BOILED b/w Rock 'N' Roll/Night Clubbing
double single, Virgin SV 105
to just 10,000 copies, this EP, subtitled Holiday '80,
a new version of Being Boiled
(which would also appear on the Travelogue album the
following month) and a medley of two cover versions - Gary
Glitter's 1972 hit single Rock 'N' Roll
and Iggy Pop's Night Clubbing,
originally co-written and produced by David Bowie for Iggy's
1977 album The Idiot.
versions of Marianne
were completed, but the alternate version (which featured
different backing vocals and effects, Philip singing the first
verse one octave higher and a new ending) has only appeared
in remixed and re-edited form on an Australian release of
the Travelogue album. Of this version, Philip said,
"We did a nice version of Marianne - much better
than the Holiday '80 one. I think it was great - one
of the best things we've ever done - but Virgin wouldn't put
it out because they didn't like it."
EP didn't sell as well as Virgin had hoped, reaching only
Number 80 in the UK charts, so the double pack was quickly
replaced by a single record. There were two mispressed versions
of the double pack, one of which had the following tracklisting:
Being Boiled b/w Marianne, Dancevision (disc one) and Being
Boiled b/w Rock 'N' Roll/Night Clubbing (disc two). The labels
on the second mispressing listed the correct tracklisting
on each record, but actually duplicated the contents of the
first disc on the second disc.
early 1982, when EMI reissued the Fast Product debut
single in the wake of the success of Don't You Want Me,
Virgin quickly re-released Holiday
presumably to cash in on the interest in Being Boiled.
They even cunningly added the song's title to the sleeve (pictured
above), which had not featured on the original sleeve in 1980.
This reissue of the EP entered the UK charts on February 6 1982
and peaked at Number 46 during its five-week chart run.
12" version (SV 105-12) was also prepared for the UK,
but never released, though a 12" edition was released
in Japan (pictured below), with the additional track, Toyota
version]. A few of the UK copies have appeared over the years
and it contains the same tracks as the correctly pressed double
pack. The back sleeve of the Japanese 12" featured a
small article on the League, which roughly translates as follows
(thanks to George Meakin for this):
towards new area with passing time. The most remarkable thing
is a group of alternative music that is Genesis P. Orridge,
of Throbbing Gristle making Industrial music for concrete people.
In England this sort of group came from industrial cities. Cabaret
Voltaire and The Human League are typical groups of Sheffield.
Both perform without drummers - in particular The Human League
perform with synthesisers.
a very typical modern group creating alternative music. The
Human League is alternative with pop music. They create dance
music for industrial people - Holiday '80 EP by The Human League
is written by Ian Craig Marsh and Martyn Ware. Ian and Martyn
play synthesisers and were then joined by Philip Oakey who plays
synthesisers too. And finally Philip Adrian Wright joins them
- they are contracted to Fast Product, a minor label in Edinburgh.
the four images on the right-hand side of all Blind Youth pages
are taken from the UK EP's gatefold inner sleeve (they also
appeared on the back of the unreleased 12" sleeve). The
EP's front cover features a photograph of Coney Island, which
was taken by the League from a television screen whilst watching
the film On The Town with the colour and contrast controls
on their maximum settings.
written by Marsh/Oakey/Ware, Dancevision written by Marsh/Ware,
Being Boiled written by Ware/Marsh/Oakey, Rock 'N'
Roll written by Glitter/Leander, Night Clubbing written
by The Human League & John Leckie, except *Ian Marsh &
available on: Travelogue
CD (Virgin CDV 2133)