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1981 saw the emergence of two British groups, Japan and the Human League, both of whom had been recording with little success for several years. Japan, a group fronted by the photogenic David Sylvian, reached the top 20 for the first time with 'Quiet Life', ironically an old track issued by the label they had just left. They had six hit singles in 1982 shared equally between their old label and new one. Success for the Human League came after they split with Ian Craig Marsh and Martyn Ware, who went on to form British Electric Foundation, which incorporated Heaven 17. Phil Oakey, leader of the Human League recruited a new band, including two girls whom he introduced as vocalists. They had five hit singles in 1981, the last of which 'Don't You Want Me' topped the singles chart in the UK and America. The LP on which it was included, 'Dare', topped the UK album chart and made the top 3 in America. Also in 1981, U2 took two LP's into the British chart but made it big in 1983 with 'War'.