Friday, September 10, 2010

JDIZZY's 365 # 125: Enjoy The Silence

Enjoy The Silence - Depeche Mode (1990)

The original version of this song was a somber ballad played on the harmonium and sung by Depeche's keyboardist, guitar player and chief songwriter Martin Gore. The band saw something in it and asked to try it upbeat. Gore gloomily gave the ok, David Gahan got the lead vocals, and Depeche Mode was granted its biggest hit ever in the US. Violator is one of those albums that define an era, and "Enjoy The Silence" wraps up the synth pop scene in a nice little package before grunge came along and moped it away with guitars instead of keyboards. Even in that monumental wave of change, Depeche Mode stayed strong and are still going so today.

Depeche Mode - Enjoy The Silence
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Another version of the video was filmed by French television on top of the World Trade Center, creating quite a haunting tribute in retrospect.

Nada Surf has come a long way from "Popular", as this stellar power pop cover proves.

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