Depeche Mode – Peace

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Attack of the Killer Track! is a series that explores lesser known tracks from artists from a variety of genres. Some of the tracks were singles, some of them were obscure b-sides or long forgotten album tracks. One thing is certain – all of them are killer tracks.

This entry is a fairly recent single by Depeche Mode, but a single that wasn’t released in the United States and was their 2nd lowest charting single in the UK (released June 15 2009). I simply cannot fathom why a song that sounds like music for the masses was not a huge hit for the band. At this point in Depeche Mode’s career they typically wink and nod at their past while spinning the music and lyrics into a mix that betrays their vast life and musical experiences. (for a good time, play the video for “people are people” and follow it up with the video for “barrel of a gun”. Note the contrast). Sounds of the Universe was a strong record with some very high points and only a few songs that didn’t completely work (for me). “Peace” features positive, uplifting lyrics set against dark electronic music. David Gahan’s vocal performance is one of the best of his 30+ year career, and he becomes increasingly emotional as the song progresses. It is unclear if the protagonist of the video ever does find peace – but I know that when I need uplifting music to help combat the darkness this song has never let me down. Key lyrics:

Peace will come to me
Peace will come to me

I’m leaving bitterness behind
This time I’m cleaning up my mind
There is no space for the regrets
I will remember to forget

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Depeche Mode – Songs of Faith and Devotion

Part 20 of a series that will run every Friday throughout 2012 as I discuss records that have affected me throughout the years – Flashback Fridays

In the early 90’s I spent a lot of time with a good friend and his older brother. His older brother had what we considered a “cool” car – a Camaro Z28 (surely this is what The Dead Milkmen meant when they sang about a “Bitchin Camaro”). We went everywhere his brother went throughout ’92 and most of ’93. As is tradition with boys, we would hang out, do ridiculous things, and play the latest music. My friends brother had the latest cassette single (yes, seriously) by Depeche Mode called “I Feel You”. It seemed to have a way more aggressive tone than what I had heard in the past, and seemed to tie into the edgier music I was seeking out. The B side “One Caress” was even better – a song filled with strings and the singer singing his heart out. All I knew is that once the full length record came out, I had to have it.

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