THE SINGLES 81-85 Spring 1999

Depeche Mode - Some Great Reward




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Formats:   LP CD
Release date:   September 1984
Produced and mixed by:   Depeche Mode, Daniel Miller and Gareth Jones
Recorded at:   Music Works, London and Hansa, Berlin


"After the initial recording at Music Works, we returned to Hansa to mix the album but ended up getting horribly behind schedule. As a result, myself, Dan and Gareth completed the album alone because the other 3 band members had all booked their summer holidays and didn't want to cancel them. I foresaw the fact that we were going to go over deadline and held off arranging one myself because I didn't want to miss out on the whole mixing process. I remember that Killing Joke were also at Hansa at the same time, working on their 'Night Time' LP. When they arrived, they let off a metal dust fire extinguisher all over Studio 2's Neve console, much to Gareth's annoyance. When he voiced his concerns, his name was entered into Jaz Coleman's 'little black book'...."


People Are People

Release date: 12th March 1984

UK 7 12 CD - Mute Records


      Depeche Mode - People Are People  


Produced and mixed by:   Depeche Mode, Daniel Miller and Gareth Jones
Recorded and mixed at:   Hansa Studios, Berlin
Promo director:   Clive Richardson


'People Are People' was the first track to benefit from a period of pre-programming to save studio time - even if it was done in a dodgy rehearsal room in Dollis Hill, North London.


People Are People mixing screen "We would have finished it sooner except that some of the work had to be redone after the infamous incident when a particular member of the band turned up, only to trip over the main power cable and pull the plug."


The record was the most successful to date, reaching the top of the charts in Germany, number 4 in the UK and sizeably denting the US top 40. Achieving a German Number 1 really tipped the scales in Europe and set the ball rolling for DM to become the single biggest-selling pop act in that territory. As luck would have it, the same week in England the single was sitting at number 4 and the Mode were due to appear on the hugely influential 'Top Of The Pops' TV programme. Had it not been for the show's cancellation due to industrial action, the single would almost certainly have ensured the group's first number 1 hit in their own country.

"Not bad for a song whose rhyming hook - "People are people so why should it be, you and I should get along so awfully" - is a candidate for 'worst lyric ever written' - almost on a par with Culture Club's - - "War is naughty, really really naughty, and people that start them should go to bed early....."

Adrian Sherwood remixed two versions of the single, the second entitled 'Are People People'. The group were surprised to hear that it contained vocals not generated by the band:

"Adrian used to 'capture' sounds in an AMS delay unit to create many of his effects, which was quite unusual for the time. I suspect this was how he created the additional voices. To be honest, I find Adrian's stuff a bit hit or miss. There tends to be some inspired moments but also some disasters - all within the same mix. I remember when he came to Hansa to do the above mixes and due to his 'mind altered state' he required a large box of fuses because he'd blow the speakers every 5 minutes."


People Are People video  

The video was shot on HMS Belfast, moored in London's East End.

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Master And Servant

Release date: 20th August 1984

UK 7 12 CD - Mute Records


      Depeche Mode - Master & Servant  


Produced and mixed by:   Depeche Mode, Daniel Miller and Gareth Jones
Remixed by:   Phil Harding
Recorded and mixed at:   Music Works, London and Hansa, Berlin
Promo director:   Clive Richardson


Though M+S proved another success for Depeche Mode, it is somewhat surprising considering the unfortunate incidents that dogged the recording. Released at the same time as Frankie Goes To Hollywood's massive hit, 'Relax', the aim was to emulate the same "fat, round bass sound". So desperate were the studio team to achieve this that "we went completely up our arses and ended up with exactly the opposite, topping it all off at the end of a 7 day mix by leaving out a small detail....the snare drum."


"The cost of this crucial omission was realised when Gareth and Dan hot-footed it down to a local Berlin club one night, armed with a test pressing and fully expecting to blow the local's minds. By the law of sod, the track came on straight after the pounding bass of 'Relax'. Not surprisingly, it cleared the dance floor, leaving both of them standing, red-faced in their raincoats, clutching their briefcases.


Then again, it was quite a laugh recording it - if you listen very carefully, as well as the whip sounds, you can hear two Basildon girls singing 'Treat me like a dog'."


Master & Servant video   The promo., shot in Berlin, didn't escape it's share of turmoil either. Clive hired a French choreographer who put together the hilarious "Eetsa lot, eetsa lot" dance routine, remembered by Alan as "the most embarrassing video moment ever - and believe me, there were many."


More worrying however, was the cancellation of a days filming after 'fisticuffs' ensued between two band members. Brought about when one party berated the other for excessive drinking, the Depeche Mode camp was decidedly uncomfortable for an entire week thereafter until the status quo was eventually restored, a peace agreement reached and the happy couple reconciled over Hansa Studio's 'Space Invader' machine.   Master & Servant promo

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