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The Path of Least Resistance is a song written by Oakey/Marsh /Ware and recorded by The Human League and included on their debut album Reproduction.


The song is one of the group's earliest recordings. An early demo version is included on the deluxe version of the A Very British Synthesizer Group compilation album,, and differs little from the final album version.

Live performances[]

The song was performed live for the BBC programme Mainstream first broadcast on BBC One on Tuesday 6 November 1979 at 10:05 PM[1]. A video recording of this performance is available on the DVD included in the deluxe version of the A Very British Synthesizer Group compilation.

Miscellaneous notes[]

The words 'the path of least resistance' appear in the lyrics to the song "The Snake", included on the album Secrets (2001).

In scientific terms, the path of least resistance is the physical or metaphorical pathway that provides the least resistance to forward motion by a given object or entity, among a set of alternative paths. The concept is often used to describe why an object or entity takes a given path. The way water flows is often given as an example of the idea. (source: wikipedia )