What is the Human League doing on The Worst Horse?

It’s a trip back in time — via another interesting find from the always-interesting Konchog Norbu, who writes:

OK, here’s a VERY curious bit of cultural anthropology… A couple days ago I watched a documentary on the rise of post-punk British synth-pop (don’t ask). I discovered that arguably the first synth-pop single — The Human League’s ‘Being Boiled’ (1978) — begins with the line, “Listen to the voice of Buddha”!

KN goes on to say:

I’d never heard it before; my tastes ran to the more extreme. The song seems to be a protest of the cruelty of boiling worms for silk making (sericulture) and references Buddha throughout. Fascinating. …There were remixes in ’80 and ’82, and if you scan YouTube there’s even a live Chili Peppers cover!

Thanks, Konchog!

OK, here’s a VERY curious bit of cultural anthropology that again may only be of interest to me and Rod Meade Sperry. A couple days ago I watched a documentary on the rise of post-punk British synth-pop (don’t ask). I discovered that arguably the first synth-pop single – The Human League’s ‘Being Boiled’ (1978) – begins with the line, “Listen to the voice of Buddha”! I’d never heard it before; my tastes ran to the more extreme. The song seems to be a protest of the cruelty of boiling worms for silk making (sericulture) and references Buddha throughout. Fascinating.

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