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New Pink Floyd
It's likely that New Pink Floyd was simply a working title for this track, though as no other title was listed on the tape box when it was recently rediscovered, it has been released with this title.
The track is a discordant instrumental, featuring little in the way of conventional melody and using harsh metallic sounds, probably achieved by the application of distortion and gating effects to the synthesizer's outputs.
Released on The Golden Hour Of The Future
Night Clubbing
The first time the League attempted to cover this Iggy Pop / David Bowie composition, they found themselves writing Circus Of Death instead. On the next attempt, they came up with a similar arrangement to the original version (found on Iggy's first album of 1977, The Idiot), which they would regularly perform live.
When the group decided to create a medley of this track and Rock 'N' Roll for live performance, it wasn't long before the odd coupling found its way onto record, as the closing track on the Holiday '80 double single. However, this release was quickly deleted in favour of a single record, from which all trace of Night Clubbing was removed.
Although the League would sometimes play Rock 'N' Roll separately at concerts after this, the medley was still performed live from time to time; they even rehearsed an extended eight-minute version in which Night Clubbing was performed at a slower speed, but it's not clear whether this arrangement was ever played live.
Compared to Iggy's version (which is actually titled Nightclubbing, i.e. one word), the League's recorded version is slightly faster and more crisply produced, and naturally omits the original closing guitar solo.
Released on Holiday '80 double single and Travelogue (CD only)
No Time
An early version of The Word Before Last, with only minor lyrical and musical differences. The track was recorded during the group's session for BBC Radio One DJ John Peel.
The earlier demo of this song had been titled Again The Eye Again, though it's likely that the demo appeared on some editions of the 'Human League cassette' under the name of No Time.
Radio One session version released (unofficially) on In Darkness
Once Upon A Time In The West [Funeral March]
This is the League's version of Ennio Morricone's instrumental Funeral March from Sergio Leone's epic western, Once Upon A Time In The West (1969).
As might be expected, the piece is a slow-paced, brooding affair, in a similar vein to the League's other cover of music from a movie soundtrack, King Of Kings.
Released on The Golden Hour Of The Future
Only After Dark
A version of the Ronson / Richardson composition, originally found on 1974's Slaughter On 10th Avenue, the debut solo album by David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust-era guitarist, Mick Ronson.
Whereas the original was heavily rooted in Ronson's classic Spiders Of Mars style, the League present the song as an uptempo electro-bop, which is arguably equally as effective. This was almost released as a single in the UK, but the group persuaded Virgin to instead package it as a free disc with the reissued Empire State Human single.
Released on Travelogue and Only After Dark
Optimistic Anthem
The original title for the song Blind Youth. The first recording was released on early demo cassettes circulated to record companies, and was introduced by the mythical Jason Taverner as an "optimistic anthem".
Released as Blind Youth (demo) on the 'Human League cassette' and (unofficially) on In Darkness
Also included as Blind Youth on the 'Taverner tape'
Overkill Disaster Crash
This track was recorded three times by the League before evolving into Introducing. However, the first two versions bear very little resemblance to that track, and the only thing all four recordings have in common is a fast tempo and the use of the same notes in the riff which occurs throughout, though even the riff is played very differently on the first two versions.
Opening with around thirty seconds of bleeps, explosions and incoherent words, the first version then cuts to dialogue from John Carpenter's film Dark Star ("Hi guys... glad we got your message. You'll be interested to hear it was broadcast live all over Earth in primetime..."). The track then switches to a minute or so of galloping percussion, which sounds remarkably like something which might have emerged from the techno scene a decade or more later. Chess champion Garry Kasparov also appears on the track; he happened to be giving an interview on the television while the League were recording the track, so they decided to throw in an excerpt from the programme.
The second version is around twice the length of the first, using the same opening sequence with added effects, followed by a much-extended version of the track's main body. This section is less sparse than the first version, as it features repetitive synthesizer overdubs and some of the sound effects and dialogue which would later appear in Introducing. However, the overall effect is slightly tedious as the track seems to go on and on without ever changing a great deal until it speeds up and ends with a synthesized 'explosion'.
This third recording is far more recognisable as Introducing, using a very similar rhythm track, the same ominous three-note bass pattern and sharing many of the sound effects, such as sirens, alarm bells and explosions. The only major differences are that Introducing ends with dialogue not used on this track, and this recording is split into three distinct parts (listed separately on some bootlegs as Overkill Disaster, Crash and Overkill Disaster reprise).
The first part lasts around three minutes and its arrangement is generally similar to the released version of Introducing, if a little less powerful. The second part uses a slowed-down version of the familiar percussive tape loop as a base, and is dominated by a buzzing synthesizer sound.
Although initially fairly menacing, this sound soon begins to grate, especially towards the end, when it seems as though the player is simply ad-libbing, meandering around with no particular place to go, or tune to play. The final part is simply a 47-second reprise of the first part, on which Philip sings eight lines of lyrics, half of them almost indecipherable and none of retained for Introducing. This is what they probably are:
"Here it comes, once again
Disaster strikes beasts and men
The building burns, the vehicles crash
The bridge will fall, two tankers smash
Suburbs will quake, waves will tide
Sharks will bite, worlds collide
Submarines sink, airships fall
Parachutes fail and tigers maul..."
(Words and music by Marsh / Oakey / Ware, published by Virgin Music [Publishers] Ltd.)
First version released on The Golden Hour Of The Future
Second and third versions unreleased