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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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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