This double live album
had different working titles such as "Mass" or "A brief
period of rejoicing" but finally ended as 101 for the 101st
concert and last concert in the ROSEBOWL, Pasadena. In France,
this album was later re-released as "Total Live", because of an
ever-increasing demand for a "best of".
Agent Orange is a defoliant, one
of an array of herbicides sprayed over Viet Nam between 1962
and 1971 by US military forces. Chemical defoliants, which destroy
vegetation, were used to deny Vietnamese forces protective cover
and lay waste to the country's food supply. Agent Orange, one
of the most extensively used herbicides, accounted for almost
60% of the total volume sprayed over Viet Nam.
At the end of "Agent Orange"
you can hear some morse code, and this signalwas mistaken as
a distress signal saying "If anybody can hear this, please help
me", but the translation of the morse code heard doesn't give
a sentence that has a real sense.
In the cover of "A Question of
Lust" lot of people thought it was Alan kissing that woman
, but it isn't him, it's a model used for the photo cover (
it was confirmed in Alan website's: Shunt)
"A Song for Europe" is a song of
Roxy Music covered by David Gahan in the tribute album to Roxy
Music called Dreamland Heartaches....
The Big Muff is an Electro
Harmonix distortion pedal.
check up Band
Info / Recoil
section and Erasure
section in this site for more infos...
- Martin Lee Gore : July 23th
- David Gahan : May 9th 1962.
- Andrew John "Fletch" Fletcher
: July 8th 1961.
- Alan Charles "Slik" Wilder
: June 1st 1959 (left Depeche June 1st 1995)
- Vincent Clarke : July 3th
1960 (left Depeche after Speak & Spell Tour)
At the beginning of Black Celebration
you can hear a sample of a strong deep voice which is in fact
a sample of Daniel Miller doing his best impression of Winston
Churchill saying : "A brief period of rejoicing".
There is a 12" that has "But
Not tonight" on side A instead of "Stripped" , it's the American
release because Sire Records decided at the last moment
to flip the roles of the songs and made "But not tonight" the
A-side and "Stripped" the B-side, due to the inclusion of the
"But not tonight" track in the film "Modern Girls". Depeche
Mode weren't too happy about it.
BONG is the reference code
on the CD of Mute Records about DM which allow to identify
all the english singles (since Leave In Silence).
Bong is also the name of the official fan club of the band as
well as its magazine...
Christmas Island, republic of Kiribati,
central pacific ocean. One of the Line Islands, it is the largest
atoll in the Pacific. Explored in 1777 by Captain James Cook,
it was annexed by Great Brittain in 1888. The island was an
air base of the U.S. during World War II and served as a base
for British nuclear tests in 1957-58 and for U.S. nuclear tests
in 1962. Area, about 575 sq km, population (1985 preliminary)
Chronicles was the working title
for at least three years of the Japanese box sets which were
finally released as X1 and X2 by Alfa Records.
Writer of most of the first LP
of Depeche Mode : "Speak & Spell" , Vince Clarke will fade
out real quicly and is now member of Erasure , with Andy
There are some continuous rumours
always coming about Erasure such as Erasure being the
guest in a DM concert or VInce Clarke not letting the band play
Just can't get enough live..
Vince also was a member / founderpart
of a few other bands...
check up Erasure's
section in this site...
- Yaz(oo) : With Alison
- The Assembly : With
- Erasure : With Andy
Bell (still together)
with Mute Records
It wasn't until Black Celebration
that Depeche Mode signed a legal contract with Mute Records.
Prior to this all with Daniel Miller were made with nothing
more than a handshake and a gentleman's agreement. Now they
have consequtive one-album contracts with Mute Records to cover
mainly what would happen in the event that Daniel Miller might
die. Along with this, they also hold contracts with the other
record companies that distribute their albums.
Solo album of Martin Gore made
of covers of other artists such as the Sparks and many
check up Martin
L. Gore section for more info...
The big success of Depeche Mode
visual appearance is thanks to this guy from Holland who
, as time went on, has become a close friend of the band
He made for them many albums and
singles covers, such as also videos and official pictures.
He worked for long time only in
Black and white for his videos and start doing color videos
with Depeche Mode for:" Enjoy the Silence" which was a real
He workds also with many other
artists such as U2, and some others ...
as for a good reference to Corbijn's
work you should check these books :
- "Strangers" (only about Depeche
- "Famouz" where Corbijn made
many portraits of celebrities such as David Gahan to Clint
Eastwood, and also U2 and many more...
The name Depeche Mode comes
from the french fashion magazine that is also called "Depeche
Mode".As David Gahan was in an arts school he knew that
magazine.as he found the name real good, and believed the name
meaned "FAST FASHION" they took Depeche Mode as a name for the
band instead of Composition of Sound ( their previous name)
The magazine still exists and the
name of the magazine doesn't mean FAST FASHION at all,
it means: the NEWS ABOUT FASHION , and in all these
years i've been a fan i've never seen the mag speaking of the
band... isn't that strange???
As for information, it seemed that
while the band was choosing for another name for the band instead
of Composition of Sound
one of the few names they had intentions
to use was LEMON PEELS , thanks god they kept Depeche
Mode instead !!!
See Clarke , Vince
check up Erasure's
section in this site
Nickname given to Andrew Fletcher
for more infos check up Band
info section in this site...
in the summer tour
Fletch never let the band, but
Daryl Bamonte replaced him for the live performances during
that tour, because Fletch had to take care of financial bussiness
at that time and his wife giving birth.
See David's Bio in the Band
Info Section in this site ...
"Gascogne"is the name of Fletch's
Restaurant and here is its address : 12 Blenheim
Terrace, NW8, OEB, North London.
And there is also the "GASCOGNE
BAR", 12 Blenheim Ter, NW8 London, NW8 0EB, +44 (0)171-625 7036,
+44 (0)171-625 7034
Here are the songs performed by
Martin L. Gore in studio with Depeche Mode sont les suivantes
for more infos about Martin check
Info section on this site or Martin Gore's section...
- Speak And Spell :
Any Second Now (Voices)
- A Broken Frame :
Shouldn't Have Done That (in
duo with Dave)
- Some Great Reward
Somebody - It Doesn't Matter
- Black Celebration :
A Question Of Lust - Sometimes
It Doesn't Matter Two - World
Full Of Nothing
- Music For The Masses
The Things You Said - I Want
Route 66 ( B-side of Behind the
- Violator :
Sweetest Perfection - Blue Dress
Enjoy The Silence (harmonium)
- Songs Of Faith
And Devotion :
Judas - One Caress
Death's Door (B-side of Condemnation)
- ultra :
Home - The Bottom Line
Insight (Duo with Dave)
- The Singles 86>98
Duo with Dave)
This is the name of the company that
publishes the songs and lyrics of Martin Gore .Of course the name
is taken from the song "Everything counts".
There are numbers , written
in the symbols , on the sleeve of the single "I feel You", each
symbol represents a band member, and the numbers in the corner
refer to their birthdates in the DD/MM/YY format.
the differents names of the interudes in Depeche Mode 's albums
- Interlude on "Music for the
masses" after "Pimpf" : Mission impossible.
- Interlude on "Violator" after
"Enjoy the silence" : Crucified.
- Interlude on "Violator' after
"Blue dress" : Interlude No. 3.
Peter Rauhoffer is the one who made
the famous "Club 69" mixes on US 12" of It's No good
KMFDM is the name of a band from
whiwh a rumour said that theinitla of the band name mean
"Kill Mother Fucking Depeche Mode", but its real mùeaning
is : KEIN MITLEID FUR DIE MENHRHEIT which means death
to majority / to the power , in german .
that's the L. you see on DM
albums and singles of DM between Martin & Gore .
is the drug
"Love is the drug" is a song of
"Roxy Music" performed by David Gahan whe he plays on
flipper in the "101" video .
here are the lyrics singed by David
"Lumber up, limbo down
The locked embrace, the stumble
I say go, she say yes
Dim the lights, you can guess the
The name Memphisto is a small
hommage to the town where the King Elvis was born ( in
the band they like some of the King's songs...) and is
being mixed with the name Mephisto which is a shorter name to
the devil named Mephistopheles ... maybe showing there's evil
in being a too blind fan of any artists...
Founder of the music label record
Mute Records that he created and still directs... He
was the producter of all DM albums until 1987 ( Music for the
It's a project started on BONG
that would accept covers of DM songs to be compiled on a tape
- a fans tribute album.
It's the independant Music label
created by Daniel Miller. The other artists that are In Mute
Records are Erasure, Recoil, Nick Cave, Moby...
and many others...
there is Fletch, for
Fletcher or Slik & Ron Fellini for Alan Wilder.
Oberkorn (it's a small town) is
the B-side of 'the Meaning of love' ,and Oberkorn is a
town located in Luxembourg
Personal Jesus was the name of
a book written by Priscillia Presley about her life with the
King and the way she called him in privte: her own personal
Jesus., Martin Gore just found that nickname she gave to Elvis
funny and took it as an idea for the song.
"Pimpf" was one of several youth
organizations created by the Nazis in Germany. The pimpf organization
was for 6 to 10 year olds who were making their way into the
I wanted also to say that i have
no nazi ideologies, i just like the instrumental song and the
way it sounds, that's why i used it as my nickname a few
In the glitter
mix version of Pleasure Little Treasure from 4:18 to
5:02 ( quite at the end of the song) you can hear a sample which
has been reversed and slowed up.in
this sample you can hear Andy saying "It could
probably work" and what sounds like Martin saying "Back to Back".
12" The Trancentral mix on the
is completely different than the trancentral mix on CD
This is another printing error,
track 5 on the CD should be titled "pavlov's dub". Another printing
error is "Violater" in stead of "Violator" on the single reissues.
here are some other errors
and there are still some other ones
- Another printing error is
omitting "Photographic" from the track listing of the "Some
Great Video's video
- Another printing error is
that the full title of "Waiting for the night" was supposed
to be "Waiting for the night to fall"
- Another printing error is
that one of the "Enjoy the silence" mixes is missing on some
of the Double Japanes Violator CD's
- Another printing error is
on the German "In your room" 12", the tracks on the back of
the sleeve are completely wrong !
- The UK cd of WIME was originally
detined to be a 3"CD, so the songs were edited down to fit
on a 3"CD. Mute never fixed this problem, so the uk pressing
of WIME is quite unique.
Here are some interesting facts
about Policy of Truth :
- The lovely woman on
the sleeve of the single is supposed to be .... Suzanne ,
Martin Gore's wife
- Many samples are
present in the mixes of Policy Of Truth : "Everybody
can't get what they want", "I'm not a politician, I'm a businessman",
"I want to tell you my side of the case". These last ones
are taken from a speach of vice-president Nixon , said
in 1952 to explain himself about the financial
scandal in which he was impliqued at that time
Redflag is a band which has
released many songs looking like what Dm did in the
80's just like "I confess", "Violence" or "I feel no guilt".
The voice of the singer is real close to David Gahan's voice and
their music is real close to what DM used to do for Construction
Time Again, Some Great Reward, or Black Celebration.
Recoil is the personal project
of Alan Wilder and his actual work also. His last album,
"Unsound Methods" is quite surprising ,and quite far from all
usual standards of Pop music . He enjoys doing this kind of
music in which he seems to fulfill his big talent...
The official website of Alan Wilder
is called Shunt and it contains lot of intersting
stuff and news... In his site Alan dismiss al the false
rumours about DM or even say to the internauts about
thehis current work and how his project is going on... the important
thing and the most remarkable one is that it is Alan himself
who answers to fans questions and who takes a bit of time to
involves himself in the website...
Section in this site to learn more about it
Rumours are spreading a lot on
the internet but you have to be cautious of most of their
contents cause most of the time they're not true... let's say
the most suppposed rumours are: the Band memebers are gay OR
Martin Gore had a car accident OR David Gahan rgets back
into drugs OR that the band has finally decided to split, of
course this last one is repeated at each time the band releases
a new album...
Here is an example of rumour about
the release of Ultra in 1996 et concerne Ultra and its
supposed tracklisting :
The new title album of Depeche
Mode is : _Words_
Songs: "Within Reach" "No Good"
"Barrel of Gun" "Amen" "Get It On"
Sibeling except being close to
the word Sibeling which means familly and and expressing those
feelings.. it is in fact a hommage to an artists from
Finland called John Sibelius that Martin likes a lot...
Alan is called Slik because of
the way he looked when he started with Depeche Mode. David,
Fletch and Martin called him that because of two reasons.
- Alan used to slick his hair
back, brill creme style, like some sort of sophisticate [or
at least to early 1980's Basildon teens]
- Alan seemd so much more mature
and wordly and experienced than themselves, so they referred
to him as Slik.
- I Like It : A cover
of a song originally done by Gerry And The Pacemakers.
- The Price Of Love :
A cover of a song originally recorded by The Everly Brothers.
- Reason Man : Early Vince
Clarke composition, apparently not performed after 1980.
- Television Set : Written by
a friend of Vince and was performed as late as 1981 on the
Speak & Spell Tour.
- Ghost Of Modern Time
: Actually titled Addiction. What is being sung in
the chorus is ".. closer all the time..". Supposedly the Yazoo
song "Don't Go" is based on this.
- Tomorrow's Dance : A
cover, but the original artist is unknow.
- Down In The Boondocks
: Originally by Billie Joe Royal
- I Love You Love Me Love
: Originally by Gary Glitter.
- Radio News : Not much is said
about this one. Never recorded.
- Mouldy Dough : A cover of
a '70s song, originally by Lieutenant Pigeon.
- Secrets : Later became Yazoo's
- Mirror Is Standing : The band
doesn't remember this song.
- Then I kissed Her : A cover
of a 650's song done by The Crystals, originally titled "Then
he kissed me".
- Sunday Morning : One of the
early Composition of sound songs that was performed only two
or three times. Sung in the style of a hymn-like chant.
- Mamma Mia : A cover of an
ABBA song that was done to the "Photographic" backing tape.
- Operator : Title was later
changed to "Puppets".
Songs covered by Depeche Mode members
- Moonlight Sonata : Originally
written by Ludwig Van Beethoven.
- Route 66 : Originally written
by Robert William Troup.
- Compulsion : Originally
written by Joe Crow.
- Gone : Originally written
by Comsat Angles.
- In A Manner Of Speaking
: Originally written by Tuxedomoon.
- Motherless Child : A
traditional song (also performed by Boney M) .
- Never Turn Your Back On Mother
Earth : Originally written by Sparks.
- Smile In The Crowd :
Originally written by Durutti Column.
- Faith Healer : Originally
written by The Sensational Alex Harvey Band.
- Dirt : originally written by
Iggy Pop while he was in the Stooges
- A Song for Europe : originally
written by Bryan Ferry / Roxy Music
St. Jarna is the result of a printing
error on behalf of the record company. It should have been "stjarna",
which is the Swedish word for "Star".
STUMM is the reference code used
on MUTE CD's that allows to identify the english albums.
The Ocean Song is the song written
by David Gahan but that was never been officially recorded ,
because it didn't fit to the concept of the album ULTRA.
And To Hold
What is being said in Russian at
the beginning of
- In Russian : "V dokladah rassmatrivayutsya
evolyutsiya yadernyh arsenalov i sotsial'no-psihologicheskiye
aspekty (problemy?) gonki vooruzheniy".
- In English : "Evolution of
nuclear arsenals and socially-psychological aspects (problems)
of arms race is considered in these reports"
about the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbour. It means Tiger Tiger
Tiger and it was the Japanese code for KILL.
on Tour section in this site to learn more about
- Pre-Speak & Spell : May,
1980 to September 1980.
- Speak & Spell Tour : October
1980 to November 1980.
- See You Tour : Februari 10th,
1982 to April 3th 1982.
- A Broken Frame Tour : October
3th 1982 to December 14th 1982.
- Construction Time Again Tour
: September 5th 1983 to April 1984.
- Some Great Reward Tour : September
23th 1984 to July 1985.
- The Celebration Tour : March
29th 1986 to August 16th 1986.
- The concert For The Masses
Tour : October 1987 to June 18th 1988.
- World Violation Tour : May
28th 1990 to November 27th 1990.
- The Devotional Tour : May
19th 1993 to December 20th 1993.
- The Exotic Tour : Februari
9th 1994 to April 16th 1994.
- Devotional Summer Tour - USA|94
: May 12th 1994 to July 8th 1994.
the name of the 12th track
on album ULTRA is called "junior painkiller",which is
a small part of the B-side of "Barrel of a Gun". It's
just not credited on the CD, not really hidden.
He worked with some other bands
alsoappeared on some other peoples recordings.
Alan Charles Wilder has been a member
of DM from 1982 until 1995 after his departure after
the Devotional /Exotic Tour .
- Daphne & The Tenderspots
: Disco Hell (single 1979)
- Real To Real : Tightrope Walkers
- The Hitmen : Bates Motel (single
He's the writer of the following
songs for DM :
"Two Minute Warning" / "The
Landscape Is Changing" / "If You Want" / "Fools" /
"In Your Memory"
He also helped in the writing
of the following songs:
"The Great Outdoors" / "Work
Hard" / "Christmas Island" / "Black Day" / "Stjarna"
As for his departure from Depeche
Mode there have been many hypothesis which had been diffused
but the only one valuable is the exact message of Alan for his
departure from DM :
Here is Alan 's letter and reasons
for his departure from DM
"Due to increasing
dissatisfaction with the internal relations and working practices
of the group, it is with some sadness that I have decided to
part company from Depeche Mode. My decision to leave the group
was not an easy one particularly as our last few albums were
an indication of the full potential that Depeche Mode was realising.
Since joining in 1982, I have continually striven to give total
energy, enthusiasm and commitment to the furthering of the group's
success and in spite of a consistent imbalance in the distribution
of the workload, willingly offered this. Unfortunately, within
the group, this level of input never received the respect and
acknowledgement that it warrants. Whilst I believe that the
calibre of our musical output has improved, the quality of our
association has deteriorated to the point where I no longer
feel that the end justifies the means. I have no wish to cast
aspersions on any individual; suffice to say that relations
have become seriously strained, increasingly frustrating and,
ultimately, in certain situations, intolerable. Given these
circumstances, I have no option but to leave the group. It seems
preferable therefore, to leave on a relative high, and as I
still retain a great enthusiasm and passion for music, I am
excited by the prospect of pursuing new projects. The remaining
band members have my support and best wishes for anything they
may pursue in the future, be it collectively or individually."
1st June, 1995.
For more info about Alan and Recoil
check out Recoil's
section in this site