"Black Celebration" (partially found Depeche Mode demo tape; 1985)

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Final artwork for the album.

Status: Partially Found

Black Celebration is the sixth studio album, originally released on March 17th, 1986. It is notable for further cementing the darker atmosphere for which the band is widely known for.

The Tape

DM-BCdemo.jpg

According to the handwritten info sheet provided to the DM Live Wiki, the tape contains the following songs:

Song Title
Shake The Disease
Here Is The House
It Doesn't Matter Two
Sometimes
It's Called A Heart
But Not Tonight
Black Celebration

Of these tracks, Shake The Disease and Here Is The House are in circulation and easily found on the internet. The rest have not been released.

Reportedly, the demo for It's Called A Heart is "like a fast synth, organ, just Martin singing; ... has Martin periodically singing the backing vocal "let me tell you.""

Shake the Disease

Shake The Disease would not be included on the final album, but was instead released as a single, promoting the Singles 81-85 compilation. The following change was made to the lyrics from the original demo.

Album version Demo
Some people have to be
Permanently together
Lovers devoted
To each other forever
Now I've got things to do
And I've said before
That I know you have too
When I'm not there
In spirit I'll be there
Some people want to be
Permanently together
Lovers devoted
To each other forever
That's not what I mean
That's not for us
We want a different scene
But
when I'm not there
In spirit I'll be there

Here is the House

Here Is The House also features some minor changes to the lyrics.

Album version Demo
Body and soul come together
As we come closer together
Colours and shapes merge together
As we come closer together
Album version Demo
With or without words
I'll confide everything
Without words
I'll confide everything

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