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Don't You Want Me sleeve

DON’T YOU WANT ME – The Human League

8 December 1981 – 11 January 1982 · Virgin VS 466 · Writers: Jo Callis, Philip Oakey, Philip Adrian Wright

One of the most enduring and instantly recognisable hits of the decade, and easily the Human League’s best known song, by rights Don’t You Want Me should never even have been a single. In fact, in some ways it’s a wonder it was ever written in the first place. read more

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HOUSE OF FUN – Madness

House Of Fun picture disc

25 May – 7 June 1982 · Stiff BUY 146 · Writers: Mike Barson, Lee Thompson Astonishingly this is still the only time Madness have topped the UK singles chart in a career that spans almost thirty-five years. The band’s … read more