The main difference between the Human League in their original form -- when synth players Ian Craig Marsh and Martyn Ware were part of the group's core -- and the bright and flashy pop group that later hit the charts is that the original Human League were possessed of one of the strangest and most bone-dry senses of humor in pop music at such a po-faced time and place as the U.K. new wave scene of the late '70s. When Marsh and Ware formed the British Electric Foundation, and later Heaven 17 with singer Glenn Gregory, they took that weird sense of humor, as evinced in the group's deadpan presentation of itself as a sort of corporation whose product happened to be pop music and songs like the hilariously dry "I'm Your Money" and "We're Going to Live for a Very Long Time." Heaven 17's first single, "(We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thang," is a perfect example of the trio's skewed perspective: on one level, the song is a straightforward condemnation of the right wing. On another...well, what exactly was a fascist groove thang? The lyrics put images of Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan getting down P-Funk style into the listener's head, a concept that's certainly worth a giggle just by itself. The tightly wound arrangement, filled with seemingly half a dozen different rhythm tracks, most of them electronic, is so clattering and jangled that it sounds like the song is about three times faster than the measured tempo at which it's actually taken, which adds to the general sense of paranoia.