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From: Stéphane Devillers
We can see you a lot in the video of 'A Question Of Time'. I heard that you were the only one at Anton's appointment and that the rest of the band was sleeping. Is it true?
I can't really remember the circumstances but it is possible that I was the only one prepared to get up early enough. The location was two hours outside L.A. and I think the shoot was on a day after a gig. Directors always get you to the shoot at 5 a.m. just out of spite ;-)
When you were giving a track to Anton, did he make any comment about the song? What were his favourite tracks and does he like Recoil?
Yes, he was usually very positive about the music although his thoughts and subsequent interpretations were pretty strange. I have no idea what he thinks of Recoil but I sent him a copy of 'Unsound Methods'.
In the beginning of 'A Question Of Lust' video, Martin wants to appear naked in front of the camera. Was it for real or just a fun idea for the video?
It was real. We were in a club somewhere and, as usual, Martin managed to take all his clothes off. The director Clive Richardson decided to bring his camera along and that's what he got.
Why wasn't the 'Little 15' video directed by Anton Corbjin and why it was originally only released in Germany?
It was released only in France and seemed like a good opportunity to try a different director.
Why did the 'Devotional' video not include 'Policy Of truth' and 'Halo' considering you played them almost every show?
It was probably necessary to tighten up the compilation to fit within a particular time frame, so some tracks had to be omitted. These tracks were felt to be older and didn't work as well visually as some of the others.
Why on 'Some Great Videos', are 'See You', 'The Meaning of Love', 'Leave In Silence' and 'Get The Balance Right', not included?
It's a long time ago but I reckon the reasoning was that they were just too embarrassing to include. Note: they were nearly all directed by Julian Temple.
From: Mario Vella
I'd like to know whether you'd like to work with Anton Corbijn again? I remember reading how you enjoyed that part of Depeche Mode - what's your favourite video of his?
I think Anton's very talented and played an important part in the development of Depeche Modes image. It would, however, be a mistake to involve him in Recoil because I want the Recoil imagery to be very different from DM. My favourite DM videos are 'Never Let Me Down', 'Walking In My Shoes', 'I Feel You', and 'In Your Room'.
Was there any particular significance behind the astronaut and the mummy images used during 'Never Let Me Down Again' on 'Devotional' or was this just deliberately ambiguous?
Ask Anton - you're dealing with the mind of a strange Dutchman.
I was reading your 'Violator' report and I noticed you wrote this under the 'Policy Of Truth' single:
"Anton's promo was shot in New York and along with another 'Violator' song 'Waiting For The Night', 'Policy' eventually featured in the film 'The Confessional'".
Did you mean to say the promo for 'Clean' was filmed or was there really a promo video for 'Waiting For The Night'?
Sorry to confuse you Farhan but no, there was no promo for 'Waiting For The Night'. Funnily enough, this was a point of debate between me and the missus while we were writing the editorials. Hep said that she thought the above sentence was open to misinterpretation and I argued that it made perfect sense - it would seem however she was right! What I actually should have said was:
"Anton's promo was shot in New York and along with another 'Violator' song 'Waiting For The Night', 'Policy' eventually featured on the soundtrack to the film 'The Confessional'."
Was there ever a video filmed for the song 'Dangerous'?
Was a video ever shot that was never released (like a rumoured 'White Water Rafting' video of 'Shake The Disease')? Who directed 'Little 15' and why wasn't it released on a compilation? Did you not like the video?
We made an alternative video for 'Strangelove' (again at the Americans request), directed by Martin Atkins. He also made the video for 'Little 15'. The last two video compilations have all featured the work of Anton Corbijn and it was felt that it would be out of place to include someone else's work. Don't be surprised if 'Little 15' ends up on some future video compilation ;-)
I was wondering what happened to the leather jacket that you were wearing in the 'Shake The Disease' or 'Policy Of Truth' videos? Any plans on selling it? :)
Still got them - no I'm not selling.
Last night I was watching 'Some Great Videos', and the one to 'It's Called A Heart' reminds me a bit of the Stephen King story, 'Children Of The Corn' - was that the intention?
You'll have to ask Peter Care (the director) - he came up with that 'concept'. Quite how he equated 'calling something a heart' with twirling cameras around on the end of a string in a field of corn in Reading dressed in a skirt, I'll never be able to tell you.........but then the track was asking for it..... what's it all about, eh?
From: Javier Pecyner
Do you know exactly what happened with the 'In Your Room' video not being played by MTV? I heard it was censored because they said it contained "slavery images". The same occurred with Prodigy's 'Smack My Bitch Up' for other unknown reasons. If all of this is true, what about the 'Master & Servant' video that was played on MTV a lot and where the lyrics and images make an ambiguous reference to sado-masochistic sex?
I couldn't begin to explain what goes on in the censor's minds. As I've said before on Q + A, it's perfectly acceptable to beat the shit out of people and blow their arms and legs off in TV cop shows but show someone chained to a chair and you're corrupting innocent youth. The irony of censorship is that in most cases it simply highlights the very thing it's attempting to suppress. Just look at the notoriety of films such as 'A Clockwork Orange' (banned in England since it's release) and 'The Exorcist' which are now considered tame by comparison to most current box office films.
Who is that man running around in '101' saying, " start the tape please "
Step forward, Mr Andy Franks!
From: Jason Seals
Did you like the video footage more for the 'World Violation' tour or the 'Devotional' tour?
I think I preferred the work for the last tour best, although I liked aspects of both. I wasn't too keen on the images for 'Enjoy The Silence' ('Devotional') however.
In '101' there is a scene of Martin on guitar, Dave on harmonica and someone else singing 'I Saw Her Standing There.' Is that other person Daryl Bamonte?
Yes, if I remember correctly.
From: Robert Sokolowski
Do you know if a 'New Life' video was ever made? I think I've seen a bit of it on TV...
Not that I'm aware of.
I have seen a strange video for 'Never Let Me Down Again' shot somewhere at the seaside with you on drums, Fletch on unplugged synths :-), Martin on guitar and Dave on vocals. Do you remember it? If so, why and where was it shot and who directed it (I doubt if it was Mr Corbijn :-))?
If I remember correctly, it was done for a Belgium T.V. show. I don't have any other details.
From: Neil Kay
Was the reported 'Axel Rose kicked out of the DM '101' release party for shooting a pig!' story actually true?
Not that I know of.
Did the old saying 'never work with children' apply to the making of the 'A Question Of Time' video?
Yes, we had to struggle with the little baskets, sorry babies for hours before they would do what was required. There were mothers, nappies, bottles, toys - all kinds of chaos.
From: Kevin L. Bass
In the '101 video', Dave is seen holding a child. Also, there is a young lady present. Is this his child? And was that his wife or girlfriend?
It must have been his son Jack and first wife, Jo.
It's nice to talk again to you after nine years break!! The last time I met you was at Logic Studios in Milan during the recording of 'Violator'. Do you still have all the video tapes you made of the fans that the band was meeting from town to town between 1983/1987? I should be in lots of them!!
Yes, I've kept all my early video tapes and you wouldn't be the first person to enquire about them. Sorry to disappoint you but even though you might be in them, they'll never see the light of day publicly!
From: Bruno Ouvrein
Near the end of the 'Strangelove' video, we can see you in profile holding the famous DM loudspeaker and an old lady is walking by whilst looking at you. The scene looks very spontaneous, was it something arranged by Anton?
No, the old lady was a coincidence.
From: Danni Chupp
In 'Devotional', is that your back on the screen?
I'm not sure what you're talking about but I don't think so.
From: Katherine Davison
Will the videos from the 'SOFAD' period ever see the light of day. I still have not seen 'Condemnation' or 'In Your Room'.
Oh I'm sure you'll get to see them at some point.
Are there two versions of the 'Walking' video? I have seen one on MTV when it first came out, but I also saw a picture of you, Martin and Fletch with half naked girls on your laps, which did not appear in the video.
You've probably seen a US MTV edit of 'Walking..." Arses are a no-no for American TV. It's ok if you're blowing someone's brains out though.
From: Jeff Renfrow
Keeping in mind that you are a perfectionist, does it bother you that you messed up 'Black Celebration' in '101' when you were demonstrating the keyboards backstage?
It's not something I'm losing sleep over.
Both the 'Devotional' and 'Live In Hamburg' videos contain less tracks in the US. Why do we always get the shorter videos?
I have no idea. Probably a U.S. record company decision. We normally provide the Americans with 'parts' (i.e. finished products) and then they decide what is suitable for their market. They always like to do things differently and it's usually the subject of a lot of debate. They insist that they know their market better than us - maybe they're right?
You also said you have some very rare DM video footage that would never see the light of day, except for the right price. What if I told you I know someone who might be interested!
They still couldn't afford them ;-)
What is your opinion on the videos 'Personal Jesus', 'Clean', and 'Halo' and where were they shot?
'PJ' was shot at a commonly used film set in Spain. 'Clean' and 'Halo' were both shot in California (I think). I quite like them but they're not my favourites. There's always something to admire in Anton's films.
Do you remember a girl named Jenna Elfman who now appears in a pretty big (but lame) TV show called 'Darma and Greg'? People say she's in the 'Halo' video?
I don't remember much about the filming or who the extras were.
From: Charles and Ian
I recently watched '101' again. Terrific live footage, the kids were a good idea and they were fun (and understandably phoney). However, there's hardly any behind-the-scenes shots of the band members. Were the kids there to take attention away from you guys? The film had interesting observations on "pop" and the pop market but I got the feeling there was maybe some (self) censorship regarding footage of yourselves. What is your opinion of the film?
From: Dominic Sotter
What was the point of having so much footage of fans tossing about on a bus in '101'?
To be honest, I could have done without the 'fans on the bus' angle which I felt gave the whole film too much of a pop feel. That's not to say I didn't like the fans, I just think Pennebaker was limited because he had to make the film from the only perspective he had - a pop band playing to massive audiences of screaming kids. For that reason alone the film works but from my personal perspective it's not all that interesting. I would have liked it to have offered something more in-depth.
From: Ingo Wziontek
I got a videotape of an old U.S. MTV Dance Show including an unreleased promo-clip for 'Strangelove '88'. What was the idea behind this and will it ever find its way onto an official collection? I heard a rumour that there is a 'But Not Tonight' video. Is this true?
The exact reasoning for why a second version of 'Strangelove' was made, is lost somewhere in the mists of time (;-)) but an educated guess would lead me to conclude that as usual, it was probably something to do with the Amercian record company and / or MTV not being happy with Anton's original version. The second video was directed by Martyn Atkins. As for 'But Not Tonight', I've covered this before. A video was made for this track (directed by Tamara....can't remember her surname) because of its inclusion in a dodgy film at the time. Check the archives for more details.
Was it scary seeing yourself as a 'movie-star' up there on the big-screen when you first saw '101'? Were there any special moments you remember being filmed but were unfortunately left out of the final cut or any particular scenes in the film that embarrassed you or the other members of DM (like Dave strutting around in his knickers and sockies)?
It was all pretty embarrassing actually. Especially the premiere in London with my parents and friends sitting there watching us make fools of ourselves in massive cinemascope.
Was it a dream come true getting to smooch on a sexy model all day when you made the 'Policy Of Truth' video? And why did that chick run away from you so fast after you two played kissy-face, did you have death-breath or something?
We didn't actually snog - although I was up for it. She just wanted to pretend. She probably ran away because of what I whispered in her ear. '-)
From: Toal CP
I happened to see the Erasure video for 'Respect' the other day and at one point Vince Clarke spray paints all over a symbol that looks remarkably like the loudspeaker logo from 'MFTM'. Was this slight the result of an open feud at the time and was the pettiness reciprocated by DM?
I think it was just a bit of fun from Vince, nothing more than that.
From: Brian Hodge
Did / Do you ever try to 'direct' your visual representations (cover art / videos) or do you just let Anton / Intro etc. follow their own creative ideas?
I always tried to get involved with the artistic side of DM and Anton was usually quite receptive although he very much likes to stick closely to his own ideas. With Recoil, I'm much more involved. I'm always open to people's ideas but I do have a strong concept of how I want the project to be represented.
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