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Phil Oakey

Born and bred in Sheffield, Phil co-founded the group "The Human League" in 1977. The groups first single "Being Boiled" was released in 1978 (but would have to wait 4 years before hitting the UK singles chart). October 1979 saw the release of their first album, "Reproduction", complete with a somewhat distasteful album cover. One year later, the ... See full bio »

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Son of Rambow
Son of Rambow Soundtrack
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 2015-2017 The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
 2017/I The Layover (writer: "Don't You Want Me")
 2017 The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (writer: "Don't You Want Me")
  Car Share (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2017) (writer - 1 episode, 2017)
 2016-2017 One Hit Wonderland (TV Series documentary) (writer - 2 episodes)
 2017 Inside No. 9 (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
 2016 Go for It (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
 2016 Lorraine (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
 2016 Who's Doing the Dishes? (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
 2016 Match of the Day: Euro 2016 (TV Mini-Series) (writer - 1 episode)
 2016 American Horror Story (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
 2015 Master of None (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
 2015 Le nouveau (writer: "Don't You Want Me")
 2015 Top of the Pops: The Story of 1980 (TV Movie documentary) (writer: "Being Boiled (Holiday '80 version)")
 2014 Guapas (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
 2014 Please Like Me (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
 2014 Halt and Catch Fire (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
 2014 Walking on Sunshine (writer: "Don't You Want Me")
 2014 Doctors (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
 2013 The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (writer: "Don't You Want Me")
 2013 Vi är bäst! (writer: "Don't You Want Me")
 2013 Cuéntame (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
 2012 Best Possible Taste: The Kenny Everett Story (TV Movie) (writer: "Don't You Want Me")
 2012 Lollipop Chainsaw (Video Game) (writer: "Empire State Human" - as Philip Oakey)
 2012 What to Expect When You're Expecting (writer: "Don't You Want Me" - as Philip Oakey)
 2011 Dreams of a Life (Documentary) (writer: "The Things That Dreams Are Made of" - as Philip Oakey)
 2011 Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's One-Shot Parody Special (TV Movie) (writer: "Don't You Want Me")
  20 to 1 (TV Series documentary) (lyrics - 1 episode, 2011) (performer - 1 episode, 2011) (writer - 1 episode, 2010)
 2011 Take Me Home Tonight (writer: "Don't You Want Me")
 2011 Glee (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
 2010 Luther (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
 2010 Worried About the Boy (TV Movie) (writer: "Empire State Human")
 2010/I Cyrus (writer: "Don't You Want Me")
 2009 Family Guy (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
 2009 1981 (writer: "Don't you want me [Trailer]", "Hard Times")
 2009 Welcome to the 80's (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
 2009 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
 2009 He's Just Not That Into You (writer: "Don't You Want Me" - as Philip Oakey)
 2008 Faintheart (writer: "Don't You Want Me Baby")
 2008 Lost Islands (writer: "Don't You Want Me")
 2008 You Don't Mess with the Zohan (writer: "(Keep Feeling) Fascination (Groove Collision TMC Mix)" - as Philip Oakey)
 2008 Ashes to Ashes (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
 2007 Nip/Tuck (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
 2007 Cold Case (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
 2007 Star Stories (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
 2007 Ocean's Thirteen (writer: "Don't You Want Me" (1981) - as Philip Oakey)
 2007 Son of Rambow (writer: "Love Action (I Believe in Love)" - as Oakey)
 2007 Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol (Video Game) (writer: "Don't You Want Me" - as Philip Oakey)
 2006 The South Bank Show (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
 2006 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories (Video Game) ("Together In Electric Dreams", uncredited) / (writer: "Together In Electric Dreams", "Love Action (I Believe in Love)" - uncredited)
 2006 Rising Son: The Legend of Skateboarder Christian Hosoi (Documentary) (writer: "Don't You Want Me" - as Philip Oakley)
 2005 I Love the 80's 3-D (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
 2005 Fever Pitch (writer: " (Keep Feeling) Fascination" (1983) - as Philip Oakey)
 2004 The Mighty Boosh (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
 2003 Verschwende deine Jugend (writer: "Being Boiled")
 2003 Murphy's Law (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
 2002 Will & Grace (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
 2002 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (Video Game) (writer: "(Keep Feeling) Fascination" - uncredited)
 2002 Cherish (writer: "Don't You Want Me", "Fascination" - as Oakey)
 2002 XX/XY (writer: "Don't You Want Me Baby")
 2001 Made in Sheffield (Documentary) (writer: "Being Boiled", "Circus of Death", "Empire State Human", "Don't You Want Me")
 2001 EastEnders (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
 2001 100 Greatest Number One Singles (TV Special documentary) (writer: "Don't You Want Me")
 2000 Night Fever (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
 2000 The Low Down (writer: - as Philip Oakey) / (writer: "Love Action (I Believe in Love)")
 2000 God, the Devil and Bob (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
 2000 Stars in Their Eyes (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
 1999 The King of Queens (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
 1999 Playing the Field (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
 1981-1995 Top of the Pops (TV Series) (writer - 13 episodes)
 1989 Valentina (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
 1989 Longtime Companion (writer: "Things That Dreams Are Made Of" - as Philip Oakley)
 1984 The Wild Life (writer: "MIRROR MAN")
 1984 Electric Dreams (lyrics: "Together In Electric Dreams") / (performer: "Together In Electric Dreams")
 1982 Prisoner (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
 1982 Remembrance (writer: "Things That Dreams Are Made Of")
  Fame (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode, 1982) (music - 1 episode, 1982)
 1982 The Last American Virgin (writer: "Love Action (I Believe in Love)")
 1981 The Human League: Don't You Want Me (Video short) (writer: "Don't You Want Me" - as Philip Oakey)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Duet with Giorgio Moroder: "Together in Electric Dreams", used in the movie Electric Dreams (1984). See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Article | 1 Pictorial | See more »

Alternate Names:

The Human League | Human League | Philip Oakey

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Personal Quote:

I didn't think that I would be in my fifty-fourth year annoying my girlfriend because I'm staying up till two in the morning editing vocals. I used to be able to pay someone else to do it, now you seem to do a hundred things for the money instead of one thing to make the money. You do it yourself or it doesn't get done. See more »


Oakey was educated at King Edward VII school in Sheffield. See more »

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