the time of writing, the title of this Marsh/Ware instrumental,
which was to have appeared directly after the second version
of Dance Like A Star
Future Tapes, is unknown.
less than two minutes, the piece consists of nothing more than
one synthesizer riff repeated over and over, while various vaguely
traffic-like sounds soar in and out of the mix. It doesn't sound
much like a finished track and it's likely that Martyn and Ian
would have planned to add vocals, to complement the music here.
instrumental recorded by Ian and Martyn prior to the formation
of The Human League, this track was set for inclusion on The
Future Tapes, preceding Se Grave.
relentless crunching rhythm is fairly similar to that which
Joy Division would employ on their She's Lost Control
single a couple of years later. Over this, a chord sequence
is repeated throughout the track's three and a half minutes,
played using a variety of synth sounds, including a stabbing
organ-like sound (recalling certain techno records of the early
1990s!), and an oscillating sound which the League would later
use on WXJL Tonight.
is the backing track for an untitled and unfinished song which
was rediscovered by the League's current engineer (David Beevers)
in 2002 while searching for material for the Golden
Hour Of The Future project.
music is a fairly upbeat and uptempo affair, and had the song
been completed, it would probably have made for quite a catchy
pop song. A slightly different version was later released by
Martyn and Ian on their BEF cassette, Music For Stowaways
'N' Roll: Miscellaneous Releases), under the title Wipe
The Board Clean.
of the lighter tracks on the second Human League album, this
nevertheless showed the group were capable of writing catchy
melodies when they wanted to. Naturally, the lyrics are another
matter altogether, referring to such cheery themes as guilt,
panic and indifference.
this song, like Marianne,
is probably a good indication of the warmer, more commercial
direction the group might have taken had they made the decision
to try and break into the pop mainstream instead of splitting.
early recording of the song exists, which is essentially the
same as the album version with slight differences in the rhythm,
certain synthesizer and backing vocal melodies absent and an
alternate lead vocal, though the final choruses are presented
in full, unlike the album version.
instrumental appeared on the League's first demo tape, along
with Being Boiled
and Circus Of Death.
A soft, hypnotic exercise in repetition, the piece revolves
around a simple eight-note motif which persists throughout the
track, adorned with an array of incidental musical asides. According
to Philip's dialogue on the 'Taverner tape', this piece was
intended as a 'mock-oriental tune', which probably explains
why the song is named after the Japanese city made famous by
original version lasted over five and a half minutes, but was
edited to less than three and a half minutes for inclusion on
the group's second album.
alternate edit of this track was also created for the 'Taverner
tape'. Instead of fading in from silence, this edit opens with
a few unsettling notes not used on the released versions. The
track is quite brief, fading and ending after little more than
are simply early titles for Austerity.
Under this title, the song started life as a mesmerising instrumental
- slightly less focussed than the Reproduction version,
but highly effective, full of dynamic percussion.
then added vocals to this instrumental and it briefly became
known as Depression Is A Fashion.
However, these lyrics were completely re-written shortly afterwards
and it's thought the song probably reverted back to the Treatment
title when performed on the League's first European tour, supporting
Around the time of the recording of their debut album, the title
was changed to The Martyr
and the song was finally released as Austerity a few
the group's February 1979 show at Manchester's Factory for Sounds,
writer Mick Middles described Treatment as "commercial"
versions unreleased (note: the track labelled Treatment
Like A Star is actually the second demo version of Morale...)