Have you ever been in that situation where you just wanted to check out a couple of Moogs and other music gear but people kept asking you to take a picture with them? …
Have you ever been in that situation where you just wanted to check out a couple of Moogs and other music gear but people kept asking you to take a picture with them? No? Oh. Well, Martin Gore has, just a few hours ago. While attending the annual NAMM Show at the Anaheim Convention Center, many music nerd- sorry, I mean fellow music aficionados could not help but take a selfie with them and Mr. Gore and spread them across Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. One of the notable fans who spotted “our guy” was “Devotional Dave”, from the Californian Depeche Mode tribute band Strangelove. As expected, he too posted a selfie on their Facebook page, along with a video of Martin hanging around the Moog booth.
Another notable photo is one by Universal Audio, who had set up a booth that emulated United Western Studios in 1958, in which musicians could pretend that it’s the 1950s all over again:
Well DM might be old but they’re not that old!
Anyway, presuming that Martin has bought some new gear today, I am sure that we’ll get to hear some of it being used by him somewhere in the future.
If you missed it, The AXS TV network had the broadcast debut of Live In Berlin tonight and they presented the film a little differently. Coming in at a condensed hour and …
If you missed it, The AXS TV network had the broadcast debut of Live In Berlin tonight and they presented the film a little differently. Coming in at a condensed hour and 20 mins, the broadcast really changed up the running order of the tracks. It wasn’t as simple as omitting a few songs for time, they really used the songs that made it feel like an hour concert from the band. The songs were almost in the same order, a few tweaks to the setlist, but I have to say I was pleasantly surprised and enjoyed the change up for the broadcast. It made it interesting for the hardcore fan and the pacing worked well, not quite as good as the official running order of course, but I really appreciated the effort to make it interesting for people who had already bought the film. Over all, I think it’s a pretty solid representation of the band today, especially to a casual fan or someone tuning in to check them out for the first time. Lots of Delta Machine represented as well as some classics! No real complaints, other than wishing “But Not Tonight” had been included, but other than that I was pleased with the presentation. AXS was saying it included “Just Can’t Get Enough”, but it wasn’t actually included.
Songs running order:
Welcome To My World
Should Be Higher
Soothe My Soul
A Pain That I’m Used To
Shake The Disease
Enjoy The Silence
Never Let Me Down Again
Here’s how AXS TV described the premiere of Live In Berlin:
“All you’ve ever wanted and all you’ve ever needed” will be hitting AXS TV this weekend with the premiere of Depeche Mode’s incredible show from Berlin, Germany. The momentous concert captures one of two sold out nights at the O2 World, during The Delta Machine Tour. Don’t miss career hits and classic favorites, such as “Enjoy The Silence,” “Personal Jesus,” and “Just Can’t Get Enough.” The internationally acclaimed band proves they’re one of the greatest and influential artists in EDM with this electrifying performance exclusively on AXS TV!
So the word is out, Soulsavers have started on a new record! They released the news yesterday via Instagram with the quote, “Back to work then… All those dials aren’t going to move from zero on their own.” There has been no official announcement stating that Dave Gahan will be involved again, but Soulsavers did include his name in a group of names that will be coming together to discuss a new record in the comments on the picture they shared. Answering fans that were asking about Dave, and other collaborators, and they responded, “Please don’t jump to any conclusions. Yesterday was first day back in ‘the office’ after the holidays. THIS WEEK we are finishing up and tweaking mixes on our instrumental record we’ve been working on. Yes there are other projects lined up. This year is fully loaded with things we’re excited about – but there is no rush. It’s really cool that people are looking forward to new music & I’m super grateful. But when myself, Mark Lanegan, Dave Gahan, Josh Haden, Keith Richards, Ray Charles & Nina Simone are ready to talk about what we are all doing next, we promise to let you know. It won’t be long, but right now we need to get our shit together, heads down & work on some music. Thanks for the support, it means a lot. Best wishes for 2015″
Pretty exciting and we’ll confirm if Dave returns as soon as we have solid info on it. His comments about how much he loved being apart of the last record, The Light The Dead See, would lead you to believe he would love to return to make another record with Rich and Ian, so let’s be patient and see how it goes. More info soon…
Today in weird news: “Depeche Mode have the most sophisticated lyrics out of any of the UK’s best selling bands. The 80s electronic band came top after the Mirror’s data unit analysed their …
Today in weird news:
“Depeche Mode have the most sophisticated lyrics out of any of the UK’s best selling bands.
The 80s electronic band came top after the Mirror’s data unit analysed their lyrics and calculated how many years fans would need to spend in education to understand them.
The average Depeche Mode song required 10.3 years in education – the equivalent to a 15-year-old.
This was the higher than legendary UK music acts such as The Beatles, David Bowie and Queen.
One of Depeche Mode’s most sophisticated songs was Macro, the opening lines to which are: “Overflowing senses, heightened awareness, I hear my blood flow, I feel its caress.
“Whispering cosmos talking right to me, unlimited, endless, God breathing through me.”
Elton John came in second place followed by Dire Straits, Pet Shop Boys and David Bowie. Robbie Williams was a surprise inclusion at seventh.
The analysis compared the lyrics to over 6,000 different songs by UK acts.
Each song was scored on the readability of its lyrics using the Coleman Liau Index and the SMOG index, two algorithms used to determine the difficulty of school texts.
An average was taken of each song’s score in both of these tests to fix on its final score before each artist was given an average score based on all of their lyrics.
The least complex lyrics out of all 6,093 songs was for ABC (Freeform) by the Eurythmics, which is just the 26 letters of the alphabet spoken one after the other.
The 10 bands with the most sophisticated lyrics were:
Band // Years of Education Required to Understand Average Song // Letters Per Word
Depeche Mode // 10.3 // 3.8
Elton John // 9.3 // 3.7
Dire Straits // 9.2 // 3.7
Pet Shop Boys // 9.1 // 3.7
David Bowie // 8.7 // 3.7
Rod Stewart // 8.7 // 3.7
Robbie Williams // 8.6 // 3.6
Ub40 // 8.5 // 3.7
Queen // 8.5 // 3.7
Def Leppard // 8.5 // 3.6
The 10 bands with the least sophisticated lyrics were:
Band // Average Readability Score // Letters Per Word
Led Zeppelin // 4.4 // 3.5
The Who // 5.3 // 3.8
Smiths // 5.5 // 3.6
Beatles // 5.7 // 3.5
Jethro Tull // 6.1 // 4
Joy Division // 6.5 // 3.9
Fleetwood Mac // 6.5 // 3.6
The XX // 6.7 // 3.5
Paul McCartney (solo) // 6.7 // 3.6
Coldplay // 6.9 // 3.6
The ten songs with the longest words on average were:
Band // Song // Letters Per Word
U2 // Ito Okashi // 6.8
Oasis // Manuk Dadali // 6.1
Coldplay // Chinese Sleep Chant // 5.9
Robbie Williams // Minnie The Moocher // 5.9
Depeche Mode // Macro // 5.6
Genesis // The Dance Of The Giant Hogweed // 5.5
David Bowie // Band Intro // 5.4
David Bowie // Law // 5.3
Spice Girls // My Strongest Suit // 5.3
Eurythmics // Jennifer // 5.2″
Kudos to Martin Gore! If this undeniable fact of praiseworthy news in a British newspaper won’t boost DM’s reputation in the UK, then nothing will.