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Empire State Human UK sleeve

 

October 1979

EMPIRE STATE HUMAN b/w Introducing

7" single, Virgin VS 294

re-issued June 1980 on 7" and 12" as Virgin VS 351 and VS 351-12

This, the only single taken from Reproduction, was issued shortly after the release of the debut album. Like the previous singles, it failed to make the UK Top 75, despite being one of the group's most infectious compositions at the time.

However, the single was reissued the following June and this time fared slightly better - the record entered the UK Top 75 on June 21 1980, spending two weeks there and peaking at number 62.

This improved performance was probably partly because the reissue included a free single with the first 15,000 copies - Only After Dark. Virgin had originally intended to release Only After Dark as a single with Empire State Human shrink-wrapped as a free disc, but the group objected to this plan and Only After Dark became the free single.
The instrumental B-side, Introducing, was based on an earlier demo, Overkill Disaster Crash. Interestingly, Philip briefly sang on that demo, but the vocals were not re-used for Introducing, presumably because they detracted slightly from the music.
 
Empire State Human Dutch sleeve
The 12" edition of the June 1980 reissue featured the same tracks as the 7".
Note: the Dutch edition of this single featured a 4'10" edit of You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling on the B-side instead of Introducing (sleeve shown here).
Incidentally, if you've ever wondered about the identity of the strapping chap depicted on the UK sleeve above, it's actually Ian Craig Marsh's dad...!
Both tracks written by Marsh/Oakey/Ware
Produced by The Human League & Colin Thurston

Single available on: Reproduction CD (Virgin CDV 2133)

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