Philip Oakey (born October 2, 1955, in Hinckley, UK), aka Phil Oakey, is a British pop singer who rose to fame in the late 1970s, early 1980s as a founder member and lead singer of the Sheffield-based synthpop group The Human League, a group which continues today.
- Scenario: In the summer of 1977 The Human League was formed due to the members finding no conventional channels for their immense talents.
Background: None of The Human League have any orthodox musical training, but prefer to regard compositions as an extension of logic, inspiration and luck. Therefore, unlike conventional musicians, their influences are not so obvious.
Conclusion/Manifesto: Interested in combining the best of all worlds, The League would like to positively affect the future by close attention to the present, allying technology with humanity and humour. They have been described as 'Later Twentieth Century Boys' and 'Intelligent, Innovatory and Immodest'.
- "The Human League, Someday all music will be made like this!" — and it is!
- Philip Oakey quoting a newspaper headline from 1980, in UK Channel 4 TV documentry Top 10 Electropop Pioneers (2001)