Compulsion is a cover version of a Joe Crow (from The Nightingales) song. Counterfeit e.p. is the first solo recording by Martin L. Gore, the primary songwriter for the band Depeche Mode. Released in 1989, Counterfeit is a six-song E.P. of cover songs, hence the name, implying that the songs were not written by Gore. Counterfeit was recorded during a band hiatus after recording and touring for the album Music for the Masses; bandmate Alan Wilder also recorded and released Hydrology under the pseudonym Recoil during this period. Even though the release is strictly an EP, Mute issued it an album catalogue number (STUMM67) upon release. In France and Germany a promo single for “In a Manner of Speaking” was released.
“Never Let Me Down Again” is Depeche Mode’s nineteenth UK single, released on August 24, 1987, and the second single for the then upcoming album Music for the Masses. A relatively moderate hit in the UK, at #22, it was a smash in West Germany, where it hit #2, and a Top 10 success in several other European countries (Sweden, Switzerland, etc.). The cover art features fragments of a Soviet map of Russia and Europe, with different fragments used for the different editions of the single.
U2 were awarded the Greatest Act Of The Last 25 Years at this week’s Q Awards. The mag lovefest continues today with the newsstand release of issue #305, which is mounted with AHK-toong BAY-bi, an original tribute CD to Achtung Baby. We’ve heard cuts from Garbage, Damien Rice, and Jack White. Now take a listen to Depeche Mode’s take on “So Cruel.” [Source]
Vince Clarke’s unimaginably brilliant reconstruction of “Behind The Wheel” results in a new dancefloor classic that is part house, part trance, and yet almost militaristic in its icy electro-precision. [Source]
“Leave in Silence” is the sixth UK single by Depeche Mode originally released on August 16, 1982. It is the first Depeche Mode single in the UK with the “Bong” label, which is still used to this day. It is also the first Depeche Mode song to have more than one remix of itself. Remixes 2: 81–11 is an upcoming remix compilation album by British electronic music group Depeche Mode to be released in June 6, 2011.The album is the band’s second remix collection, following the 2004 Remixes 81–04. It spans the band’s entire career and includes new arrangements by former Depeche Mode members Vince Clarke and Alan Wilder. This remix is from Disc 3: