Don’t you want me The Human League
Song Title: Don’t you want me
Artist: The Human League
Date of release: 27 November 1981
Description: ” Don’t you want me ” is by The Human League, the British synthpop group. Taken as the fourth single from their Album ” Dare ” in 1981 it is the group’s most successful song.
Philip Oakey the lead singer got inspiration for the song from a teen-girl’s magazine, he originally recorded the song as a solo. However he later decided to turn ” Don’t you want me ” into a duet, lyrically it is a lovers conflict.
Susan Ann Sulley, one of the two female band members provided the vocals on the track, before both she and the other female group member Joanne Catherall were backing vocals for the groups songs.
The song was released in 1981 as a single in the United Kingdom and entered the UK charts at number 9, it soon moved up to the number one position a week later and stayed there for a total of five weeks.
” Don’t you want me ” was to be that years Christmas number one and the biggest sellers of that year, also the song was to end the decade as the fifth biggest selling single.
The group enjoyed more success with the song some six months later when ” Don’t you want me ” was released in the United states. The song reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and stayed there for three weeks.
In 1995 the song was remixed and re-released this time reaching number 16 on the UK charts. As of 2012 the song has sold in excess of 1.5 Million copies in the UK making it the 23rd best seller.
2014 saw another chart enrty at number 19 in the UK for the song after a campaign by fans of Aberdeen Football Club on social media took the song to number one in Scotland.
Slough in the UK was used for the video with director Steve Barron setting the theme as a filming and editing of a murder mystery movie with band members playing both the characters and production staff.
Today ” Don’t you want me ” is appreciated as a classic song, however Philip Oakey still thinks the song is over-rated but at the same time is willing to admit that the song really made the group what it is today.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: 1
UK Highest Chart Position: 1
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 2, Canada (RPM) 1, Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 5, France (SNEP) 13, Germany (Official German Charts) 5, Ireland (IRMA) 1, Italy (AFI) 15, New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 1, Norway (VG-lista) 1, South Africa (Springbok Radio) 2, Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 3, Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 4
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