HEAVEN 17 started as a pop subsidiary of BRITISH ELECTRIC FOUNDATION, a production company signed to Virgin Records formed after Martyn Ware and Ian Craig Marsh left THE HUMAN LEAGUE in 1980. With Glenn Gregory as lead singer, the trio eventually became almost as successful as their former sparring partners.
'Play To Win - The Virgin Years' captures the glorious imperial phase of HEAVEN 17 and the developmental pace of music technology through these five albums. Continue Reading ›
“The medium of reinterpretation” as HEAVEN 17 and BEF’s Martyn Ware once put it, is an important creative opportunity that can widen a musical audience and expand the aural palette.
SOFT CELL’s cover of 'Tainted Love' became ubiquitous as Synth Britannia’s first true crossover record. So what of the other great synth reworkings? The covers in this listing are predominantly conventional songs reworked in a synthpop manner. They are presented in chronological order. Continue Reading ›
Synth trailblazers HEAVEN 17 recently won the title of ‘Sheffield’s Greatest Band of All Time’ following a public online poll, Still going strong 35 years on from the release of their debut album ‘Penthouse & Pavement’. Martyn Ware and Glenn Gregory will commemorate the occasion this October with a concert tour.
In the middle of rehearsals for assorted shows in the lead-up to the tour, Martyn Ware kindly took time out for an enlightening chat with TEC about a variety of topics... Continue Reading ›
Two years in the making, ‘Close To The Noise Floor’ is a Cherry Red Records compilation which binds together many of the formative roots of UK electronic music.
It mixes up recognised artists such as THE HUMAN LEAGUE, BLANCMANGE, BEF, OMD and THROBBING GRISTLE side-by-side with those that for a variety of reasons, managed to remain in the shadows of obscurity. This compilation makes a worthy companion piece to the ‘Mute Audio Documents’ set . Continue Reading ›
Big corporations may have a stranglehold on the modern music industry, but it’s the genuine music enthusiasts with their independent labels and knowledge who feed it by their intuition to recognise talent.
With Wall Of Sound now celebrating their 21st Anniversary with a compilation entitled ‘Walls Have Ears - 21 Years Of Wall Of Sound’ featuring the label’s highlights and previously unreleased BBC sessions, label impresario Mark Jones chatted to The Electricity Club. Continue Reading ›