC before concluding the ‘tour’ on Monday at West Street Live, with songs by the likes of Donna Summer, AC/DC and Blondie along the way.