(Keep Feeling) Fascination

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"(Keep Feeling) Fascination"
Single by The Human League
from the album Fascination!
B-side "Total Panic"
Released 15 April 1983
Format 7", 12", 3" CD single (re-issue)
Recorded Genetic Studios, 1983
Genre Post-disco, synthpop, new wave
Length 3:45
Label Virgin, A&M
Writer(s) Jo Callis, Philip Oakey
Producer(s) Martin Rushent
The Human League singles chronology
"Mirror Man"
(1982)
"(Keep Feeling) Fascination"
(1983)
"The Lebanon"
(1984)

"(Keep Feeling) Fascination" is a 1983 song by the British synthpop group The Human League. It was composed by Jo Callis and Philip Oakey, and produced by Martin Rushent (which would be the last song he produced for the band for seven years).

The song features vocals from four of the band members, including lead singer Philip Oakey, female co-vocalists Susan Ann Sulley and Joanne Catherall, and a rare vocal role from keyboardist Jo Callis.

It was released in the UK on 15 April 1983[1] as a non-album single, and went to number 2 in the UK Singles Chart. It was released as a single in the US in May 1983 where it was also incorporated into the band's stop gap EP Fascination!. The single reached number 8 on the US Billboard Hot 100 that August and became their first number 1 single on the US Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart. The EP Fascination! (which is often confused with the single) contained two versions of "(Keep Feeling) Fascination"; the extended mix and an improvisation, both different from the single version.

The B-side of the single, "Total Panic", appears to be an early instrumental version of "Don't You Know I Want You", which would appear on the band's next album Hysteria.

The single was designated 'Red' on the Human League’s short-lived, self-imposed labeling system of 'Blue' for pop songs and 'Red' for dance tracks.[2]

Music video[edit]

A screenshot from the music video for "(Keep Feeling) Fascination".
A view of the location of the "(Keep Feeling) Fascination" music video in 2014.

The music video for "(Keep Feeling) Fascination" was filmed in a semi-derelict area of Newham, London which was due for demolition and redevelopment as part of the widescale redevelopment of Docklands and East London which took place in the early 1980s. The central theme of the video was based on an orange dot on a map, which in turn is a real orange dot on the ground. The orange dot highlights a single house on the apex of a street where the band is playing the song in the front room, which is painted entirely grey. In one memorable scene, a couple of boys are playing outside in the street during the song's break; when one of them kicks the ball towards the orange building, the other runs to get the ball, and both the ball and the retriever's clothes turn orange. After he throws the ball back, the ball returns to its normal colour.

Filmed before the widespread use of CGI, the house (which was 1 First Avenue, London E13 8AP) and surrounding area (Junction of 1st Avenue and 3rd Avenue) encompassed by the orange dot were completely painted orange, including a nearby car. The opening scenes establish the landscape from a map before zooming through the front window of the "orange" house, as the band starts the song. The video was conceived and directed by Steve Barron, who directed most of the Human League's early 1980s music videos. The band's scenes were all filmed in a studio; Susan Ann Sulley says that the house was still occupied by a family during the painting and filming of the external scenes. The house remained orange for a couple of weeks before finally being demolished in mid-1983.

Charts[edit]

Chart Peak
position
UK Singles Chart[3] 2
US Billboard Hot 100 8
US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 1

Popular culture[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ NME (London, England: IPC Media). 9 April 1983. p. 32. 
  2. ^ Windle, Rob: League-online.com
  3. ^ "Artist Chart History - The Human League". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 22 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "Slow Mo". YouTube. Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
  5. ^ "08. Fascination (Siete Latidos 2001) OV7". YouTube. 22 April 2011. Retrieved 2012-01-06. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"The Safety Dance" by Men Without Hats
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
9 July 1983
Succeeded by
"I.O.U." by Freeez