Pax (funcrunch) wrote,
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Fascination!

Three years ago, boyziggy and I sang a duet at my birthday party at the Mint: Don't You Want Me by The Human League. So a couple of months ago when I walked by the Red Devil Lounge and saw that band would be performing in September, I knew I just had to get tickets. (Once I confirmed that this was actually still the same band I watched on MTV in the 80s, and that the poster in the window wasn't merely a relic from that decade.)

I managed to keep the event a secret until we actually arrived at the venue, only telling Ziggy that we were going somewhere that night to make sure he wasn't working then. We arrived at 7:30, half an hour before the 8 p.m. time on the tickets. The doors didn't even open until 8:10, by which time the line was queued up far down Polk Street. We were very lucky to get one of the few table seats, on the balcony. Just about every angle in the club had a partially obscured view of the stage, but we enjoyed drinks and catchy 80s tunes spun by the DJ.

The opening act, Loop!Station, didn't go on until 9 p.m. But wow, they were awesome. A cellist and vocalist, recording and playing back their looped music live. I knew from the first song that this concert was likely to be the second time that I'd prefer the opening act to the featured artist. (The first was Bob Hillman's opening for Suzanne Vega, a few years back.)

The Human League finally took the stage a bit after 10 p.m. Phil Oakey, the lead singer and sole remaining original group member, sounded exactly the same as he did 20 years ago, even though he now sported a closely shaved head. The rest of the band obliged with their signature synth-pop. The blonde female vocalist was simply dreadful, unfortunately, to the point that I was glad the poor audio quality prevented her voice from being amplified correctly.

In any case, I actually only remembered three of the band's songs: Mirror Man, (Keep Feeling) Fascination, and the aforementioned Don't You Want Me. All were performed, and enjoyed by the crowd. They're playing again tonight and tomorrow, though both shows are probably sold out by now.
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