Travelogue (The Human League album)

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Travelogue
Studio album by The Human League
Released May 1980
Recorded 1980 at Monumental Pictures Studio in Sheffield
Genre New wave, electronic, synthpop, minimal wave
Length 39:24
Label Virgin
Producer Richard Mainwaring and The Human League
The Human League chronology
Holiday '80
(1980)
Travelogue
(1980)
Dare
(1981)
Singles from Travelogue
  1. "Only After Dark"
    Released: May 1980
  2. "Being Boiled"
    Released: August 1980
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
Smash Hits 8/10[2]

Travelogue is the second full-length studio album released by the British synthpop group The Human League, released in May 1980 before the band achieved any degree of commercial success.

Background[edit]

For Travelogue, the band worked with a new co-producer, Richard Mainwaring, who went on to produce OMD's platinum selling Architecture & Morality the following year. Travelogue entered the UK album chart at #16, which was also its chart peak, and remained on the chart for 9 weeks in 1980. Although a vast improvement on their debut album, Reproduction, which had failed to chart at all the year before, the lack of high success precipitated the departure of founding band members Martyn Ware and Ian Craig Marsh, who went on to form Heaven 17. Their departure led to remaining members Phil Oakey and Adrian Wright moving The Human League in a new musical direction with a new line-up. As the new band then began to make a commercial impact the following year, Travelogue re-entered the chart in August 1981 for a further 33 weeks, eventually being certified Gold by the BPI in May 1982.

Singles[edit]

Two songs were released as singles from the album; a re-recorded version of the band's first single, "Being Boiled" (this time as part of the Holiday '80 EP released a month before the album), and a cover of Mick Ronson's "Only After Dark" (which was ultimately given away as a free single with a re-issue of the band's 1979 single "Empire State Human" in June 1980). Neither of these were successful ("Being Boiled" became a UK Top-10 hit in 1982, but it was a stereo remix of the old single version, not the Holiday '80/Travelogue version). The album also featured a cover of the famed advertising jingle for Gordon's Gin, written by Jeff Wayne.

Re-issues[edit]

Virgin Records remastered and re-issued Travelogue on CD in 1988, with an expanded track listing which included the Holiday '80 EP, the disco single "I Don't Depend on You" (originally released under the moniker "The Men"), and the single "Boys and Girls", which had been produced by Oakey and Wright after the line-up split.

The Canadian issue of Travelogue was released in a different sleeve, similar to the Holiday '80 front cover, and the tracklisting also differed: The Voice of Buddha (the re-recorded version of Being Boiled under a different name), The Black Hit of Space, Only After Dark, Life Kills, Dreams of Leaving b/w Crow and a Baby, The Touchables, Gordon's Gin, Rock 'N' Roll/Night Clubbing, WXJL Tonight. Similarly, the Australian issue also featured a different tracklisting, though the original sleeve and song titles were retained for this release: Being Boiled, The Black Hit of Space, Only After Dark, Life Kills, Dreams of Leaving b/w Crow and a Baby, The Touchables, Rock 'N' Roll, Marianne (alternate version), Gordon's Gin, WXJL Tonight.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Black Hit of Space" (Ware, Marsh, Oakey, Wright) – 4:11
  2. "Only After Dark" (Richardson, Mick Ronson) – 3:50
  3. "Life Kills" (Ware, Marsh, Oakey, Wright) – 3:07
  4. "Dreams of Leaving" (Ware, Marsh, Oakey, Wright) – 5:49
  5. "Toyota City" (Ware, Marsh, Oakey, Wright) – 3:24
  6. "Crow and a Baby" (Ware, Marsh, Oakey, Wright) – 3:43
  7. "The Touchables" (Ware, Marsh, Oakey, Wright) – 3:21
  8. "Gordon's Gin" (Wayne) – 2:58
  9. "Being Boiled" (Marsh, Oakey, Ware) – 4:21
  10. "W.X.J.L. Tonight" (Ware, Marsh, Oakey, Wright) – 4:40

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1980) Peak
position
UK Albums Chart[3] 16

References[edit]

  1. ^ Travelogue (The Human League album) at AllMusic
  2. ^ Starr, Red. "Albums". Smash Hits (15 May 1980): 31. 
  3. ^ "The Human League - Travelogue". Chart Stats. Retrieved 2012-01-07.