Shake The Disease showed the world that there was a new Depeche Mode sound, a darker, glorious one that would go define the band's next few albums. It was a fine way to round off the first stage of their career and the decision to release The Singles 81-85 made sense as it provided a nice conclusion to that first stage.
Shake The Disease wasn't the only new track on that album however. Following the conclusion of their 1985 festival dates, the band recorded a couple of new tracks this time with Daniel producing alone as Gareth Jones had heard the demo of It's Call...sorry...was busy. One of these new tracks would carry on Shake The Disease's work by honing the new Depeche Mode sound further and focussing primarily on death.
The other was perplexingly chosen as the next single. It features a double 12" with a controversial remix, a terrible video and is not actually that good. If that hasn't whetted your appetite, I don't know what will. This is It's Called A Heart.
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