Happy 25th Birthday "The Lebanon."

A staff favorite here at Waist High, "The Lebanon" was the first single to be released from The Human League's 1984 album Hysteria.

Under enormous pressure to provide their record company with a follow up to the triple platinum selling album Dare, one of the first albums to be recorded entirely electronically, "The Lebanon" was a complete change in sound. Three singles from Hysteria made it into the UK singles charts, with "The Lebanon" being the only single to enter the US charts, reaching #64.

"The lyrics were an attempt to make a political statement on the Lebanese civil war which had been exacerbated by Israeli invasion of southern Lebanon of 1982. The song tells the story of a man who joins a militia to help his community and ends up fighting in the civil war."

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