Category Archives: Depeche Mode

People Are People

Martin Gore has said that he regrets “People Are People” because of its obvious lyrical message, and has described the tune as “too nice, too commercial”; consequently, Depeche Mode has not played the song live since 1988.

Gore should put his artistic ego aside and once again recognize and perform “People Are People”—it is an egalitarian anthem greatly needed for our deeply divided world.


People are people so why should it be
You and I should get along so awfully?

So we’re different colours and we’re different creeds
And different people have different needs
It’s obvious you hate me though I’ve done nothing wrong
I’ve never even met you so what could I have done?

I can’t understand
What makes a man
Hate another man
Help me understand

People are people so why should it be
You and I should get along so awfully?

Help me understand

Now you’re punching and you’re kicking and you’re shouting at me
I’m relying on your common decency
So far it hasn’t surfaced, but I’m sure it exists
It just takes a while to travel from your head to your fists

I can’t understand
What makes a man
Hate another man
Help me understand


We will never have true civilization until we have learned to recognize the rights of others.
Will Rogers (1879-1935)

Strangelove (US Promo)

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Depeche Mode
“Strangelove” (US Promo)
1988 Sire Records (US)
PRO-CD-3213

01 Strangelove (Remix Edit)
02 Strangelove (7″ Version)
03 Strangelove (7″ Blind Edit)
04 Strangelove (Highjack Mix)

Apparently unhappy with the original release of “Strangelove” in 1987, Sire Records commissioned new remixes and reissued the single the following year. The US promo CD includes three digitally exclusive edits.

Here’s the 1988 US promotional video using the album mix:

Behind The Wheel (US Promo)

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Depeche Mode
“Behind The Wheel” (US Promo)
1988 Sire Records (US)
PRO-CD-2953

01 Behind The Wheel (7″ Remix)
02 Behind The Wheel / Route 66 (Mega-Single Mix)
03 Route 66 / Behind The Wheel (Mega-Single Mix)
04 Behind The Wheel / Route 66 (Megamix)
05 Behind The Wheel (Beatmasters Mix)
06 Behind The Wheel (Extended Remix)

While the boys from Basildon have popped up on several compilations featured here, Depeche Mode has never been the focus of a post until now. “Behind The Wheel” is one of my favorite DM singles, and while the album version is the definitive mix, the remixes are excellent. Shep Pettibone and The Beatmasters pep up the beats to make the track more dancefloor-friendly, while Ivan Baker creates a megamix with B-side “Route 66.”