If you were anywhere near Rochester last night and heard lots of loud singing, I'm sorry. That was me. Well, not just me, but me, my mate Lisa and a few thousand others belting out "Don't You Want Me Baby".
Rochester Castle Concerts are back and boy, what a night.
Fans sing "Don't You Want Me Baby" ahead of The Human League's appearance on stage
The Human League were part of the soundtrack to my younger years, and although I was more into Wham back then, The Human League were right up there in my top list of faves whose hits I'd try to record from the Sunday night charts (remember trying to stop the record button on your cassette to avoid getting the DJ's chatter? That was a skill kids today will never appreciate).
Their catchy tunes drew you in, the lyrics got into your brain and if you didn't fancy Phil Oakey then you wanted to be one of the backing singers, Joanne Catherall or Susan Ann Sulley, with those steely stares and full-of-attitude glances. We all had the album Dare (I still have my vinyl copy) and played them 'til our parents complained.
Anyway, back to last night. Even if you were born in this century, there's very few people who won't have heard and know the chorus to the trio's biggest hit "Don't You Want Me", and they didn't disappoint, even if most of us yelling out the words were out of tune. We were having the time of our lives.
There are very few bands who can go off stage, play the opening bars to a song and have the whole crowd sing the entire first verse and chorus before they actually come back on to give you the full live version. That's the power of great music.
Throw in my two personal favourites "Mirror Man" and "(Keep Feeling) Fascination", along with "Tell Me When" and you knew we were all going to go home happy.
And don't forget "The Lebanon", "Human", "Together in Electric Dreams", "Love Action" and many more – the hits just kept coming.
It was a real nostalgic, fun-filled sing-along fest which had also included Theatre Royal (sorry, too early for me to get there but I heard you were great) and Altered Images on the bill. Powerhouse Clare Grogan got the crowd going with tunes such as "Happy Birthday" and a great cover of the Ting Tings "That's Not My Name".
Next up were synth-pop band Blancmange who despite not being my bag back in the day, proved a hit with many in the crowd, and certainly got things going with "Don't Tell Me" and "Living on the Ceiling" along with some more recent pieces with some pounding, hypnotic beats.
They say if you remember the '60s, you really weren't there. Well I remember the '80s and I'm blooming glad I do, although some may wish I'd forgotten the words to all those Human League hits.
The Castle Concerts continue tonight (Thursday) with James Blunt, followed by Earth, Wind and Fire on Friday and The Specials on Saturday.
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