80s new wave mania: "Let Me Go" Heaven 17 (1982)
By John Roberts
Los Angeles, California
December 1, 2017 8:48am CST
Heaven 17 was one of the first UK synthpop outfits. From Sheffield, Heaven 17 was formed in 1980 by vocalist Glenn Gregory and Human League co-founders and keyboardists Ian Craig Marsh and Martin Ware who had left that band due to creative differences. The name was borrowed from a fictional band in Anthony Burgess’ novel “A Clockwork Orange.” The band broke through on US alternative radio with the fast thumping “We Don’t Need No Fascist Groove Thing.” From the album “The Luxury Gap,” “Let Me Go” receives group writing credit and is the only Heaven 17 song to crack Billboard Hot 100 reaching #32 and #4 on the dance chart. The melodic heavy bass synthasizer sound makes “Let Me Go” a classic synthpop example. The band was far more successful in its native UK with a number of hits. Heaven 17 lives on though Marsh exited in 2007.
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