30/04/81: The Human League on Top of the Pops

On Thursday 30 April 1981, on a new edition of weekly BBC music show Top of the Pops, Sheffield group The Human League performed their new single The Sound of the Crowd.

Although The Human League had appeared once before on the show in 1980, this was the first time with their new formation, including two friends Susanne Sulley and Joanne Catherall who were still in school at the time. Famously spotted by lead singer Phil Oakey in a Sheffield disco in late 1980, they were promptly asked if they wanted to join the band on tour. The girls then became an integral part of the group itself.

The Human League went on to have a number of hit singles in 1981, including their most famous song Don't You Want Me which was the Christmas number one single in the UK  that year. The group core members have continued to record and perform live. A tour entitled A Very British Synthesizer Group Tour is scheduled for November and December, 2016.

The Human League in 2014. l to r.: Joanne Catherall, Philip Oakey, Susanne Sulley

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