Manchester Evening News December 2002
NOW that the 80s are the new 60s and certain British "new
romantic'' records have real clout and cachet - with Electricity by O.M.D
the hot example - does that mean we can get excited about seeing Five Star
On this early 80s package tour with Human League providing main draw, the
oddities and extremities of 80s electronica provided novel nostalgic
80s, for a band of Brit youth, were epitomised by The Human League - Phil
Oakey's post-parodic lop-sided fringe haircut and the bizarre dancing of
Suzanne and Joanne. At their best cutting and stark, on songs like Being
Boiled, they pushed an industrial funk synth sound that inspired the
Sheffield house boom.
Last night they challenged the candy pop of the openers with a dark
electronic chug in homage to The Ramones. Sound Of The Crowd, too, clanged
and bleeped along on a suitably futuristic electronic riff.
Suzy and Jo showed they still know how best to decorate Oakey's deadpan
vocals on Mirror Man and the throbbing Love Action.
The Georgio Moroder-styled Electric Dreams and the ever singalongable Don't
You Want Me showcased their clean pop edge but in a typifying 80s act of
perversion they encored with their most sonorous and serious song, The