//Heaven 17 „Penthouse and Pavement“ – 1981


In 1980, the famous synth-pop band The Human League split up. The two synthesizer-specialist Martyn Ware and Ian Craig decided to found Heaven 17 (a tribute to the movie “A Clockwork Orange” by Stanley Kubrick). Living in an England ruled by Margaret Thatcher, they tried to deliver their left-wing political values mixing synth-pop music and engaged lyrics. On their first album, the best example is the first song “(We don’t need this) fascist groove thang”.

“Evil men with racist views
Spreading all across the land
Don’t just sit there on your ass
Unlock that funky chaindance
Brothers, sisters shoot your best
We don’t need this fascist groove thang”.

The song goes even farer criticizing directly Ronald Reagan, newly elected as the 40th President of the United States, and got for it a ban from the BBC:

“Democrats are out of power
Across that great wide ocean
Reagan’s president elect
Fascist god in motion
Generals tell him what to do
Stop your good time dancing
Train their guns on me and you
Fascist thang advancing“.


At the end, “Penthouse and Pavement” is a really interesting album, a crazy mix between danceable synth-pop music and funky-electro tones. “Let’s all make a bomb” and “Song with now Name” are for example still really modern.

Official Website : http://www.heaven17.com/

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