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
Key A Minor
Engineered by Eric Radcliffe
John Fryer
Originally released February 20, 1981
Live performances as Depeche Mode 133 times *
Total live performances 133 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 available concert with a recording at 1980-11-14 Technical College, Southend-On-Sea, Essex, England, UK or at any concert in the future.

Live versions

This section provides an example of a live version of Ice Machine from each tour that it was played.


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

1981-1985: Ice MachineAny Second NowShoutOberkorn (It's A Small Town)Now, This Is FunWork HardFools(Set Me Free) Remotivate MeIn Your MemoryFly On The WindscreenFlexible
1986-1989: Black DayBreathing In FumesBut Not TonightChristmas IslandRoute 66Sonata No. 14 in CStjärnaAgent OrangePimpfPleasure, Little Treasure
1990-1999: DangerousHappiest GirlSea Of SinMemphistoSibelingKaleidMy JoyPainkillerSlowblowSurrenderHeadstar
2000-2009: DirtZenstationEasy TigerFreeBetter DaysNewbornOh Well
2010-2017: All That's Mine
2000-2020: New York NightsDon't Look Back
2003-2008: Stand UpMaybeCloser (Dave Gahan song)TomorrowLove Will Leave
2003-2015: Life Is StrangeLeft Hand Luke And The Beggar BoysDe NadaGifting