In the 1980s, the synth-pop beats of Heaven 17, The Human League and Soft Cell dominated the UK airwaves. Hailed as one of the British groups that helped define the sound, Heaven 17's once incredibly modern music (think "Temptation", "Let Me Go", "Penthouse and Pavement") has since evolved into a catalogue of classics. Their trio's now down to two (after the departure of Ian Marsh in 2007) but the duo of Glenn Gregory and Martyn Ware are still going strong. The pair tour the UK again in 2018, so make sure you grab Heaven 17 tickets at StubHub.
Heaven 17: Gregory and Marsh keep group going
Named after a fictional band in Anthony Burgess' novel A Clockwork Orange, Heaven 17 (or The Heaven Seventeenth as Burgess styled it) were founded by Ian Craig Marsh and Martyn Ware; who had previously been members of The Human League. Creative differences led to Marsh and Ware leaving the band and handing off the reins to lead singer Philip Oakey in 1980, and it was then that Heaven 17 was formed as part of their production company British Electric Foundation. Ware and Marsh teamed up with singer Glenn Gregory, who was their original choice for lead singer of The Human League, and recorded seven albums before Marsh left the group in 2007. In addition to their own music, Heaven 17 members have worked with many other successful artists including Tina Turner and Chaka Khan, while Ware produced music for the likes of Marc Almond and Erasure.
While Heaven 17's first two albums, Music for Stowaways and Penthouse and Pavement barely made a dent with listening audiences, their 1983 album, The Luxury Gap, went platinum and cemented the group's place in music history. The rest of the decade saw How Men Are in 1984, Pleasure One in 1986, and Teddy Bear, Duke & Psycho in 1986. The 1990s were a quiet time with only one album release (Bigger Than America in 1996) while the 2000s produced Before After in 2005 and Naked as Advertised in 2008. The groups' biggest single is 1983's "Temptation" but other hits in both the U.K. and the U.S. include "Let Me Go", "Who'll Stop The Rain" and "Come Live With Me."
Glenn Gregory and Martyn Ware continue to perform both tracks from the group's back catalogue and newer music with gigs up and down the UK in 2018. Don't miss out. Buy Heaven 17 tickets now at StubHub.
Similar artists to Heaven 17
Once you've grabbed Heaven 17 tickets at StubHub UK, why not think about seeing some other legends of the '80s live? Morrissey is back on tour in 2018, while Robert Plant always puts on a great show.
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