Ice Machine

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Ice Machine
Song Ice Machine
By Depeche Mode
Songwriter Vince Clarke
Produced by Depeche Mode
Daniel Miller
Recorded at Blackwing Studios (London)
Length (mm:ss) 3:54 (fade-out version)
4:06 (cold end version)
Tempo 135 BPM
Time signature 4
Key A Minor
Engineered by Eric Radcliffe
John Fryer
Photography Brian Griffin
Originally released 20 February 1981
Live performances as Depeche Mode 135 times *
Total live performances 135 times *

"Ice Machine" is a song recorded by Depeche Mode during the production of the 1981 album Speak & Spell. It was released as a B-side on the 'Dreaming Of Me' single on 20 February 1981.

Summer 1980 demo tape

Andrew Fletcher plays bass guitar on this demo. Dave Gahan sings "The ice machine, the ice machine" at the end of the song. He also does this at 1980-10-30 Bridge House, London, England, UK, but not at the next concert with an available recording at 1980-11-14 Technical College, Southend-On-Sea, Essex, England, UK, nor at any other concert in the future.


Ice Machine

Running through my head secretly

The shouts of the boys in the factory

I ring you on the telephone silently

Like blood, like the wine in the darkroom scene

The darkroom scene

Darkroom scene

A letter

Once composed

Seven years long and as tall as a tree


On the wall

Emissions, efficiency




As a feeling

On my window

Of a past reunion


As a feeling

On my window

Of a past reunion


Of a picture

Like the city

And the air we breathe

The air we breathe

Air we breathe

She stood beside me once again

I knew her face

We met before in the street

Recalling all the children dancing at our feet

The dancing feet, dancing feet

Songwriter: Vince Clarke
Publishing Information: ©1981 Musical Moments Ltd./Sony Music Publishing Ltd.. All rights reserved.

Live performances

Main article: Available recordings of "Ice Machine"
Main article: List of dates where "Ice Machine" was played

Live versions

This section provides examples of live versions of Ice Machine from each tour that it was played. The recordings from 1981-09-29 Paris, 1982-02-21 Glasgow and 1984-11-02 London are generally regarded as the best sounding versions out of these examples.

1980 Tour

1981 Tour

1982 See You Tour

1984-1985 Some Great Reward Tour

1981-1985: Ice MachineShoutAny Second NowNow, This Is FunOberkorn (It's A Small Town)The Great OutdoorsWork HardFoolsIn Your Memory(Set Me Free) Remotivate MeFlexibleFly On The Windscreen
1986-1989: But Not TonightBreathing In FumesBlack DayChristmas IslandAgent OrangePimpfPleasure, Little TreasureRoute 66StjärnaSonata No. 14 in CDangerous
1990-1998: MemphistoSibelingKaleidHappiest Girl (Jack Mix)Sea Of Sin (Tonal Mix)My JoyDeath's DoorPainkillerSlowblowSurrenderHeadstar
2001-2009: Easy TigerDirtZenstationFreeNewbornBetter DaysOh Well
2013-2017: All That's Mine
2000-2008: New York NightsDon't Look Back
2003-2008: Stand UpMaybeCloserTomorrowLove Will Leave
2003-2015: Life Is StrangeLeft Hand Luke And The Beggar BoysDe NadaGifting