Hysteria is the fourth studio album by British synthpop band The Human League, released on 7 May 1984. Following the worldwide success of their 1981 album Dare, the band struggled to make a successful follow-up and the sessions for Hysteria were fraught with problems. The album name itself is taken from the problematic recording period. Producers Martin Rushent and Chris Thomas both left the project which would eventually be finished by producer Hugh Padgham.
Studios with leaking roofs, trips to new romantic clubs in a little Hillman Imp, and a heavy metal single recorded between sessions. Theyâ?re all part of the behind-the-scenes story of the 1980s synthpop masterpiece that is THE HUMAN LEAGUEâ?s Dare album. Â. Words: NEIL MASON.
Travelogue is the second full-length studio album released by British synthpop group The Human League, released in May 1980. For Travelogue, the band worked with a new co-producer, Richard Mainwaring, who went on to produce OMD's platinum selling Architecture & Morality the following year. Travelogue entered the UK album chart at which was also its chart peak, and remained on the chart for 9 weeks in 1980.
The Human League had shown much of this on their early singles, such as "Empire State Human," but on Dare! they simply gelled, as their style was supported by music and songs with emotional substance. That doesn't mean that the album isn't arty, since it certainly is, but that's part of its power - the self-conscious detachment enhances the postmodern sense of emotional isolation, obsession with form over content, and love of modernity for its own sake
The album was produced by Martin Rushent and The Human League, and recorded at Rushent's Genetic Sound studios near Reading, Berkshire between March and September 1981. It was released in the UK on 16 October 1981. Dare remains the group's most successful and best known album and has been re-issued several times since 1981 in various formats. The album contains four hit singles and also spawned the remix album Love and Dancing (1982), one of the first of its kind. Sleeve design and variations. Main article: Dare album sleeve design.
|1||The Things That Dreams Are Made Of||4:11|
|2||Open Your Heart||3:54|
|3||The Sound Of The Crowd||4:03|
|5||Do Or Die||5:22|
|7||I Am The Law||4:08|
|9||Love Action (I Believe In Love)||4:57|
|10||Don't You Want Me||3:56|
- Manufactured By – Toshiba EMI Ltd
- Phonographic Copyright (p) – Virgin Records Ltd.
- Copyright (c) – Virgin Records Ltd.
- Engineer – Dave Allen*
- Producer – The Human League
- Producer, Programmed By – Martin Rushent
- Synthesizer – Ian Burden, Jo Callis, Philip Adrian Wright
- Synthesizer, Vocals – Philip Oakey
- Vocals – Joanne Catherall, Susanne Sulley
NotesDifferent cover design to later Japanese issues. With fold-out insert (a replica of the original vinyl insert) and booklet.
Both catalogue numbers appear on disc.
Instruments used: Roland MC8, System 700, JP4, Korg 770, Delta, Casio VLT 1, M10, Linn LM1, Yamaha CS15.
Barcode and Other Identifiers
- Matrix / Runout: 32VD-1084 1A2 TO
- Barcode: T4988 006 61242 6
|V2192||The Human League||Dare! (LP, Album, CBS)||Virgin||V2192||UK||1981|
|none||The Human League||Dare (CD, Album, Promo, RE)||Virgin||none||UK||2008|
|SP-4892||The Human League||Dare (LP, Album, Gat)||A&M Records, Virgin||SP-4892||US||1982|
|V2192||The Human League||Dare (LP, Album)||Virgin||V2192||Ireland||1981|
|CDVR2192, 7243 580114 25, 7243 580114 2 5||The Human League||Dare (CD, Album, RE, RM)||Virgin, Virgin, Virgin||CDVR2192, 7243 580114 25, 7243 580114 2 5||Europe||2003|