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80s Concerts in Philadelphia 2011

Holy crap! It’s a New Wave Diva blog post! I haven’t touched this blog in ages. I decided to “revive” it today to post about all the awesome concerts coming up over the next few months. 2011 has been and continues to be an incredible year for live shows by some of my favorite 80s bands. I’ve already seen Gang of Four and Echo & The Bunnymen this year. Coming soon is…

Sunday, August 7th – Berlin with Terri Nunn at World Cafe Live.
Thursday, September 8th – Erasure at the TLA
Wednesday, September 21st – The Human League w/ Men Without Hats at The Keswick Theatre
Thursday, September 22nd – OMD at the TLA
Thursday, October 20th – Howard Jones at The Keswick Theatre

I hate to say it, but I *might* have to miss The Human League/Men Without Hats show. It’s on a work night in the ‘burbs and the night before OMD. Not sure if I can survive back to back shows on work nights. I must be getting old! 😉


The Human League

A lot of good music came out of Sheffield, England in the ’70s and ’80s. Like yesterday’s featured act, Cabaret Voltaire, The Human League were based there.

I am a fan of everything Human League. From their early experimental synth offerings in the late 70s to the chart-topping days of their catchy synthpop sound in the early 80s to the most recently released “Secrets” album. In other words, it’s all good to me. They’ve been around for 30 years and through many personnel changes, they remain a name synonymous with the synthpop sound.

So many great songs to choose from! “The Black Hit of Space”, “Toyota City”, “Being Boiled”, “Don’t You Want Me”, “Hard Times”, “Human”, “(Keep Feeling) Fascination”, “Mirror Man”, “Heart Like A Wheel”… and these songs as well…

“Empire State Human”

“The Sound of the Crowd”

“Love Action (I Believe in Love)”

I have the Made in Sheffield video. It’s a must-have if you’re an early synthpop lover!