Don't You Want Me...Human League, 1981.
Angsty 80's songs, from the soundtrack of my life, is my theme for the A-Z challenge this year.
I have to admit that the initial angst I felt from this song was caused by the video. You see, I spent a lot, and I mean a lot, of time watching MTV in the early eighties. I was a preteen with working parents who had far too much free time. The first issue the Human League posed was that no, I didn't want them. I could not have told you what song I was hoping Nina Blackwood would announce, but this was not it. (Nor was Take the L out of Lover...and It's Over, and boy was that on a lot too.) The other problem I had was the video itself, in that I did not understand it. In fact, I just checked it out again and am still confused.
I did eventually grow to accept the song, perhaps for the heartache it suggested. It was also fairly easy to sing along with (lyrics-wise), which was a double bonus. Don't you want me baby, don't you want me oh? (repeat, and repeat some more)
I wondered who was telling the more plausible version of the story. Was the cocktail waitress going to find greater success even without Mr. Modesty, or was he truly an integral part of her upswing? Was it fair for him to threaten her? Was I going to be lucky enough to get turned into someone new? Would I ever have a five year relationship?