The Human League, Belinda Carlisle, ABC, A Flock of Seagulls and Naked Eyes In Concert
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It was an age dominated by synthesizer acts, but even among the class of ‘81 (including Soft Cell and Depeche Mode), The Human League stood out. By the end of the year, following critical acclaim and commercial reward for the singles “The Sound Of The Crowd,” “Love Action (I Believe in Love),” “Open Your Heart” and "Don’t You Want Me" (the Christmas #1 and the biggest-selling single of the year), and their brilliant third LP, Dare!, The Human League was the most popular group in Britain. Within six months the Casiotone romance of “Don’t You Want Me” had found its way to #1 in America and Dare! was on its way to selling five million copies.
Belinda Carlisle was and occasionally still is the lead vocalist for the pop rock band The Go-Go’s and also a successful solo artist. The first release from her second album of the ’80s, Heaven on Earth, was “Heaven Is a Place on Earth,” which topped the charts not only in the U.S., but also in the U.K. and several other countries. The singles “I Get Weak” and “Circle in the Sand,” also from Heaven on Earth, both were big hits as well. She has been recording more albums and touring ever since.
ABC was part of the New Romantic movement of the 1980s, which included bands such as Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet and The Human League. The band had three Top 10 hits in 1982: “Poison Arrow,” “The Look of Love” and “All of My Heart.” Later that year, the band released their debut album, The Lexicon of Love, which reached #1 on the UK album charts and often features in UK critics’ lists of favorite albums; it ranked 42nd in The Observer Music Monthly‘s “Top 100 British Albums” (June 2004) and 40th in Q magazine’s “100 Greatest British Albums” (June 2000). The band scored more hits with “Be Near Me” (American Top 10) and “When Smokey Sings.”
A Flock of Seagulls
As well-known for their bizarrely teased haircuts as their hit single “I Ran (So Far Away),” A Flock of Seagulls were one of the infamous one-hit wonders of the new wave era. Growing out of the synth-heavy and ruthlessly stylish new romantic movement, A Flock of Seagulls were a little too robotic and arrived a little too late to be true new romantics, but their sleek dance-pop was forever indebted to the short-lived movement. The group benefited considerably from MTV’s heavy rotation of the “I Ran” video in the summer of 1982. In the U.K., “I Ran” didn’t make the Top 40, but “Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You)” reached #10 later that year; in America, that single became a Top 40 hit in 1983, after “Space Age Love Song” peaked at #30.
Naked Eyes’ cover of the Burt Bacharach/Hal David tune “Always Something There to Remind Me” immediately exploded into the Top 10 in the 1980s, followed by the band’s own “Promises, Promises” and “When the Lights Go Out.” The back-to-back-to-back hits resulted in massive U.S. radio airplay and an almost constant presence on MTV. Following that, they recorded Fuel for the Fire, which produced the hit single “(What) In The Name of Love.” Today, Naked Eyes has been playing live shows across America from Hollywood to Carnegie Hall, performed on PBS and put out a live concert DVD. A critically acclaimed ten-song acoustic collection was released last year, and currently, the band is working on its first all-new studio album.