Waiting for a Miracle is the debut album by The Comsat Angels, released in September 1980 on Polydor Records.
On this day in 1994, Depeche Mode released “In Your Room” as a single in the UK. They are currently on tour in the EU. The music video for “In Your Room” (using the Zephyr mix) was directed by Anton Corbijn and features references to the videos for “Strangelove” (a model posing in her underwear), “I Feel You” (a woman dressed as Dave Gahan, wearing a pinstripe suit, sunglasses, and a wig), “Walking in My Shoes” (the bird costume), “Halo” (the people wearing clown makeup), “Enjoy the Silence” (Dave Gahan dressed as a king, holding the folding chair while walking in the road), “Personal Jesus” (the bandmembers wearing cowboy hats), and “Condemnation” (the white dress with ribbons on it that one of the women wears). Corbijn described the video as a retrospective of the work he had done with Depeche Mode. He said he made it that way because he was sure frontman Dave Gahan was going to die before Depeche Mode could release more songs. The video features Alexandra Kummer, who sometimes is partially clothed. Because of the partial nudity and scenes of bondage, the video only aired after prime time on MTV in the US. Since the video had only limited screen play the single was not a hit in the US. This is the last Depeche Mode single with Alan Wilder as a band member, and the last music video he appears in.
“Home” is Depeche Mode’s thirty-third UK single, released on June 16, 1997, and the third single for the album Ultra. It is also the third (and most recent) UK single with Martin Gore on lead vocals, and the second stand-alone single with him on lead vocals (the others are “A Question of Lust” and “Somebody”, which was a double A-side with “Blasphemous Rumours”). Though it was planned to be released in the US, it ended up being scrapped due to some radio stations playing the song “Useless” instead, leading people in the US to believe that was the third single, when it was the fourth single. Reprise scrapped the US release of “Home”, despite there already being confirmed tracklists, and released “Home”/”Useless” as a double A-side single. “Home” is a ballad with haunting strings and layered arrangements. The single version of “Home” has an ambient intro, then the drum beat featured in the album version, and is the same length as the album version. There are no actual B-sides for “Home”, just live versions of “Barrel of a Gun” and “It’s No Good” recorded during the Ultra Party concert in London. The music video for “Home” is the only Ultra video not directed by Anton Corbijn, but instead by Steve Green. It features an alien exploring an apartment complex, and uses a shortened version of the song. During the “Touring the Angel” world tour, “Home” was included in the setlist, and the “Air Around the Golf” arrangement was used for the first half part of the song.
Music video by Depeche Mode performing Soothe My Soul. (c) 2013 Venusnote Ltd., under exclusive license to Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment
German viewers can watch the video on TAPE.TV here.
Soulsavers have always had a musical element to their visuals. A production team hinging on Rich Machin and Ian Glover, almost from their inception the duo have been inundated with offers to use their music in film and television. Yet most of the time, Soulsavers turn down those requests. Returning with new album ‘The Light The Dead See’ last year, the duo sparked another flurry of interest in their music. The presence of Dave Gahan undoubtedly helped. The Depeche Mode frontman worked with Rich Machin and Ian Glover, adding his vocals to productions which were driven as much by contemporary electronics as they were by timeless Americana. One track – ‘Take’ – has inspired a film maker to get behind the camera. Working of his own volition, Bernhard Wittich shot a clip in the deserted foothills of Peru. [Source]
“Barrel of a Gun” is Depeche Mode’s thirty-first UK single, released on February 3, 1997 (January 28 in the US), and the first single from the band’s ninth studio album Ultra. “Barrel of a Gun” came after some difficult times for the band and its members. Musician Alan Wilder left the band in 1995, and lead singer David Gahan nearly died while in the throes of heroin addiction. Martin Gore had a string of seizures, and Andrew Fletcher had some emotional problems of his own. In mid-1996, Gore tried to get Gahan and Fletcher interested in recording new Depeche Mode material by writing a few songs and seeing if anybody was interested in continuing after that. It worked, and the band were back together, except now a trio again for the first time since 1982’s A Broken Frame. “Barrel of a Gun” brings back the industrial music sound, and is one of the band’s darkest songs. Gore wasn’t sure if it was going to be a big hit, so he was reluctant to recommend this song as the first single, but when he eventually did, it turned out the rest of band, Daniel Miller, and producer Tim Simenon agreed. It reached number 4 in the UK chart in 1997, which at the time was their highest chart position jointly with “People Are People”, released in 1984. Since then, “Precious” has also reached number 4 in the UK, in 2005. The B-side is a 7+ minute instrumental called “Painkiller”, which reflects the new dirty-electronic, vaguely rock angle of the band. A condensed (2+ minute) version shows up as a hidden track on the Ultra album as “Junior Painkiller”. The music video for “Barrel of a Gun” is directed by Anton Corbijn, DM’s long-time visual collaborator. It features Gahan singing with his eyes closed, with eyeballs drawn on his eyelids to make it seem like they are open. The video was shot in Morocco.