I only recently discovered this band. Heaven 17 is an English band, one that is still together. The band was made up of two former members of The Human League, keyboardists Ian Craig Marsh and Martyn Ware, and singer Glenn Gregory. Gregory had been Marsh and Ware’s original choice to serve as the lead singer of the Human League but, when he proved to be unavailable, they went with Philip Oakey instead. Oakey had a different vision for the The Human League than Marsh and Ware so Marsh and Ware ended up leaving the band and forming Heaven 17. This time, they were able to get Glenn Gregory as their singer.
Heaven 17’s first album was called Penthouse and Pavement and the album’s title track was both their first single and their first video. The video features not only corporate espionage but also the three members of the band pretending to be corrupt businessmen. That Heaven 17 was a much more overly political band than The Human League is obvious from listening to the song’s lyrics.
The band, incidentally, was named after one of Alex’s favorite bands in A Clockwork Orange.