Friday, September 02, 2016

The Human League: Travelogue (1980)

Travelogue, again featuring only vocals and synthesizers, is more cold wave from the Human League. As usual, the record company pulled the usual bullshit, first by renaming Being Boiled to The Voice Of Buddha on the Canadian pressing. Also, Toyota City was removed and replaced by Rock 'N' Roll/Nightclubbing, a melding of Gary Glitter, Bowie, and Iggy Pop. Why? Why can't they stop messing around with the tracks on the records? Why not leave it as is? Sometimes, the only recourse is to find an import copy.

I find this record to be slightly less interesting than the first, but I think it's a really good LP. It's well known that Martyn Ware and Ian Marsh left to form Heaven 17 after the release of this record. Oddly, The Human League moved into more commercial territory, just as Heaven 17 did. Maybe musical differences were not the only reasons for the split.

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