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It is the band's best known and most commercially successful recording and was the Christmas number one in the UK, where it has since sold over 1, copies, making it the 23rd-most successful single in UK Singles Chart history. The lyrics were originally inspired after lead singer Philip Oakey read a photo-story in a teen-girl's magazine. Though the song had originally been conceived and recorded in the studio as a male solo, Oakey was inspired by the film A Star Is Born and decided Heartmachine - Northlane - Mesmer turn Dont You Want Me - Various - DiscoPower song into a conflicting duet with one of the band's two teenage female vocalists.
Susan Ann Sulley was then asked to Dont You Want Me - Various - DiscoPower on the role. Until then, she and the other female vocalist, Joanne Catherallhad only been assigned backing vocals; Sulley says she was chosen only through "luck of the draw". Initial versions of the song were recorded but Virgin Records -appointed producer Martin Rushent was unhappy with them.
He and Callis remixed the track, giving it a softer, and in Oakey's opinion, "poppy" sound. Oakey hated the new version and thought it would be the weakest track on Dareresulting in one of his infamous rows with Rushent.
With a hit album and three hit singles in a row, Virgin's chief executive Simon Draper decided to release one more single from the album before the end of His choice, "Don't You Want Me", instantly caused a row with Oakey, who did not want another single to be released because he was convinced that "the public were now sick of hearing The Human League" and the choice of the "poor quality filler track" would almost certainly be a disaster, wrecking the group's new-found popularity.
The band felt the track was "our sort of Des O'Connor song. The Human League often added cryptic references to their productions and the record sleeve of "Don't You Want Me" featured the suffix of "". Today, the song is widely considered a classic of its era. In a retrospective review, Stephen Thomas Erlewinesenior editor for AllMusicdescribed the song as "a devastating chronicle of a frayed romance wrapped in the greatest pop hooks and production of its year.
The B-side was "Seconds", another track lifted straight from the Dare album. As with previous singles, a 12" version was also issued featuring the original version of "Don't You Want Me" and "Seconds" on the A-side and an "extended dance mix" lasting seven and a half minutes on the B-side.
This mix is also featured on the Love and Dont You Want Me - Various - DiscoPower album that was released under the name of the League Unlimited Orchestra in To the amazement of the band and especially Oakey the song entered the UK Singles Chart at 9 and shot to 1 the following week, remaining there over the Christmas period for a total of five weeks.
It ultimately became the biggest-selling single to be released inand the fifth biggest-selling single of the entire decade. Billboard magazine ranked it as the sixth-biggest hit of The song was re-released in October as a CDcassette and 12" single featuring new remixes by Snap!
Inrecord company Virgin were becoming aware that the promotional music video was evolving into an important marketing tool, with MTV being launched that year. Because it was agreed [ by whom? The video for the song was filmed near SloughBerkshireduring November and has the theme of the filming and editing of a murder-mystery film, featuring the band members as characters and production staff.
Because it is a "making-of" video, both crew and camera apparatus appear throughout. The video was conceived and directed by filmmaker Steve Barronand has at its core the interaction between a successful actress also a second negative cutter played by Susan Ann Sulley walking out on "film director" Philip Oakey on Dont You Want Me - Various - DiscoPower film set. It is loosely based on the film A Star Is Born.
Near the end of the video, Wright, who also plays a film editor, has an expression on his face while the camera pulls back to reveal that the negative room where Oakey, Wright and Sulley were working is yet another set the camera can be seen in the mirror's reflection. Filmed on a cold, wet winter night, the video was shot on 35mm Let The Good Times Roll - Various - Jump Blue : Rockin The Jooks instead of the cheaper videotape prevalent at the time.
Sulley claims that Barron was heavily influenced by the cinematography in Ultravox 's video for " Vienna " directed by Russell Mulcahy earlier that year. The video is credited [ by whom? The scene is cut out of the DVD version and usually when El Monito - Juan José Mosalini* - Don Bandoneón on music television, replaced with a montage of other shots from the video edited in slow motion.
The other car used in the video is a gold W-reg —82 Rover SD1. In a interview, Catherall mentioned that the car Callis was driving had to be pushed into shot as he could not drive at the time, to which Sulley added "he still can't! InVirgin Records allowed the song to be used in a Fiat Punto commercial, starring Myfanwy Waring and James Daffern, where the latter actor spoke lyrics from the first verse and chorus over the accompanying background music.
Fiat's use of the song prompted legal action from The Human League, who lost the case to Virgin. Susan Sulley Laughter In The Rain - Neil Sedaka - Neil Sedakas Greatest Hits complained: "Now even if we wanted to use the song for a more worthy company, we can't because it will always be associated with a particular brand. A campaign was started by Aberdeen F.
A Foster Farms commercial in the United States features a choir of animatronic chickens singing the song as part of the poultry producer's "Amazing Chicken" campaign.
The Human League's version appears in a ad for Walmart. Released as a standalone single after her only album Mandyit was also Smith's final single and became her only single to hit the UK top 75, peaking at The song was included as Dont You Want Me - Various - DiscoPower bonus track on the reissue of her album.
An uncredited female singer sings lead vocal on the second verse, as sung by Susanne Sulley in the original version. The song was included in the European version of Casino together with a few others. It was recorded in Stockholm at first, but when the band wanted it for a new pan-European single, a new version was made. The single was released in Australia as a follow-up to the successful single " Crying at the Discoteque ". The white inch was released in Europe and distributed Dont You Want Me - Various - DiscoPower DJs to get maximum airplay at the disco arenas.
The video was filmed at Filmhuset in Stockholmand was directed by Jesper Ganslandt. The video takes place in "Circus Alcazar" and is filled with horses, ducks, an evil parrot, acrobats, the Alcazar ballet including a dog in a pink ballerina dress and Annikafiore 's boyfriend juggling with fire in Dont You Want Me - Various - DiscoPower background.
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