I Don't Depend On You
Written by Philip Oakey, Martyn Ware and Ian Craig Marsh
|Title||I Don't Depend On You|
|Songwriter||Philip Oakey, Martyn Ware and Ian Craig Marsh|
|Vocalist||Louise and John|
|Backing Vocals||Johanna and Louise|
|Engineer||Juan del Toro|
|Producer||John von Ahlen|
|Dedicated to||Karlheinz Stockhausen|
|Studio||Subterrane Recording Studio|
|Instruments||Omnisphere, Nexus, SEM, Jupiter 4, Poly Six, Pro One|
|Copyright||Subterrane Records 2023|
|Additional Info :
Often credited to The Human League, this track was technically by The Men, who were in actual fact The Human League. Virgin had just signed the band and wanted a "hit", which up till that point the band hadn't really provided. As a compromise the band agreed to release this track, under the pseudonym of "The Men".
In a stunningly prescient moment, this track by THL Mk1 was a portent of what was to come with THL Mk II. Although to be honest, there's no incarnation of The Human League that I don't love.
Ian Burden was going to play Bass Guitar on this track, but it was a last minute rush, so I decided to utilise his talents on other songs for the Subculture album (see Overdrive feat Ian Burden).
Mo Foster played the bass on this track originally, and I spent several hours analysing the bassline and recreating every nuance, albeit in synthetic form. This involved a lot of pitch bending and modulation.
I hope you enjoy it!
If you'd like to hear the original 12" version, you can listen to it on this amazing website >> Burning The Ground (thanks Paul!)
Update July 2020:
Recorded for our cover of the classic Travelogue album, which The Human League originally released in 1979.
Released on Compact Disc on conzoom Records. The Deluxe Edition of "Travelogue" includes 3 Limited Edition CDs.