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The Human League – Heart Like A Wheel (US 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on March 13th, 2015

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Originally posted May 25, 2011

“Heart Like a Wheel” is a song by the British synthpop group The Human League. It is taken from their 1990 album Romantic?.

“Heart Like a Wheel” was the first single to be taken from the Human League’s sixth studio albumRomantic? It was written by former band member Jo Callis with Eugene Reynolds (of The Rezillos) and features vocals by Philip Oakey, Joanne Catherall and Susan Ann Sulley; with the synthesizer skills of Neil Sutton. It was recorded at Genetic Sound Studios during 1990 and produced by Martin Rushent who was reconciled with the band after an eight-year gap.

The song is a return to the overtly political lyrics that the Human League sometimes do, but dressed up to a poppy hook that makes it palatable to the public. Whereas “The Lebanon” of 1984 was the Human League’s view of the Israeli Invasion of Southern Lebanon and subsequent civil war, “Heart Like a Wheel” is supposedly a commentary on U.S. military imperialism. Callis’s lyrics are suitably vague using references such as “sell your soul to a holy war”. At a time when Jihad was all but unheard of in the West, it went over the heads of most of the song’s listeners. 11 years after its release, the events of ‘9/11, followed by the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, would make the song seem written for that epoch. Although it is rarely something the band dwell on allowing people to read what they want into the lyrics.

Released in the UK in August 1990, “Heart Like a Wheel” reached number 29 in the UK and number 32 in the US. A decade after the release, the record is still popular, featuring in a number of third party remixes including some by William Orbit. Also the band frequently play the song live, as it is a very live-friendly track and although not one of their greatest hits, it is still very popular with audiences. Oakey also now often explains the political message to the audiences usually describing it “an anti-war song”.

SIDE A:
Heart Like A Wheel (Extended Mix) 6:51
Remix – Mark Saunders

SIDE B:
Heart Like A Wheel (LP Version) 4:28

Heart Like A Wheel (7″ Remix) 4:37
Remix – William Orbit

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Cover: Near Mint

U.S. CHART HISTORY:

Year Single Chart Position
1990 Heart Like A Wheel U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #32
1990 Heart Like A Wheel U.S. Billboard Hot Alternative Songs #17

 

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: A&M Records – 75021 2336 1
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 ⅓ RPM
Country: US
Released: 1990
Genre: Electronic
Style: Synth-pop

CREDITS:
Producer, Mixed By – Martin Rushent
Written-By – Eugene Reynolds, Jo Callis

NOTES:
From the album, cassette & compact disc “romantic?”

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EQUIPMENT USED:
Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut Carbon (DC)
Cartridge: Ortofon 2M
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Platter: Pro-Ject Acryl-It platter
Stabilizer: Pro-Ject Record Puck 
Phono Pre-amp:
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Tube:
Tung-Sol 12AX7ECC803-S Gold Electron Tube
Soundcard:
ESI Juli@
Record Cleaning:
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Artwork Scans:
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

SOFTWARE USED:
Recording/Editing: Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Down Sampling: iZotope RX Advanced 2
Artwork Editor: Adobe Photoshop CS5
Click Removeal: Manual
FLAC/MP3 Conversion: dBpoweramp
M3U Playlist: Playlist Creator

RESTORATION NOTES:
All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

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40 Responses to “The Human League – Heart Like A Wheel (US 12″)”

  1. OMAR HAMID Says:

    Thanks Paul for this. I also like Love Action and The Lebanon as my favorite HL singles.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Omar 🙂

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  2. Jeff Says:

    What an extraordinary melody “Heart Like A Wheel” has! I can’t wait to hear this Paul. I only know the song from its Razormaid! remix. Karen, my wife, is a huge fan of this record too, so we are really looking forward to this release Paul. I’m excited about the William Orbit remix too. I’ve been following Mr. Orbit’s career for years ever since his debut “Prepare To Energize” with the group Torch Song. Thanks for showing us (and your back catalog) so much love. You are the greatest!

    Have a fabulous weekend Paul!

    Jeff

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Jeff. Love that Torch song track. Have a great weekend 🙂

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    Jeff Reply:

    Paul, I just love talking music with you. I feel like we’re kindred spirits. I love your tastes so much.

    Jeff

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  3. Osc Says:

    Thanks. 🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Osc 🙂

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  4. Millcity7 Says:

    I love this song. Thanks!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Millcity7 🙂

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  5. Junior Says:

    Great single release, i loved what William Orbit created with this song.

    Thanks again, Paul 🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Junior 🙂

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  6. john Says:

    Another great one, do you know if there is a Dub version…I gonna listed how sounds vinyl. got a cd maxi, …and if you have post please Howard Jones The prisoner 12″…thanks paul

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Not aware of a dub version John.

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  7. NKelly Says:

    Awesome way to end the week and after a new DOA post too. Love it! Oh and i saw the League a further two times in December 2014. One of my favs live although they don’t mix things up enough or play long enough or regular enough for my liking!

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    NKelly Reply:

    Also i just realised this isn’t even on my hard drive. I hate to think how much stuff i’ve missed from you and hope everything you’ve done from vinyl is re-done at some point. Thought i followed you back in 2011 too maybe it’s on an old hard drive or was one of the things i lost on one of my very unfortunate crashes. I do also have ‘(Keep feeling) Fascination’ from you so i guess that’s another you’ve deleted at some point. A shame as i downloaded the FLAC of that as recently as February 2013.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Yeah I removed “Fascination” because when I originally eipped it there were some noise issues so I am planning to re-rip that one 🙂 I am so picky lol 🙂

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    NKelly Reply:

    Any update on that re-rip? Not much of THL on your wonderful site ATM!

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  8. Steve Says:

    Hello mate. Getting an error when extracting with the usual password.

    Encrypted file: CRC failed in The Human League – Heart Like A Wheel (US 12”) (1990) [DjPaulT]/01 – Heart Like A Wheel (Extended Mix).mp3 (password incorrect ?)
    Unexpected end of archive
    Total errors: 2

    Is it just me?

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Must be just you Steve. Make sure you let the download finish completely that is usually the problem 🙂

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    Steve Reply:

    Oh, of course it was me. Too impatient, probably! Worked like a charm second time. Thanks for your help!

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  9. DjAmora Says:

    What beauty!

    Finally came out. Great Post!

    Congratulations DJPAULT

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  10. DJ BIFFY Says:

    Another great post Paul. I have the Promo which is a gatefold & has a wheel in the front cover that you can turn to change the pictures. Track listing is reversed from the commercial release. Topped my chart for Billboard.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    DJ BIFFY is that promo a CD or Vinyl?

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    dj biffy Reply:

    The promo is a CD. Also checked for a dub version, but couldn’t locate one. Don’y think the League did one. Have a great weekend.

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  11. Dan Says:

    Ah, that glorious moment when the Human League reunited briefly with producer Martin Rushent. One of the highlights of their career imho. And as usual, Paul, your rips sound as good as ever. Thank you so much.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Dan romantic? is one of my favorite HL albums 🙂

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  12. ex15 Says:

    One of my favorite groups of the 80’s…

    Thanks as always for the rip, Paul! 🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    you’re welcome Ex15 🙂

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  13. Dougal Says:

    Yay – Human League!!! From my home town!!! (Literally – like about half an hour ago – I was just chatting to a guy who used to be Phil Oakey’s boss when he worked in a book store.) Now if you’ve got some of the older stuff ready to roll….

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    I have pretty much most of their single’s just gotta make time to post them 🙂

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    NKelly Reply:

    Wow can’t wait for that!

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  14. Cory Says:

    Definitely an underrated HL track! Thanks for sharing Paul!!

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    NKelly Reply:

    Yeah great… Not

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  16. Davos Via 45 Says:

    Another 80s greats, wouldn’t mind if you made a series, although I have many extended versions on CD. I think Heart Like A Wheel was an excellent continuation of their 80s stuff, strangely underrated. Think I got the UK 12″ of this one (somewhere in the closet) lol, also the CD single which has the same song versions.

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  17. woz Says:

    The meaning of the lyrics went over my head – the song is just so good to ever make me stop and wonder. I just kept bopping my head up and down 🙂 Thanks!

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  18. dazz22 Says:

    another good band and song

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  19. Richard Shaw Says:

    What happend with the other records of Human League?
    I can’t wait to Download some of THM singles

    PD: Excellent blog Paul

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  20. Rob Grillo Says:

    Interesting that the ‘William Orbit’ version was issued with this track. He actually mixed several of the other tracks from the same album (‘Romantic’) but these have never been commercially available, or even put out on promo. They are out there if you search hard enough though 🙂

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    NKelly Reply:

    Any clues about where to find these mixes of W.O.?

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