COPENHAGEN 1982 REVIEWS

 

Berlingske Tidende Newspaper March 1982

Henrik Grunnet

The english syntheseizer-band The Human League has done the amazing: At the same time being loved by the wider record-buying public and be accepted by the avantgardists for its creativity.

This evening The Human League started out with an experimental collage-like track, that made one feel like being in a lonesome and mysterious area, chased by the dark forces. It differed strongly from the rest of the repertoire, that moved on the borderline between rock, tekno and new wave. The repertoire is loaded with potential hits and the track “The Sound Of The Crowd” the one that really stand out. It’s build up around a very catchy and repetitive melody-line, supplemented by a reaccuring abrupt pattern of synthesizer-notes, the bass adding itself anonymously to the sound, whereas the tight, precise and monotone drum machine is in front, which, in connection with the catchy melody-line creates an almost hypnotic effect.

The Human League seems experienced. The band has tracks like “Don’t You Want Me” and “Darkness” that goes straight to your mind and rootes like a memorable experience. In spite of the absurd fact that seeing all five musicians play on keyboards, there were some dynamics in the band’s stage presentation, that you don’t find on the Dare album.

The Human League did also deliver some less interesting tracks this evening, like “The Dignity Of Labour” and “Electronically Yours”, which totally lacked the creativity that characterise Oakey’s compositions.

Even that couldn’t destroy a very positive overall experience of The Human League’s live performance., that also included a fantasticly aggressive and enlightening slide show.

(Translated from Danish)

 

Ung Nu Magazine April 1982

Peter Langeland

“Don’t You Want Me”?

Not a subtle pick up line at a bar in the inner city late at night.

But the title of a hit.

A gigantic hit.

Do-do-do-don’t uou want me?

Yes, everybody wanted Human League.

Is there anything better than a really co-o-l concert, combined with a really m-i-l-d spring-evening in Copenhagen?

Hardly – as we write this.

Sure, it can be confusing to leave one of Beethoven’s beautiful piano-concerts in relaxed surroundings, with candlelights and a cooled whiskey-shot in one hand – and then the next minute be located in a crowded concert venue, where the smoke stains the tired eyes – and where the heat is almost unbearable.

But one thing a has to be admitted:

I forgot all about confusion, tiredness and Beethoven!

LIKE THAT!

An hour’s non-stop musical superiority. Plus the change: A couple of encores.

Done.

Like that!

The time was precisely 21:00 when Human League entered the stage. 1500 concert-goers cheered on with explosive enthusiasm.

Like that!

But they didn’t stop – for good measure there was servered a little extra.

AND LIKE THAT!

We had to go through – with less enthusiastic cheering – “Open Your Heart”, “Do Or Die”, “Circus Of Death” and a couple of other tracks, before good ol’ Odd Fellow exploded with the riveting notes of “Don’t You Want Me”. But then it was home free.

And the audience forgot all about nice behaviour, spring weather and unemployment.

The followed “Seconds”, “Marianne”, “I Believe In Love” and a whole line of other tracks.

Like that!

By then Odd Fellow had almost collapsed.

There was rocking, there was rolling, there was singing and there was daning (almost alike).

The boiling point was reached.

And it became an unforgetteable concert-evening.

AND LIKE THAT!

It wasn’t the “real” punks that dominated the picture.

The Human League may be to sophisticated and good-looking for them.

But almost any other walk of life was represented.

It was an exciting, different, spectacle.

The milkman’s son. The Fashion Designer’s daughter. Yes, even Conservative Youth and SFU were represented. And they got on quite well. A wider audience is a safe way to success.

And a tough visual toch adds to the superiority.

I wasn’t the only one that gasped at the bands strongly syncronised slide show, that ran at the backdrop during the whole show, and that all cruelty climaxed in some very strong images of rotting courpses and massacred faces in “Circus Of Death”.

AND…LIKE THAT!

There can be no doubt that the Human League er the ‘80s big hitscoop.

Musically they sand out as very strong, not at least live.

Normally Odd Fellow isn’t regarded as the best concert venue in Copenhagen. But all talk of bad acoustics were to shame by Human League.

It was full steam ahead.

And the engines withstood the preasure.

It was a well-timed show.

Not too much unnessecary talk. Head on – it’s the music that counts.

And – not to forget – the it-factor that pleases the eye at the same time.

Big spots literally exploded into the darkness of the venue.

I’m fully convinced that a lot of people left Odd Fellow in high spirits.

The nightlife in the city’s restaurants and clubs was surely lifted aftwards.

And the whole thing was sweetend by the fact that spring came to Copenhagen that evening.

Like that!

(Translated from danish)