A few months ago DJ Shred (Lisa) invited me to a Depeche Mode party called Home. It’s a regular thing they do at the Sullivan room in Manhattan. It’s been a while since I did a proper flashback night out so last night I was there. I invited Chris Hardwick who was also in the Depeche Mode 101 movie to join and he did. To my surprise the place was fairly packed. As programmed I danced to every song that came out before “Songs of Faith & Devotion” and shunned and complained whenever they played anything newer (which thankfully was not too often). It was nice to be around real DM fans as I still am a superfan myself. The photos above: The flyer for the event, DJ Shred, Miro & Chris Hardwick, DM fans at the Sullivan Room and my mohawked self (Oliver Chesler), Mia Demarco and Chris Hardwick hanging out with Andy Fletcher at the Rosebowl California 1988.
“We are happy to invite you to our next Depeche Mode party back home at Sullivan Room on Friday June 15th. Starting at 10pm with an hour long special video presentation by VJ Johnny_Blitz concentrating more on the ballads of Depeche Mode and featuring the rarely played, down tempo & classic DM music videos and live concert performances, aesthetically altered especially for this event. Following the presentation, DJ Shred and DJ Shunt spin Depeche Mode tracks spiced up with New Wave and Synthpop hits all through the night.” – Depeche Mode Fanclub New York
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Here are two nicely collectible pieces on eBay right now. A Front 242 flag used on stage during the Official Version tour and a Depeche Mode Music for the Masses T-Shirt (I own that shirt and wore it to death). I don’t have a wall for the flag and I won’t wear white and bright orange so unless I win the lottery and build a new wave/EBM museum collecting the photos of this stuff will be enough for today. Still… I almost clicked bid on both! Official Version and Music for the Masses are both in my top 10 albums of all time.
“Rare and hard to find backdrop / flag used on stage during the Official Version tour 1987. Size 138 x 94 cm (55″ x 37,5″ inches) These flags was sold through Front 242′s fanclub after the tour. Only a few copies made. Comes in a black Official Version plastic sleeve. (The live pictures are taken from the Gothenburg / Sweden concert in 1987.)”
For more info: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1988
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Here are two versions of Depeche Mode’s Here is the House. Both are very different than the album version. The demo version shows how simply they start the writing process. The lyrics are also different as in the demo he says “Colors and Shapes Merge Together” instead of “Body and Soul”. Both these versions let you hear the amazing guitar line after the the 1st verse. When the fans clap to the guitar in the live version it always brings me to tears. There are people like us.
“So we stay at home and I’m by your side and you know what’s going on inside. Inside my heart. Inside this house. And I just want to let it out for you.” – Martin L. Gore
I have large boxes of music memorabilia going back to the early 80s. I have all the backstage passes and anything else I could grab from my time on the Depeche Mode 101 tour. Boxes of obscur fanzines featuring anything I could find on EBM acts. Huge boxes of flyers some going back as far as the “IT” club (above the World on Houston St…. remember that?). It’s impossible to get it all into digital form in one sitting so as I slowly get to it I will share it with you here.
“A souvenir (from French, for a remembrance or memory), memento, keepsake or token of remembrance is an object a person acquires for the memories the owner associates with it.” – Wikipedia
See the full photo set: flickr.com/thingstocomerecords/7215…
Happy Valentines Day.
“There’ll be times When my crimes Will seem almost unforgivable I give in to sin Because you have to make this life liveable But when you think I’ve had enoughFrom your sea of love I’ll take more than another riverfull And I’ll make it all worthwhile I’ll make your heart smile Strangelove Strange highs and strange lows Strangelove That’s how my love goes Strangelove Will you give it to me Will you take the pain I will give to you Again and again And will you return it”. – Martin Gore
For more info: depechemode.com
photo credit: Rosa Menkman
“[About the song Shake the Disease...] Band member Alan Wilder felt this song captured the essence of the band, stating “there’s a certain edge to what we do that can make people think twice about things. If we’ve got a choice between calling a song “Understanding” or “Shake the Disease”, we’ll call it “Shake the Disease”. There’s a lot of perversity and innuendo in our lyrics, but nothing direct.” – Wikipedia
via Laughing Squid
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Vince Clarke and Martin Gore’s collaboration into electronic dance music called VCMG is upon us with their first release Spock. I think it’s hard to jump genres and if your already famous for something it’s very difficult to get fans to accept your new art. I honestly was expecting to hate what they did but I’m pleasantly surprised. The original version of Spock is quite nice. It’s a well produced metallic analog sounding track with a modern arrangement. It’s worthy and has me hoping for more. Listen to samples of the songs: amazon.com/EP-1-Spock/dp/B0…
“Earlier this year, Gore had revealed that he and Clarke had reconciled and would be working on a new project together. “Out of the blue I got an e-mail from [Clarke] just saying, ‘I’m interested in making a techno album. Are you interested in collaborating?,’” he said. “He said, ‘No pressure, no deadlines,’ so I said, ‘OK,’ and that’s what I’ve been doing for the last six months.” – nme.com
For more info: depechemode.com
via Tom J Carpenter
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Under this YouTube video it states this is a preview of a documentary called Collected. I would love that but maybe this is just an advert for the auction of Depeche Mode’s Alan Wilder’s goodies? As someone who had a chance to once be connected to DM during their best years it’s always a thrill to see anything that has to do with them. For the record I have a massive awesome Depeche Mode collection including back stage passes from 1988, multicolored German 12′s and a picture disc signed by all the band members. I need to make a video for you. I wish Alan would do another studio album with Depeche.
“One of my new year’s resolutions this year was to start streamlining my set-up at The Thin Line Studios. My needs have altered a bit since laptops, soft synths and plug-ins have come to the fore, and even though I’m emotionally attached, passing on some vintage gear and historical items seems like a good way to start. Since my teenage years I’ve been an avid collector of interesting and unique musical items, including a ‘Steinway’ Grand piano, vintage keyboards, synthesisers such as the ‘Mini-moog’, ‘Arp Odyssey’, a ‘Wurlitzer’ electric piano, plus ‘Manley’ valve amps, valve-driven ‘Telefunken’ amps and a ‘Manley’ limiter/compressor. There is one very special guitar and various ‘Emulators’ which were featured during the Mode tours, and I even have my old stage clothing, touring wardrobe, the ‘Devotional’ drum kit, drumming extras and other artifacts available.” – Alan Wilder
For more info: auction.recoil.co.uk
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One of the many early Depeche Mode songs I love is called Now this is Fun. It’s a song that reminds me of my own youth. It’s a song that seems like it was easy and fun to make. I could be wrong but I hear a Roland TR-808 drum machine and something like an Oberheim SEM in parts. It first appeared as a B-Side to their 1982 hit See You and then later appeared on the album A Broken Frame. Perfect for a summer Friday.
Here speaks the voice of reason
It’s talking to me loud and clearly
And obviously, it’s something to say
Here comes another sentence
It is relentless, it tries my patience
But neverless, it’s for our concern
We can’t see the benefits
So we’ll ignore it or disobey it
And never say that this is fun
This is real fun
This is fun
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Old friends working on music together. I like that idea. I like it even more when it’s New Wave legends doing the music making. Apparently the album coming soon from Martin Gore and Vince Clarke will be dance/technoish. We are also going to see a new Erasure and Depeche Mode album sooner than later. If I can get 3-4 great songs out of all these new releases I’m going to be very happy. I know it’s not 1987 and I won’t get “every song perfect” album’s but even just a few gems and I’m going to be smiles.
“Always makes me happy when you’re taking a chance. This ain’t nodisco and you know how to dance. Move me disco. Baby don’t you ever go. This is Nodisco”
For more info: slicingupeyeballs.com
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