The title track of Heaven 17's debut album 'Penthouse and pavement' was released as the band's fourth single in 1981. The band never played the songs live until more recent years. Martyn Ware commented about this in 2010: "We absolutely resisted touring. We decided not to tour at all, or
perform. Because Ian and I were members of The Human League, as you
know, we spent two and a half years touring everywhere in Europe and
Britain. And in those days - can you imagine this now? - the record
company were paying quite a lot for tour support to get on big tours. So
we toured twice with Siouxsie & The Banshees and with Pere Ubu,
Iggy Pop, Stranglers, blah, blah, blah. And whilst it got us loads of
coverage in NME and various style magazines, we weren't actually selling
that many albums. (...) By coincidence it was just the start of MTV when we started BEF, and we
thought that was an ideal mechanism for us to service a lot of markets
simultaneously, spending the same amount of money we would have spent on
tour support but instead spending it on videos, which is what we did."
My collection: 7" single no. 5450 Found: unknown Tracks: 'Penthouse and pavement' / 'Penthouse and pavement (instrumental)'