1980-11-14 Technical College, Southend-On-Sea, Essex, England, UK

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This concert has the second of two recordings currently circulating from the 1980 Tour. The other one is 1980-10-30 Bridge House, London, England, UK. I Sometimes Wish I Was Dead sounds radically different from later live versions and the studio version; you can listen to the entire track on the recording's subpage, linked below. This concert was also the likely debut of the early live-only track Addiction, and this concert is currently the only source for any recording of the track.

Larry Moore, part of the Student Union at Southend College Of Technology, organised a night of live music on this night. He explained in Jonathan Miller's 'Stripped' biography:

"Top of the bill were 'The Leapers', of whom great things were expected and who were regularly featured in the [Basildon] Evening Echo's music column. 'No. 6' was also on the bill somewhere... Depeche Mode was third from the top of the bill; they were by far the best. After the gig, I was handing out the curry takeaway riders in the sports changing room and I asked Dave Gahan if, as they were so good, they would like to come back and do another gig. Gahan glared at me and said that they would, but only if they were the headline act. 'Huh', I snorted, as I turned away. 'You're not THAT good!' Hence, I became the guy who knocked them back as not good enough to headline Southend College. I think I had a point!"

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Daryl Bamonte said on Facebook (see right):

And through faded memories, I seem to remember "Addiction" being showcased at Southend College 11/80 but I might be wrong.

According to fan Ian Harding who attended the concert, it was a band called 'The Regulators' who headlined, and his ticket stub says the same.

Set list

  1. Television Set
  2. Addiction
  3. Dreaming Of Me
  4. Just Can't Get Enough
  5. Big Muff
  6. I Sometimes Wish I Was Dead
  7. Tora! Tora! Tora!
  8. Photographic
  9. New Life
  10. Ice Machine


  • Source 1 is a very good audience recording.