This song is a semi-autobiographical account of vocalist Phil Oakey's relationships. Oakey's lyric, "I've been a husband and a lover too" alludes to how he'd been unfaithful to his then-wife. He explained to Mojo: "It was a celebration of the hope that people could be more open about their sex lives."
The song is titled after Lou Reed's Rock and Roll Heart track "I Believe in Love". The lyric, "I believe what the old man said", is also a reference the former Velvet Underground singer. Oakey, speaking to Smash Hits in 1982 said, "no one ever asks me who the old man is... it's Lou (Reed)."
George Michael's 2002 political satire "Shoot The Dog " was based around "Love Action." The Utah Saints 1993 UK Top 10 hit, "Believe In Me" also sampled this song.
This was the second of three songs from Human League's Dare! album that was released in advance of the album itself in 1981. It was made available in the UK on July 27, 1981 and became the band's first Top 10 success.
Dare! was the very last album that the legendary music journalist Lester Bangs ever heard. The run-out grooves of side two were playing in his New York apartment when his body was discovered.
Pedro from PortugalDare was a very good and commercial album. But "Open your heart" is missing here. For the ones who don't like "commercial" music, hits songs, "Open your heart" is the great music of the album. At least to me and many of my friends