Podcast for 7/18 Show With Our Interview with Phil Oakey is Up
Written by admin on July 19, 2008
***NOTE – WordPress is not allowing me to put up the podcast as playable on the blog without download at this time. It is now only downloadable at this point. We are still attempting to fix these techinical difficulties.
On Friday night’s Revenge of the 80s radio show, we featured our interview with Phil Oakey of the Human League. The band is coming to North America in August as part of the Regeneration Tour. The podcasts for each hour are at the end of this post; our discussion leads off the second half of the program.
[amazonify]B0007X9U7Y:right[/amazonify]When Oakey was recruited to join the first incarnation of the Human League by old friends Martyn Ware and his partner Ian Craig Marsh, he never sang nor was able to play any instruments. It was likely his presence that had the two bring Oakey into the fold. The band, however, did not last long. Ware and Marsh departed to form Heaven 17. Oakey built a new Human League lineup — the one that became famous with major chart success in the U.K. and the U.S. Today, Oakey, Susan Ann Sulley and Joanne Catherall remain together as the core of the band and still tour to packed concert venues.
During the interview, we talked about:
- The Human League, pre and post Ware/Martin
- The irony of Oakey, Ware and Marsh each finding success after the latter two left
- How the core of the band remained together and strong even through some extremely lean times
- The Regeneration Tour and new Human League projects.
The Regeneration tour runs August 1-31 in North America and includes the Human League, ABC, Belinda Carlisle, A Flock of Seagulle, Naked Eyes and Dead or Alive. Concert dates and ticket information can be found on the Regeneration Tour website.
During the show, we also played music from bands including the Time Bandits, Voice of the Beehive, Strawberry Switchblade and Kim Wilde