This was a strange hit however that was certainly not ignored. It floated around the alternative airwaves picking up the odd play here and there on Top Forty radio but it wasn't until 6 months had passed that the single suddenly broke in the US and everyone was talking about Depeche Mode - again. Musically, 'Personal Jesus' was a strange hybrid. The track itself was a significant move forward for the group but still retained elements of DM's former experimental self. For example, the main 'stomp' was a recording of 2 or 3 people jumping up and down on flight cases working alongside Martin's John Lee Hooker guitar riff and the Kraftwerk-style synth parts.

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