1980-11-14 Technical College, Southend-On-Sea, Essex, England, UK/Source 1

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A very good sounding audience recording. This is currently the second earliest genuine recording circulating of Depeche Mode[1]. This transfer has better sound than the bootlegs "King Of Strangers" and "A Nice Surprise". It's much clearer, with less distortion and noise. Overpowering bass has been diminished and the recording made even clearer thanks to excellent remastering by Fage. Audience noise is still missing between tracks, just as on the bootlegs. Tora! Tora! Tora! misses the last few seconds, and several other songs sound like they're missing the first few seconds. New Life does not fade-in, and Ice Machine does not fade out as on the bootleg versions. A skip on my tape during Ice Machine was patched using the "A Nice Surprise" CD bootleg source. I Sometimes Wish I Was Dead is quite different from future live versions. Many other songs also have different drums or synths, so this short recording is worth a listen if you haven't heard it yet.

Dave forgot a line during Ice Machine.

This recording is currently the only source for the track Addiction, sometimes referred to as "Closer", "Closer All The Time", or "Ghost Of Modern Time". You can find transcribed lyrics for that song here.

This concert:

  • is the 19th concert of Depeche Mode / Composition Of Sound
  • is the 16th concert with Dave Gahan in the band
  • is the 8th concert under the name "Depeche Mode"
  • is the 1st performance of Just Can't Get Enough, with a different intro and melody. Dave dedicates the track to Jo, his girlfriend at the time.
  • is currently the only source of a recording for the early live-only track Addiction, possibly the track's first live performance as well
    • Daryl Bamonte said on Facebook (see right):
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And through faded memories, I seem to remember "Addiction" being showcased at Southend College 11/80 but I might be wrong.

  • has the return of Tora! Tora! Tora! since October 30, 1980 at the Bridge House
  • ends with Ice Machine, clearly a popular track in those days as the audience is cheering for the track while Dave is introducing it


You can listen to this entire recording below.

Track list

  1. [3:25] Play Television Set
  2. [3:28] Play Addiction
  3. [3:40] Play Dreaming Of Me
  4. [3:35] Play Just Can't Get Enough
  5. [4:02] Play Big Muff
  6. [2:01] Play I Sometimes Wish I Was Dead
  7. [3:03] Play Tora! Tora! Tora!
  8. [3:27] Play Photographic
  9. [3:21] Play New Life
  10. [4:23] Play Ice Machine
  • Total time: 34:24


  • Incomplete audience recording
  • Lineage: unknown taper and equipment -> unknown generation -> Sony HF-90 normal position cassette -> Sony TC-WE805S (no Dolby setting) -> Monoprice heavy-duty RCA to 3.5mm cable -> ASUS Xonar DX sound card -> Adobe Audition CS6 (24-bit / 48 khz) -> normalized to -1.0dB -> FLAC (24/48) -> FLAC level 8 (16/44) using foobar2000 v1.2.9, FLAC 1.3.0, and Resampler (SoX), best quality -> further remastering by Fage and Vince DOME -> FLAC level 8
  • Generation: unknown
  • Transfer: DMLiveWiki
  • Cassette tape photos and auCDTectTaskManager log included
  • Many thanks to Fonzie for the providing his tape, our good friend humanracer25 for sending it to Vince, Fage for his excellent remastering work as always, Vince for his final reworking and Stumm101 for providing additional information about the early shows of the band.



  1. The earliest genuine recording currently circulating is 1980-10-30 Bridge House, London, England, UK.