Hackskeptic’s 500 Greatest Songs: The Human League – Love Action (I Believe In Love) (1981)

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293 – The Human League – Love Action (I Believe In Love) (1981)
Written by Philip Oakey and Ian Burden
Produced by Martin Rushent
Label – Virgin

From a world of avant-garde electronica to this masterpiece in a year? Phil Oakey’s Human League up until this point were hard work to say the least. But their first top ten single sees the Sheffield five piece reach pop super stardom via this. The addition of Joanne Catherall and Suzanne Sulley brought out the romantic in Oakey, Jo Callis added to the pop sensibility and the underrated Martin Rushent steered the song to the dance floor.

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4 responses to “Hackskeptic’s 500 Greatest Songs: The Human League – Love Action (I Believe In Love) (1981)

  1. Hackskeptic. Hi. This is strange because I am just revisiting TRAVELOGUE and you can almost hear the rocket ship HUMAN LEAGUE splitting into two modules as the tracks lumber by. Phil and the girls do 80’s electronic pop as perfectly as it can ever be. Dancy, catchy and ice-cool.
    Radio loved them. Tv was waiting for a British Abba for the new decade and Dare rolled off the production line like a Ferrari.
    30+ years on and this is still Phil talking! And still synths only. A masterful 45.

  2. It’s still my favourite Human League single. Yours is “Mirror Man” if my memory serves me?

    • Well Hackskeptic. At the turn of the decade the League were a brilliant pop combo churning out hit upon hit, and Oakey’s instinct to grow and evolve was rarely better realized than on the motor-city stomp of mirror man. Not dissimilar to Phil ‘erstwhile Genesis drummer’ Collins assault on You Can’t Hurry Love’, a 60’s feel swathed in 80’s luxury. I wonder how much more powerful and powerpop it might’ve been with Clem Burke thumping the tubs! Great tune, great tempo, great vox, great memories. A truly stunning single.

      • Oh the glorious early 80s. There were definitely no half measures! Music, fashion…it all went up to 11

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