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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Not a huge DM fan but I love Violator, Music for the Masses plus bits and bobs of the earlier stuff - managed to put together a 20 I'm happy with, hoping the results might point me towards some songs I might have missed.

Gavin, Leeds, Friday, 27 April 2012 10:18 (five years ago) Permalink

OK so I did vote. This poll was fun because in actually thinking about DM, I realized how much of their stuff I like and how much I had absorbed over the years without really noticing. My ballot is very heavy on singles, but across a wider span than I first thought.

Also crüt will be happy because "Flexible" is on there.

something of an astrological coup (tipsy mothra), Friday, 27 April 2012 13:18 (five years ago) Permalink

(I love the almost-country-western vibe of "Flexible," like Martin Gore had a Wall of Voodoo tape in his car or something. Also somewhat prefigures "Personal Jesus," imo.)

something of an astrological coup (tipsy mothra), Friday, 27 April 2012 13:21 (five years ago) Permalink

if we'd had 50 song ballots, "Flexible" would have been on mine at 40

I'M THAT POSTA, AAAAAAAAAH (DJP), Friday, 27 April 2012 13:47 (five years ago) Permalink

i've said this before, but i really think that these polls for really long-running and/or prolific acts should allow for more than 20 songs per ballot -- i did 40 for the Timbaland poll and will prob do at least that many for Jay-Z.

✧✧✧✧✧✧@are.forever (some dude), Friday, 27 April 2012 13:49 (five years ago) Permalink

even if 25 became the standard low end of the spectrum i think that'd be an improvement.

✧✧✧✧✧✧@are.forever (some dude), Friday, 27 April 2012 13:50 (five years ago) Permalink

If/when we actually get to my Dylan poll, I'm definitely allowing at least 40. Maybe 50.

something of an astrological coup (tipsy mothra), Friday, 27 April 2012 14:10 (five years ago) Permalink

Going to do a ballot this weekend. I've been listening to DM on Spotify all week and it's very gratifying how many friends have been making comments about loving them.

mh, Friday, 27 April 2012 14:12 (five years ago) Permalink

xp crüüüüüüüüüüüttt...

Touché Gödel (ledge), Friday, 27 April 2012 14:12 (five years ago) Permalink

Ballot sent. It looks a bit weird to me: the tracks I assumed would be right at the top ended up in the lower reaches of the top ten.

Let's Talk About Socks (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Saturday, 28 April 2012 19:26 (five years ago) Permalink

Just to be clear before sending my ballot...one Gore solo and one Gahan solo track are okay, right? I mean, they probably won't make the results anyway, but I can't not vote for them.

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 29 April 2012 16:20 (five years ago) Permalink

Oh if had included their solo stuff I still wouldn't have a ballot

I'M THAT POSTA, AAAAAAAAAH (DJP), Sunday, 29 April 2012 16:57 (five years ago) Permalink

I sent it. Treat it kindly, crüt.

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 29 April 2012 17:13 (five years ago) Permalink

one of the things i love about ilm is seeing a poll like this pop up of a band i never really thought twice about since 1983, reading posts and becoming interested, acquiring copies of random albums (black celebration, a broken frame) and finding out i was wrong. really liking the synth programming and drum sounds in particular....and looking forward to some results

epigram addict (outdoor_miner), Sunday, 29 April 2012 17:31 (five years ago) Permalink

get those ballots in!

pizza pizza and cult jam (crüt), Sunday, 29 April 2012 19:35 (five years ago) Permalink

i have 20 songs. just ordering them and will send them across shortly.

charlie h, Monday, 30 April 2012 12:48 (five years ago) Permalink

I'm extending the deadline to Wednesday evening at 11:59:59 PM EST.

pizza pizza and cult jam (crüt), Monday, 30 April 2012 15:57 (five years ago) Permalink


was really hoping the results would roll out this week

I'M THAT POSTA, AAAAAAAAAH (DJP), Monday, 30 April 2012 15:59 (five years ago) Permalink

jesus that was impossible; voted

for those curious, here are the ten tracks that ended up at 21-30, just missing my ballot:

Here Is The House
The Things You Said
Policy of Truth
And Then...
New Life
Everything Counts
Dream On
Something To Do
The Sun and the Rainfall

― I'M THAT POSTA, AAAAAAAAAH (DJP), Thursday, April 26, 2012 9:10 PM (5 days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Some excellent tracks there.... some of which may or may not have appeared on my ballot!

The Jupiter 8 (Turrican), Tuesday, 1 May 2012 00:16 (five years ago) Permalink


Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 1 May 2012 00:23 (five years ago) Permalink

thanks for the extension

Bee OK, Tuesday, 1 May 2012 05:27 (five years ago) Permalink

I voted for three of the tracks DJP couldn't fit on his ballot.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 1 May 2012 05:40 (five years ago) Permalink

three of djp's cuts are in my top 6

Roberto Spiralli, Tuesday, 1 May 2012 10:29 (five years ago) Permalink

man I want to sock the hell out of this poll, just because the process of going through all of those songs was so fun

also I managed to start liking Ultra again

I'M THAT POSTA, AAAAAAAAAH (DJP), Tuesday, 1 May 2012 13:12 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five years ago) Permalink

This still gives me the giggles...


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

Voted. Ta for the extension.

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

everybody get your ballots in by tonight!!

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

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

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

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

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

^^^ OTM

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

i certainly would.

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

Alfred would have been all over that one.

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

like cream cheese on a bagel

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

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