It was written by Oakey and Moroder and recorded for the original soundtrack of the film Electric Dreams Released as a single in the United Kingdom in September , it proved a major commercial success, even eclipsing the original film it was intended to promote. It reached No. The single also hit the Australian Top 5, and had minor chart success in New Zealand and the Netherlands. It was the only song from the brief partnership of Oakey and Moroder that achieved commercial success.
The film Electric Dreams was director Steve Barron 's first full feature film. Barron's prior work included conceiving and directing a number of innovative music videos during the beginning of the s.
His biggest success up to that point had been as director of the music video for The Human League 's " Don't You Want Me " in , which helped the single become number one in the United Kingdom and United States. For the film Electric Dreams , Barron wanted to emulate the huge success of the film Flashdance a year earlier. Flashdance had used the electronic music of Giorgio Moroder, so Barron enlisted Moroder as director of music, who wrote most of the score.
Barron wanted the end credits to roll to "an emotional" song in the same way as Flashdance had done. Moroder wrote "Together in Electric Dreams" as a male solo vocal, and Barron suggested his former associate Philip Oakey for the part. After the initial full recording of the song was completed, Moroder told Oakey that the first take was "good enough, as first time is always best".
Oakey, who thought he was just rehearsing, insisted on doing another take. Moroder agreed, though Oakey believes that Moroder still used the first take on the final production.
Originally released to advertise the film, "Together in Electric Dreams" quickly overshadowed the original film, and became a success in its own right. Oakey stated that it is ironic that a track that took literally ten minutes to record would become a worldwide hit, while some of his Human League material that took over a year to record did not. Instruments used on the track included a Roland Jupiter-8 and a LinnDrum.
The promotional video was originally designed to promote the film Electric Dreams rather than the song, and this was how most viewers in the United States would see it. In the United Kingdom, where the original film was a flop, the promotional video was perceived to be a music video first, and often erroneously a Human League video.
Like many film soundtrack promos, the video splices key scenes from the film with footage of Oakey. In addition, other promotional scenes were created especially for the video: an Electric Dreams signboard is seen behind Oakey twice, the actual poster is seen behind him on the freeway and the computer from the film is seen relaxing on the beach.
Oakey is seen being driven around what is purportedly San Francisco actually Los Angeles singing the lyrics. The video concludes with a sock puppet parody of the MGM Lion on a television screen, on a beach. It was also released at the height of the band's international fame and success; because of this popularity the single has been included in the band's various Greatest Hits compilation albums. Although the Human League have never recorded their own version, due to the song's popularity the band frequently play their own version when they perform live, often as an encore.
The Human League version differs considerably from the Giorgio Moroder produced original in that it has a longer, more dramatic intro and female backing vocals by Susan Ann Sulley and Joanne Catherall , which are as prominent as Oakey's lead. The album features five very different interpretations of "Together in Electric Dreams". The only track not especially commissioned for the album was the version by Lali Puna , which had previously been released on the tribute album Reproductions: Songs of The Human League From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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