The Air We Breathe

What we have here is one of Depeche Mode’s earliest recordings. Some say is Vince Clarke on vocals however I’m not certain. YouTube commenters also say Fletch is the one playing the bass. What a great version and it shows right out of the gate these guys had “it”. I love how when the vocal “Resurrect, as a feeling…” comes in the first time it’s off/minor and then they sing it straight right after to show it’s power. That part is just wonderful. It also comes to a great crescendo towards the end.

“Resurrect, as a feeling, on my window, Of a past reunion.Resurrect as a feeling on my window Of a past reunion. Mission of a picture like the city and the air we breathe. The air we breathe. Air we breathe” – Depeche Mode

For more info: depechemode.com

9 Comments

  1. Did you see this one too?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXVynY1Lhmw

    Same song but listed as The Ice Machine, live 1984

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  2. this is Ice Machine the first record of DM as DM you can find this in speak & spell

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  3. This song is called ‘Ice Machine’

    MUTE 013 – 7 inch single
    (release date: February 20th, 1981)
    This item is out of print.

    http://oldsite.depechemode.com/discography/singles/01_dreamingofme.html

    1. Dreaming Of Me
    2. Ice Machine

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  4. It is sweet and brings back good memories. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. First of all.Everybody is right.The latest version of this song is only called Icemachine.This Demo version is called the air we breath.

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  6. Fantastic. Thanks for that. What is the drummachine or cha-cha box used here?

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  7. Intresting – this version has a different baseline and rythm than the final version. Also the end cresendo is different. Cool!

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  8. Not sure that’s Vince singing, at least if it is then he sounds a lot more Dave like than he did when he sang Yazoo’s Happy People.

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  9. This has always been one of my very favorite songs of their’s!! I fist found and still LOVE the live version B-side from when I was DJing back in ’89(!). Thanks for this nugget… ;-)

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