Top 3 reasons I ♥ Depeche Mode

ONE. Dave Gahan

This has not been in the case in the past, but the older I get (or the older Dave gets..?) the more I enjoy what Dave brings to Depeche. I’ve deeply underestimated him as a singer. One of my all-time favorite voices for sure. Could he just sing all the songs in all the bands?

Yes yes, Martin is technically superior to just about everyone, I still prefer Dave (if I need to choose, which obviously I don’t, I can love them both, but I do love Dave a smidgen more).

TWO. The Enjoy the Silence video

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I’m still struck with just how brilliant Enjoy the Silence really is. There aren’t a lot of videos you can watch over and over and over and still sometimes catch yourself thinking gawd this is so good.

To be fair. They have put out some of the best videos ever, but none of them are quite as absurd as this one, which is its main appeal to me.

THREE. 101

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This is what got me into Depeche in the first place. The 101 documentary was on TV and I’ll watch any music documentary served to me, so I did. Sure, I knew about Depeche before, but this documentary turned know of into obsessed with quite quickly. It’s just the general vibe of 101; if it was just about the music it would have made no sense to me, I needed the context.

I’m still dreaming of that summer I’ll spend following Depeche around.

So that’s. What I’ve been thinking about lately.

You know how people are sometimes “if women didn’t spend so much time on makeup and clothes they’d have more time to do important things and start a revolution”?

Yeah. I wouldn’t do that.

I clearly have time available. And I spend it thinking about Depeche Mode. Soo ja. Lost cause.


How to get out of a music slump. Or not.

My music stats have been appalling lately. Appalling as in I’ve barely listened to music at all.

Well, by comparison. 1 day 11 hours total for last week; in the words of Dustin, it’s not enough.

There is a reason though. I’m not as excited about music as I have been. I know there’s a pattern, I’ve been around for a long time, I’ve observed it. I’ll have periods where I listen to music basically 24 hours a day (sleeping is a waste of precious time that could be spent listening to NIN!), and then there are periods where I can barely stand music at all and I’ll prefer to listen to people talking (radio, TV), maybe I can stand a wee bit of Iain Morrison but that’s it.

I’m trying to coax myself back into the part of the cycle I prefer, the listening to lots part, by listening to a lot of old faves.

For example:

The Mission; Never Again. How can you not love The Mission? Even with that horrendous art work that passes for the cover of the album Masque.

Depeche Mode; Stripped. Usually everyone’s favorite, which I’m only just starting to get. Not that it was ever bad, I just wasn’t obsessed. Before.

John Cale; Darling I need you. From the Fragments of a Rainy Season record, which, by the way, is finally available on Spotify! If there is one John Cale record you need in your life, this is the one. It’s basically Cale playing all of his best songs on the piano. Now if that hasn’t got you sold I don’t know what will.

Still wondering WHY he’s spent most of his career doing, well, not this.

Nine Inch Nails; Sin. A live version I can’t get enough of.

Recoil; Jezebel. Recoil’s Liquid is such an underrated album. It includes 5 of my all-time favorite tracks.

HIM; Killing Loneliness. You know how I love pop metal.

LOTS of Within Temptation. Part of me thinks this is one ridiculous band, but the music they make, it’s a 100% match for me. Go-to for workouts. If I did workouts. Obvs I don’t. I just lay around on my couch all day. Snack on things high in sugar and fat.

Sinéad is a fave:

And yes, in terms of my feminist challenge this playlist (not only this excerpt) is pretty much a complete failure.

I have no excuses. Except for all other culture I consume is by and about women. Doesn’t that count?? (No it doesn’t.)


There is not a chance in hell this strategy is going to work. In fact, I predict it will get worse still before it gets better. Because that is the pattern. One can only wait.

I hate waiting.

100 day song challenge #55

#55 A song with great vocal harmonies


Can I argue that any song featuring vocals by Martin Gore has great vocal harmonies? Well I’m going to.

And anyway, there hasn’t been enough Anton Corbijn directed Depeche Mode videos in this challenge.

The Dave + Martin combo, it’s just vocal perfection.

If I could have a screen on my wall showing Anton’s Depeche Mode videos 24/7, and it wasn’t just a waste of energy, then I would. Especially the grainy videos he did for Depeche. The high visual quality we’re going for these days, I don’t get it. I want it dirty, grainy and dark.

New in my playlist • March 2017

I’ve not been a fan of the Discover Weekly playlist lately. As in at all. But as noted before, Spotify only gets my taste when I listen to a ridiculous amount of Bring Me the Horizon. Latest edition of the playlist was so bad I was basically offended by it. If I wanted to listen to Deez Nuts I’d be listening to already, trust me. 

However! I’ve noticed the Release Radar playlist is just viel, viel besser. Infinitely better in fact.

The idea in itself is just on point. I don’t have to go searching for new releases by the music makers I already like; they’re all in the playlist (OK, maybe not all, but there’s definitely plenty).

It’s such a great way to stay somewhat updated.

This is some of what I found in me Release Radar playlist lately:

Closure by Adna. I have no idea how to describe this music. Unless the love child of Jonathan Johansson and Anna von Hausswolff is a sufficient description? No? The record company calls it “dark folk”.

Unfortunately no video for this lovely track, but this one isn’t bad either:

Even if you really should check out Closure specifically.

This next track isn’t so much a case of being introduced to a good track as “Oh, I didn’t know they were still making music”. Easy by Tokio Hotel.

I don’t understand this direction. I don’t understand why they’ve completely abandoned German. They make no sense to me. Also, if they actually paid for this cover art they got ripped off.

Admittedly, I already knew about Lorde’s Green Light, because Lena Dunham mentioned it on either Twitter or Insta. But it could well have been a new acquaintance. I fully expect this to make it into the playlists of my workout classes next semester.

INVSN hasn’t been my cup of tea lately, but Deconstruct Hits – ah, I do like it.

In Sweden, there’s been a lot of talk about Loreen lately. The shock that she wasn’t voted our contribution to Eurovision by default and all. Been meaning to listen to the track, but kept forgetting.

It’s another track I want in my workout class playlist.

There was also a EMMA6 track in my Release Radar playlist. This is where Release Radar is truly useful; I have no idea how to keep updated with German music outside of Germany.

Other than that, I’ve been really getting into Depeche Mode’s Delta Machine. Only four years after its release and just in time for their next release, which I’m sure I will also not get.

Unless Dave’s voice is just front and center throughout. I’ve liked Depeche for quite a significant chunk of time, but I’ve never been this obsessed with Dave’s voice. He’s even better now than he ever was, isn’t he?

100 day song challenge #18

#18 A song that was released in the 80s

Every time I think of 80s music, I think of Depeche Mode. Depeche Mode 101 to be specific. Even more specific: Dave Gahan in white jeans. Oh I love Depeche Mode 101.

This is going to have to be a Depeche Mode song.

Equally obvious, it has to be one of the videos directed by Anton Corbijn. My favorite has to be Behind the Wheel; grainy, black and white. If I could, I would have this video projected on my wall as art.


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