disco-influenced single was released 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.
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.
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."
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.
Both tracks written by Marsh/Oakey/Ware
by Colin Thurston & The Men
available on: Travelogue
CD (Virgin CDV 2160)