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Postby decophile » Thu Jun 14, 2007 7:55 pm

So, duh, I guess-- I heard this song for the first time today (at least, that I can remember)-- "Work Hard" (East End remix). Well...that was exciting for me!

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Postby JJ » Fri Jun 15, 2007 7:41 am

I love Work Hard. Of course it's the b-side to Everything Counts, from the days when b-sides were proper songs and not just shite remixes of the a-side. I love the snappy sound "of a broken back" in it!
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Postby Stig Olsen » Fri Jun 15, 2007 8:08 am

DM have pretty much always been good at putting out proper "b-sides" - even to this day, although (as JJ points out), today there's waaay to many horrible remixes of the "a-side".
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Postby JJ » Fri Jun 15, 2007 8:29 am

Here is the JJ guide to all the DM b-sides (including ones that were also album tracks, for example One Caress, but that were originally released as a b-side before the album):

The fantastic ones

Ice Machine
Shout!
Work Hard
Fools
In Your Memory
(Set Me Free) Remotivate Me
Fly On The Windscreen
Pleasure Little Treasure
Sea Of Sin
One Caress


The really good but not quite fantastic ones

Now This Is Fun
(Excerpt(s) From) My Secret Garden
Flexible
But Not Tonight
Route 66
Happiest Girl
Free


The ok/pretty good ones but won't kill myself if I don't hear them every day

Any Second Now
Christmas Island
Pimpf
Newborn
Better Days


The not that good, but not quite total crap ones

Oberkorn (It's A Small Town)
The Great Outdoors
Dangerous
My Joy
Surrender


The total crap ones

Memphisto
Sibeling
Kaleid
Death's Door
Painkiller
Slowblow
Headstar
Easy Tiger
Dirt
Zenstation

All the last group are from the second half of their career.
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Postby Stig Olsen » Fri Jun 15, 2007 8:40 am

Nice list, but I strongly disagree on a few of them.

Shout and In Your Memory belongs on the crap list.
Dangerous and My Joy belongs on the fantastic ones list.
Deaths Door belongs on the 'The really good but not quite fantastic ones' list.

and I must confess, that Sibeling is actually quite good as well - not that I listen to it very often.
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Postby JJ » Fri Jun 15, 2007 8:57 am

Infamy! The Rio Mix of Shout is brilliant, especially when it gets all bouncey at the end!

I know I'm on a sticky wicket with Dangerous - lots of DM fans love it, but not this fan.
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Postby Stig Olsen » Fri Jun 15, 2007 9:15 am

JJ wrote:Infamy! The Rio Mix of Shout is brilliant, especially when it gets all bouncey at the end!

it's bloody cheesy... the added noise on the Rio Mix is just a desperate way to pump life into an already deceased body. But I'm sure we can agree on other "bouncey" things, John!

Anyway, it seems like we have a reason for steaming up your car again! :D
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Postby mikeypblueremix » Fri Jun 15, 2007 9:52 am

Steaming up your car - have you two been dogging?

I'd whack Dangerous, Death's Door and Memphisto all into fantastic, and My Joy into really good. And the 'Sensual Mix' of Dangerous is even better purely for the mutating sequencer line alone. They should have stuck it onto 'Violator'.
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Postby Stig Olsen » Fri Jun 15, 2007 9:59 am

mikeypblueremix wrote:Steaming up your car - have you two been dogging?

two? we were five... ;)
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Postby mikeypblueremix » Fri Jun 15, 2007 10:01 am

:lol:
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Postby JJ » Fri Jun 15, 2007 10:32 am

Anyone that knows Niels (Panzermensch) will understand how the sight of him trying to squeeze into my car with 4 other blokes was enough to steam any windows up.

Anyway, back on track with my DM faves:

Best ever track: Never Let Me Down Again (Split Mix) - 9+ minutes of musical genius;

Best single (notwithstanding the above): Probably Enjoy The Silence - almost a perfect pop song yet with the DM darker edge to it. Great music, great words, great video.

Best album: Violator, no question for me, their absolute pinnacle.

Best b-side: I think I'd have to go for Fly On The Windscreen, which should have been the a-side.

Best album track: a toss up between Halo, Puppets and The Landscape Is Changing - I think TLIC wins my vote, if only for the closing 2 minutes of the song with it's unbelievably fabulous bass line.

Best video: I like the song, but Dave's performance in the video for I Feel You was outstanding - so powerful, even though I hated the look he had then. Other really good ones are ETS and People Are People (I loved the way the clanking things on HMS Belfast happened in time to the music - I know it's simple but it really suited the song)

Best tour: well I had a total blast on the BC tour in 1986, the only time I've followed them abroad. But 1984 was very special too as they were my first ever gigs.
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Postby Stig Olsen » Fri Jun 15, 2007 10:53 am

Mine are as follows:

Best track: World In My Eyes closely followed by Never Let Me Down Again (Split Mix).

Best single: World In My Eyes - and I especially love some of the extended remixes.

Best album: Violator.

Best b-side: Sea of Sin.

Best album track: Always had a soft spot for "Here is the House".

Best video: "Walking in my Shoes" - like the strong colouring and symbols.

Best tour: Devotional Tour 1994 - looooved the stage setup and the volume and grandness of it all.
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Postby mikeypblueremix » Fri Jun 15, 2007 1:22 pm

And the votes from the Nottingham jury are as follows...Germany, two points, Allemagne, deux points...et...

Best track: Enjoy The Silence (The Quad: Final Mix), followed by...Never Let Me Down Again (Split Mix)

Best single: Enjoy The Silence (any version) - absolutely beautiful

Best album: Violator

Best b-side: Dangerous (Sensual Mix)

Best album track: Halo / Waiting For The Night

Best video: ETS

Best tour: Haven't seen them live
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Postby Soundtrack » Fri Jun 15, 2007 5:05 pm

I've only been Modeing for a few months (it's taken over the Human League obsession! Help!) but...

Best ever track: Precious-unbelievably beautiful

Best single: Walking In My Shoes

Best album: Somewhere between SOFAD and Playing The Angel

Best b-side: Haven't explored into them yet

Best album track: Shine or Blue Dress

Best video: Brrr....I Feel You or Personal Jesus

Best tour: Never been or seen!
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Postby JJ » Fri Jun 15, 2007 9:30 pm

mikeypblueremix wrote:Best track: Enjoy The Silence (The Quad: Final Mix)

I just had a genuine jaw on the floor moment then! :lol:

I filed the Quad mix in the "so bad that after one listen I never want to hear it again" cabinet!
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Postby mikeypblueremix » Sat Jun 16, 2007 10:45 am

:lol:

I love it, because it's so different, yet still ETS, whereas I would stick the Timo Maas remix into that category and shoot Maas between the eyes with a crossbow for ruining it...
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Postby orac » Sat Jun 16, 2007 11:10 am

'Shout' is a DM classic. It could have been a single IMHO
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Postby Girls on Phil » Mon Jun 18, 2007 11:26 am

"Shout" rocks! Way ahead of it's time, amazing electronic percussion and mix on the track :)

I also like a couple of the instrumental B-sides (Any Second Now + Oberkorn) which IMO are fantastic, atmospheric uses of electronics.
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Postby Introspectre » Wed Jun 27, 2007 6:39 am

Best ever track: Never Let Me Down Again

Best single: Enjoy the Silence

Best album: At this moment, Violator

Best b-side: One Caress

Best album track: Blue Dress or Little 15

Best video: In Your Room

Best tour: Devotional and Touring the Angel

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Postby basildon bond » Wed Jun 27, 2007 1:30 pm

Best ever track - Big Muff. (for the name alone !) and more recently Barrel Of A Gun.
Best Single - Shake The Disease or Home
Best Album - Some Great Reward
Best Non Album Tracks - Two Minute Warning/If You Want/Nothing/New Dress
Best B Side - Fools
Best Video - See You - shot on a huge budget in Boots The Chemist.
Best Tour - all of them apart from PTA
Best Live Venue - Berlin Waldbuhne
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Postby Stig Olsen » Wed Jun 27, 2007 8:48 pm

basildon bond wrote:Best Tour - all of them apart from PTA

Surely you have the 'Singles tour '98' below the PTA tour?
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Postby basildon bond » Thu Jun 28, 2007 8:29 am

I loved the Singles Tour - all the hits (well, the recent ones of the time), and few golden oldies chucked into the encores, and seeing my fave live band in various European venues accompanied on all occasions by copious amounts of the best lager that that particular country had to offer ! And it wasn't in mid winter either.
Didn't like the PTA tour because I didn't like the PTA album - too guitary by half and much too downbeat and in places, well, dismal. Much as it pains me to say it !
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Postby Girls on Phil » Fri Jun 29, 2007 8:28 am

One of the few tours that I missed was the "Exciter" tour, but having got the One Night in Paris DVD, feel I didn't miss much, dodgy setlist based on dodgy album, dodgy vocals and Mr. Gahan gradually mutating into Mick Jagger :(

Best tour, Devotional @ Wembley Arena, best setlist, Dave Gahan totally on the edge, but giving the best performance ever :)

Worthy of mention: Broken Frame tour @ Brighton Dome (my first ever gig) :)
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Postby DJ Ian Aitch » Fri Jun 29, 2007 8:36 am

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Postby Pauline » Fri Jun 29, 2007 9:40 am

First and only time i've caught DM live, was sadly the Exciter tour. I was pretty disappointed with the setlist, as i'd been told by several people that DM always played a LOT of hits on their tours, but there was a severe lack (in comparison) on this tour.

On the upside, i discovered Fad gadget (support) who was fantastic !!! :D :cool:
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