Monday, December 24, 2007
‘Cruel’ by The Men (1979)
This is a Human League record under the pseudonym ‘The Men.’ It’s the b-side instrumental version of “I Don’t Depend On You,” which features Oakey on vocals in the classic Human League style. What differs is the use of session musicians and regular instruments as opposed to the HL’s strict electronic production style. Whatever the case, it’s a fantastic record. The bassline and toms just stomp along and the mood is disco bliss. It’s amazing that this record came out in ’79 as it still sounds fresh today. It’s cruel but it’s true.