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List of Violator songs

 

Clean
Album-Violator.jpg
Song
Artist
Depeche Mode
Album
Songwriter
Produced by
Recorded at
Puk Studios, Denmark
Logic Studios, Milan
Label
Length (mm:ss)
5:32 (album version)
Tempo
92 BPM
Time signature
3/4
Key
G Major
Engineering assistance
Daryl Bamonte
Dick Meaney
David Browne
Mark Flannery
Mixing
Recorded
May 1989 – January 1990
Originally released
March 19, 1990
Played live
171 times *
Total live plays
171 times *

'Clean' is a song from the 1990 album Violator by Depeche Mode.

Quotes

I just write about things that affect me. I find it very unappealing to write songs that are safe, that go nowhere, that do nothing. I know that 'Clean' has a lot of holy imagery, and that intertwines with the sex theme, which are two ideas I find interesting to mix together. But I don't try to analyze things.[1]

Martin L. Gore - Select, December 1990

Q&A from Alan Wilder's Shunt:

From: Michel Jouveaux

Q: The opening of 'Clean' sounds exactly like that of Pink Floyd's 'One Of These Days' on 'Meddle'. Was that conscious / unconscious, sampled or programmed? (I've checked in the archives and couldn't see any mention of that, ;-))

A: I recognise the similarity but [it's] not a Floyd sample. It was programmed using a combination of analogue synth and sampled bass [guitar].

Wilder also says on Shunt:

With 'Clean', we never had the delay bass line until the very end.

Lyrics


Clean

Clean

The cleanest I've been

An end to the tears

And the in-between years

And the troubles I've seen


Now that I'm clean

You know what I mean

I've broken my fall

Put an end to it all

I've changed my routine

Now I'm clean


I don't understand

What destiny's planned

I'm starting to grasp

What is in my own hands

I don't claim to know

Where my holiness goes

I just know that I like

What is starting to show


Sometimes


As years go by

All the feelings inside

Twist and they turn

As they ride with the tide

I don't advise

And I don't criticise

I just know what I like

With my own eyes


Sometimes


Clean

The cleanest I've been

An end to the tears

And the in-between years

And the troubles I've seen


Now that I'm clean


Sometimes


You know what I mean

I've broken my fall

Put an end to it all

I've changed my routine

Now I'm clean


Sometimes


Now I'm clean


The cleanest I've been


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

Music video

Dates with available recordings of Clean

There are currently 171 recordings of Clean available.

Dates where Clean was played

1990 World Violation Tour

Clean was played 88 times during this tour.

1993 Devotional Tour

  • Clean was not played during this tour.

1994 Exotic Tour

Clean was played 3 times during this tour.

1997 Ultra Parties

  • Clean was not played during this tour.

1998 The Singles Tour

  • Clean was not played during this tour.

2001 Exciter Tour

Clean was played 79 times during this tour.

2003 Paper Monsters Tour (Dave Gahan solo)

  • Clean was not played during this tour.

2003 "A Night With Martin L. Gore" (Martin L. Gore solo)

  • Clean was not played during this tour.

2005-2006 Touring The Angel

  • Clean was not played during this tour.

2009-2010 Tour Of The Universe

Clean was played only once during this tour.

2013-2014 Delta Machine Tour

  • Clean was not played during this tour.

2017-2018 Global Spirit Tour

  • Clean was not played during this tour.

Trivia

  • 'Clean' has been covered by Fading Colors (1996), Converge (2001), Yelen (2003), Carpe Diem IV (2005), and Armageddon Dildos (2011).
  • 'Clean' has been sampled in the following songs by other artists:
    • 'Incubus' - Recoil (1997)
    • 'Missing Piece' - Recoil (1997)
    • 'Wipe the Blood Off Your Hands Heather...' - PLΔYS✞Δ✞ION|DREΔMS (2015)

References

  1. Source: Faith, Hope and Depravity, Select, December 1990.