Tuesday, 4 December 2012

DEPECHE MODE - ALL I EVER WANTED - 2004 & THE REMIXES 81-04

Between Exciter and Playing The Angel (see next blog whenever that appears) Depeche broke new ground for them and released a remix compilation - Remixes 81-04. As I recall at that time more and more people were speaking of Depeche Mode as an influence on all spheres of electronic music and it seems that the remix album was released with a view to capitalising on that as well as with a view to increasing a number of bank balances. It is an interesting album mixing old (some good, some bad) and new (some good, some Headcleanr Rock Mix of Nothing). Here's how it all happenned.

The first we heard of this new album was with the release of a remixed version of Enjoy The Silence. Released on 18 October 2004, the single reached number 7 in the UK which was really pretty impressive. A whole host of formats were available al featuring brand new remixes of classic Depeche tracks. The lead remix was a single edit by Mike Shinoda (Enjoy The Silence - Reinterpreted by Mike Shinoda) of shouty metal buffoons Linkin Park. I still really like this version. It adds quite a bit to the original making it a bit more grisly and adding harder electronics but it doesn't ruin the beauty of the tune. Ok, it was never going to surpass the greatest song of all time (see Violator blog) but it's not a bad effort at all. The song was released on CDBONG34 (right) along with another new remix, the Goldfrapp Remix of Halo which is a fantastic version turning what is a towering beast of a DM song into a ethereal acoustic style track with added vocals by Alison Goldfrapp. Well worth checking out unlike the video for Enjoy The Silence (Reinterpreted etc) which is utter balls. Given that the original video is one of the greatest things committed to film, you'd have thought they'd just forget a video on this occasion.

As well as CDBONG, we also had an LCD and an XLCD. LCDBONG34 (left) featured three tracks - the Timo Maas Extended Remix of Enjoy The Silence, the Ewan Pearson Remix of Enjoy The Silence and the Black Strobe Remix of Something To Do. The first is good, the second an excellent 7" style remix but the star of the show and the track that most excited me at the time is number 3 the Black Strobe Remix. The fact that one of the great DM album tracks was getting a look in was great but this mix exceeded any expectations I had. It's fantastic and I really recommend it to you all. XLCDBONG34 (released on 22 November 2004) ( above right) added 4 remixes - two of Enjoy The Silence (Richard X Extended Mix (great) and Ewan Pearson Extended Remix (good but I prefer the 7" version)) as well as the Cicada Remix of World In My Eyes and the BRAT mix of Mercy In You. The Cicada Remix is really good and can only ever be played very very loud. The mix of Mercy in You is of course by DM's webmaster BRAT and is very much in the classic 12" extended mix vein and all the better for it. All in all, XLCDBONG34 is a real treat and though hard to find is worth grabbing should you see it.

Not forgetting us vinyl addicts the band also put out three 12" singles. 12BONG34 (left) is a two track affair featuring the Timo Maas Extended and Ewan Pearson Extended Remixes of Enjoy The Silence. L12BONG34 (released 22 November 2004 - right)  contains the remixes of Something To Do and World In My Eyes by Black Strobe and Cicada but also throws in an absolutely bloody marvellous remix - the Rex The Dog Dubb mix of Photographic. Part of the beauty of the remixes put out at this time was that they were remixes made by fans of the band. The Rex The Dog mix is one of those mixes that DM fans (ok not all - I don't speak for everyone) hears and just gets because it sounds like a mix a DM fan would make. It's a brave choice too taking on what most people say is the best Speak and Spell track. Finally, vinyl wise, XLBONG34 (also released 22 November 2004 - below) gives us the Halo remix by Goldfrapp and two new mixes - Clean (Colder version) and Little 15 (Ulrich Schnauss Remix). I still don't quite get the Colder remix to be honest. It's ok but doesn't really do a lot for me. The remix of Little 15 by Ulrich Schnauss is nice though and worth hearing.
Overally, this really was an excellent release given the quality and number of remixes. What I like is that the 12" and cd singles weren't jammed up with remixes of obvious tracks with the majority of remixers going for album tracks instead. Good work all round really.

The Remixes 81-04 album followed on with the CD releases on October 25 2004 and the LP releases on December 13 2004 reaching a not that great number 18 in the UK. The album was available on a whole number of formats and rather annoyingly at the time included a download only section of remixes. I say annoyingly - what I mean is that I didn't have broadband at the time so even attempting to download them would have effectively broken the internet in Glasgow. As I have resolutely stuck to physical releases only on this blog I'm going to do that here too so I won't be covering the digital releases for the Remix album or indeed for the Playing The Angel releases especially given that I don't think anyone is 100% sure what remixes were made available digitally then as there were so many of them. (Ok, I know that some of you will not the exact number but you get my drift).

So, the physical formats of the album were a limited edition 6LP version (MUTEL8), a double CD (CDMUTEL8), a single CD (LCDMUTEL8) and a triple CD (XLCDMUTEL8) which came in a cardboard box with the three cd's inside. Here is the tracklist for the 3cd version:
Disc 1
Never Let Me Down Again (Split Mix)
Policy of Truth (Capitol Mix)
Shout! (Rio Mix)
Home (Air "Around The Golf" Remix)
Strangelove (Blind Mix)
Rush (Spiritual Guidance Mix)
I Feel You (Renegade Soundwave Afghan Surgery Mix)
Barrel Of A Gun (Underworld Hard Mix)
Route 66 (Beatmasters Mix)
Freelove (DJ Muggs' Remix)
I Feel Loved (Chambers Remix)
Just Can't Get Enough (Schizo Mix)

Disc 2
Personal Jesus (Pump Mix)
World In My Eyes (Mode To Joy)
Get The Balance Right! (Combination Mix)
Everything Counts (Absolut Mix)
Breathing In Fumes
Painkiller (Kill The Pain - DJ Shadow vs Depeche Mode)
Useless (The Kruder and Dorfmeister Session)
In Your Room (The Jeep Rock Mix)
Dream On (Dave Clarke Acoustic Version)
It's No Good (Speedy J Mix)
Master & Servant (An ON-USound Science Fiction Dance Hall Classic)
Enjoy The Silence (Timo Maas Extended Remix)

Disc 3
A Question Of Lust (Flood Remix)
Walking In My Shoes (Random Carpet Mix (Full Length)
Are People People?
World In My Eyes (Daniel Miller Mix)
I Feel Loved (Danny Tenaglia's Labor of Love Dub (edit))
It's No Good (Club 69 Future Mix)
Photographic (Rexx The Dog Dubb Mix)
Little 15 (Ulrich Schnauss Remix)
Nothing (Headcleanr Rock Mix)
Lie To Me ("The Pleasure of Her Private Shame" Remix by LFO)
Clean (Colder Version)
Halo (Goldfrapp Remix)
Enjoy The Silence (Reinterpreted by Mike Shinoda)

The same tracks appear on the triple album. The remaining two cd versions have selections from the above tracklist on them but don't feature tracks 1-11 from disc 3. The covers were all the same - see right  In all honesty, the LP or 3CD version was the only version worth having here given that it contained the remixes exclusive to this release. The A Question Of Lust remix is a rare one and was previously only available in the UK on the 1986 AQOL cassette single or on the French cd edition of the single. It's a rather decent mix too. Track 2 is an extended version of the WIMS remix from the single. We know all about track 3 already. The Daniel Miller remix of World In My Eyes is great. It's a bit less Kraftwerk than the original song and features different and harder sounding drum sounds. Passing by the overlong Tenaglia mix we come to the Club 69 Future Mix of Its No Good which was originally a promo mix given unncessary legitimacy here. The remix of Nothing somehow manages to make me yearn for the original version of Nothing which is quite a feat. The LFO mix is pretty cool though I've always felt a bit let down by it but only because I had high expectations of LFO remixing such a good song.

And that was that - he Remixes 81-04 campaign over and done with a a matter of months. It was an interesting experiment that threw up a number of very good new takes on classic Depeche songs so for me it was worthwhile. Ultimately, the later Remixes compilation would be more interesting given the remixers involved but that's a tale for another day.

Next time - Playing The Angel featuring classic DM tracks, actual b sides (woohoo!) and as much as we can try and ignore it, I Want It All.

Thanks as ever for reading and thank you to depechemode.com, depeche-mode.com and depmod.com

Monday, 6 August 2012

DEPECHE MODE - WITH SELF INFLICTED WOUNDS - 2001 and EXCITER

As you'll realise from the majority of my blog posts I really rather like Depeche Mode. As far as I am concerned they are the greatest band I have ever heard and seen live. For me, there is very little they can do wrong. Occasionally however even I have to admit that I don't like something be it as insignificant a track as It's Called A Heart or something that I just don't get like others do such as Nothing. I've never disliked an album before though but showing that they can still surprise Depeche managed to persuade me to do that when they released Exciter. This album contains without doubt the worst Depeche Mode song in history and for that reason alone I have to rank Exciter as the worst Depeche Mode album. I'll explain more below...

The first new Depeche music in 3 years arrived on 23 April 2001 when they released Dream On which got to a very decent number 6 in the UK despite a bizarre and frankly crap video. Dream On is a good song propelled along by a nice guitar line from Martin. The first hints of the electronics that the album would contain are to the fore too making Dream On a good single and a good tune. It's certainly more subdued than previous first singles but that's fine. We only got three formats this time round. Firstly CDBONG30 (above left) which, like all (at least UK) cd singles from Exciter came in cardboard sleeves containing an envelope inside which housed the cd. The artwork is lazy from Anton but for the 2001 period that was not unsual. The cd itself has three tracks. Firstly we have the Single Version of Dream On which I like. Next we have the b-side which is the instrumental Easy Tiger (Full Version). I don't know what the point of this track is really. It starts off fine I guess but then Martin puts the drum machine on the Jazz setting and the song meanders pointlessly for its remaining 3 minutes. The final track is the God awful Bertrand Burgalat and AS Dragon Version of Easy Tiger. It seems to be two people covering Easy Tiger but doing it really REALLY badly. I have no idea at all how the band or Mute thought this would be a good idea. LCDBONG30 (below left) was an all black sleeve with a different coloured version of the CDBONG cover on the inner envelope. It contains 4 tracks in all, all remixes of Dream On. Firstly we have the Bushwacka Tough Guy mix which is fine albeit a bit bland. Track 2 is the star of the show here - the Dave Clarke Acoustic mix. It's a nice gentle version focussing on the guitar line and some synth parts. Martin played this as an intro to the era's shows. He would waddle onstage in an odd way looking around the arena playing on his acoustic guitar. Strange but quite charming really. Next up we have the Octagon Man Mix which tries to be a bit different but fails. Finally the Kid 606 Mix gives Dream On the full Kid A treatment which is ok but no more than that. 12BONG30 (same sleeve as CDBONG30) added two new mixes to the Bushwacka Tough Guy Mix. Firstly there is the Dave Clarke Remix (aka Dave Clarke Club Mix) which is a bit bland on the whole. There's then the Bushwacka Blunt Mix which is pretty much as its name describes. All in all, a fairly poor standard of remixes which you might listen to once or twice with the exception of the horror show that is the remix of Easy Tiger.

Next up we got the album itself. Exciter arrived on 14 May 2001 and reached number 9 in the UK album charts. I remember at the time that depechemode.com trailed the album's release by putting 30 second samples up on the site. That was rather exciting and I used to go to EasyInternet every lunchtime to catch the newest sample. The one that stood out the most for me was Shine - the sample started at "You've been hanging from a rope of mediocrity" with the hard sounding synth parts in the background. I was excite(r)ed. It sounded like Depeche were back in a big electronically marvellous way. Hmmm.

Exciter (left)  appeared on double LP (STUMM190), cassette (CSTUMM190), CD (CDSTUMM190) and mini disc (MDSTUMM190) each containing thirteen tracks. The focus of the album seems to be moody electronics with quite a bit of influence from producer Mark Bell. The production is fairly cold however and to be perfectly honest fairly bland. The whole thing never really gets going sonically and it really lacks something for that.  Kicking off with Dream On (see above), we then moved onto Shine. It's a decent track but not spectacular. I'd like to have seen them at least try it out live but that wasn't to be. Track 3 is The Sweetest Condition which is a great song and one which did work live despite Dave's Elvis-isms. Next up we have When The Body Speaks which is nice enough. So far so ok - the first four tracks don't compare to the first 4 on Some Great Reward, Black Celebration, MTFM, Violator, SOFAD or Ultra but fair enough. Next up though, Depeche give us something that none of those albums gave us.

The worst Depeche Mode song ever.

"We are the dead of night/We're in the Zombie room"

What is a Zombie room? What the hell's going on? Why does this song exist? I will NEVER understand it. Anyway - moving on track 6 was Lovetheme a wholly pointless instrumental that despite that is still not as bad as The Dead of Night. Freelove is track 7 (see below for single review) followed by the first Martin song of the album, Comatose. It's not very good really. Track 9 is the second single, the Dad goes to the disco sounds of I Feel Loved (again, see below) and then we have another Martin song Breathe. I don't mind Breathe but it does somewhat overdo the Biblical theme. Easy Tiger (AGAIN? SERIOUSLY?) is next before I Am You which I feel the same way about as I do Shine. Sounds ok but I'd really have liked to have seen it played live. We then end on a high with the fantastic Goodnight Lovers (originally entitled Born A Lover). It's a great closing track and I love it.  The Exciter artwork was another three minute job from Anton albeit with some decent band shots in the inner sleeve/booklet. And that was that. Easily, at least in my view, the band's weakest album to date with some really awful moments on it. After the magic of Ultra it was a real shame. Happily we got a tour this time and whilst it had some odd moments (The Dead of F****** Night opening shows, the bizarre versions of Black Celebration and Condemnation) it was a fairly joyous affair. Pleasingly, on the shows I saw Fad Gadget opened which was a real treat. RIP Frank :(

The album was followed on 30 July 2001 by the next single I Feel Loved which got to number 12 in the UK. I Feel Loved is a Depeche go dance track which is a bit flat really and one that is ok and no more. It seemed a little odd for Depeche to be going down this route at the time as they appeared to be attempting to appeal to clubbes when they had no real need to do so. As well as the usual formats, the Exciter singles produced a ton of promo 12"'s and cd's which I'm not dealing with here as I don't own them. I'm sticking to general release formats only so forgive me if this blog seems short on remixes, especially where I Feel Loved is concerned. 12BONG31 (left) contained two remixes - Danny Tengalia's Labour of Love Edit and Danny Tengalia's Labor of Love Dub. They're both ok and use some interesting DM samples but I wouldn't rush out to get them if you don't already have them. L12BONG31 (above right) added three remixes - Umek Mix, Thomas Brinkmann mix and Chamber's mix all of which are much the same really. CDBONG31 (same art as 12BONG31) gave us a b-side which was a cover of Dirt by The Stooges. As well as that we had the single version of I Feel Loved and an Extended Instrumental version which is fairly pointless without vocals. LCDBONG31 (left) was a fancy enhanced cd. It had music (Danny Tengalia's Labor of Love Edit, Thomas Brinkmann Mix and Chamber's Mix), videos (four clips of the band doing things) and wallpaper for your PC. The video for the song features the band playing in a nightclub sometimes surrounded by angry dogs who had no doubt just heard The Dead of Night.

The next single was Freelove which hit number 19 on its release on 11 November 2001. The artwork whilst as minimal as the rest of this project's artwork is much more appealing which is nice. The video is odd however involving the band going about on a truck playing the song.  I find the album version of Freelove a bit bland really. It's a good enough track but it lacks something. CDBONG32 (left) kicked off with Flood's Mix of Freelove which I much prefer to the version. It's much livelier sounding and really works. Hooray for Flood as ever. We then get an instumental b-side named Zenstation which is pretty average but not as average as track 3 which is a remix of Zenstation named Atom's Stereonerd remix. LCDBONG32 (above right) gives us three remxies of Freelove. We have the Bertrand Burgalat remix which is ok, the Schlammpeitziger "Little Rocking Suction Pump" version which is as bad as its name is long and then the frankly shambolic DJ Muggs Remix which is not as much a remix as a downright insult. Awful. In a first for Depeche we also got a DVD single (DVDBONG32 - top left ) which has a "Live Bootleg" video of Freelove which is of little interest. There's also audio of live versions of Breathe and The Dead of Night (STOP IT FFS!) all from the Phildelphia show of the tour. There are also 4 short clips including a clip of Black Celebration live. Finally, a 12" (12BONG32 - same art as CDBONG32) is available too taking the DJ Muggs, Schlammpeitziger and Burgalat mixes of Freelove, the Stereonerd version of Zenstation from the formats above and adding the Console Mix of Freelove which I'm pleased to say is a fairly decent remix.

To end the Exciter promotion Goodnight Lovers was sort of released on 11 February 2002 although it didn't chart in the UK as the cd format didn't count for the charts due to the number of tracks it contained (CDBONG33 - right) We had Goodnight Lovers, the Acoustic version of When The Body Speaks (a great remix), the Electronicat Remix of ...yes you guessed it...the Dead of Night (ARGH!) and finally the marvellous and probably best remix of the whole campaign Isan Falling Leaf Mix of Goodnight Lovers. The lovely Germans released a great red vinyl 12" which came with a poster of the cd cover. A very nice release notwithstanding the remix of THAT song that appeared.

And that was that. Exciter is not very exciting in fact it's too bland and mainly not very good with the odd exception. Whether that was a symptom of the band still not getting on too well (Martin's refusal to consider Dave's songs etc) I don't know but when your album is worse than A Broken Frame you really have to take a long hard look at yourself. Mercifully they got it together on Playing The Angel which I'll write about next time

Thanks as ever to all of you, to depechemode.com, to depmod.com, to depeche-mode.com and to anyone else I should have credited. I hope you enjoy this blog and I'm sorry if it seems harsh on Exciter but there you go. I can't love EVERYTHING they do. Please feel free to stick any comments here or even to shout at me on my Twitter page.

Finally, let me apologise for the slightly odd formatting of this blog. For some reason Google keep mucking up my pictures
I'm off to the Zombie room.....

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

DEPECHE MODE - A FEELING OF CONTENTMENT - 1998, ONLY WHEN I LOSE MYSELF & THE SINGLES 86-98

Given the circumstances, not touring Ultra was a wise decision. The band were fragile at best so focussing on staying alive was rightly considered more important than a 9 month trek around the globe. Rather than follow that with another album the band (or perhaps more accurately the label) decided that the time was right for the much anticipted follow up to The Singles 81-85 so we got The Singles 86-98 a compilation of all DM's singles from...well...1986 to..er...1998.

Prior to the release of the album we were treated to a new single named Only When I Lose Myself (OWILM). I still like the song and think it's a decent single. It didn't really work live on the Singles Tour however I'd like to see them have another go at it someday.  The single was released in the UK on 7 September 1998 reaching a pretty poor number 17 in the charts. The video was an arty affair featuring dancing twins, dancing men, car crashes and occasional shots of the band. Not really a great addition to the DM visual catalogue. There were a number of formats for us to buy. The standard cd single release CDBONG29 (left) featured three tracks - OWILM, Surrender and Headstar. The latter track is an instrumental which is perfectly fine but is no Kaleid. Surrender is the standout track on this release however. It's a typical Martin love song featuring holy beds, temptation and of course chains and whilst some might criticise it for being a bit too jazzy I think it's cool. Martin's live version is worth hearing too. Here's a random fact for you - the song was originally called Tempt.

The twelve inch release (12BONG29 - same art as LCDBONG29) featured three remixes. First up we have the Subsonic Legacy Remix of OWILM. It's ok I guess - not good, not bad. Track 2 is the Dan The Automator remix of OWILM which is very odd but pretty cool featuring a lot of strings. Finally we get the Luke Slater remix of Headstar which does absolutely nothing for me. LCDBONG29 shares not only the 12BONG29's artwork tracklist but also its' tracklist

To confuse matters further L12BONG29  features tracks that feature on XLCDBONG29. Blogging about DM was simpler when CD mirrored 12, LCD mirrored L12 etc. Anyway, I'll focus on the XLCDBONG release as it is the pick of the bunch here. I remember trying to track this cd down in Glasgow upon its release. I went to a now closed record shop in the city's West end and asked the chap behind the counter of he had the new Depeche Mode cd single. Barely looking up from his copy of Hipster Monthly he snorted "No mate...what's on it?" to which I replied "A few remixes. There's one by DJ Shadow on there." This caused him to look up - "DJ Shadow? Aye right. Like he'd touch Depeche Mode." What marvellous customer service. Anyway, once I tracked the XLCD down it turned out that lifelong Depeche Mode fan DJ Shadow HAD touched the band and had provided a remix after all.

The XLCD (cover left) features five tracks in all. First up we have the 10 minute plus Gus Gus Long Play mix of OWILM. It's ok but it really is too long. The Gus Gus Short Play mix (track 4) is much better and is a really decent remix. It's also my wife's favourite DM remix. Track 2 is the fantastic Painkiller ( Kill The Pain- DJ Shadow vs Depeche Mode) a storming remix of the b side of Barrel Of A Gun by none other than Depeche Mode hating ;) DJ Shadow. I love this mix and have done since I first heard it. My friend Dom has this on a rare Mo' Wax 12" which he refuses to give me. You can click on his name there to be taken to his Twitter page where you can harrass him until he gives me the record. Track 3 is a remix of Surrender named the Catalan FC Out of Reach remix. It's ok but doesn't beat the original. Finally, we have World In My Eyes (Safar Mix). This was a bootleg mix which had been kicking around for a while which was then pleasingly added to this release. It's an excellent remix of an excellent song, featuring a clearly tired and emotinal Dave drawling "Goood evening San Franciscooooo" at the start which is sampled from the soundboard recording of the US94 San Francisco gig (get that if you haven't by the way). All in all, XLCDBONG29 is a real treat and a must have for Depeche fans. L12BONG29 lifted the Gus Gus Long Play, Painkiller and Catalan FC mixes from the cd and had the same artwork as the cd.

The Singles 86 - 98 (MUTEL5) (art right) was released on 28 September 1998 reaching a respectable 5 in the UK album charts. It was available on number of formats - Triple LP (MUTEL5), cassette (CMUTEL5), double cd (CDMUTEL5) and minidisc (ask your parents!) (MDMUTEL5). The tracklisting on all was the same with all the singles in date order bar the "Wait....What?" moment of finding Everything Counts (Live) and Little 15 at the end of the tracklist. Now I can sort of understand Little 15 as it was a Euorpean release only but Everything Counts (Live) was an actual single (see blog here) and should have slotted in between Behind The Wheel (7" remix - boooo) and Personal Jesus. Grrrr. Pedantry aside it's a good if inessential release for DM fans. The Singles 81-85 was re-released with a fancy new cover at the same time. I covered that on the Singles 81-85 blog which you can find here if you wish.

Pleasingly, Depeche also hit the road for a world tour where they played most of the singles and the odd older tune such as Somebody. The gigs were good but fairly restrained certainly when compared to the SOFAD era shows. The only downsides were the failure to translate OWILM and Barrel of A Gun into decent live versions. Oh and the support band I saw (Purity) were the worst support band I've ever seen.

And that's that. The Singles 86-98 closed a chapter on the band and opened a new one where they were back to a three piece. Would the next release be A Broken Frame part 2? No - it would be Exciter. I'll write about that next time but I should be warn you of something.

I really don't like Exciter........


Thanks for reading and thank you to depechemode.com, depeche-mode.com (the new revamped Home. Go and check it out and while you're at it check out its Facebook page too) and depmod.com who helped me with the pictures as well as everyone else in the Depeche Mode world.

Thursday, 12 July 2012

A tour of Hansa Studios



On 9 July I was fortunate enough to go on a tour of Hansa Studios, Berlin organised by Thilo at Berlin Music Tours . As well as the Hansa tour they also arrange a bus tour of Berlin's music scene which I'll be doing next time I'm there. I recommend that you go on this tour if you have a chance.

As regular readers will know I'm something of a Depeche Mode fan so the chance to tour Hansa was an incredible opportunity. The tour itself begins outside the studios where Thilo tells you about the building's fascinating history and reveals some Depeche, Bowie and U2 secrets. I'm not revealing those here as that wouldn't be right ;) . From the outside of the building you can see the restaurant (bottom left of picture on the right) where Andy Fletcher first discovered Toast Hawaii in betwen frantic bursts of clapping etc in the studio. The tour starts in the he reception hall where I took the photo of the legendary studio sign you see at the top of the blog. The entrance hall is filled with pictures of the many artists that have used the studio ranging from Depeche Mode to U2 to Bowie to Mike Batt (he of Wombles and Katie Melula "fame"). The next stop is the main hall which was formerly Studio 2. One point to note here is that on the way up to the hall you walk up these steps (left) which were the location for the cover shoot on the rear of the A Question of lust single. Unfortunately I didn't have the time to arrange a photo that matched the single cover - I would have done had I got the chance as anyone who knows me would expect. Anyway, after wandering up and photographing the stairs we came into the Meistersall. It is spectacular room and you really can sense the history when you're in it. Remember this was the room where Heroes and parts of Low were recorded, where Depeche recorded Somebody and where Recoil played on the last tour. It was a privilege just to stand there albeit I tried to put the image of a naked Martin Gore singing Somebody as far from my mind as I could. A Christain Rock band were rehearsing in the room when we were there and whilst it isn't my cup of musical tea, it gave us a chance to hear how good music sounds in the hall.  Here's a picture of the hall

From there we went up to what was the old control room. It's now a bar but previously it was the room that housed the mixing desk etc that dealt with all recordings from the main hall. The area around Hansa used to be pretty desolate featuring only a garden and a view of the Berlin Wall. It was from the control room's window that Bowie saw two people kissing "...by the wall" which helped inspire Heroes. As with the main hall, it felt really special standing in that room.

From there we moved upstairs to Studio 1. What's special about Studio 1? This is where Depeche mixed Construction Time Again and recorded Some Great Reward, Shake The Disease and Black Celebration. I didn't know what to say or do when I was there really. I'd seen footage from their time in the studio on the re-issue dvd's and had had the pleasure of hearing Gareth Jones talk about his and DM's time there at the Mute Short Circuit event but to actually stand in the studio was mind blowing. Here's a picture of the studio itself

which I am assured is pretty much as it was at the time the band recorded there albeit the equipment has changed etc. What was exactly the same as the time Depeche (and U2, Nick Cave, Einsturzende Neubauten etc) was the control room for Studio 2. The vast majority of the equipment in there was there when Depeche recorded there and was used by them, Gareth Jones and Daniel Miller. Call me a needless Depeche Mode geek like fanboy but the fact I was able to see (and indeed surreptitiously touch) that equipment took my breath away. Here's the mixing desk itself:



The picture isnt too clear but at the sides you will hopefully see the wall speakers. Thilo plugged his IPhone into the desk and played Black Celebration at full volume through those. I've never heard the song sound as good or as huge. It was stunning. As well as the desk the original analogue tape machines remain in place.

I tweeted a picture of these to Gareth Jones who retweeted it so that's confirmation enough for me.
And that was that. We had some studio chat which was I enjoyed far much more than my wife did and then we left. It was a truly fantastic experience and like I said above, if you are in Berlin then get in touch with Thilo and go on this tour. Every Depeche Mode fan should do it.

(Thanks to Panos for the additional info and fact checking!)






Monday, 19 March 2012

MY DEPECHE MODE COLLECTION

I was updating my DM collection list (I know, I know) and thought I'd put it on here as someone on Twitter asked for this so blame them. It's not complete and it's probably only half the size of many others but I love it.

Pics of the German coloured vinyl 12 inch singles are here


Here it is:

David’s Depeche Mode Collection

1. Singles

Dreaming Of Me UK 7”
Dreaming Of Me UK 1991 cd re-issue
Dreaming Of Me 1988 German 3” cd

New Life UK 7”
New Life UK 12”
New Life UK 1991 cd re-issue
New Life German Marbled vinyl 12”
New Life 1988 German cd

Just Can’t Get Enough UK 7”
Just Can't Get Enough German 7"
Just Can’t Get Enough UK 12”
Just Can’t Get Enough UK 1991 cd re-issue
Just Can’t Get Enough German White Vinyl 12”
Just Can't Get Enough German Grey Vinyl 12"
Just Can't Get Enough German 7"
Just Can't Get Enough German 12"
Just Can’t Get Enough 1988 German cd
Just Can't Get Enough Sire 12" promo (US)

See You UK 7”
See You UK 12”
See You UK 1991 cd re-issue
See You German 7” red vinyl
See You German Marbled Vinyl 12”
See You 1988 German cd

The Meaning Of Love UK 7”
The Meaning Of Love UK 12"
The Meaning Of Love 1991 cd re-issue
The Meaning Of Love German 7” red vinyl
The Meaning Of Love German yellow vinyl 12"
The Meaning Of Love 1988 German cd
The Meaning Of Love 1988 Benelux cd

Leave In Silence UK 7”
Leave In Silence UK 12”
Leave In Silence 1991 cd re-issue
Leave In Silence German 7" red vinyl
Leave In Silence German clear vinyl 12”
Leave In Silence 1988 German cd

Get The Balance Right UK 7”
Get The Balance Right UK 12”
Get The Balance Right UK Numbered Limited Edition 12”
Get The Balance Right 1991 cd re-issue
Get The Balance Right German 7” red vinyl
Get The Balance Right German red vinyl 12”
Get The Balance Right German Blue vinyl Limited Edition 12”
Get The Balance Right 1988 German cd reissue (original 12” version)
Get The Balance Right 1988 German cd reissue (limited edition 12” version)
Get The Balance Right French numbered cd

Everything Counts UK 7”
Everything Counts UK 12”
Everything Counts UK Limited Edition Numbered 12”
Everything Counts 1991 UK cd re-issue
Everything Counts German 7” red vinyl
Everything Counts German coloured vinyl 12”
Everything Counts German Coloured vinyl Limited Edition 12”
Everything Counts 1988 German cd (12 “ version)
Everything Counts 1988 German cd (Limited edition 12” version)
Everything Counts US promo 12"

Love In Itself UK 7”
Love In Itself UK 12”
Love In Itself UK Limited Edition Numbered 12”
Love In Itself 1991 UK cd-reissue
Love In Itself German red vinyl 7”
Love In Itself German grey vinyl 12”
Love In Itself German clear vinyl limited edition 12”
Love In Itself 1988 German cd (12” version)
Love In Itself 1988 german cd (Limited Edition version)
Love In Itself French numbered cd (2305)

People are People UK 7”
People are People UK 12”
People are People UK Limited Edition 12”
People are People 1991 UK cd-reissue
People are People German 7” red vinyl
People are People German 12” marbled vinyl
People are People German Limited Edition Marbled vinyl
People are People 1988 German cd
People are People US 12”

Master and Servant UK 7”
Master and Servant UK 12”
Master and Servant UK Limited Edition numbered 12”
Master and Servant UK Limited Edition numbered 12 “ (2)
Master and Servant UK 12" white label
Master and Servant 1991 UK cd re-issue
Master and Servant German 7” red vinyl
Master and Servant German Coloured Vinyl 12”
Master and Servant German Coloured Vinyl Limited Edition 12”
Master and Servant 1988 German cd
Master and Servant US 12 “ (US Black and Blue Mix)

Blasphemous Rumours/Somebody UK 7”
Blasphemous Rumours/Somebody UK 7” EP
Blasphemous Rumours/Somebody UK 12”
Blasphemous Rumours/Somebody UK 1991 cd re-issue
Blasphemous Rumours/Somebody German 7" red vinyl
Blasphemous Rumours/Somebody German Yellow Vinyl 12”
Blasphemous Rumours/Somebody German Grey Vinyl 12”
Blasphemous Rumours/Somebody 1988 German cd
Blasphemous Rumours French numbered cd (3635)

Shake The Disease UK 7”
Shake The Disease UK 12”
Shake The Disease UK Limited Edition 12”
Shake The Disease 1991 UK cd-reissue
Shake The Disease German 7" red vinyl
Shake The Disease German coloured vinyl 12”
Shake The Disease German coloured vinyl Limited Edition 12”
Shake The Disease 1988 German cd

Its Called A Heart UK 7”
Its Called A Heart UK 12”
Its Called A Heart Uk Limited Edition double pack 12”
Its Called A Heart 1991 UK cd re-issue
Its Called A Heart German 7" red vinyl
Its Called A Heart German coloured vinyl 12”
Its Called A Heart 1988 German cd
Its Called A Heart US 12” (Emotion mixes)

Stripped UK 7”
Stripped UK 12”
Stripped UK 12" promo
Stripped 1991 UK cd-reissue
Stripped German 7” red vinyl
Stripped German 12” blue splatter vinyl
Stripped German 12" white vinyl
Stripped German 1988 cd-reissue

A Question Of Lust UK 7”
A Question Of Lust UK Cassette Single Pack (Inc badge) (x 2: one opened, one sealed)
A Question Of Lust UK 12”
A Question Of Lust 1991 UK cd re-issue
A Question Of Lust German 7” red vinyl
A Question Of Lust German Coloured Vinyl 12”
A Question Of Lust German Yellow Vinyl 12”
A Question Of Lust 1988 German cd
A Question Of Lust/A Question Of Time US Double cover 12”
A Question Of Lust US 12" promo

A Question Of Time UK 7”
A Question Of Time UK 12”
A Question Of Time UK Limited Edition 12”
A Question Of Time 1991 UK cd re-issue
A Question Of Time German 7” red vinyl
A Question Of Time German coloured vinyl 12”
A Question Of Time German Limited Edition grey vinyl 12”
A Question Of Time 1988 German cd single
A Question Of Time UK L12 Promo

Strangelove UK 7”
Strangelove UK 12”
Strangelove UK Limited Edition 12”
Strangelove UK 12" promo (DANCEBONG)
Strangelove UK 12" promo (SBONG13)
Strangelove UK Cd single
Strangelove UK 1991 cd re-issue
Strangelove German 7" red vinyl
Strangelove German 12” Coloured Vinyl
Strangelove German 12” Limited Edition coloured vinyl
Strangelove German cd single
Strangelove US 12”
Strangelove US 3” cd single

Never Let Me Down Again UK 7”
Never Let Me Down Again UK Cassette Single
Never Let Me Down Again UK 12”
Never Let Me Down Again UK Limited Edition 12”
Never Let Me Down Again UK cd single
Never Let Me Down Again UK 1991 cd single re-issue
Never Let Me Down Again German 7" red vinyl
Never Let Me Down Again German coloured vinyl 12”
Never Let Me Down Again German coloured vinyl Limited Edition 12”
Never Let Me Down Again German cd single
Never Let Me Down Again US Promo cd single
Never Let Me Down Again UK promo 12"
Never Let Me Down Again UK promo L12"

Behind The Wheel UK 7”
Behind The Wheel UK Cassette Single
Behind The Wheel UK 12”
Behind The Wheel UK Limited Edition 12”
Behind The Wheel UK cd single
Behind The Wheel UK 1991 cd re-issue
Behind The Wheel German 12” coloured vinyl
Behind The Wheel German Limited edition 12” coloured vinyl
Behind The Wheel German 3” cd single
Behind The Wheel German cd single
Behind The Wheel 1991 European re-issue cd
Behind The Wheel US 12”
Behind The Wheel UK 12" promo (DBONG15)
Behind The Wheel UK L12" promo

Little 15 German 3” cd single
Little 15 German cd single
Little 15 UK 7"
Little 15 Netherlands 7"
Little 15 UK 12”
Little 15 1991 cd re-issue

Everything Counts (Live) UK 7”
Everything Counts (Live) UK 12”
Everything Counts (Live) UK Limited Edition 12”
Everything Counts (Live) 10” with postcards and stickers
Everything Counts (Live) UK 3” cd single
Everything Counts (LIve) German 3" cd single
Everything Counts (Live) UK Limited Edition 3” filofax pack cd single
Everything Counts (Live) 1991 Uk cd re-issue
Everything Counts (Live) 2004 UK cd re-issue
Everything Counts (Live) 1991 European cd re-issue
Everything Counts (Live) UK 12" promo
Everything Counts (Live) UK L12" promo

Personal Jesus UK 7”
Personal Jesus UK 7” Gatefold
Personal Jesus UK 12”
Personal Jesus UK Limited Edition 12”
Personal Jesus Uk 3” cd single
Personal Jesus UK Limited Edition 3” cd single
Personal Jesus UK Cassette Single
Personal Jesus 2004 Uk cd re-issue
Personal Jesus US Maxi cd single
Personal Jesus German cd single
Personal Jesus German Limited Edition cd single
Personal Jesus Australian 12" Blue vinyl
Personal Jesus UK 12" promo
Personal Jesus Japanese maxi cd single

Enjoy The Silence UK 7”
Enjoy The Silence UK 12”
Enjoy The Silence UK Limited Edition 12”
Enjoy The Silence UK Extra Limited 12”
Enjoy The Silence Uk 3” cd single
Enjoy The Silence UK Limited Edition 3” cd single
Enjoy The Silence UK Extra Limited Edition 3” cd single
Enjoy The Silence 2004 Uk cd re-issue
Enjoy The Silence US Maxi Cd
Enjoy The Silence German 3” CD single
Enjoy The Silence German Limited Edition 3” cd single
Enjoy The Silence UK Cassette Single
Enjoy The Silence UK 12" promo
Enjoy The Silence UK radio promo CDBONG18R
Enjoy The Silence Japanese cd single

Policy Of Truth UK 7”
Policy Of Truth UK Cassette Single
Policy Of Truth UK 12”
Policy Of Truth UK Limited Edition 12”
Policy Of Truth UK cd single
Policy Of Truth UK Limited Edition cd single
Policy Of Truth 2004 UK cd re-issue
Policy Of Truth US Maxi cd
Policy Of Truth German cd single
Policy Of Truth Limited Edition cd single
Policy Of Truth UK 12" promo
Policy Of Truth UK radio promo cd
Policy Of Truth Japanese cd maxi

World In My Eyes UK 7”
World In My Eyes UK Cassette Single
World In My Eyes UK 12”
World In My Eyes UK Limited Edition 12”
World In My Eyes UK cd single
World In My Eyes UK Limited Edition cd single
World In My Eyes German Limited Edition cd single
World In My Eyes 2004 UK cd re-issue
World In My Eyes Japanese Maxi cd
World In My Eyes UK Promo 12" (numbered)
World In My Eyes UK 12" promo
World In My Eyes Japanese maxi cd single

I Feel You UK Cassette Single
I Feel You UK cd single
I Feel You UK Limited Edition CD single
I Feel You UK 7"
I Feel You UK 12”
I Feel You UK Limited Edition 12”
I Feel You 2004 Uk cd re-issue
I Feel You UK 12" promo

Walking In My Shoes UK Cassette Single
Walking In My Shoes UK cd single
Walking In My Shoes UK Limited Edition cd Single
Walking In My Shoes UK 12”
Walking In My Shoes UK Limited Edition 12”
Walking In My Shoes 2004 UK cd re-issue
Walking In My Shoes UK 12" promo
Walking In My Shoes German 7"
Walking In My Shoes UK 7" promo

Condemnation UK Cassette Single
Condemnation UK cd single
Condemnation UK Limited Edition cd single
Condemnation UK 12”
Condemnation UK Limited Edition 12”
Condemnation 2004 UK cd re-issue
Condemnation UK promo 12"
Rush UK promo 12"
Condemnation French cd single in card sleeve

In Your Room UK Cassette Single
In Your Room UK 12"
In Your Room UK Limited Edition 12"
In Your Room UK cd single
In Your Room UK Limited Edition cd single
In Your Room UK extra limited edition cd single (triple pack)
In Your Room 2004 cd re-issue
In Your Room UK 12" promo

Barrel Of A Gun UK Cd single
Barrel Of A Gun Uk Limited Edition cd single
Barrel Of A Gun UK 12”
Barrel Of A Gun UK Limited Edition 12”
Barrel Of A Gun 2004 cd re-issue
Barrel Of A Gun UK 12" Promo
Barrel Of A Gun UK 12" L12 Promo
Barrel Of A Fun UK promo cd

Its No Good UK Cassette Single
Its No Good UK cd single
Its No Good Limited Edition UK cd single
Its No Good UK 12”
Its No Good 2004 cd re-issue
It's No Good UK 12" Promo
It's No Good UK L12" Promo
It's No Good (Live) UK Promo cd

Home UK Cassette Single
Home UK cd single
Home UK Limited Edition cd single
Home UK 12”
Home 2004 cd re-issue
Home UK 12" Promo
Home UK Promo cd

Useless UK cd single
Useless UK Limited Edition cd single
Useless UK 12”
Useless 2004 cd re-issue
Useless UK Promo 12"
Useless UK Promo cd

Only When I Lose Myself UK cd single
Only When I Lose Myself UK Limited edition cd single
Only When I Lose Myself UK Extra Limited edition cd single
Only When I Lose Myself UK 12”
Only When I Lose Myself UK Limited Edition 12"
Only when I Lose Myself 2004 cd re-issue
Only When I Lose Myself UK promo 12"
Only When I Lose Myself UK L12" promo
Only When I Lose Myself UK promo cd

Dream On UK cd 1
Dream On UK cd 2
Dream On UK 12”
Dream on 2004 cd re-issue
Dream On UK 12" promo
Dream On UK L12 Promo
Dream On UK XL12 Promo

I Feel Loved UK cd 1
I Feel Loved UK cd 2
I Feel Loved Uk 12”
I Feel Loved UK Limited Edition 12”
I Feel Loved UK 2 track Radio promo
I Feel Loved UK 12" promo
I Feel Loved UK L12" promo
I Feel Loved UK XL12" promo

Freelove UK cd 1
Freelove UK cd 2
Freelove UK DVD single
Freelove UK 12”
Freelove UK 12" promo
Freelove UK L12 Promo double 12"

Goodnight Lovers UK cd
Goodnight Lovers Limited Edition red vinyl 12” with poster

Enjoy The Silence 2004 UK cd1
Enjoy The Silence 2004 UK cd2
Enjoy The Silence 2004 UK cd3
Enjoy The Silence 2004 UK 12
Enjoy The Silence 2004 UK Limited Edition 12”
Enjoy The Silence 2004 UK XL12"
Enjoy The Silence 2004 UK double 12" promo P12BONG34
Enjoy The Silence 2004 UK 12" promo PL12BONG34
Enjoy The Silence 2004 UK 12" promo PXL12BONG34

Precious UK cd 1
Precious UK cd 2
Precious UK dvd
Precious Limited Edition 7” Picture Disc
Precious UK 12"
Precious UK Limited Edition 12"
Precious UK 12" promo
Precious UK L12" promo
Precious UK promo cd RCDBONG35

A Pain That I’m Used To UK cd 1
A Pain That I’m Used To UK cd 2
A Pain That I’m Used To UK dvd single
A Pain That I'm Used To Uk 12"
A Pain That I'm Used To UK Limited Edition12"
A Pain That I’m Used To Limited Edition 7” Picture Disc
A Pain That I’m Used To Limited Edition 7” Picture Disc
A Pain That I'm Used To UK 12" Promo
A Pain That I'm Used To UK L12 Promo
A Pain That I'm Used To UK promo cd (version 1) RCDBONG36
A Pain That I'm Used To UK promo cd (version 2) RLCDBONG36

Suffer Well UK cd1
Suffer Well UK cd2
Suffer Well UK dvd single
Suffer Well Limited Edition 7” Picture Disc
Suffer Well UK 12"
Suffer Well UK Limited Edition 12"
Suffer Well - UK XL12" (The Darkest Star remixes)
Suffer Well UK 12" promo
Suffer Well UK L12 Promo
Suffer Well UK XL12 Promo (The Darkest Star)
Suffer Well UK promo cd RCDBONG37

John The Revelator / Lilian UK cd1
John The Revelator / Lilian UK cd2
John The Revelator / Lilian UK dvd single
John The Revelator / Lilian Limited Edition 7” Picture Disc
John The Revelator / Lilian UK 12"
John The Revelator / Lilian  UK Limited Edition 12"
John The Revelator / Lilian UK 12" white label Promo
John The Revelator / Lilian UK L12" white label promo

Martyr UK cd1
Martyr UK cd2
Martyr UK DVD single
Martyr Limited Edition 7” Picture Disc
Martyr UK 12"
Martyr UK Limited Edition Double 12"
Martyr UK 12" promo

Wrong UK cd1
Wrong UK cd2
Wrong UK 12”
Wrong UK 7” Coloured vinyl
Wrong UK 7” Coloured vinyl
Wrong UK promo cd RCDBONG40

Peace UK cd1
Peace UK cd2
Peace UK 7” Coloured vinyl

Hole To Feed/Fragile Tension UK cd
Hole To Feed/Fragile Tension UK double 12”

Personal Jesus 2011 UK cd
Personal Jesus 2011 UK 12” Coloured vinyl

Heaven UK cd
Heaven UK LCD
Heaven UK 12"

Soothe My Soul UK cd 1
Soothe My Soul UK cd 2
Soothe My Soul UK 12"

Should Be Higher UK cd 1
Should Be Higher UK cd 2
Should Be Higher UK 12"

Where's The Revolution UK cd

Singles Boxsets 1-6

2. Albums
Speak and Spell UK LP
Speak and Spell UK cassette
Speak and Spell UK cd (1988)
Speak and Spell UK CD re-issue with dvd (2006)
Speak and Spell – UK Vinyl reissue
Speak and Spell US 12" promo sampler (Big Muff/Photographic/Nodisco/Boys Say Go)

A Broken Frame UK LP
A Broken Frame UK cassette
A Broken Frame UK cd (1988)
A Broken Frame UK CD re-issue with dvd
A Broken Frame UK Vinyl reissuse
Selections From A Broken Frame - Sire US 12" promo

Construction Time Again UK LP
Construction Time Again UK Cassette
Construction Time Again UK CD (1988)
Construction Time Again UK CD re-issue with dvd
Construction Time Again UK Vinyl reissue
Construction Time Again Italian vinyl
Construction Time Again Australian vinyl with gatefold sleeve
Construction Time Again Polish vinyl
Construction Time Again German vinyl

Some Great Reward UK LP
Some Great Reward UK CD
Some Great Reward UK Cassette
Some Great Reward German Grey Vinyl LP
Some Great Reward UK CD re-issue with dvd
Some Great Reward UK Vinyl reissue

Singles 81-85 UK LP
Singles 81-85 UK cassette
Singles 81-85 UK cd
Singles 81-85 German Grey Vinyl LP
Singles 81-85 (UK re-issue cd with extra tracks)
Singles 81-85 reissue vinyl UK
The Remixes 81-85 UK promo vinyl

Black Celebration UK Cassette
Black Celebration UK LP
Black Celebration UK cd
Black Celebration German Grey Vinyl LP
Black Celebration UK CD re-issue with dvd
Black Celebration – UK Vinyl reissue

Music For The Masses UK LP
Music For The Masses UK Clear Vinyl LP
Music For The Masses UK Cassette (Limited edition with Black Celebration as b side)
Music For The Masses UK Cassette
Music For The Masses German Blue Vinyl LP
Music For The Masses German standard Vinyl LP
Music For The Masses Scandinavian isse LP
Music For The Masses UK CD re-issue with dvd (2006)
Music For The Masses – UK Vinyl reissue
Music For The Masses - Strangelove/NLMDA 12" HMV single

101 UK Cassette
101 UK Double LP
101 UK reissue double LP
101 UK double cd (soft box)
101 UK double cd (hard box)
101 UK double cd (SACD Re-issue)

Violator UK LP
Violator UK cassette
Violator UK CD
Violator UK CD re-issue with dvd (2006)
Violator (Japanese 2 disc edition on Alpha Records)
Violator – UK Vinyl reissue
Violator - 12" promo single feat the 4 singles
Violator - UK "Pizza Box" promo set

Songs Of Faith and Devotion UK LP
Songs Of Faith and Devotion UK CD
Songs Of Faith and Devotion UK Cassette
Songs of Faith and Devotion UK CD re-issue with dvd
Songs of Faith and Devotion – UK Vinyl reissue

Songs Of Faith and Devotion Live UK cd
Songs Of Faith and Devotion Live UK LP

Ultra UK LP
Ultra UK CD
UltraUK Cassette
Ultra UK Vinyl re-issue
Ultra UK CD re-issue with dvd

Singles 86-98 UK CD
Singles 86-98 - Limited Edition UK vinyl boxset
Singles 86-98 UK Minidisc
Remixes 86-98 - UK Promo (3 x 12")

Exciter UK CD
Exciter UK LP
Exciter UK cassette
Exciter UK Vinyl re-issue
Exciter UK Minidisc
Exciter UK CD re-issue with dvd

Remixes 81 – 04 – 3 x cd
Remixes 81-04 Ltd Ed UK 6 x LP boxset

Playing The Angel UK CD
Playing The Angel UK Ltd edition cd with dvd
Playing The angel UK double vinyl

Live Here Now – Live in Jones Beach
Live Here Now – Live in Monterrey
Live Here Now – Live in Las Vegas
Live Here Now – Live in Mexico City
Live Here Now – Live in Mexico City
Live Here Now – Live in Sofia

The Best of Depeche Mode – cd and DVD pack
The Best of Depeche Mode - UK 3 x vinyl

Sounds Of The Universe – cd
Sounds Of The Universe - UK double vinyl
Sounds Of The Universe – boxset

Live Here Now – Glasgow
Live Here Now – London O2
Live Here Now – Albert Hall

Remixes2 81-11 – 3 x cd
Remixes2 81-11 - 6 x vinyl limited edition boxset

Delta Machine UK double vinyl
Delta Machine UK Deluxe cd

Spirit UK double vinyl
Spirit UK deluxe edition cd
Spirit UK cd
Spirit German Saturn only boxset with badge

3. Miscellaneous

Sometimes I Wish I Was Dead - UK flexidisc given away with Flexipop Magazine (1981) (contains one off mix of the track)

Dressed In Black (Record Mirror 7" ep given away with Record Mirror magazine 1986) (contains one off mix of the track)

But Not Tonight US 12"

BONG magazine - Death's Door flexidisc
BONG magazine -BONGFAN2 cd

Personal Jesus 2011 - US RSD 12"

X1 - Japan only boxset
X2 - Japan only boxset

I Want You Now - Japanese cd single (unsnapped)