Condemnation

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Condemnation
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Song
Artist
Depeche Mode
Album
Songwriter
Produced by
Recorded at
Madrid, Spain
Chateau du Pape (Hamburg, Germany)
Label
Length (mm:ss)
3:22 (album version)
3:21 (Paris Mix)
Tempo
58 BPM
Time signature
4/4
Key
B Major
Recorded
January 1993
Originally released
September 13, 1993
Played live
227 times *
Total live plays
236 times *

'Condemnation' is a song from the 1993 album Songs Of Faith And Devotion by Depeche Mode. It was released as a single on September 13, 1993.

Notes

Martin Gore in Bong issue no. 37, 1998:

"Being the songwriter, I am not supposed to keep saying that I think it's a great song, somebody else is supposed to say it. I really like that song, but I am not sure that we got the best out of it. Our album version is sort of pastiche gospel but the single version, that we recorded using gospel singers, is probably better. Although I am still not sure that that's the optimum we could have got out of the song."

Alan Wilder said in the May 1993 issue of Keyboard magazine:

"[O]n 'Condemnation', we put the piano through some kind of wobbly pitch-shifter. The idea of that track was to enhance the gospel feel that the song originally had without going into pastiche, and to try to create the effect of it being played in a room, in a space. So we began by getting all four members of the group to do one thing each in the same space. Fletcher was bashing a flight case with a pole, Flood and Dave were clapping, I was playing a drum, and Martin was playing an organ. We listened back to it. it was embryonic, but it gave us an idea for a direction."

Dave Gahan in Rolling Stone issue #670:

"When I first heard 'Condemnation', it was a total relief; I couldn't believe it."

Dave Gahan has frequently mentioned Condemnation as one of his favourite songs. However, soon after playing in South Africa in 1994, it was no longer Dave who sang Condemnation, presumably due to his health and the strenuous vocal task the song requires, but it was Martin, accompanied by Alan on piano (the earliest verifiable date on which this change occurred was on 1994-03-16 in Hong Kong). Martin also sang the song on the 2013-2014 Delta Machine Tour. Dave did perform the song on his short 2015 "Angels and Ghosts" Tour, but in 2016 he told Stirile Pro: "There's certain songs from 'Songs Of Faith And Devotion' that, I feel they capture a moment: 'Condemnation' being one of those. And it's hard for me to perform that song now, it brings up so many emotions."

Lyrics


Condemnation

Condemnation

Tried

Here on the stand

With the book in my hand

And truth on my side


Accusations

Lies

Hand me my sentence

I'll show no repentance

I'll suffer with pride


If for honesty

You want apologies

I don't sympathize

If for kindness

You substitute blindness

Please open your eyes


Condemnation

Why

Because my duty

Was always to beauty

And that was my crime


Feel elation

High

To know I can trust this

Fix of injustice

Time after time


If you see purity

As immaturity

Well it's no surprise

If for kindness

You substitute blindness

Please open your eyes


Songwriter: Martin L. Gore
Publishing Information: ©1992 Grabbing Hands Music Overseas/EMI Music Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved.

Music video

Dates with available recordings of Condemnation

There are currently 207 recordings of Condemnation available.

Dates where Condemnation was played

1993 Devotional Tour

Condemnation was played 97 times during this tour.

1994 Exotic Tour

Condemnation was played 58 times during this tour.

1997 Ultra Parties

  • Condemnation was not played during this tour.

1998 The Singles Tour

Condemnation was played 61 times during this tour.

2001 Exciter Tour

Condemnation was played 8 times during this tour.

2003 Paper Monsters Tour (Dave Gahan solo)

Condemnation was played only once during this tour.

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

Condemnation was played only once during this tour.

2005-2006 Touring The Angel

  • Condemnation was not played during this tour.

2009-2010 Tour Of The Universe

  • Condemnation was not played during this tour.

2013-2014 Delta Machine Tour

Condemnation was played 3 times during this tour.

2015 "Angels & Ghosts" Tour

Condemnation was played 7 times during this tour.

2017-2018 Global Spirit Tour

  • Condemnation was not played during this tour.

Trivia

  • 'Condemnation' is featured in season two episode thirty-three of Israeli television show Ha-Shminiya.


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