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Radioactive Man

Radioactive Man aka Keith Tenniswood is probably best known as one half of Two Lone Swordsmen (TLS) a partnership formed with the legendary (and therefore more famous) Andrew Weatherall. Tenniswood had been a key member of the Wetherall production team for many years before the pair released their first Two Lone Swordsmen album The Fifth Mission-Return To The Flightpath Estate on Weatherall’s own Emissions imprint in 1996. Since then Two Lone Swordsmen have released several albums on Warp Records, my personal favourite of which is Tiny Reminders which was released in 2000.

The Radioactive Man moniker has been an excuse for Tenniswood to break away from his low profile image as part of the TLS pairing. His acclaimed debut album Radioactive Man showcased his own sound a somewhat harder dancefloor electro than his work with Weatherall. His second album Booby Trap released in 2003 and his mix CD for the London based night club Fabric, has helped establish Tenniswood in his own right.

As a producer he has worked on David Holmes Lets Get Killed album and also worked with Beth Orton, The Aloof, Primal Scream, Jon Carter, Barry Ashworth and Red Snapper.

He can be found DJing in the UK and overseas most weekends, including regular sets at Fabric as part of the Haywire Sessions and he has established his own label Control Tower which he set-up with The Dexorcist.

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The Human League

The Human League enjoyed huge comercial success particularly with their 1983 album Dare which sold by the truckload and made lead singer Phil Oakey the most eligible batchelor in Yorkshire since er…Compo. However it has always been the early years of the band (1977-1980) which have interested me most and is fully documented via this fan site.

The first two albums Reproduction and Travelogue are true pioneering classics establishing a dark, futuristic sound. Unfortunately, the original line-up of the band split in 1981 with Martin Ware and Ian Craig Marsh forming Heaven 17. This led Oakey to recruit a couple of teenage backing vocalists and go all ‘pop’ and you probably know the rest.

I’m not knocking them for it as Dare is a classic 80s synth pop record but those first two albums as well as the recent collection of earlier tracks The Golden Hour of The Future contain some of my favourite slices of early electronic tunes.

The Path of Least Resistance on BBC TV 1979