#tbt Heaven 17 – Temptation

Time to be tempted by Sheffield band Heaven 17! With guest vocals from Carol Kenyon, ‘Temptation’ reached number 2 in the UK charts in 1983 and is still a classic new wave track to this day. Although missing Ian Craig Marsh, the band are still active with original members Martyn Ware & vocalist Glenn Gregory, and are currently touring around the UK.

Band member Martyn Ware explained the subject matter of the song as “I woke up one morning and thought I’ve got to write a song about sex, I’ve never written a song about sex. So the song is about rising sexual tension; it has chords that keep going up like an Escher staircase and in the end there’s this big release.” Heaven 17 performed this song on Top of the Pops’ 1000th edition in 1983.