is the debut album released by British synthpop
band The Human League
. The album was released in October 1979 through Virgin Records
Reproduction contains nine tracks of electronic music/synthpop with some elements of industrial music
, and was recorded during six weeks at The Human League's studio in Sheffield
. The recordings were produced by Colin Thurston
, who had previously worked on some key new wave recordings such as Iggy Pop's Lust for Life
and the first Magazine
album, and would go on to produce numerous hit albums of the 1980s, most notably for Duran Duran
The album was a commercial failure upon its initial release in October 1979, but it was re-issued and charted almost two years later in August 1981, earning a Silver disc by the end of the year and peaking at no.34 in early 1982. The album spent a total of 23 weeks on the album chart and was later certified Gold by the BPI
The only single released from the album was "Empire State Human
" which initially failed to chart, but was re-released in June 1980 (with a free single taken from the band's second album Travelogue
) and reached #62. The band's debut single from 1978, "Being Boiled", was not included on the original release of Reproduction
, but was added as an extra track on all CD issues from the late 1980s onwards. A re-recorded version of that single's B-side, "Circus of Death", was however included on the album.
The album also features The Human League's......