Love Is All That Matters
|"Love Is All That Matters"|
|Single by The Human League|
|from the album Crash|
|Format||7", 12", CD|
|Recorded||Flyte Time, Minneapolis 1986|
|Genre||Synthpop, New Wave|
|Producer||Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis|
|The Human League singles chronology|
"Love Is All That Matters" is the third single taken from the British synthpop group The Human League's 1986 album, Crash. It was recorded in early 1986 at the Flyte Time studios in Minneapolis while the Human League were in residence recording Crash with producers Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis.
This single was like many others from the album, a love song aimed towards the United States market, where the first single from Crash, "Human", had reached number one. However, this single failed and only charted in the UK where it reached number 41. It did however, fare far better than the commercial failure of the second single "I Need Your Loving" with its lacklustre chart position of 72. As a result of the disappointing sales there would be no further releases from Crash. "Love Is All That Matters" was released principally to promote the imminent release of the first Human League Greatest Hits album in 1988.
The cover artwork (expanded) designed by Ken Ansell, is actually a gatefold of a single photograph of Susan Ann Sulley, Philip Oakey and Joanne Catherall. On the front of the vinyl versions and the CD, only Oakey is visible.
The music video was a result of Virgin Records beginning to lose faith in the Human League and being reluctant to invest in any further elaborate music videos; so the video was kept deliberately low budget. The video is basically edited clips of all the band’s previous music videos to that point, spliced together with animated stills from the key points from those videos. This was also designed to provide a storyboard which promoted the band’s back catalogue to generate interest in the Greatest Hits compilation, the principal reason "Love Is All That Matters" was released in the first place.
CD 1988 Virgin (VSCD 1025)
- Love Is All That Matters (Edit) 4.06
- I Love You Too Much (Dub Version) 5.54
- Love Is All That Matters (Extended Version) 7.45