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Do you remember The Human League's 'sequel' to 'Don't You Want Me?'



In 1982, The Human League scored a worldwide No. 1 Don't You Want Me that has grown into one of the most memorable songs of the ‘80s. But did you know that there was a "sequel" to Don't You Want Me?

In 1984, The Human League returned with a new album, including the sequel song Louise. The record company decided to release other singles off the Hysteria album before getting around to releasing Louise. By that time of its release, the album had lost its steam and the song only charted in the U.K. reaching No. 13.

According to lead singer Philip Oakley, Louise is set four years after Don't You Want Me and the screenwriter man of the story regrets breaking up with the cocktail waitress turned actress and tries to win her back. Directed by Steve Barron, the Louise video is shot in black and white and there are brief snippets of color video which are from the Don't You Want Me video, also directed by Barron.  Susan Ann Sulley (the blond) wears the same trench coat in Louise as she does the original video.

Even though it didn't have the chart success of Don't You Want Me, Louise is considered by many Human League fans as one of its most endearing singles. None of the singles from Hysteria (even its first single The Lebanon) would hit the Top 40 in America, but the synth-pop pioneers would rebound in 1986 with the No. 1 smash Human.

The Human League is still deeply fascinating ‘80s music lovers and still records and performs. 

[Last modified: Friday, November 8, 2013 7:39am]


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