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.
German magazine Sonic Seducer has published their December issue this Friday, and it features an interview with Dutch director Anton Corbijn about his work on the new Depeche Mode DVD …
German magazine Sonic Seducer has published their December issue this Friday, and it features an interview with Dutch director Anton Corbijn about his work on the new Depeche Mode DVD “Live In Berlin”. As you probably know by now, there is much ado about the format and quality of the DVD in the fan community, and Anton does not shy away from this topic. Sonic Seducer has been so kind to upload a preview of the interview on Issuu.com, and we’ve translated the preview for ya. If you can read German then it’s advised to pick up a copy of their latest issue!
Sonic Seducer: In the concert footage, there are relatively speaking very few shots of the audience. Why?
Anton Corbijn: For me, it was important to capture the concert from the point of view of the audience, as if you are looking directly at the stage. These people are here to watch the band, and this is the view that I wanted to capture. In the footage, you only see the crowd when the band is interacting with the fans, for instance during “Behind The Wheel” or “Never Let Me Down Again”.
Sonic Seducer: What exactly do you do during the concerts? Are you filming, or are you merely giving directions?
Anton Corbijn: I try to do both. I am the director, while positioning the cameras. This question also has to do with the fact that some people think that the concert absolutely had to be released on BluRay. I like watching a concert in the old-fashioned way. I am not very fond of these modern cameras flying around. I like the approach that everything is being seen from one point of view. As if one is standing among the crowd. So I actually did not use a lot of modern technology. It might have to do with the fact that I grew up in the 70′s – I like the concerts which were shot back then. I like it when my live recordings appear to be a bit unpolished, in the same way that my photo’s are very grainy. I am comfortable with that.
Sonic Seducer: The DVD “Live In Berlin” is a compilation of the two concerts in the O2 Arena. How high is the proportion of both gigs?
Anton Corbijn: It is obvious that they have been mixed. Even though the band are wearing the same clothes. I am quite certain that there are a few small items here and there which cause the hardcore fans to recognise from which date the footage is. The song “Goodbye” was played by the band only on the second date. I absolutely wanted them to play it, because after the first leg of the tour this song was cut off from the setlist. But I love this track! Depeche Mode are very settled in their shows: there are the classic songs, and then there are the encores. They perform nothing more. So I asked Dave if they nevertheless could perform “Goodbye”. It would be a bonus for the crowd and a great final song! And I had created a special video for this song, which was projected on the screen in the background. It would have been a shame to not use it for the DVD. In any case, most of the footage is from the second night. That was the foundation, and then I added some slices from the first concert.
The much anticipated new concert film from Depeche Mode, Live In Berlin, is out today! Released in Germany on the 14th, the worldwide release is today! (Tomorrow in North America) Directed by Anton …
The much anticipated new concert film from Depeche Mode, Live In Berlin, is out today! Released in Germany on the 14th, the worldwide release is today! (Tomorrow in North America) Directed by Anton Corbijn, Live In Berlin documents Depeche Mode’s Delta Machine tour and is available online or at your favorite record store. Live In Berlin was filmed on location at the O2 World in Berlin on 25 and 27 November last year. The deluxe edition in five discs includes the Live in Berlin DVD, the Live In Berlin Soundtrack concert audio on two CDs, second DVD Alive in Berlin, and the 2013 album Delta Machine 5.1 mix on Blu-Ray. The standard edition consists of the concert DVD and the Live In Berlin soundtrack. The second DVD featuring the full live show, with behind-the-scenes footage, interviews with the band and their fans, and a two-song acoustic session filmed at Salon Bel Ami, the oldest existing brothel in Berlin, will also be available as Depeche Mode: Alive in Berlin (HD) from iTunes 18 November 2014.The soundtrack was also released as a double CD package.
Purchase Live In Berlin DVD/CD on Amazon
Purchase Alive In Berlin on iTunes
Purchase Live In Berlin Soundtrack on iTunes
Live In Berlin DVD
Welcome To My World
Walking In My Shoes
Should Be Higher
Policy Of Truth
The Child Inside
But Not Tonight
Soothe My Soul
A Pain That I’m Used To
A Question Of Time
Enjoy The Silence
Shake The Disease
Just Can’t Get Enough
I Feel You
Never Let Me Down Again
Alive In Berlin DVD
Full live show + 15 interview pieces
Bordello Acoustic Session: Condemnation and Judas
Live In Berlin Soundtrack
01. Welcome To My World
03. Walking In My Shoes
05. Black Celebration
06. Should Be Higher
07. Policy Of Truth
08. The Child Inside
09. But Not Tonight
11. Soothe My Soul
01. A Pain That I’m Used To
02. Question Of Time
03. Enjoy The Silence
04. Personal Jesus
05. Shake The Disease
07. Just Can’t Get Enough
08. I Feel You
9. Never Let Me Down Again
Delta Machine 5.1 Audio (Audio Blu-Ray – Deluxe Edition only)
01. Welcome To My World
04. Secret To The End
05. My Little Universe
08. The Child Inside
09. Soft Touch/Raw Nerve
10. Should Be Higher
12. Soothe My Soul
14. Long Time Lie
15. Happens All The Time
17. All That’s Mine
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18 November 2014 (Import) / Columbia / 8887503564-2
14 January 2015 (Japan pressing) / Sony Records International / SIBP-254
Home: www.depeche-mode.com presents: Depeche Mode: Live In Berlin Release Party With Black Light Odyssey! We’re getting together on Saturday Nov 22nd to bring the San Francisco/Northern California area an evening to come celebrate the release of Depeche Mode’s new concert film, “Live In Berlin”. Joining us as our very special guest DJs for the event will be official Depeche Mode remixers, Black Light Odyssey!
No cover all night and we’ll be kicking the party off at 7pm. Be sure to come early for meet up drinks and the Live In Berlin screening will start promptly at 8pm. We’ll be playing all your favorite Depeche Mode tracks, alternative classics, and a whole lot more before and after the screening. Please help us spread the word by inviting and sharing this event with your friends! To check out the Facebook event invite, click here.
No cover, 21+
800 Post St.
San Francsico, CA