On this most glorious of Throwback Thursdays we are happy to present you with French Horn Rebellion‘s neo-synthpop homage to The Human League‘s “Don’t You Want Me.” The UK synth-pop legends released this song back on November 27, 1981 to see it become the 24th most successful single in UK history. 1981 was also the inaugural year of MTV, making it part of the first generation of music videos (I want my MTV…just with less teen moms and twerking).
ATG beloveds French Horn Rebellion chose to cover this classic, and baby, it works. Usually bands choose to cover songs outside of their wheelhouse, but the duo’s decision to cover something in the synth-pop realm makes their take far more interesting. If you saw this performed live, you could easily mistake it for one of their original tunes. FHR switch up the dynamics on their version; while the subject material starts off heavily synthesized and becomes more minimalist once the chorus kicks in, the new version does the opposite, starting with a simple bass line and vocals but bringing on the since come the chorus. And once again, it works. Stream the cover below.
STREAM: French Horn Rebellion – “Don’t You Want Me (The Human League Cover)”