Love Is All That Matters

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"Love Is All That Matters"
Single by The Human League
from the album Crash
B-side Instrumental
Released October 1988 (UK)
Format 7", 12", CD-S
Recorded 1986 at Flyte Time in Minneapolis
Genre Synthpop, new wave
Length 4:06
Label Virgin
Writer(s) Harris/Lewis
Producer(s) Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis
The Human League singles chronology
"I Need Your Loving"
(1986)
"Love Is All That Matters"
(1987)
"Heart Like a Wheel"
(1990)

"Love Is All That Matters" is a song by the British synthpop group The Human League. It was the third single to be taken from their 1986 album Crash, but was released two full years after the album in October 1988 to promote the band's Greatest Hits album.

Background[edit]

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 and Terry Lewis. This song, like many other from the album, was 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.[1] 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 Greatest Hits album in 1988.[2]

Cover Artwork[edit]

Gatefold cover artwork

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.

Music video[edit]

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.

Track listing[edit]

CD 1988 Virgin (VSCD 1025)

  1. Love Is All That Matters (Edit) 4.06
  2. I Love You Too Much (Dub Version) 5.54
  3. Love Is All That Matters (Extended Version) 7.45

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