1981-10-23 Something Else, BBC2, London, England, UK/Source 2

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Video and audio quality is acceptable. The audio has a constant ringing noise throughout, but it's a fair bit clearer than the different audio source available as Source 1.

This video is from a time-coded VHS tape. It is most likely a working copy used by BBC2 during editing. The rumor is that the tape was "borrowed" by an employee and copies were made - and here we are again, 35 years later. Tora! Tora! Tora! and Nodisco are repeated at the end of the tape.

Nodisco is a unique performance because different keyboard mistakes are made during each take. Compare both takes at 1:28 where Dave sings "this ain't no disco" - the keyboard melody starts off on the wrong note but is corrected on the first take, but is correct from the beginning on the second. Also, on the second take at 1:25, someone fat fingers a couple keys, but the first take is fine.

Tora! Tora! Tora! is the same as the first performance, just shot at a different camera angle. The version broadcasted on television uses the second take.

Depeche Mode Television Archives included the two broadcast tracks, Tora! Tora! Tora! and Photographic, as part of their TVA-81-1 DVD. The video and audio quality is superb, other than a very loud ringing noise in the audio.

This recording is sometimes mislabeled as 1981-11-06 University, Liverpool, England, UK because that was the original broadcast date. Find more info at the main page for this date.

I am still working on tracking down a low-generation VHS copy of this tape, or at least one that is not affected by the red and green lines throughout the video. Stay tuned!


You can watch this entire recording below.

Track list

  1. Television Set
  2. Photographic
  3. New Life
  4. Puppets
  5. Just Can't Get Enough
  6. Tora! Tora! Tora!
  7. Nodisco
  8. Tora! Tora! Tora!
  9. Nodisco
  • Total time: 32:16


  • Video specifications: MPEG-1/2 Video (mpgv) 352x288 25FPS
  • Audio specifications: 256kbps AC3 48kHz stereo
  • Menu: No
  • Chapters: Per song