Depeche Mode - Early live only songs (partially found live performances; 1980-1982)
The setlist for a show from September 20th, 1980, showing many of the songs. As seen in Martin Gore's scrapbook in the "Making of the Universe" short film.
Status: Partially Found
Depeche Mode is an English electronic band currently consisting of Dave Gahan, Martin Gore and Andy Fletcher.
The band started out as Composition of Sound in 1979, then consisting of Vince Clarke, Martin Gore, and Andy Fletcher, with Gahan recruited as the lead singer soon after.
During their early years, the band performed a number of songs live which were never recorded in the studio for an official release or performed again after 1982. Some of these songs exist in the form of audience recordings in varying quality, while others are lost to time.
- 1 Found Songs
- 2 Lost Songs
- 3 External Links
Sometimes referred to as "Closer", "Closer All The Time" or "Ghost Of Modern Time". Two performances have been confirmed, with a recording available from a show that took place on November 14th, 1980 at the Technical College, Southend-On-Sea in Essex.
This song also appeared on the Summer 1980 Demo Tape. The only confirmed performance was on September 20th, at Crocs in Rayleigh, Essex.
Two confirmed performances of this song have been confirmed so far, both during the 1980 Tour. The recording of this song is from October 30th, 1980, at the Bridge House in London, making it the earliest genuine recording of Depeche Mode available.
As with "Reason Man", only two live performances can be confirmed, with a recording from the same October 30th show being available.
The Price Of Love
A cover of a song of the same name by The Everly Brothers. Played at least twice during the 1980 Tour and occasionally during the 1981 Tour. A total of 13 recordings of the performance are available, the highest quality one being sourced from a soundboard recording from a June 26th, 1981 show at Crocs in Rayleigh, Essex.
Written by a friend of Vince Clarke, Jason Knott. Performed live multiple times between 1980 and 1982. Notably, it also appeared on the "Depeche_Mode";_1980) Composition of Sound Demo Tape, with Vince Clarke on vocals. The best quality full live recording available is a first generation FM broadcast recording of a show from September 9th, 1981 in Les Bains Douches, Paris, France.
I Like It
Cover of a song of the same name by Gerry and the Pacemakers. Frequently played as the final song on the 1982 See You Tour. The Depeche Mode version featured slightly different lyrics. The best recording available comes from an FM broadcast recording of a February 21st, 1982 show at Tiffany's in Glasgow, Scotland.
Summer 1981 Intro
A short instrumental concert introduction. Confirmed to have been played at shows between July 23rd, 1981 and August 2nd, 1981 before being replaced by "Any Second Now" by September 26th. It resembles a slowed down version of "Shout", a B-Side from the "Just Can't Get Enough" single.
And Then I Kissed Her
A cover of "Then He Kissed Me" by The Crystals. The only confirmed performance was at the September 20th show at Crocs.
An instrumental cover of the ABBA song. Reportedly played over the backing tape of "Photographic", with the "vocals" being played by a synth. No performances can be confirmed, but it's existence was confirmed in Bong Magazine, Issue 24.
Mirror Is Standing
No confirmed performances are known. According to Bong Magazine, Issue 24, no members of the band remember the song.
Mouldy Old Dough
Cover of a song of the same name by Lieutenant Pidgeon. Again, no confirmed performances are known, but a mention in Bong Magazine, Issue 24 confirms it's existence.
Another song is only known from its mention in Bong Magazine, Issue 24. Supposedly went on to become "Unmarked" by Yazoo.
According to Bong Magazine, Issue 24, this song was performed two or three times while the band was still known as Composition of Sound. Described as having a vocal style similar to a "hymn-like chant".
- DM Live Wiki page for the early live only songs. Each song has an individual page with additional details. Retrieved 30 Jan '19
- Scan of Bong Magazine, Issue 24, page 15, mentioning some of the songs. Retrieved 30 Jan '19
- Scan of Bong Magazine, Issue 24, page 18, mentioning some of the songs. Retrieved 30 Jan '19