Thursday, March 30, 2017

Songoftheday 3/30/17 - All I ever wanted all I ever needed is here in my arms, words are very unnecessary they can only do harm...

"Enjoy The Silence" - Depeche Mode
from the album Violator (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #8 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 12

Today's song of the day comes from the British new wave band Depeche Mode, who had proven their popularity in the States with their triumphant sold-out show in the Rose Bowl in 1988, which was documented in their live documentary and album 101. In the spring of 1990 the first single from their next album, the jump-blues thump of "Personal Jesus", became their second top-40 pop hit in the U.S., introducing their classic record Violator. The next single from the set would end up being their biggest American success so far, "Enjoy The Silence". Written by Martin Gore and sung by Dave Gahan, it was moody but still joyful synthpop song that was the goth's go-to love song had the dark picture it painted in the lyrics culminate in the chorus "all I ever wanted, all I ever needed was in your arms..."...


"Enjoy The Silence" became the Mode's sole top-10 pop hit (so far) in the U.S. in July of 1990. The song also spent three weeks at #1 on Billboard's Modern Rock radio chart, while the 12" remix single went to #6 on their Dance Club Play list. Internationally, the single was #1 in Spain for five weeks, did a week at the top in Denmark, and reached the top ten in Germany (#2), Switzerland (#2), Ireland (#3), Finland (#3), Belgium (#4), Sweden (#5), the Netherlands (#5), France (#9), Italy (#10), and their native UK (#6). The song won the BRIT award for best single that year as well.

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The band made an alternate video miming atop the World Trade Center in New York...


...and the "Hands And Feet Mix" from disco king Francois Kevorkian and Mark Saunders that placed in the top ten on the dance chart...


Here's the Mode on tour in 1993 after their first #1 album Songs Of Faith and Devotion...


...and again on their Singles tour in 1998...


Fast forward to their Exciter shows in 2001...


That same year, Tori Amos recorded her own version of the song for her Strange Little Girls album...



In 2004, the song was reworked by Mike Shinoda of the nu-metal band Linkin Park, and the resulting single release saw the track return to the top ten in the UK (#7), Germany (#5), and Belgium (#9)...


Two years later, Italian heavy metal band Lacuna Coil released a cover of "Enjoy The Silence", which hit #27 in their home country and just missed the top-40 in the UK at #41...


Back to the Mode on their Touring The Angel show in 2006...


...and again in 2010 for the Tour Of The Universe show...


In 2011, Britain's Got Talent contestant turned viral video star Susan Boyle recorded the song for her #1 UK album Someone To Watch Over Me...


Back to the Mode on their Delta Machine tour in 2013...


They appeared on Letterman as well in 2013...


Finally, here's the epic 15 minute "Quad Mix" that appeared on my well-worn cassette maxi-single...


Up tomorrow: Soul singer turned group member heads back out solo to give some "good touch".

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