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penthouse and pavement


Artist : Heaven 17 

Label : Virgin 

penthouse and pavement / LP

Formed by two ex-Human League members (Martyn Ware, Ian Marsh), Heaven 17 combines with this album from '81 good old analog instruments and funk-like basslines. Typical 80's New Wave sounds with style and relevance !

how men are


Artist : Heaven 17 

Label : Virgin 

how men are / LP

1984 saw the release of the 3rd Heaven 17 album, "How Men Are", which reached number 12 in the UK charts. It is very plush, but not americanised in sound (like the variable "Pleasure One"). There are jabs and jibes aplenty here lyrically, during quite turbulent times, most against a great musical backdrop. "5 Minutes To Midnight" is a suitable starter, with gasps and hooligan chorus yells, and leads you into the rest of a more melodic album than the previous 2. We personally love "This Is Mine", "Flamedown" and "Shame Is On The Rocks", with nods to their past still aplenty, amongst some incredible vocal harmonies. "Skin I'm In" could equally be about aging or love, and "That's No Lie" could also be about love failing, or something far more politically potent. Maybe not quite as incisive or influential as their first 2 albums, this still shows their craft off well; Buy it whilst it's easy to get hold of !

the luxury gap


Artist : Heaven 17 

Label : Virgin 

the luxury gap / LP

On "The Luxury Gap" from 1983, Heaven 17 made tremendous strides in production and arrangement from their 1st album. Honestly, a little bit of the soul of the band was lost in the process, but this record still sounds great. It has some of their best work, "Let Me Go", which is probably their best known song in the US. "Temptation" is their biggest UK hit and thanks to guest vocalist Carol Kenyon sounds nothing like the rest of the album. With this album the band moved firmly away from the techno-pop / synth-pop that the Human League had embraced and turned into UK soul-funk-r'n'b. But in their own style. Every track on here is catchy yet quirky. Have fun with it ;)

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