I Said I'd Write A Ballot, But I Never Got The Time -- ILM Artist Poll #18 -- DEPECHE MODE (voting thread)

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We've done the Pet Shop Boys; now it's time for ILM to rep for the real synthpop heroes. (Fuck the haters.) This ain't no disco. This is where top-tier tunesmithery converges with clanging metal, screaming oscillators, breathing machines, questionable fashion decisions and awkward teenage goth poetry. What's not to love?

Here's a list of songs (I can't vouch for how complete it is/how recently it's been updated): http://www.voxonline.com/alternative/depeche_mode/complete.htm it includes the Martin Gore Counterfeit EP, so you can vote for songs off that if you want. I'll also accept Composition of Sound votes. But no Yazoo, no Erasure, no Recoil, no VCMG, no [whatever side project I'm forgetting here]. If you put an Erasure song on your ballot, it won't be counted.

  • 20 Track Ballots, Scoring as usual: 1:40, 2:36, 3:33, 4:30, 5:28, 6:26, 7:25, 8:24, 9:23, 10:22, 11:21, 12:20, 13:19, 14:18, 15:17, 16:16, 17:15, 18:14, 19:13, 20:12.
  • Optionally you can include an additional list of your top 3 DM albums.
  • Please send all ballots to ilxdepechepoll at gmail dot com. DO NOT ilxmail me your ballot because I won't get it.
  • Voting ends Monday, April 30 at 11:59:59 Eastern time.
Happy voting!

Hoo Nu Cookies (crüt), Sunday, 22 April 2012 00:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

very excited, might actually vote in this one.

Bee OK, Sunday, 22 April 2012 00:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

I hope I'm not the only one voting for the despised "But Not Tonight."

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 22 April 2012 00:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

don't mind this band, but perhaps due to their frequent appearance on gay p0rn sndtracks I probably would've rather had sex with them than listen to them.

World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 22 April 2012 00:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

the despised "But Not Tonight."

what?!?!?! this is going to be my #1. I thought everyone loved that song, even if the band themselves consider it a throwaway.

crüt, Sunday, 22 April 2012 01:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

If you put an Erasure song on your ballot, it won't be counted.

this is the greatest hardman proclamation in ilx history

some dude, Sunday, 22 April 2012 01:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

crüt, Sunday, 22 April 2012 05:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

not sure it this will make my cut, speaking of early stuff, so good:

Bee OK, Sunday, 22 April 2012 06:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

Guess I better vote in this!

does Red Stripe work like poppers? (Abbbottt), Sunday, 22 April 2012 18:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

Good pic up top crüt. Marin Gore's gross pube beard...it's something.

does Red Stripe work like poppers? (Abbbottt), Sunday, 22 April 2012 18:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

I love "But Not Tonight," esp since they were mad at it being a single. "Hey we're dark now, ok? Just ignore this."

does Red Stripe work like poppers? (Abbbottt), Sunday, 22 April 2012 18:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

I voted, 80s singles heavy ballot, but also included this. I assume remixes will be tallied seperately?

fun loving and xtremely tolrant (Billy Dods), Sunday, 22 April 2012 18:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah singles heavy for me too, I have probably listened to those singles albums MORE THAN ANY OTHER ALBUM EVER

does Red Stripe work like poppers? (Abbbottt), Sunday, 22 April 2012 18:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

shoutout here to their awesomely unfortunate early videos

love that they were too passive to point out Wilder is not the lead singer

does Red Stripe work like poppers? (Abbbottt), Sunday, 22 April 2012 18:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

puppets!

does Red Stripe work like poppers? (Abbbottt), Sunday, 22 April 2012 18:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

VH1 had a Depeche Mode Weekend?

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 22 April 2012 18:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

I housesat for an elderly coworker once who, for some reason, had a VHS taped of a MuchMusic Depeche Mode Weekend. Videos, interviews, and an veejay who seemed really annoyed to have to keep announcing that Weird Al was going to take over MuchMusic next weekend. Also a breaking announcement that Anthony Burgess just died. It was...the greatest!

does Red Stripe work like poppers? (Abbbottt), Sunday, 22 April 2012 18:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

it's weird with DM because the 7 inches/singles were sometimes edited versions of 12 inch mixes that were in a few cases q radically altered versions of the album tracks.
i'm thinking of Behind The Wheel and Question Of Time.

piscesx, Sunday, 22 April 2012 20:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'm finding this quite tough because beyond the singles, which I already know, the tracks are all blending into one lovely whole. I can't remember one track while another's playing, which is hopeless for ranking things (and sounds like more of a criticism than it really is!). I've got about 32 tracks primed, cutting beyond that seems virtually impossible.

Ismael Klata, Sunday, 22 April 2012 21:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

Hopefully this will get a decent amount of votes. Amazing vocal and the strings at the end still give me chills.

Kitchen Person, Sunday, 22 April 2012 21:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

seconded. one of gore's best vocals.

Touché Gödel (ledge), Sunday, 22 April 2012 23:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

it's weird with DM because the 7 inches/singles were sometimes edited versions of 12 inch mixes that were in a few cases q radically altered versions of the album tracks.

I voted for both the 7" and album version of my favorite single of theirs. ha!

does Red Stripe work like poppers? (Abbbottt), Monday, 23 April 2012 00:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

Blasphemous Rumours is rather hilarious and great

Ismael Klata, Monday, 23 April 2012 13:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

'But Not Tonight' will certainly not make my ballot, and neither will 'Enjoy The Silence' or 'Personal Jesus'.

The Jupiter 8 (Turrican), Monday, 23 April 2012 14:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'm sorry!

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 23 April 2012 14:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

only 7 days to do this? heckfire..

piscesx, Monday, 23 April 2012 14:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

underrated CTA track:

crüt, Monday, 23 April 2012 14:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'm sorry!

― Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, April 23, 2012 2:08 PM (12 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

For what it's worth, Depeche Mode are one of my favourite bands and I love all three of those songs! In the case of 'Enjoy The Silence' and 'Personal Jesus', I figure that they'll be able to take care of themselves even if I don't vote for them. 'Enjoy The Silence' in particular is almost like the Queen Bee of Depeche Mode songs.

The Jupiter 8 (Turrican), Monday, 23 April 2012 14:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

xpost:

I remember hearing that Alan Wilder was keen on having 'And Then...' as a single from Construction Time Again. There is a song from Construction Time Again that I feel should have been a single, and will make my ballot, but it's not 'And Then...'. In fact, Martin Gore didn't even write it.

The Jupiter 8 (Turrican), Monday, 23 April 2012 14:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

If it's "The Landscape Is Changing" then I don't get you.

does Red Stripe work like poppers? (Abbbottt), Monday, 23 April 2012 14:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

If it's "The Landscape Is Changing" then I don't get you.

― does Red Stripe work like poppers? (Abbbottt), Monday, April 23, 2012 2:40 PM (55 seconds ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

It isn't! :D

The Jupiter 8 (Turrican), Monday, 23 April 2012 14:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

Maybe we voted for the same one then.

does Red Stripe work like poppers? (Abbbottt), Monday, 23 April 2012 14:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

Will be voting for at most two songs off the first three albums. Too plinky plonky amateur hour for my liking.

Touché Gödel (ledge), Monday, 23 April 2012 15:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

Ballot in!

The Jupiter 8 (Turrican), Monday, 23 April 2012 15:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

The song list above is pretty much incomplete I think it ignores pretty much all their discography Exciter onwards.

There's some memorable singles in their later material (Freelove, Dream On, John the Revelator, Pain that I'm Used to, Precious).

From Violator I'm picking two non-singles. Sweetest Perfection and Waiting for the Night, I don't know how popular they are amongst fans but they are definitely my favorite cuts from the album.

Moka, Monday, 23 April 2012 16:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

LIKE A HALO IN REVFERRRRRSE

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 23 April 2012 16:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

People of ILX, please spare a thought for this "should have been THE A-side" gem...

The Jupiter 8 (Turrican), Monday, 23 April 2012 16:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

the despised "But Not Tonight."

what?!?!?! this is going to be my #1. I thought everyone loved that song, even if the band themselves consider it a throwaway.

― crüt, Saturday, April 21, 2012 9:03 PM (2 days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Um, yeah mine too.

BNT is amazing. Acutally Crut probably could have guessed that would be my #1.

wolf kabob (ENBB), Monday, 23 April 2012 17:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

I listened to But Not Tonight so much my sophomore year in college that my then boyfriend finally asked me to layoff it for a while because he couldn't handle it anymore. It's near perfect imo. It makes me feel, yo.

wolf kabob (ENBB), Monday, 23 April 2012 17:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'm pretty excited for this now. Wait - is this like the movie ones where we nominate songs here?

wolf kabob (ENBB), Monday, 23 April 2012 17:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

no Yazoo, no Erasure

hmpf

wolf kabob (ENBB), Monday, 23 April 2012 17:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Depeche_mode_discography

this is not all listed in one place but is going to be more complete than the list linked in the first post

I need new, hip khakis (DJP), Monday, 23 April 2012 17:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

also here are some possibly-less-obvious songs I hope people are considering because they're fantastic:

"Tora! Tora! Tora!"
"Ice Machine"
"Pipeline"
"Shame"
"Lie To Me"
"Stories Of Old"
"Here Is the House"
"World Full of Nothing"
"The Things You Said"
"To Have and to Hold"
"Sea of Sin"
"Happiest Girl"
"Higher Love"
"Useless"
"Shine"
"Freelove"
"The Sinner in Me"
"Macro"
"I Want It All"
"The Darkest Star"
"In Chains"
"Hole to Feed"
"Corrupt"

I need new, hip khakis (DJP), Monday, 23 April 2012 17:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

I voted for at least one of those, which is one of my all-time Depeche Mode favourites.

The Jupiter 8 (Turrican), Monday, 23 April 2012 18:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

man, 20 songs is really too few IMO

I feel like I'm picking my favorite twenty children

I need new, hip khakis (DJP), Monday, 23 April 2012 18:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

"Sea of Sin"

Will be somewhere between #2-#5 on my ballot.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 23 April 2012 18:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

I think I'll have three of those. Slightly disappointed to find that I think the best tracks are mostly the singles though.

Ismael Klata, Monday, 23 April 2012 18:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

holy shit I am reminding myself of "Shake the Disease"

this is fucking impossible

I need new, hip khakis (DJP), Monday, 23 April 2012 18:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

Shake the disease is great.

wolf kabob (ENBB), Monday, 23 April 2012 18:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

My list prob won't have anything post 1993 or so on it.

wolf kabob (ENBB), Monday, 23 April 2012 18:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

Ultra has some of my favourite Dave Gahan vocal performances on it. Even though he was obviously in bad health at the time and it was affecting his voice, the production team really helped Dave pull some great vocal tracks out of the bag on that. Marvellously, the record sounds as if Dave is at his vocal peak, even though the reality of it is that he was at his lowest and the vocals were heavily comp'd.

The Jupiter 8 (Turrican), Tuesday, 1 May 2012 18:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

'The Love Thieves', for example. I've never really rated it as a song, but I remember listening to it for the first time and being blown away by the singing.

The Jupiter 8 (Turrican), Tuesday, 1 May 2012 18:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

I get what you're saying but I really think he's been on an upward trajectory since then (esp. when you look at songs like "Precious" and "In Chains", the latter especially as I think that's the greatest thing he's sung post-"Strangelove")

I'M THAT POSTA, AAAAAAAAAH (DJP), Tuesday, 1 May 2012 18:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'd agree that 'Precious' isn't a bad vocal. On the whole though, I've noticed that Dave generally seems to do this croaky thing at the beginning of every lyric these days, which drives me crazy! It seems to be a bit of a vocal trait of his on the last couple of albums especially, I never really noticed it too much before.

The Jupiter 8 (Turrican), Tuesday, 1 May 2012 18:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

This still gives me the giggles...

The Jupiter 8 (Turrican), Tuesday, 1 May 2012 18:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

Can I rep for this weird, dirgey Gore-sung Enjoy The Silence?

Dale, dale, dale (Abbbottt), Tuesday, 1 May 2012 18:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, that was a recording based on his original demo -- came out as a B-side on the single release.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 1 May 2012 18:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

Voted. Ta for the extension.

Jeff W, Wednesday, 2 May 2012 10:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

everybody get your ballots in by tonight!!

crüt, Wednesday, 2 May 2012 11:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

I will! Doing mine at work this morning. :)

wolf kabob (ENBB), Wednesday, 2 May 2012 11:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

Sent. No deep cuts. All singles (I think) Nothing after 1993, lol.

pandemic, Wednesday, 2 May 2012 11:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'll be interested to see how many post-93 tracks do well. Pretty much all these polls overlook later albums.

And I have been called "The Appetite" (DL), Wednesday, 2 May 2012 14:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

pretty much no poll with 20 songs or fewer per ballot will ever find room for post-peak period material (sorry, beating a dead horse, but i really think that's what happens)

Neil Young’s social media channels (some dude), Wednesday, 2 May 2012 14:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

^^^ OTM

I'M THAT POSTA, AAAAAAAAAH (DJP), Wednesday, 2 May 2012 14:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

If we ever do a New Order poll I wonder how many participants would consider "Regret" or "Crystal" post-peak.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 2 May 2012 14:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

i certainly would.

charlie h, Wednesday, 2 May 2012 14:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

Even extending the ballot probably wouldn't help much. Extending the countdown might help a bit - but probably only an e.g. 'Rolling Stones 1980-present' poll would solve it, and who bar me would want to vote in that?

Ismael Klata, Wednesday, 2 May 2012 14:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

Alfred would have been all over that one.

improvised explosive advice (WmC), Wednesday, 2 May 2012 14:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

like cream cheese on a bagel

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 2 May 2012 14:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

i always find it interesting to see where the "peak" tracks pop up in relation to themselves. you always know they're coming, but there's the occasional curveball as to when exactly.

charlie h, Wednesday, 2 May 2012 14:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

some bands have post-peak songs that there's a pretty strong consensus around -- "Beautiful Day" did well in the U2 poll, "Eminence Front" will probably do well in the Who poll. i don't know if the Stones or Depeche or a lot of other long-running acts have a song like that.

Neil Young’s social media channels (some dude), Wednesday, 2 May 2012 14:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

is "Start Me Up" post-peak? I'd say it isn't.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 2 May 2012 14:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

Tattoo You isn't necessarily considered part of their peak period, but when people talk about the point after which there's not much consensus they generally say "post-Tattoo You"

Neil Young’s social media channels (some dude), Wednesday, 2 May 2012 14:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

Sure. I've also heard "post-Some Girls" just as often. I'd say Bowie has the same trouble: "post-Scary Monsters" or "post-Let's Dance."

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 2 May 2012 14:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

Post-first-crappy-demo Bon Jovi. Actually make that post-founding-of-band Bon Jovi...

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 2 May 2012 14:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

Maybe it's a shortage of standout tracks - Depeche and Bowie have made solid albums past their peak but they don't feature big consensus singles.

And I have been called "The Appetite" (DL), Wednesday, 2 May 2012 14:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

I expect "Precious" and "Wrong" to do well on this poll, with at least one of them cracking the top 20

I'M THAT POSTA, AAAAAAAAAH (DJP), Wednesday, 2 May 2012 14:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

Post-first-crappy-demo Bon Jovi. Actually make that post-founding-of-band Bon Jovi...

Ned Raggett, bad medicine is what you need

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 2 May 2012 14:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

I've done my part to ensure "Precious" does well.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 2 May 2012 14:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

xpost -- I have this image of being interrogated by the ghost of Sam Kinison holding a crappy 8mm camera...

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 2 May 2012 14:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

I think Precious is a big contender - that was my only post-93 pick. It's also one of their few attempts at going outside their guilt/pain comfort zone and addressing genuinely adult emotion. My major issue with their later albums isn't the music so much as the lyrical tail-chasing.

And I have been called "The Appetite" (DL), Wednesday, 2 May 2012 14:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

Sent. No deep cuts. All singles (I think) Nothing after 1993, lol.

― pandemic, Wednesday, May 2, 2012 7:39 AM (2 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

They're a great singles band!! I have nothing after 1993 either and for very good reason.

wolf kabob (ENBB), Wednesday, 2 May 2012 14:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

Also mine will look similar. I think I may have two songs that weren't singles. Maybe.

wolf kabob (ENBB), Wednesday, 2 May 2012 14:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

ok barely on this site these days but I bookmarked this thread thinking I'd somehow find time to put together a ballot & missed the deadline but if it's still open maybe I can fling one together today. I just wanted enough time to listen through the oeuvre but I know what I like already (i.e. Music for the Masses b-sides) & it won't take long I suppose.

Euler, Wednesday, 2 May 2012 14:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

My major issue with their later albums isn't the music so much as the lyrical tail-chasing.

I don't really see their later lyrics as being demonstrably worse as their earlier lyrics.

I mean, we're talking about a band who, in the smack middle of their artistic peak, released a single that opens with the lyric "There's something beating here inside my body and it's called a heart"

I'M THAT POSTA, AAAAAAAAAH (DJP), Wednesday, 2 May 2012 14:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

that's not a bad lyric in itself

crüt, Wednesday, 2 May 2012 15:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

I voted for at least five post-93 tracks

Pacific Trash Vortex (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Wednesday, 2 May 2012 15:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

well then how about "I take pictures/Photographic pictures"?

Even allowing for the fact that most lyrics scan as dumb when you remove them from the context of the song, Depeche Mode still has some remarkably stupid ones scattered all throughout their career. I still love the band, but come on.

I'M THAT POSTA, AAAAAAAAAH (DJP), Wednesday, 2 May 2012 15:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

oh they're totally dumb. the "photographic" lyric is a better example.

crüt, Wednesday, 2 May 2012 15:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

Oh yeah, of course they were often dumb but they were dumb in lots of different directions. The range of themes on Construction through Masses is impressive, even when they got it catastrophically wrong. The later lyrics are oppressively competent, dwelling on the same basket of themes. Before Violator DM felt like a band trying to work out what they were doing, experimenting furiously en route. After Violator they felt like they'd decided on their sound and themes and have spent the last 20 years gently tweaking them - a rockier one, a quieter one, a darker one. SOFAD was the last significant development in their sound and songwriting imo, much though I enjoy parts of the subsequent albums.

And I have been called "The Appetite" (DL), Wednesday, 2 May 2012 15:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

ok threw one together, fuck yeah "Stjarna"

Euler, Wednesday, 2 May 2012 19:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

i voted!

Neil Young’s social media channels (some dude), Wednesday, 2 May 2012 20:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

Sent!

Kent Burt, Thursday, 3 May 2012 01:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

CRUTIS I just sent to your hotmail!!!

wolf kabob (ENBB), Thursday, 3 May 2012 02:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

Errr I mean gmail.

wolf kabob (ENBB), Thursday, 3 May 2012 02:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

Oh and the poll-specific one I now see we were meant to send to in the first place.

wolf kabob (ENBB), Thursday, 3 May 2012 02:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

If we ever do a New Order poll I wonder how many participants would consider "Regret" or "Crystal" post-peak.

i'm set up to do New Order poll at number 37

Bee OK, Thursday, 3 May 2012 02:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

VOTED

Bee OK, Thursday, 3 May 2012 04:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

poll is closed. will try to get results thread started by Thursday afternoon.

crüt, Thursday, 3 May 2012 08:12 (2 years ago) Permalink


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