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The Path Of Least Resistance
A very simple but effective song, reflecting on human apathy and the pitfalls of over-reliance on material comforts. The song started life as an instrumental by Martyn and Ian, slightly faster and longer than the later vocal versions.
The League then recorded two demos of the song, both similar in arrangement to the album version recorded for Reproduction. The first demo featurws harsher keyboard sounds and was recorded in a lower key, while the second demo is prefaced by a short recording of the computer Orac from BBC TV's sci-fi series, Blake's 7.
For reasons unknown, when the album version was released on CD in 1988, its second half was subjected to some kind of treatment not used on the original LP version.
Around the time of the LP's release, the group made a rare television appearance, performing this song on the British show, Mainstream. A short clip of which was featured on BBC2's Young Guns documentary devoted to the League in 1999.
first demo version possibly released on some editions of the 'Human League cassette' and also included on the 'Taverner tape'
second demo version unreleased
album version released on Reproduction
Perfect Day
A cover of the Lou Reed song, from his classic 1972 album Transformer. The League recorded a studio version of this song and also played it live in 1980 (a bootleg of a European radio performance is known to be in circulation).
The arrangement is considerably starker than Lou Reed's original, using only minimal instrumentation and the most basic crashing percussion.
Martyn and Ian would later record this song in 1982 with Glenn Gregory for the British Electric Foundation album, Music Of Quality & Distinction. A similar approach was taken with the musical backing, but the vocal arrangement was more ambitious.
Pulse Lovers
One of The Future's less menacing moments, this composition finds the group veering surprisingly close to melody, though the icy vocals ensure the track doesn't become too approachable. This track is known to many as Pulse Colours.
An MP3 of the track is available on this site - see the Futuristic Sounds page.
Released on The Golden Hour Of The Future
This is simply an early alternate title for Zero As A Limit, as noted in Philip's 'Jason Taverner' dialogue on the 'Taverner tape'.