Depeche Mode Tour Films POLL

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I'm not much of Depeche Mode fan and 101 is one of my favorite movies period. Captures being a fan and being in a band so amazingly well. Love it.

john. a resident of chicago., Monday, 13 February 2012 00:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

Three of the tour bus group got featured in "where are they now" clips on the DVD rerelease. One of them, Oliver, is better known now as the Horrorist.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 13 February 2012 00:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

And yes the fact that DJP and Mr Justen STILL haven't seen this, OMG WTF.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 13 February 2012 00:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

You Tube is a frickin goldmine for DM 101 era

piscesx, Monday, 13 February 2012 00:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

Michael B Higgins (Michael B), Monday, 13 February 2012 01:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

"101" is such a great film, underscoring both the power of being a fan and a band on the cusp of giant things. The group is so young and still figuring their way around things. But then you see them perform and how the fans react and it all makes sense. My favorite bit of the film comes at the end, when the band is basking in Rose Bowl adulation, and the management team is in a trailer, doing the math, adding up the mundane minutia of costs, such as replacing damaged portions of the grass field. Just incredible all around, a totally neutral snapshot of an era when you could be selling out stadiums and still exist/subsist somewhat under the radar. I know Pennebaker has often cited it as his favorite, and that really says something.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 13 February 2012 01:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

Always thought this captured it well

john. a resident of chicago., Monday, 13 February 2012 01:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

I just read some DM bio and it was interesting to me how passive they were, aesthetically and everything, in their early years. Like figuring out who they were but muddled by having not very well-aligned people do the figuring out for them and just not being willing to speak up! I think they'd gotten over that hump by the time 101/Music for the Masses was out, enough to have some really gripping confidence and excellent songs. But also still had the exciting potential to grown and change more. I like Violator & everything after but I think 101 is a great document of what is really my favorite era of DM.

high five delivery device (Abbbottt), Monday, 13 February 2012 01:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

high five delivery device (Abbbottt), Monday, 13 February 2012 01:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

I know Pennebaker has often cited it as his favorite, and that really says something.

Rightfully so, I think. All the other ones he did in the sixties/early seventies are all weighted down by the continuing Boomer grip on things so contextually 101 feels fresher, but also it dwells on things the others really don't. And by not making it about The Great Artist Whoever It is it also succeeds as well -- heck, given how everything works, people might be forgiven for thinking that Gahan is the lyricist and Alan Wilder writes the music.

There was a typically dismissive Rolling Stone review when it was released in early 1989 going on about the band being anonymous cyborgs and not caring about the featured teens, along with wondering how Pennebaker could have stooped to this. Talk about not getting it.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 13 February 2012 02:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

One of them, Oliver, is better known now as the Horrorist.

holy shit!! the guy with the amazingly styled hair and soft sad eyes, who didn't want one of the girls to put her face cream on him? !!!!!!!!!!!

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Monday, 13 February 2012 10:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

The guy that made records about trawling NY for drugs? And using said drugs to make underage girls more 'compliant' ?

(Obv saying these were 'character studies', not his actual MO)

Mark G, Monday, 13 February 2012 10:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yes to both of that. In the 101 DVD bonus clip talking with him, there's a brief shot of a feature story or review of him done by Simon Reynolds, which I always thought was amusing.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 13 February 2012 13:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

When Alan McGee started up his multimedia "Poptones" label/website, one of his 'missives' was raving about "One night in NYC", I couldn't help thinking "If it's that great, then LICENSE IT ya pussiah!"

Mark G, Monday, 13 February 2012 13:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

that whole conversation between the jock and the girl who was studying to be a fashion designer brought back a lot of memories. a lot of time was spent in those days differentiating between what was REAL and what was SUPERFICIAL and FAKE. the visual punchline to that conversation was absolutely priceless - after this long, incoherent rant to these (incredibly appealing) girls about how fashion is FAKE and not "art", which is REAL (QED), talking over them the whole time and totally ignoring what they're saying, they finally get a word in edgewise: "so what are YOU wearing? what's that?" "cut off jeans! i've been wearing cut off jeans for 15 years!" and he turns and walks away and you see the cut-offs, which reach his knees and are actually CUFFED there, probably the doofiest possible legwear imaginable, and the girls just crack up

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Monday, 13 February 2012 16:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

What was that last line to the camera, "He knows nothing about fashion, right?" Something like that.

I keep going on about the DVD version -- trust me, it's great -- but the commentary gets some priceless moments in; it's Pennebaker and his partner, whose name I am sadly forgetting, talking with each of the three current members as stitched together from separate sessions, and when they get to that part they're loving the whole debate for pretty much all the reasons you just specified! Except maybe the jeans part, can't recall.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 13 February 2012 16:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

haha i will have to get the DVD! i mean all else aside it is just a leeetle ironic that the jock has such a profound attachment to his idea that visual style is utterly worthless while at the same time his favorite band is..... depeche mode.

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Monday, 13 February 2012 16:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

The whole series of contrasts over who is supposed to be a 'typical' Depeche fan as set against anyone else is a hilarious/telling subtext of the entire film. The truck stop denizens, the Latino Guns'n'Roses fans...

Ned Raggett, Monday, 13 February 2012 16:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

"guns and posers! haha! haha! guns and posers."

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Monday, 13 February 2012 16:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

Our own Mr. Soto has now seen and believed:

http://humanizingthevacuum.wordpress.com/2012/02/14/theyll-go-down-on-their-knees-depeche-mode-101/

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 15 February 2012 20:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

best part of that whole argument with the art girl and the guy is that, at the start of the Rose Bowl gig near the end the 2 of them look very cosy, she's got his arm round him and they're dancing together! it's cute!

piscesx, Wednesday, 15 February 2012 20:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

Depeche crosses all boundaries.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 15 February 2012 20:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

One of my favourite moments in 101 is the hysterical screaming chick during 'Blasphemous Rumours'. Man, she's a bit intense isn't she!? I wonder what she thinks whenever she watches herself on 101 these days.

Turrican, Friday, 17 February 2012 21:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

The whole series of contrasts over who is supposed to be a 'typical' Depeche fan as set against anyone else is a hilarious/telling subtext of the entire film. The truck stop denizens, the Latino Guns'n'Roses fans...

― Ned Raggett, Monday, February 13, 2012 4:42 PM (4 days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

"guns and posers! haha! haha! guns and posers."

― TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Monday, February 13, 2012 4:53 PM (4 days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Didn't that guy meet Axl Rose at the premiere of 101? I remember hearing some hilarious story about it.

Turrican, Friday, 17 February 2012 22:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

If I had been voting in this poll at the time it would have been a very very tough choice between 101 and Devotional. Touring The Angel is my favourite of the post-Wilder tourfilms (Great setlist, love the stage design), whereas I've always found One Night In Paris a bit on the dull side, not just because the setlist is (at it obviously would be) a bit 'Exciter'-heavy (an album I've never really liked), but the way it's filmed makes the shows seem really bland. I went to one of the 'Exciter' shows in the UK and my dad went to the shows in Paris, and both of us felt the same way about the film.

To put it simply, One Night In Paris doesn't make me want to BE there. Whereas when I watch 101, Devotional or Touring The Angel, they make me kick myself that I wasn't able to attend.

Turrican, Friday, 17 February 2012 22:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

3 weeks pass...

Showed 101 for a friend last night who had never seen it and has been a Depeche fan for years. I still can't believe the amount of people who you'd think would have seen it by now but still haven't LIKE DJP AND JJJ FOR INSTANCE but anyway. Anyway, still fantastic, will never not be.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 13 March 2012 17:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

101 concert, 25 years old as of tomorrow.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 17 June 2013 18:28 (10 months ago) Permalink


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