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The Human League – Mirror Man (UK 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on June 1st, 2017


“Mirror Man” is a 1982 song by the British synthpop group The Human League. It was released as a single in the UK on 8 November 1982 and peaked at number two in the UK Singles Chart. It was written jointly by lead singer Philip Oakey with keyboard players Jo Callis and Ian Burden, and produced by Martin Rushent.

“Mirror Man” was the first track written and recorded by the Human League after they returned from their World Tour, conducted in the wake of the enormous international success of their album Dare. “Mirror Man” was conceived and written as a celebration of Oakey and Wright’s love of Motown records. It has been described as electronic northern soul, with Oakey’s main verses delivered in deliberate sentences with emphasis on the last word of each sentence. Vocalists Susan Ann Sulley and Joanne Catherall feature prominently throughout the song but have no lyrics, providing backing vocals of “oohs” and “ahhs”. Recording and production was overseen by Martin Rushent, who had produced the band’s album Dare.

Speculation about who was the titular ‘Mirror Man’ was ended in 1988 when, during interviews to promote the band’s Greatest Hits album, Oakey revealed that it was about Adam Ant. Oakey had become concerned that Ant was starting to believe his own publicity, and was in danger of losing touch with reality. Oakey had avoided revealing this at the time for fear of offending the song’s subject. The song could be viewed as a reference to the 1971 Japanese TV series Mirrorman.

The song was released as a single in the UK in November 1982. It was the first new single the band had released since the phenomenal success of “Don’t You Want Me” almost a year earlier. The single was tipped by the media as their second Christmas number-one single in the UK, but peaked just short, at number two. The single did however reach number one in Ireland earlier that month and also reached the Top 10 in Canada the following February.

Its release in the U.S. was delayed until May 1983 where it was incorporated into the stop gap EP Fascination!. A&M Records, the band’s record company in the US, had refused to release it as a single “unless there was to be an album hot on its heels”. The track peaked at number 30 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the fall of 1983.

Mirror Man (Extended Version) 4:22

You Remind Me Of Gold 3:38
You Remind Me Of Gold (Instrumental) 3:54

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint


Year Single Chart Position
1982 Mirror Man U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #30


Label: Virgin ‎– VS522-12
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM, Single
Country: UK
Released: 08 Nov 1982
Genre: Electronic
Style: Synth-pop

Photography By – Rob*, Simon Fowler (2)
Producer –The Human League, Martin Rushent
Written-By – Burden* (tracks: A), Callis* (tracks: A), Oakey*

1982 Virgin Records Ltd.

Find the 12″ on DISCOGS

Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut Carbon (DC)
Cartridge: Ortofon 2M
Stylus: Ortofon 2M Bronze
Isolation: Auralex Acoustics ISO-Tone Turntable Isolation Platform
Platter: Pro-Ject Acryl-It platter
Stabilizer: Pro-Ject Record Puck 
Phono Pre-amp:
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Tung-Sol 12AX7ECC803-S Gold Electron Tube
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Record Cleaning:
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Artwork Scans:
Epson Workforce WF-7610 Professional Printer/Scanner

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

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

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14 Responses to “The Human League – Mirror Man (UK 12″)”

  1. OMAR Says:

    Thank you Paul. Definitely one of their best. I wish another 12″ was available, perhaps a longer remix. The standard 12″ was almost an extension of the 7″, right?


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Correct Omar 🙂


  2. Jeff Says:

    Time to “reflect” on this fantastic single Paul!! I love it and would have never have guessed it was about Adam Ant. I’m going to have to listen more closely to the lyrics after I download this classic record. Thanks as always for the effort you put forth with sound and scans and information.



    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Jeff 🙂


  3. Jermajesty Says:

    I also didn’t know the Adam Ant connection – thanks Paul. 🙂


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Jermajesty 🙂


  4. David Says:

    Thanks Paul. Excellent post!


  5. Junior Says:

    Fantastic to see you posted this single by The Human League. Definitely in my top 10 by the group.

    Thanks Paul 🙂


  6. Richard Says:

    Most excellent! My favorite Human League song, I love those backing vocals the song kicks it up a notch when those oohs and aaahs come on. Thanks for this wonderful rip.


  7. negative1 Says:

    great job.. always like more human league.

    especially when it’s a great song.

    not much of a remix, but the you remind of gold instrumental
    is cool, and same with that version.

    they changed it on the hysteria album.



  8. NKelly Says:

    Awesome and many thanks! More League please they are so under represented here on your wonderful site!!


  9. CL Says:



  10. Ron Says:

    Super great post Paul! I had this in my collection growing up and I used to listen to it returning home from school.
    You Remind Me Of Gold became one of my favorite b-side ever!!!!
    Love your site!
    Thanks again!


  11. John von Ahlen Says:

    Thank you SO MUCH for this amazing post. An incredible song from an incredible band.
    Please sir, may I have some more Human League? LOL

    Have a great weekend, and thanks for all your wonderful work here.

    xx John


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