Depeche Mode – Strangelove
Looking at Depeche’s videos, it seems thay might be right about love. In mid April 1987, this song was the first single released from the album “Music for the masses”. In fact, watching Depeche Mode videos, you’d think they’re right. In mid-April 1987, this song was released, the first signole from the album “Music for the masses”. Actually, it wasn’t long since the previous album, because over the last twelve months they still released songs such as “A question of lust” and “A question of time”, so we can definitely say that they continued writing and recording new songs all the time.
I don’t know if this was the most successful album of their career, I mean, in 1987 Depeche already had worldwide success, but this album was probably the one who determined their success in the USA, and their date in Pasadena, with the Rose Bowl completely sold out with fans in ecstasy, went straight into history. After all, given the temporal proximity between the songs of the last two years, they actually had two albums to present in concert.
In any case, “Music for the masses” confirmed the turning point in sounds that they already showed in the previous album, “Black Celebration”. In fact, Dave Gahan, Martin Gore, Andy Fletcher and Alan Wilder had grown up both as adults and musicians, and were now ready to create the planetary musical phenomenon of Depeche Mode in the late 80s.
This album was obviously successful in England, but found even greater success in the countries of the continent, especially in Germany (West Germany, to be precise, given the times). It was a bit of a trend, the English charts historically rewarded more the Depeche of early 80s than those of late 80s, while Europe rewarded the evolution of their style with increasing success.
They shot video in Paris all in black and white. There are also two models, and one of them was actually the girlfriend of director Anton Corbijn. And they also had to censor some scenes, because the two chicks were a little too stripped to broadcast the video on TV. You know, even strange loves have their own rules!
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