” ( Keep Feeling ) Fascination ” is by The Human League, the British electronic new wave band formed in 1977 in Sheffield, England. After the group signed with Virgin Records in 1979, they released two albums and numerous singles before enjoying broader commercial success with the release of their third album, Dare, in 1981.
The original line-up consisted of Ian Craig Marsh, Martyn Ware, Philip Oakey and Adam Newton, who left just after The Human League was formed, being replaced by Philip Adrian Wright. Martyn Ware and Ian Craig Marsh left the group to create Heaven 17 in 1980.
They allowed lead singer Philip Oakey to keep the band’s name in return for a percentage of future royalties on new releases. Faced with the dilemma, Philip decided to recruit two teenage girls he’d met in a Sheffield nightclub.
Both the girls, Joanne Catherall and Susan Ann Sulley, had no experience of the music business or had sung professionally before and at the time were studying for their school exams. The more familiar line-up now consisted of Philip Oakey, Joanne Catherall and Susan Ann Sulley. The band has sold over 20 million records worldwide and have released thirty singles, nine studio albums, four EPs and several compilation albums.
” (Keep Feeling) Fascination ” was written by Jo Callis and Philip Oakey with production for the single by Martin Rushent. Martin was an English record producer. He is best known for working with The Stranglers, Buzzcocks and many of The Human League’s output. He co-produced ( along with the band ) their third album, Dare.
The song was released on the 11th of April 1983 by record labels Virgin and A&M ( both Universal Music Group ) and taken from the band’s EP, Fascination. The EP was released in 1983 between the albums, Dare in 1981 and Hysteria in 1984.
It was released by Virgin Records in North America but only available as an import in Europe. Initially available on vinyl record, it featured six tracks, including two versions of this song and ” Mirror Man “, both singles were successful in the United States and the United Kingdom.
The accompanying music video was directed by Steve Barron, the Irish film director, film producer and music video director. Steve is best known for directing the 1990 box office success, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and the 1993 American science fiction comedy, Coneheads.
As a music video director he has worked with a variety of artists, known for his innovative direction, Steve directed ” Take on Me ” and ” Billie Jean ” by Michael Jackson.
The video was filmed on location in a semi-derelict area of Newham, London. The district had been earmarked for redevelopment as part of the Docklands and East London regeneration project. The reconstruction has now become an essential business hub and desirable area to live.
Before the days of CGI ( Computer-generated imagery ) the producers had the house, which was located at 1 First Avenue, London E13 8AP, the surrounding area and even a nearby car painted orange for the video.
The scenes featuring the band were filmed in a studio, band member Susan Ann Sulley later said the house was still occupied during the painting and filming. The orange house remained on the street until it was demolished in 1983.
” (Keep Feeling) Fascination ” was a commercial success for The Human League. In the United States, the song reached a peak of number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 and spent twenty weeks on the chart there.
It also reached Number One on the Dance/Disco Top 80, fourteen on the Mainstream Rock, fifty-six on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and number seven on the Cash Box Top 100 charts.
In the United Kingdom, the song entered the UK Singles Chart on the 23rd of April 1983 and reached a peak of number two. It spent four weeks in the Top Ten and a total of nine weeks on the UK chart.
BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: 8
UK Highest Chart Position: 2
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (Kent Music Report) 8, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 24, Belgium (VRT Top 30 Flanders) 23, Canada Top Singles (RPM) 13, Canada (CHUM) 16, Ireland (IRMA) 2, New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 3, Poland (ZPAV) 24, South Africa (Springbok Radio) 16, Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 18
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