Am I the only one who finds The League the perfect late night band? It's difficult to explain but Reproduction, Travelogue, Dare, the Fascination EP, Secrets and Credo could never be played on a bright sunny day. It might have something to do with a story my mum told me about getting Dare for Christmas 1981 and listening to it in January while she stayed up all night and watched a blizzard literally bury the house. The weird, slightly creepy mood of the first two albums (they'd been reading too much Ballard) and the icy rush of synths and vocals on Dare have something to do with it too. Darkness and Seconds, both very nocturnal and dark - insomnia after reading a horror novel and the shooting of JFK set to a brooding synthesizer? Perfect - and that cold foggy night in the Don't You Want Me video. A lot of their music oozes atmosphere. Arrrgh, I can't wait for icy winter nights to be able to appreciate them properly again.