Holiday '80

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Holiday '80
UK 2×7" and 12" cover
EP by The Human League
Released April 1980
Recorded Devonshire Lane, Sheffield February 1980
Genre Synthpop, new wave
Length 23:23
Label Virgin
Producer John Leckie
The Human League
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Holiday '80
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Holiday '80 is an EP released by the original line-up of the British synthpop band The Human League. The EP was issued by Virgin Records in the UK in April 1980, a month before the release of the band's second album Travelogue. The EP peaked at no. 56 in the UK Singles Chart in May 1980, but was later reissued and returned to the chart, peaking at no. 46 in February 1982.

The recordings were produced with John Leckie, who had also been working with new wave bands such as Simple Minds and XTC. The principal song on the EP was "Marianne", however Virgin felt the band's preferred version of the track was not strong enough and refused to release it.[2] "Dancevision" was an instrumental. The EP also featured a new, more elaborate recording of the band's debut single "Being Boiled", which would subsequently be included on the Travelogue album. The last track was a medley consisting of a cover of Gary Glitter's "Rock and Roll" (titled "Rock 'n' Roll" in the track listings) seguéing into the Iggy Pop track "Nightclubbing". The Japanese release also features the song "Toyota City", which also appears on Travelogue.

The UK release was as a double 7" and two single 7" versions, all with the same catalogue number, and a 12" EP. The Japanese release was a 12" with different tracks to the UK 12".

The band performed Rock 'n' Roll on Top of the Pops in May 1980, even though the single had not entered the charts. The appearance failed make any impact on sales however. This would be the band's only Top of the Pops appearance featuring the original line up of Oakey, Ware, Marsh and Wright.

Track listing[edit]

UK 2×7" (Virgin SV-105)[3]

  1. "Marianne" (Marsh/Oakey/Ware) 3:17
  2. "Dancevision" (Marsh/Ware) 2:21 [performed by The Future]
  3. "Being Boiled" (Album Version) (Marsh/Oakey/Ware) 4:22
  4. "Rock ’n’ Roll / Nightclubbing" (Gary Glitter, Mike Leander) (Jim Osterberg, David Bowie) 6:22

UK 12" (Virgin SV-105-12)[4]

  1. "Marianne" (Marsh/Oakey/Ware) 3:17
  2. "Being Boiled" (Album Version) (Marsh/Oakey/Ware) 4:22
  3. "Dancevision" (Marsh/Ware) 2:21 [performed by The Future]
  4. "Rock ’n’ Roll / Nightclubbing" (Glitter, Leander) (Osterberg, Bowie) 6:22

UK 7" Holiday '80: Being Boiled (Virgin SV-105)[5]

  1. Being Boiled (Oakey) 4:10
  2. Marianne (Oakey) 3:14
  3. Dancevision (Marsh/Ware) 2:15

UK 7" Holiday '80: Rock 'n' Roll (Virgin SV-105)[6]

  1. Rock 'n' Roll (Glitter, Leander) 3:15
  2. Being Boiled (Oakey) 4:10
  3. Dancevision (Marsh/Ware) 2:15

Japanese 12" (Virgin VIP-5906)[7]

  1. "Marianne" (Marsh/Oakey/Ware) 3:17
  2. "Dancevision" (Marsh/Ware) 2:21 [performed by The Future]
  3. "Toyota City" (Marsh/Ware) 3:22
  4. "Rock ’n’ Roll / Nightclubbing" (Glitter, Leander) (Osterberg, Bowie) 6:22
  5. "Being Boiled" (Album Version) (Marsh/Oakey/Ware) 4:22


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