BASINGSTOKE 2001 REVIEWS

 

Daily Echo Southampton December 2001

Andrew White

ONLY HUMAN BUT STILL ON OUR PLANET

THEY may be famous for their pioneering use of electronic musical technology, but on the opening night of their UK tour an unco-operative computer nearly brought The Human Leagu’s show to a shuddering halt.

Ironically enough, it was halfway through their 1986 hit “Human” (I’m only human, born to make mistakes”) that the trouble started, with a volley of unexpected bangs and crashes heralding an impromptu 15-minutes stand-up session from an embarrassed-looking Phil Oakey and his two female sidekicks.

But after some frantic scrambling around behind a Star Trek-style computer bank, the show was back on the road.

If anything, the half-time entertainment only served to remind you just how good the music was. The older hits (Love Action, Mirror Man, Don’t You Want Me etc) were, predictably, the better-received, but songs from the new album Secrets worked just as well, proving that The Human League have lost none of their pop instinct in their continuing quest for the perfect “euro-disco-synth-pop” sound.