Blue Dress

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Blue Dress
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Song Blue Dress
By Depeche Mode
Songwriter Martin L. Gore
Produced by Depeche Mode
Flood
Recorded at Puk Studios, Denmark
Logic Studios, Milan
Length (mm:ss) 5:41
Tempo 94 BPM
Time signature 3
4
Key F♯ Minor
Engineering assistance Daryl Bamonte
Dick Meaney
David Browne
Mark Flannery
Mixed by François Kevorkian
Recorded May 1989 – January 1990
Originally released 19 March 1990
Live performances 17 times *
Total live performances 17 times *

"Blue Dress" is a song from the 1990 album Violator by Depeche Mode.

Notes

Martin Gore says in the 1990-02-17 issue of NME:

"I suppose my songs do seem to advocate immorality but if you listen there's always a sense of guilt. [...] Then there's 'Blue Dress' – that's the pervy song! – the idea of watching a girl dress and realising that this is 'what makes the world turn'."[1]

Q&A from Alan Wilder's Shunt:

Farhan: I was wondering if you can shed any light on the making of the song 'Blue Dress' - your thoughts on it, and how far off the demo it is. Any really unique sounds used in that song?

A: "Not really one of my favourites - hence penultimate track on LP (filler position). I would put it in the same bag as 'Get Right With Me' from 'SOFAD', in that we never really quite knew which way to go with it. Again, I'm a bit vague about the demo but I remember the approach when we recorded it was based around using washy sounding, drone guitars (a la Suicide) which formed the backbone of the track. It was deliberately quite wet sounding to try to give it some atmosphere."

Lyrics


Blue Dress

Put it on

And don't say a word

Put it on

The one that I prefer

Put it on

And stand before my eyes

Put it on

Please don't question why

Can you believe


Something so simple

Something so trivial

Makes me a happy man

Can't you understand

Say you believe

Just how easy

It is to please me


Because when you learn

You'll know what makes the world turn


Put it on

I can feel so much

Put it on

I don't need to touch

Put it on

Here before my eyes

Put it on

Because you realise

And you believe


Something so worthless

Serves a purpose

It makes me a happy man

Can't you understand

Say you believe

Just how easy

It is to please me


Because when you learn

You'll know what makes the world turn


Songwriter: Martin L. Gore
Publishing Information: ©1990 Grabbing Hands Music Ltd/EMI Music Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved.

Live performances

Main article: Available recordings of "Blue Dress"
Main article: List of dates where "Blue Dress" was played

Trivia

  • "Blue Dress" was sampled in 1994's "The Meltdown" by Lunatic Asylum.
  • "Blue Dress" was covered by controversial model, reality show star, and pornographic actress Tila Tequila for her 2010 EP Welcome to the Darkside.[2] Tequila would later be criticised for a blog entry on her website and social media posts in which she expressed views critics described as anti-Semitic.[3]

References

  1. Source: NME, 17 February 1990.
  2. Source: "Tila Tequila turns pornstar" - The Daily Telegraph 5 August 2010.
  3. Source: "December 10, 2013 Tila Tequila Says Hitler Just 'Trying His Best to Help His Country'" - Newsmax - 10 December 2013.