Human League helps keep ’80s alive

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The 1980s just won’t go away.

Rubik’s Cube is a hot seller in England, according to Woolworth’s.

Such popular Reagan era fashion as miniskirts, tank tops and colorful headbands are more ubiquitous these days.

And, of course, there is the music. It continues to grow, much like the waistline of aging Americans.

The Regeneration Tour, which features the Human League, Belinda Carlisle, A Flock of Seagulls, ABC and Naked Eyes, is on an arena jaunt, which stops Thursday at the Sovereign Bank Arena in Trenton.

“People love looking back to the ’80s,” says Human League singer-songwriter Philip Oakey, while calling from London. “Many people came of age as music fans during that era and it was a terrific time for catchy, fun music.”

The Human League is typical of the groups riding the retro circuit. The synthesizer-driven band, best known for hits such as “Don’t You Want Me” and “Fascination,” plays 50 to 80 concerts a year.

“That’s enough for us,” says Oakey. “That keeps it fresh for us and it’s always good to come back to America.”

Oakey and vocalists Joanna Catherall and Susan Ann Sulley have released nine albums over 28 years. The Human League has sold more than 20 million albums.

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