The Human League
Eligible since: 2003 (The 2004 Induction Ceremony)
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Yes! The Human League invented electro-pop almost single-handedly; inspired a myriad of imitators; scored two massive US No 1 hits, and have been acclaimed as influential by everyone from Madonna to Moby.
Posted by Ian on Tuesday, 03.13.07 @ 18:20pm
An interesting choice, they might be considered too "kitsch" to get in. Personally, I preferred Heaven 17...
Posted by Kit on Thursday, 05.24.07 @ 20:15pm
I'd rather swallow broken glass than see the Human League get inducted.
Posted by Philip on Monday, 08.11.08 @ 01:18am
Absolutely, they were hugely influential in the 80s, well before a lot of the electric bands like Depeche Mode who trode on their coattails.
Posted by Lance on Tuesday, 01.13.09 @ 23:11pm
They were one of the first synthpop bands. But in the US they're looked at as a generic 80's cheese band, but they were more than that. They're mainly remembered as the band who did Don't You Want Me. They were good, but I doubt they'll get in.
Posted by lame on Saturday, 05.29.10 @ 18:10pm
They were right there at the beginning of synth-pop so I wouldn't have a problem with them being inducted, but anyone who thinks they will be is delusional.
Posted by Sam on Tuesday, 07.27.10 @ 17:38pm
The album "Dare" is one of the most essential disc in the Synthpop genre. A real classic. Like Coca-Cola.
Posted by Joe-Skee on Thursday, 10.21.10 @ 14:09pm
One of my favorite bands ... I would love to see them honored in the RRHF but I realize that this is highly unlikely.
Posted by John on Thursday, 11.25.10 @ 20:54pm
It isn't politically motivated, it would be stupid to ignore the creators of what's ben pretty much the dominant form of music for the past 15 years.
Posted by GFW on Friday, 11.26.10 @ 10:28am
"I'd rather swallow broken glass than see the Human League get inducted." - Philip
Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Friday, 03.18.11 @ 07:51am
I was on about rap tahvo.
Posted by GFW on Sunday, 11.27.11 @ 13:32pm
"I was on about rap tahvo."
Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Sunday, 11.27.11 @ 13:37pm
The Human League
Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 09.5.12 @ 20:25pm
One factor that not only shoots Human League to the upper echelon of synthpop acts (which would also include Gary Numan, New Order, Ultravox and at least 2 or 3 others) but also sets them apart from their contemporaries is their eschewal of standard instruments in favor of an exclusively-synthesizer-based sound. I quite like it, especially since white guy guitar rock had exhausted its creative possibilities well before the early 1980s and there was a dire need for new sounds and musical directions. Synthpop helped in a tremendous way. The timing was perfect as science fiction and futurism were reaching an apex with Star Wars, the golden age of arcade video games/home console games, the original Battlestar Galactica, the Star Trek films, Alien, Mork and Mindy, and various other media examples from 1977-1983/84.
Posted by Zach on Friday, 10.16.15 @ 18:22pm
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