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From: Carsten Vogt
You once remarked that 'Clean' and 'Policy Of Truth' experienced many changes before they were completed. Could you be a bit more precise? What would the other versions have sounded like?
I can't really describe them very well. The rhythms were in a constant state of flux. With 'Clean', we never had the delay bass line until the very end. With 'Policy' it took forever to find a lead riff sound which worked. We even tried a flute at one point! Generally, songs evolve rather than change radically, often spanning more than one recording session / studio.
I was wondering if you can shed any light on the making of the song 'Blue Dress' - your thoughts on it, and how far off the demo it is. Any really unique sounds used in that song?
Not really one of my favourites - hence penultimate track on LP (filler position). I would put it in the same bag as 'Get Right With Me' from 'SOFAD', in that we never really quite knew which way to go with it. Again, I'm a bit vague about the demo but I remember the approach when we recorded it was based around using washy sounding, drone guitars (a la Suicide) which formed the backbone of the track. It was deliberately quite wet sounding to try to give it some atmosphere.
From: Mario Vella
Who actually came up with the title 'Violator' and were you happy with the choice? Were there any other suggestions for the album's title?
Martin proposed it. I don't remember many other suggestions although there must have been some. I prefer it to 'Songs Of Faith And Devotion'.
How did you create the intro melody sound of 'Policy Of Truth' (also used on 'Halo', if I'm not mad...)?
It's a single note sampled from a guitar and then looped and played from a keyboard. The loop is what gives it the vibrato effect.
From: Sunil Solanki
Why weren't either 'Happiest Girl' or 'Sweetest Perfection' included as album tracks on 'Violator'?
Well 'Sweetest Perfection' was on the LP and 'Happiest Girl' was left off because we didn't think it was strong enough.
From: Michael M. Ubaldi
On 'Violator', the production is very consistent between songs to the point of 'Personal Jesus' employing a treated snare from 'World In My Eyes' and the Kraftwerkesque "pewt" noise liberally sprinkled among several of the tracks. Was this intentional to bring the album into a nice level of congruency or was it simply a matter of conveniently recycling otherwise excellent sounds?
It's called continuity. Violator's a lot more electronic than I remember it being. Obviously, that kind of sound was what felt right at the time even though we were also introducing drum loops and more guitars as well. The snares you mention were actually different sounds - there was very little recycling, just similarities. Francois brought an electro influence too.
From: The Faith Healer
DM's extended break after the success of 'Violator' and the ensuing tour left fans wanting for more - for years - but did the wait between 'Violator' and 'SOFAD' create extra tension for the band to top its commercial success, especially after climbing off the horse for so long?
I don't think so. We just needed a rest to re-charge the batteries so to speak.
From: Electric cafe
F. Kervorkian mixed all the 'Violator' album but for 'Enjoy The Silence' you preferred to release the Miller/ Flood and Miller / Legg mixes. What's the reason? Is it true that you don't like the sound of the guitar in the Kervorkian one?
Well, to be accurate, we mixed the LP together with Francois. Personally, I don't think there's much wrong with our mix of 'Enjoy The Silence'. The guitar sounds fine and the overall sound has a bit more sparkle. Daniel had a bee in his bonnet about the mix and felt very strongly that he could do better. We let him have a go and after 2 or 3 attempts (as you can see from the credits) decided that his mix was acceptable for the 7" version. Had he not pushed for it, I think we would have happily gone with the original mix. Funnily enough, our most successful single ever was one of the flattest, dullest sounding mixes with a snare drum that sounds like a sticky toffee pudding.
Where did you find the snare drum sound on the LP version of 'World In My Eyes' ?
Can't remember exactly. I think we made it from scratch or it could be a combination of analogue and a sample.
Is it a mini moog bass we hear on 'World In My Eyes', 'Halo', and 'Enjoy The Silence' ?
Again, can't remember exactly -most likely a combination of moog and Flood's Arp.
What kind of drum sounds did you use on 'Personal Jesus' ?
The main stomps are the sound of feet on flight cases and the other sounds are just sampled toms and an electro snare. Check out Report - editorial / October for more info.
From: Jonathan Dourish
Did you lift the drum track from 'Edge To Life' for the 'Devotional' version of 'WIME'? They sound very similar to me!
From: Electric Cafe
Is the bass line of 'Clean' sampled from Pink Floyd's 'One Of These Days'?
Is it correct that the right title was 'Waiting For The Night To Fall'?
From: Michael Jensen
I have been offered a double platinum record from 'Violator'. It's a U.S. edition given to Ms. Jo Bailey. Price: £600. Is it worth it?
That's entirely down to whether you're willing to pay it.
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'."
From: Carsten Vogt
Why didn't DM release the video version of 'Enjoy The Silence' as a single and on the album respectively?
No particular reason. We just had a few different intros floating about.
I can listen to 'World In My Eyes' over and over again without ever getting tired of hearing it - it's my favourite modern rock or alternative music song. Can you say what was the inspiration for this song, either by you or other group members at the time?
I can't really comment as I didn't write it - you'll have to ask Martin. You can read about how it was recorded in the Depeche Mode singles editorial - go to Report - editorial / October.
From: Jason Seals
Was there any tension during the recording of 'Violator' and/or the 'World Violation' tour which carried over into the 'SOFAD' recording/tour?
Tension is a normal state at certain times for any band and we were no exception to that.
Is it you whispering in different parts of 'Waiting For The Night'?
I can't remember - I don't think so.
From: Daniel Wellman
Was the Minimoog used to make the basslines for 'Halo' and 'World in My eyes'?
I think they were created using a combination of the Minimoog and Flood's ARP.
From: Ostermalms Eltjanst
I've heard many DM fans say (after your departure) "....the songwriter and the singer are still there so the next albums will be as good as the previous ones..." but what I miss on the 'Ultra' album is the basslines which I think have been the trademark of DM. Were you responsible for most of these, especially the powerful bassline in 'World In My Eyes' which I think is a big part of the song?
I was responsible for quite a lot of them including 'World In My Eyes'.
From: Stephan Martinussen
I've heard a demo of 'Enjoy The Silence' and noticed how much the song had changed from the demo to the final version. Which factors determine whether the song is going to be "dark and melodic" like the demo or "more optimistic" like the album version?
This is not easy to answer. There are no rules - you just go on a feeling and allow a song to develop. I thought that particular track would be better with a more upbeat 'dance' vibe than as an organ / vocal ballad.
From: Johnny Richman
What is your favourite song from 'Violator'?
'Clean', 'Halo' and 'World In My Eyes'.
The song you mentioned for 'Violator' called 'Mother Me', will you please give a description of what it sounded like, any possible lyrics, whether this song was ever actually recorded and who sang it, Dave or Martin.?
It sort of got started with some drums, bass + a couple of other parts but was shelved quite quickly. It was medium tempo and if I remember correctly it slipped into 7/8 time signature for the chorus - oops. I think Dave would have sung it.
From: Neil Kay
Did you set out to make 'Violator' such a commercial CD or did it just happen?
It was more luck than judgement.
From: Katherine Davison
I wanted to say that of all the DM songs I have heard, 'Sweetest Perfection' would have fitted in great on 'Unsound Methods'. It has a sound that is all yours. Could you describe how you came up with the ending?
The weird stuff at the end came together during the mixing stage (with Francois Kervorkian). It's the kind of thing you resort to when you haven't really got an ending ;-)
From: Benny Jørgensen
At the beginning of the 90's, U2 released 'Achtung Baby' and DM released 'Violator' - both huge successes, musically. There were a lot of discussions amongst fans about who was the best and the most innovative but it was very difficult to decide because you used the same people in production and art design (sleeves, videos, photo's). Was this a coincidence? Rumour also had it that when U2 were planning their tour, they looked over their shoulders to see how the 'Violation' tour stage design looked.
Well there were certain parallels between DM and U2 but musically they are world's apart. The production teams weren't actually the same - I think 'Achtung Baby' was produced by Eno and Lanois with Flood's role being that of an engineer and in our case, Flood was a co-producer. With Anton taking photographs of both groups there were obviously going to be similarities there because he has such a distinctive style. The cover of 'Achtung Baby' is actually very similar to the cover of '101' and whenever you see another of Anton's video's you notice all kinds of characteristics that are very particular to him. However, correct me if I'm wrong but I don't think Anton was involved in any of U2's stage designs, whereas he was very closely linked to ours.
None of DM knew any of the U2 band members very well although we did bump into each other on occasion.
From: Pete Naylor
After buying 'Strange Too', I've always wanted to get hold of the video mix of 'Enjoy The Silence' (with the different intro.) on CD. Was this mix ever released apart from on that video?
I don't think so but then again, I lose track of these things over the years. Your best bet is to ask a real trainspotter like Brat <email@example.com> for example. I'm sure he'll know.
In a 1990 MTV interview, Martin referred to 'Violator' as "Alan's album." If the statement regarding 'MFTM' is correct (in MFTM archives), why did Martin have such a change in policy between albums?
My answer on 'MFTM' should help you with this one. I've also read that Martin cites ' Violator' as his favourite Mode LP. I wonder what it all means.......?
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