BCB Hall of Suck: Dare - The Human League

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Into the Hall it goes
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Does not suck
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Total votes: 48

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BCB Hall of Suck: Dare - The Human League

Postby Davey the Fat Boy » 09 Jan 2018, 23:24

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Re: BCB Hall of Suck: Dare - The Human League

Postby Goat Boy » 09 Jan 2018, 23:30

One of the greatest pop albums ever made
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Postby The Modernist » 09 Jan 2018, 23:32

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Re: BCB Hall of Suck: Dare - The Human League

Postby Davey the Fat Boy » 09 Jan 2018, 23:42

You favorably compare a Hall nominee to another record - you automatically nominate that record.
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Re: BCB Hall of Suck: Dare - The Human League

Postby OCT » 09 Jan 2018, 23:49

Goat Boy wrote:One of the greatest pop albums ever made


It's magnificent. You've got four of the greatest singles of the era - that alone qualifies it as far as I'm concerned. But then there's 'Seconds', for fuck's sake!

There might be two tracks I could live without, but I could say the same thing about Pepper.

Does not "suck" in any right-thinking person's world.
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Re: BCB Hall of Suck: Dare - The Human League

Postby fange » 10 Jan 2018, 00:13

Whoever is organizing these HoS nominations has got their shit mixed up badly here - Dare is brilliant. While there's always the odd cloth-eared cretin who might want to dispute this, they are clearly wrong.
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Re: BCB Hall of Suck: Dare - The Human League

Postby The Write Profile » 10 Jan 2018, 00:21

fange wrote:Whoever is organizing these HoS nominations has got their shit mixed up badly here - Dare is brilliant. While there's always the odd cloth-eared cretin who might want to dispute this, they are clearly wrong.


I love the sheer brazenness of the record: the way it immediately fires on all cylinders from "What Dreams Are Made Of". And yet the snyths often sound modern and strangely primitive at the same time ("Don't You Want Me" and "Love Action" notwithstanding). The vocals are often deliberately flat, yet somehow the group makes this work, it's an advantage rather than a hindrance: they seemingly cut through the occasional abrasiveness of the music. Perhaps this is down to the fact that fundamentally, the melodies are actually pretty strong, as evidenced in the "instrumental only" partner record, Love And Dancing.
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Re: BCB Hall of Suck: Dare - The Human League

Postby fange » 10 Jan 2018, 00:25

^ Yep. Its strengths - bold instrumentation and deeply hooky, strong songs - way overcome any of the things which might be faults in lesser records.
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Re: BCB Hall of Suck: Dare - The Human League

Postby Minnie the Minx » 10 Jan 2018, 00:34

Also they're from Yorkshire. Win
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Postby fange » 10 Jan 2018, 00:37

Always with the Yorkshire with you...

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Re: BCB Hall of Suck: Dare - The Human League

Postby fange » 10 Jan 2018, 00:56

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Re: BCB Hall of Suck: Dare - The Human League

Postby fange » 10 Jan 2018, 00:56

Matt Wilson wrote:The Human League or ABC or... God, there were so many... are the UK equivalent of Styx, or Journey. The Britons who were of age at the time can wax nostalgic all they want, just like Americans of a certain vintage. One is not necessarily better than the other - but I'm sure I'll be deluged with opinions to the contrary any minute now.
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Re: BCB Hall of Suck: Dare - The Human League

Postby fange » 10 Jan 2018, 01:10

Matt Wilson wrote:The Human League or ABC or... God, there were so many... are the UK equivalent of Styx, or Journey. The Britons who were of age at the time can wax nostalgic all they want, just like Americans of a certain vintage. One is not necessarily better than the other - but I'm sure I'll be deluged with opinions to the contrary any minute now.


"Better" is a tricky word, sure; but if you were to give me Dare or Lexicon of Love and any Journey album... well, i know which i would say is better. And i'm a Greek-Aussie who grew up with all those bands in real time.
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Re: BCB Hall of Suck: Dare - The Human League

Postby OCT » 10 Jan 2018, 01:31

Matt's point about nostalgia rings true.

But what makes the Human League different from those other bands is that they had a very strong image, and they were creating music that was original and new. Whatever you think about Styx and Journey, I don't think you can argue they were doing either of those things. They were faceless, and despite all their success they weren't offering anything musically novel.
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Postby toomanyhatz » 10 Jan 2018, 02:18

It is very much "not my thing," but no - in positively no way does it suck.
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Re: BCB Hall of Suck: Dare - The Human League

Postby Davey the Fat Boy » 10 Jan 2018, 04:30

It’s fine for what it is...but I don’t really care for what it is.

It isn’t the fact that it’s electronic music. It’s the approach to electronic music that I don’t enjoy.

Yeah - there’s some nostalgic charm to the old school synth sounds involved, and the songs aren’t devoid of melodic appeal. But I hate the singing, and I hate the long, soupy synth patches (I’m generally more attracted to more percussive synth sounds, if I’m going to listen to this kind of music).

Ultimately it’s just an unattractive noise to my ears., I could happily live without ever hearing it again.
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Re: BCB Hall of Suck: Dare - The Human League

Postby Fonz » 10 Jan 2018, 06:35

Good record. On my iPhone. Therefore it must have class
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Re: BCB Hall of Suck: Dare - The Human League

Postby Darkness_Fish » 10 Jan 2018, 08:50

It's not as good as earlier, better synthpop acts such as Kraftwerk, Thomas Leer & Robert Rental, Fad Gadget, and The Human League before Dare. But it absolutely does not suck.
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Re: BCB Hall of Suck: Dare - The Human League

Postby Your Friendly Neighbourhood Postman » 10 Jan 2018, 12:28

I voted on instinct -

into the hall. A wrong move. After I'd voted, I realised that I like their Love & Dancing LP a lot. That one I bought unheard after an ecstatic review by Paul Morley, in the NME.

So I stand corrected by myself.

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Re: BCB Hall of Suck: Dare - The Human League

Postby Minnie the Minx » 10 Jan 2018, 12:47

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We didn't need reminding, but thanks.
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