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Human League – Human (US 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on July 14th, 2017


“Human” is a song recorded by British synthpop band The Human League, and released as the first single from their 1986 album Crash. The track, which deals with the subject of infidelity, was written and produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.

In 1985, the recording sessions for the Human League’s fifth album were not going well, and the band did not like the results, which was causing internal conflict. Virgin Records executives, worried by the lack of progress from their at-the-time most profitable signing, suggested the band accept an offer to work with producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, who already had material to work with; and had expressed an interest in the band from their U.S. releases. Jam and Lewis had recently emerged as in-demand talent due to their success with Janet Jackson and her Control album.

Of the ten songs on Crash, Jam and Lewis wrote three, “Human” being one of them. It is a mid-tempo ballad which lyrically is an exchange between a man and a woman in a relationship who have reunited after a separation. In the first two verses Philip Oakey is apologizing to his partner for being unfaithful during her absence, and in the song’s breakdown Joanne Catherall’s spoken-word confession reveals that she too was unfaithful. The song’s title is derived from the chorus, in which both parties in the relationship explain that they are “only human” and “born to make mistakes”. The song is a composition in common time with a tempo of 102 beats per minute. It is set in a key of A♭ major, with a chord progression from D♭-E♭-f.

“Human” became the second million-selling and final number-one single for The Human League on the US Billboard Hot 100 (after “Don’t You Want Me”) and their second chart-topper on the U.S. Hot Dance Club Play chart (after “(Keep Feeling) Fascination”). Jam and Lewis’ R&B-based production was also popular on American urban radio, bringing the Human League into the top ten of the U.S. R&B chart for the first time. The song hit #1 in the US; however, in the UK, where R&B was less popular, “Human” peaked at number eight in the UK singles chart.

Human (Extended Version) 5:06

Human (A Cappella Version) 2:01
Human (Instrumental Version) 5:04

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint


Year Single Chart Position
1986 Human U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #1
1986 Human U.S. Billboard Hot Black Singles #3
1986 Human U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play #1
1986 Human U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary #3


Label: A&M Records – SP-12197
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 ⅓ RPM
Country: US
Released: 1986
Genre: Electronic
Style: Downtempo, Synth-pop

Executive-producer – John McClain
Producer – Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis
Written-By – J. Harris III-T. Lewis*

Produced for Flyte Tyme Productions, Inc.
Original version appears on the LP “CRASH”


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
ESI Juli@
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, ocenaudio
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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31 Responses to “Human League – Human (US 12″)”

  1. Jeff Says:

    Paul, this has been such a fabulous week. Like you joked, very Adult Contemporary, but hey, I love this format. Our college radio station was that during the day so I am most familiar with the format. You have provided stellar 12-inch versions; ballads with a beat. This entire week will make a great playlist courtesy of you for those Summer nights spent outside in front of bonfires or fire pits spent with friends or loved ones sipping red wine out of beautiful crystal glasses.

    I really loved this song back in the day. Very different for Human League, but still very much like them. And Jam & Lewis were the go to producers during that time. I’m looking forward to the a capella and instrumental versions. Thank you for all of your hard and gorgeous technical work on 12-inch discs. They sound so pure and beautiful in your hands.

    Have a great weekend Paul and thanks again!!



    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Jeff. I only wish they had done more with the remixes maybe added some crazy edits or something. The A Capella is a bit odd the ending is kind of strange. But that a side always one of my favorite Human League moments loved “Crash”. Have a great weekend, who knows maybe more Adult Contemporary next week eh 🙂


  2. John von Ahlen Says:

    Brilliant song by the equally brilliant Human League. Crash may not have been their finest hour but this one is a total classic.

    Thanks again Paul! Keep up the good work 🙂


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re most welcome John von Ahlen 🙂


  3. Fred Says:

    I love this 12″! Thanks, Paul. By the way folks, this tune was sampled in the Extended Club Mix of Ralph Tresvant’s Sensitivty (also produced by Jam and Lewis). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSy3JLjsyp8


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Fred. Thanks for the link :0


  4. Ezequiel Says:

    Hi Paul, I love this song! And I like that HL album as well.
    Have a great weekend.




    DjPaulT Reply:

    Have a great weekend Ezequiel 🙂


  5. Omar Says:

    A romantic ballad. Definitely a keeper. Thanks Paul. Keep the new wave coming!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Omar 🙂


  6. Joey Says:

    To the uninitiated, this record would seem like ground zero, their theme song. It sounds nothing like their previous work, it is essentially a different band. This was essentially Jam & Lewis, and they could have easily released this as as a duet for Janet Jackson, they really did deliver the goods with this one, it is unfortunate the rest of the record was not as good, had HL not released anything before they would have been a one hit wonder.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    I think I might agree with you Joey. Still “Crash” holds a special place for me. I remember the day it came out I bought the cassette and loved it 🙂


  7. charly Says:

    Amazing, one of my favorites song ever, thank you bro!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Charly 🙂


  8. Rafael Cova Says:

    Thanks Paul! Great song, I Love The Human League! Thanks for everything! Have a nice weekend.




    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Rafael 🙂


  9. Buzz Says:

    thanks a lot, Paul, for putting this out!
    Even though they say, the band almost split, when recording this and the other Jam & Lewis tracks, it is a very fine record and one of my faves, along so many others from Jam & Lewis from this period.(here’s a great little bit about that : http://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/jimmy-jam-and-terry-lewis-our-life-in-15-songs-20151009/human-league-human-1986-20151008 ) I like HL for their older songs as well, but it’s a whole different path.
    Please keep bringing maybe some more of the lesser known 12″s, or 7″s they did with so many artists back then.


  10. Osc Says:

    <3 🙂


  11. Richard Says:

    For me the New Romantics was one of the defining sounds from the 80s and one of the reasons why that decade was so memorable from a musical point of view. Thanks for this one, it’s been missing from my play list for a long time.


  12. Dirk Says:

    Triple thank yous! Had the 7” back then. The original extended is so much better than that dry cubase-standards rythm remix there exist, in my not so humble opinion 🙂


  13. pjanus Says:

    Another great 12″ single! Thanks my Vinyl Master 🙂


  14. Song_and_Dance Says:

    Lovely song. Just lovely. As the 12inch version is a bit boring I made and edited version one hundred years ago 🙂 It starts with a acappella bit and continues with the a-side. Small adjustments can make a big difference sometimes.

    Thank you, Paul.
    Have a great weekend, all of you. 🙂


  15. THEIRLAW Says:

    hi pal, big thanks for this. been waiting long time. lovely.


  16. Alberto Says:

    As usual, you did a *stellar* rip. Nice to hear those tracks in hi-res, it adds new and unexpected twists.

    Thank you so much and have a great weekend.



  17. Jermajesty Says:

    Thanks Paul, can never have enough League.


  18. Charles Says:

    Whoa! This single is weak! I don’t even remember knowing the fact that The Human League made it. I remember the song, but man, this is bad. P.U.


  19. Spencer Says:

    Thanks for this Paul!

    On a side note, I wonder why on earth did labels only put partial acapellas on some releases?!? just baffles me. It’s like, why even bother to put it on to begin with if you’re only putting a portion of it.

    Same thing happened with Salt ‘N’ Pepa’s ‘Shoop’, Tone Loc’s ‘Funky Cold Medina’ and Neneh Cherry’s ‘Buffalo Stance’.


    Jermajesty Reply:

    I guess it’s like those instrumentals where the chorus or backing vocals get left in.

    Possibly back then the labels wanted the acapellas to be something that was still listenable as a track, or like a reprise, just affording the vocals more appreciation.

    Whereas modern day acepellas seem to be included so that they can easily be remixed/mashed up by bedroom remixers and DJs.


  20. memoryboy Says:

    I’ve always felt that this song fit right in with Human League’s Discography of Singles. It’s a different style than “Don’t You Want Me’ and their earlier recording’s. This is one of my favorites. I remember it being played on the radio back then. I love the single version as well as the extended version. Thanks Paul for posting….


  21. Grant Says:

    YES! Perhaps my favorite Human League song – this will be such a treat to hear, especially in your careful transfer to digital. Thanks so much, DJPaul!


  22. Nubben Says:

    Who would have thought – Jam & Lewis pairing up with THL! Classic Flyte Tyme sound and superb song.

    Thanks Paul!!


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