The A Side:
Human (Extended Version) 5:00
The B Side:
Human (A Cappella Version) 2:00
Human (Instrumental Version) 5:00
OK, granted, I do a lot of reading online when I am wasting my time writing up this drivel I put with each post on the blog. I suppose some of you indulge me and read over what I write, and I appreciate that but, I know most of you just go straight for the download links and you aren’t even reading what I am directing at you right now. Oh well… I was reading Wikipedia about Human League’s 1986 album ‘Crash’ and the friction that developed between the band and the producers of the LP; Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. One passage particularly gave me a sly smile:
In February 1986 The Human League were flown out to Minneapolis to work at Flyte Time studios with Jam and Lewis. After initial enthusiasm on both sides the working relationship began to break down. Jam and Lewis had total control over the final album and insisted that their own tracks take precedence over the Human League’s. Jam and Lewis were also intolerant of the bands’ laid back working methods and their musician’s lack of technical ability.
As a fan of Prince, I have read the stories of how hard Prince worked the members of his backing bands and The Time. Endless rehearsals, getting every note right, blending dance moves into every second of the performance were hallmarks of the way Prince worked and expected the same perfection of those around him. No doubt, a lot of that rubbed off on Jam & Lewis and when they encountered these laid back Brits just kind of slogging their way through the recording, it probably drove them completely nuts.
In the end, it paid off for Human League as “Human” became the 2nd US #1 of their career. In retrospect Philip Oakey states that it was this album that saved the band’s career and one of the main reasons they are still recording today.
The Billboard Charts:
|Chart||Debuted||Debut Pos.||Peak Pos.||Wks on Chart|
|Hot Black Singles||9/20/86||3||16|
|Hot Dance/Disco||10/4/86||1 / 3wks||9|
Label: A&M Records
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 1/3 RPM
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