The Men ‎– I Don't Depend On You

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This disco-influenced single was released July 1979 under the name of "The Men" and was the result of Virgin pressing the group to record material which used more 'conventional' instruments, rather than just synthesizers. Virgin were afraid that the general public would not accept a synthesizer-only group at that time.

Martyn had previously declared that the League would certainly consider recording material using non-electronic instruments, but "not under the name Human League". So, to appease their new label, they recorded I Don't Depend On You, with session musicians providing bass guitar and drums, and Katie Kissoon and Lisa Strike providing backing vocals.
The group were obviously convinced that this record would provide them with their first hit single. Philip later revealed how the group had "planned what we were going to do on Top Of The Pops. We had all these actors and actresses hired for the backing group."
However, the League were busy recording their debut album at the time of the single's release, and without proper promotion, the single failed to chart.
The B-side, Cruel, was a remix of the A-side, from which Philip's vocals were absent. A Canadian release of I Don't Depend On You, credited to "The Human League (A.K.A. The Men)", featured Blind Youth on the b-side instead.

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
VS 26912 The Men I Don't Depend On You(12") Virgin VS 26912 UK 1979 Sell This Version
600 094-213 The Men I Don't Depend On You(12") Virgin 600 094-213 Netherlands 1979 Sell This Version
600 094, 600 094-213 The Men I Don't Depend On You(12") Virgin, Virgin 600 094, 600 094-213 Germany 1979 Sell This Version
VV-45.015ES The Men I Don't Depend On You(7") Virgin VV-45.015ES Portugal 1979 Sell This Version
VS 269 The Men I Don't Depend On You(7") Virgin VS 269 UK 1979 Sell This Version
VS 1104 The Human League A.K.A. The Men The Human League A.K.A. The Men - I Don't Depend On You(7", Single) Virgin VS 1104 Canada 1979 Sell This Version
100 885, 100 885-100 The Men I Don't Depend On You(7", Single) Virgin, Virgin 100 885, 100 885-100 Germany 1979 Sell This Version

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sellbydate

sellbydate

December 4, 2018
referencing I Don't Depend On You, 12", VS 26912
You gotta think that it's Pino Palladino on the bass guitar on this one. I don't see him credited officially on it but the bass line certainly has a few PP hallmarks to it!
moogacid

moogacid

February 26, 2014
edited over 4 years ago
referencing I Don't Depend On You, 12", VS 26912
The Instrumental has always been the one for me...sorry Phil ; )

On a side note, one of the loudest - cut 12"s I have...but still clean!
Jarren

Jarren

December 8, 2011
referencing I Don't Depend On You, 12", VS 26912

Pure synth-disco brilliance from the original Human League lineup.

Classy arrangement, Phil's awesome vocals (as well as those of some brilliant backing singers) and a funky groove just bring the makings of a classic track, and this is it!

Really cool cover art too.