Only After Dark

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For the Nick Rhodes and John Taylor album, see Only After Dark (album).
For the Def Leppard song, see Retro Active.
"Only After Dark"
Single by The Human League
from the album Travelogue
B-side "Toyota City"
Released May 1980
Format 7" Vinyl Single
Recorded Monumental Studios, Sheffield, England
Genre Synthpop, new wave
Length 3:51
Label Virgin Records
Writer(s) Ronson/Richardson
Producer(s) Colin Thurston
The Human League singles chronology
"Empire State Human"
"Only After Dark"
"Boys and Girls"

"Only After Dark" is a song by the British synthpop group The Human League. Taken from the band's second album, Travelogue, in 1980, it is a cover version of the Mick Ronson song originally found on his 1974 debut album Slaughter On 10th Avenue. The Human League's version was produced by Colin Thurston.[1]

The song was pressed as a single by Virgin Records following the release of the Travelogue album, but it was then decided to re-release the song "Empire State Human" (from the band's first album) instead and include "Only After Dark" as a free single to be given away with the first 15,000 copies of "Empire State Human". This was perceived by the band as a total lack of faith in their newer material, causing great resentment and anger, [2] and would be one of the issues that contributed to the split of this line-up of The Human League some months later. As a free single it wasn't included in the UK chart mechanism, though the re-release of "Empire State Human" to which it belonged peaked at #62.[3] [4]


  1. ^ Kolling, Niels [1]
  2. ^ ["Philip Oakey: Which is why we had a very big argument with Virgin Records over Only After Dark, which they pressed without telling us." quoted in the "only after Dark" page of [2]
  3. ^ Turner, Sean [3]
  4. ^ Windle, Rob [4]

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