Daily Mail 1st May 2002
Susan Sulley and Jo Catherall

SUSAN ANN SULLEY and JOANNE CATHERALL both 39, have been in Human League since singer Phil Oakey spotted them in a Sheffield nightclub 21 years ago. The band's No 1, Don't You Want Me, was an instant classic in 1981.

What have you both been doing?

 

Susan Ann: The same things we've been doing for the past 21 years. Secrets, the album we released last year, got the best reviews we've ever had. It's just a shame no one bought it.

 

Joanne: Last summer, we toured Ibiza, Dubai and Greece. But we're lazy, we wait until the money runs out then see if we can get work.

 

Highs and lows?

 

Susan Ann: Last year we were nearly bankrupt. And in 1994, I had a nervous breakdown caused by the stress of not being famous any more. I've only really started to enjoy what we do since

 

Joanne: Going to No 1 in the US was a big high point. Also, not a lot of bands can say they've stuck together for 21 years.

 

Most memorable fame moment?

 

Susan Ann: When we had to hide in the staff room of a clothes shop because a load of fans chased us in. Another time, I remember we were given a bodyguard with a gun in LA.

 

Joanne: Going to a music awards ceremony and being so drunk that we left the awards we'd won propped up by the bar and never saw them again.

 

Most embarrassing moment?

 

Susan Ann: For a while I got quite big-headed - once I actually clicked my fingers for service in a restaurant.

 

Joanne: What sticks in my mind is being trapped on a clapped-out tour bus in Wales for 12 hours because we were snowed in.

 

Are you both still party girls?

 

Susan Ann: Geri Halliwell recently said she went to a great party where she

ate sushi and drank camomile tea. Sorry, but to me a party involves drinking

copious amounts of wine and smoking lots of cigarettes.

 

What about your love life?

 

Susan Ann: Both Joanne and I have been involved with Phil. She lived with him for ages, but with me it was a brief romance. It's not been a problem; we've been best friends since we were 13. More recently, I was married for a year. We split up, but we're still good friends.

 

Joanne: I've been with Peter, who's a computer boffin, since 1989. We married in 1995 and had our son Elliot in 1997.

 

Have you made your fortune?

 

Susan Ann: Hardly. Most of the money we've earned has gone back into the band. I've got a two-bedroom flat and my last holiday was a week in Spain.

 

Joanne: I live in a semi in the Sheffield suburbs, but we've made enough to keep going for 21 years.

 

What do you think of today's pop stars?

 

Susan Ann: I hated the whole idea of Pop Idol. Having said that, I did vote for Will.

 

Any regrets?

 

Joanne: We should have toured more when we were famous.

 

What now?

 

Susan Ann: We've got a few shows booked around Europe and we're doing one of several Eighties nostalgia tours. Other than that, I'd love to be a TV presenter, but I'm far too old.

 

Joanne: I guess we'll just keep going as long as people want to come and see us.