15 mai 1982


On this day in music history: July 3, 1982 - “Don’t You Want Me” by The Human League hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 3 weeks, also peaking at #3 on the Club Play chart on May 15, 1982. Written by Philip Oakey, Jo Callis and Philip Adrian Wright, it is the biggest hit for the Sheffield, UK based synth-pop band. Lead singer Phil Oakley comes up with the initial idea for the song, taking inspiration from a story he reads in a magazine and also by the film “A Star Is Born”. First issued in the UK in late 1981 as the fourth single from the bands third album “Dare”, the band are initially hesitant to release it as a single, especially lead singer Phil Oakey. In fact it causes a huge argument between Oakey and producer Martin Rushent over including the song on the album, after Rushent changes the bands original arrangement. Finally, Oakey agrees, but only if it is inserted into the album as the final track. Oakey’s fears are unfounded, as the single quickly becomes a smash. “Don’t You Want Me” tops the UK singles chart for 5 weeks, selling over 1.4 million copies, and becoming the top selling single of 1981. A&M Records picks up the record for the US, releasing it in January of 1982. Entering the chart at #86 on March 6, 1982, it begins a long, slow climb up the Hot 100, finally topping the chart seventeen weeks later. The track is groundbreaking in the States, being the first synthesizer driven single to top the US pop charts. It also is the first major hit record to utilize the newly introduced Linn LM-1 drum machine, which becomes a staple of pop, R&B, and dance music throughout the decade and beyond. The US chart success of “Don’t You Want Me” also marks the beginning of the second British Invasion of the American record charts with acts like Soft Cell, ABC, A Flock Of Seagulls, Duran Duran, Culture Club, Wham! and numerous others following in their wake. “Don’t You Want Me” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.