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Phil Oakey never stops having fun



Hlweb There's something just sublimely simple and happy about talking to a guy like Philip Oakey, the long-time frontman of The Human League.

Like fellow Sheffield native Martin Fry of ABC, Phil seems to motor through life with a smile on his face and a warm greeting for those who want to talk about his music. The Human League's upcoming headlining status on The Regeneration Tour, which brings the band to the U.S. for its biggest tour in 20 years, gave me a chance to chat with Phil for a half hour last week for the Stuck in the 80s podcast.

What will you discover during the interview? Phil hates making music videos. He prefers dance music to ballads (though he's no fan of Madonna's latest disc). And if all goes well, there'll be a new Human League disc for us all to enjoy in 2009.

Click here to download the show, featuring the interview and loads of music. Or click here to get all our shows for free via iTunes. If you have time, drop us a blog comment and tell us how we did. Unlike Phil, co-host Sean Daly and I require constant positive reinforcement.

NO CHAT TONIGHT: Now that we're in the midst of summer-vacation season, let's move our chats to every-other week, skipping our chat tonight. Oh, I'll probably be online here anyway and on yahoo messenger ("spears22") if you want to talk about Phil, the Vegas trip, the new podcast or what happened at 80s Night at the Rays game last night. Always feel free to drop me an IM, e-mail or blog comment.

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:35pm]


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