Temptation

Album: The Luxury Gap (1983)
Charted: 2
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  • This piece of mechanized Motown featured the uncredited vocals of Carol Kenyon. The R&B session singer also provided lead vocals on Paul Hardcastle's UK Top 10 single "Don't Waste My Time" and backing vocals on the Pink Floyd album, The Division Bell.
  • Heaven 17 were a synthpop group formed by former Human League members Ian Craig Marsh and Martyn Ware (both keyboards) with Glenn Gregory (vocals). They were named after the band in Anthony Burgess' novel and Stanley Kubrick's film A Clockwork Orange. This song was the trio's biggest hit, though they achieved two other Top 20 placings in the UK singles chart, with "Come Live With Me" (#5) and "Crushed by the Wheels of Industry" (#17). However Heaven 17 were more of an album band, and their debut set Penthouse And Pavement spent 76 weeks in the UK album chart between 1981 and 1983. Ware together with Marsh later helped relaunch Tina Turner's career and also produced for Terence Trent D'Arby, Alison Moyet and Erasure.
  • Martyn Ware said in Q magazine February 2009 that this song was designed to, "sound like sex, building up until the final explosive moment. We had a battle with the label to get it released."
  • In 1992 a remix by Brothers in Rhythm returned this song to the UK charts, this time peaking at #4.
  • This featured in the 1996 movie Trainspotting.
  • The Luxury Gap was a concept album about '80s consumerism.
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Comments: 2

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn June 18th 1983, Heaven 17 performed "Temptation" on the ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand'...
    It didn't make the Top 100, their only record to make Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart was "Let Me Go!"; it reached #74 in 1982...
    They had seventeen records make the United Kingdom's Singles chart; with three making the Top 10 (this one at #2, "Come Live With Me" at #5 in 1983, and then a 'Brothers in Rhythm' remix of "Temptation" at #4 in 1992...
    On the same 'Bandstand' show they performed "We Live So Fast", it was only released in the U.S.A. but didn't make the Top 100.
  • Shaun from Frankfort, KyThe song was covered by British Extreme Metal band: Cradle of Filth in 2006 for their album "Thornography". It applies a more industrial metal sound to the music, a music video was also produced.
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