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Rediscovering Human League

When I saw, and wrote about, OMD’s new record the other day a few of my younger friends said they’d never heard of OMD. Never heard of OMD? I was shocked. I felt old. Very, very old.

This realization that the youth of today is missing out on such a wonderful period of music, the 1980s, shocked me. Um, where do you think Gaga got all her ideas? I started searching through the 15K songs in my iTunes library. Where did pop music as we know it today come from? Too electric to be Rock. Too camp to be hip-hop. Today’s pop music, from Ke$Ha to Gaga to Rihanna, owes much to electro-pop.

I could argue it was Kraftwerk, the iconic German electro-band, who started it all. But these kids I know just would not get Kraftwerk. They need their weirdness served up with pop sensibility.

Hello Human League. Taking the icy cold keys of Kraftwerk and dressing it up with a brooding lead singer and not one, but two pop-tart back-up singers, they made electronic music fun and palatable. They’ve long faded from the public’s eye, but they’re truly worth discovering again. Their echoes can be heard in most pop records of today. They’ll never get the credit they deserve, but you can at least feel young listening to them again. Their classic album Dare is only $4.49 on iTunes.