List of Depeche Mode sample sources by album/Songs of Faith and Devotion

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In audio production, sampling refers to the use of a portion (or sample) from a sound within another recording. As pioneers of the electronic music genre, Depeche Mode were among the most prolific acts to make use of sampling technology within a traditional pop music format. Among the many original samples recorded and utilized by Depeche Mode to enhance the atmosphere of their musical output are many that originated elsewhere, including brief passages of musical recordings by other artists, snippets of audio from television shows, radio broadcasts, films, environmental sounds, and more. Analysis of these sample sources and how they are manipulated is a popular topic of discussion amongst fans of the group.

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The sample is confirmed to have been used in the specified song by a past/present member of Depeche Mode, an individual involved in its production, or band archivist Daniel "BRAT" Barassi.
Confirmed
The sample is independently confirmed to have been used in the specified song.
Likely
The sample is likely to have been used in the specified song but has not yet been confirmed.
Unconfirmed
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Disproven
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Unknown
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This page aims to document all verifiable sound sources for many of the musical parts used by Depeche Mode in the production of their 1993 album Songs of Faith and Devotion.

Due to the manipulated nature of the samples described in this article, there is unavoidable potential for error or sample misattribution. To ensure accuracy, this article strives to use verified quotes from band members and recording personnel with citations wherever possible, audio examples, and independent research voluntarily contributed by Depeche Mode and Recoil fans worldwide. This article provides an interesting document on this topic in a tabular format that is organized, well-researched, and reasonably accurate. Please bear in mind that due to the limited number of relevant quotes for each sample from band members or associates involved in producing the music described on this page, audio samples that lack official confirmation are not guaranteed to be accurate.

This article differentiates samples by origin: Self-made samples, which describe any material initially recorded by Depeche Mode or Recoil, and Sourced samples, which describe samples not initially recorded by either group. In addition to confirmed samples, this article also covers samples commonly misreported as having been used but directly refuted by a member or associate of Depeche Mode or Recoil.

If you notice an error or wish to contribute or request the removal of information contained within this article, please feel free to contact us.

Songs of Faith and Devotion (1993)

1. "I Feel You"

"I Feel You" - Depeche Mode
1993
Self-made samples
Sample Notes Audio
Distorted noise pad A sample of distorted noise is utilised as a riser during the intro and just before the break sections of "I Feel You". Alan Wilder confirms this particular part originated from a synthesizer in a Q&A on Shunt, the official Recoil website: "[...] The noise actually comes from a synth."[1]

Sourced samples
Sample Source Status Notes Audio
Drum loop Angelo Badalamenti - Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (Music From the Motion Picture Soundtrack) - "The Pink Room" - 11 August 1992
Confirmed
A manipulated drum loop derived from "The Pink Room", an instrumental featured on the film soundtrack for the 1992 David Lynch film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, is utilised throughout the verse and outro sections of "I Feel You".[footnotes 1]

Wilder describes the sample in an undated response to a fan question in a Q&A on Shunt: "Yes, they are very similar, aren't they? 'The Pink Room' was released before 'I Feel [You]' so Lynch couldn't have borrowed it. The fact that Lynch is interested enough to make music at all is rare for a film director. Perhaps he should concentrate even more on music since 'Lost Highway';-)"[2]

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2. "Walking In My Shoes"

"Walking In My Shoes" - Depeche Mode
1993
Self-made samples
Sample Notes Audio
Processed piano/harpsichord riff Wilder describes the composition of this sound in a Q&A on Shunt, the official Recoil website: "[...] Flood and I began to construct the various drum loops, the string arrangements, the main riff (which combined a piano and harpsichord through a distorted guitar amp) and all the other bits and pieces [of the song]."[1]
"Water droplet-like" verse pad A soft bell or "water droplet-like" melody audible during the verse sections of "Walking In My Shoes" is partly comprised of a treated sample derived from the opening moments of "Blasphemous Rumours".[footnotes 2]

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Sourced samples
Sample Source Status Notes Audio
Drum loop Mike Longo - Talk with the Spirits - "Angel of Love" - Recorded 16 January 1976
Confirmed
A drum loop derived from the introduction of "Angel of Love" by American jazz pianist Mike Longo is utilised throughout the live arrangement of "Walking In My Shoes" as it was performed on the 1993 Devotional tour. The drum loop is also prominently featured on the "Grungy Gonads" remix of "Walking In My Shoes", 1993 Devotional tour performances of "Fly On The Windscreen", and live performances of Recoil's "Jezebel" as it was performed on the 2010-2011 Selected Events tour.
Orchestral strings Elmer Bernstein - Cape Fear (film soundtrack) - "Frightened Sam" - 1991
Confirmed
A brief orchestral string and woodwind phrase from the introduction of "Frightened Sam", an orchestral song from the 1991 remake of Cape Fear, is layered with other orchestral elements to form a melodic descending string phrase starting from the third verse section of "Walking In My Shoes".

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Orchestral strings Ennio Morricone - Ennio Morricone - Chamber Music - "Musica Per 11 Violini" - 1988
Confirmed
A brief orchestral phrase sampled from a 1988 performance of Ennio Morricone's "Musica Per 11 Violini" (originally written for the 1968 giallo thriller film A Quiet Place in the Country (Italian: Un tranquillo posto di campagna) is employed as a lush orchestral pad during the latter half of the second verse and second chorus sections of "Walking In My Shoes".

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Note: In this example, the sampled string phrase is first compared to the latter half of the second verse section as it is heard in the ilikemusic.com instrumental version of "Walking In My Shoes" (played out of phase to more clearly expose the sound in the mix), followed by the same section of music as heard in the rear stereo channels of the Songs Of Faith And Devotion 5.1 reissue.
Orchestral strings Dmitri Shostakovich - String Quartet No. 15 in E-flat minor - Op. 144: V. Funeral March: Adagio molto - Gidon Kremer • Daniel Phillips • Kim Kashkashian • Yo-Yo Ma - Shostakovich Quartet No. 15, Op. 144 - Gubaidulina: Rejoice! - 1989
Confirmed
A descending three note orchestral string phrase sampled from a live performance of Dmitri Shostakovich's String Quartet No. 15 recorded at the Kaufmann Concert Hall, New York, 1985[3] is employed as an orchestral string layer played in various ways throughout the second and third verse sections of "Walking In My Shoes".

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Note: In this example, the sampled string phrase is compared to the latter half of the second verse section as it is heard in the ilikemusic.com instrumental version of "Walking In My Shoes" (played out of phase to more clearly expose the sound in the mix).
Orchestral strings Elmer Bernstein - Cape Fear (film soundtrack) - "Rape And Hospital" - 1991
Confirmed
An orchestral string phrase from the opening moments of "Rape And Hospital", an ambient orchestral song conducted by Elmer Bernstein for the 1991 remake of the 1962 psychological thriller film Cape Fear, is layered with other string elements to form evolving string pads during the second and third verse sections of "Walking In My Shoes".

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Drum loop The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy - "Language Of Violence" - 1992
Confirmed
The verse sections of "Walking In My Shoes" employ a drum loop derived from the opening moments of "Language Of Violence" by The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy.

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Drum loop Beastie Boys - "3-Minute Rule" - 25 July 1989
Confirmed
A drum break derived from "3 Minute Rule" by the Beastie Boys (itself a sample derived from early-mid 1970s pop group Fancy's 1974 "Feel Good") is used during the chorus, middle eight, and outro sections of 'Walking In My Shoes'.[footnotes 3]

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Tambourine loop HITCD08 - Pascal Gabriel's Dance Samples (AMG) - Track 8 (0:40) - "Thick Tambourine Loop - 92 BPM" - 1991
Confirmed
An edited tambourine loop derived from AMG's 1991 sample CD HITCD08 - Pascal Gabriel's Dance Samples is utilised throughout "Walking In My Shoes".

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Drum loop Original Concept - "Can You Feel It" - 1986
Confirmed
A section of audio featuring a Roland TR-808 drum pattern is utilised for the Devotional tour arrangement of "Walking In My Shoes".
Drum elements LL Cool J - Walking with a Panther - "Smokin', Dopin'" - 9 June 1989
Confirmed
A sample of audio featuring drum elements derived from the intro of "Smokin', Dopin'" by LL Cool J is utilised throughout "Walking In My Shoes".

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Solina strings Akai S1000/S1100 Sound Library - Violin Section #1 SL1064 - Solid String - SOLINA or S.W.M. #2 - Solid String - "SOLINA"
Confirmed
A synthesized solina string sound layered with a variety of sampled orchestral phrases audible in "Walking In My Shoes" from the second verse section onwards is derived from the "Solid String" preset of a Akai S1000/Akai S1100 factory library disk.[footnotes 4]
Piano Korg 01/W Bank A, voice #01: 16' Piano - SAMPLE "127 C1", SAMPLE "127 C2", SAMPLE "100 C3" and Bank B, voice #01: 8' Piano - SAMPLE "100 C3", SAMPLE "127 F#3", SAMPLE "127 C4"
Confirmed
All live arrangements of "Walking In My Shoes" employ a series of manipulated piano samples derived from the "16' Piano" and "8' Piano" voices of the Korg 01/W workstation synthesizer. Varying combinations of these piano samples are also performed live in the Devotional arrangements for "Fly On The Windscreen", "Mercy In You", and "Something To Do".

3. "Condemnation"

"Condemnation" - Depeche Mode
1993
Self-made samples
Sample Notes
Improvised flight case bass drum Wilder describes the recording of various elementary elements of "Condemnation" in an editorial on Shunt, the official Recoil website:

With experimentation still prevalent, the elementary sounds for the 3rd single, "Condemnation" were recorded in the basement of the Madrid villa with one person banging a flight case, another clapping and a third scraping the wall with a tambourine.

The vocals - which were to have a 'barbershop choir meets gospel Elvis Presley' flavour - proved that Depeche Mode had not abandoned their desire to find different and exciting ways of producing music. Built up track by track, individual takes were sung by (mainly) Martin and (sometimes) Alan and then manipulated using vari-speed to produce very low and very high pitches. Once added to Dave's lead vocal, the resulting close harmonies provided the barbershop body of the track."[4]

Tambourine The tambourine fill present at the end of each bar repeating throughout the piece is produced by scraping a tambourine against a wall.

Sourced samples
Sample Source Status Notes
Piano Korg 01/W Bank B, voice #01: 8' Piano
Confirmed
A Korg 01/W Pro X transplanted onto a grand piano body is confirmed to have been used for the piano numbers performed on the Devotional tour.[5]

4. "Mercy In You"

"Mercy In You" - Depeche Mode
1993
Self-made samples
Sample Notes Audio
Sampled sitar-like wail "Mercy In You" employs a treated sound with a distinct bitcrushing effect as a melodic hook during the second verse section. This sound, which saw similar use throughout "Personal Jesus", is based on a Moog synthesizer sound originally recorded as a bass layer heard throughout "Never Let Me Down Again".

Sourced samples
Sample Source Status Notes Audio
Choir Ennio Morricone - Moses the Lawgiver (Original Soundtrack) - "Moses Theme (Main Titles)" - 1974
Confirmed
A series of choir phrases derived from the title theme of Italian/British television miniseries Moses the Lawgiver as composed by Ennio Morricone are re-pitched and played in a new sequence from how they were originally recorded to form the lush choir textures heard during the chorus sections of "Mercy In You". The choir phrases prominently feature the late Italian singer Gianna Spagnulo.

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Variphon pad Talk Talk - "The Rainbow" - 1988
Confirmed
"Mercy In You" employs a variophon pad with a unique distorted texture derived from Talk Talk's "The Rainbow".[1] The sample is looped and played with a long release time.[footnotes 5]
Drum loop Five Stairsteps - "Don't Change Your Love" - 1968
Confirmed
The live version of "Mercy In You" as it was performed on the Devotional tour features a sample of the classic Five Stairsteps' "Don't Change Your Love" drum break.
Drum loop The Headhunters - "God Make Me Funky" - 1975
Confirmed
Multiple sections of the "God Make Me Funky" drum break are utilised throughout "Mercy In You".
Conga loop HITCD08 - Pascal Gabriel's Dance Samples (AMG) - Track 8 - "Conga Loop (Dull)" - 1991
Confirmed
An edited conga loop derived from AMG's 1991 sample CD HITCD08 - Pascal Gabriel's Dance Samples is utilised throughout the Devotional tour arrangement of "Mercy In You".

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Outro piano Korg 01/W Bank A, voice #01: 16' Piano - SAMPLE "127 C1", SAMPLE "127 C2", SAMPLE "100 C3" and Bank B, voice #01: 8' Piano - SAMPLE "100 C3"
Confirmed
The Devotional tour arrangement of "Mercy In You" employs a series of piano samples derived from the "16' Piano" and "8' Piano" voices of the Korg 01/W workstation synthesizer. Varying combinations of these piano samples were also utilised in live performances for the Devotional tour arrangements of "Walking In My Shoes", "Fly On The Windscreen", and "Something To Do".

5. "Judas"

"Judas" - Depeche Mode
1993
Self-made samples
Sample Notes
"If you want my love" choir This vocal performance is comprised of a large number of individual vocal recordings of individuals employed during the recording of "Judas", the final album track to be recorded at Chateau du Pape Studio, with each individual's vocal performance multitracked six times each for a total of ninety individual voices, with additional delay, reverb, and EQ to introduce an intimate southern church-like quality to the vocals. Wilder describes the recording of this particular part in a Q&A on Shunt, the official Recoil website: "15 people (tape op's, studio secretaries, the cook etc...) multitracked 6 times making a total of 90 voices + delays and reverbs. Then we eq'ed the sound to make it seem like it was sung in a deep southern church hall in the 1960's, rather than Wembley stadium."[1]
Brass "Judas" and "Higher Love" each employ similar sample-based brass parts during their respective bridge sections.

Sourced samples
Sample Source Status Notes
Orchestral strings Korg 01/W Bank A, voice #07: TheStrings
Likely
The Devotional tour arrangement of "Judas" likely employs orchestral string parts derived from the "TheStrings" voice of the Korg 01/W workstation synthesizer.

6. "In Your Room"

"In Your Room" - Depeche Mode
1993
Self-made samples
Sample Notes Audio
Double-tracked "splang" guitar chord A series of four unique guitar chords are utilised as stabs at the start of each bar during the chorus sections of "In Your Room". Wilder describes the composition of this sound in a Q&A on Shunt, the official Recoil website:

Affectionately known (to me anyway) as 'Splang' rather than 'twoo, twaa and twee', the sound is derived from a guitar. Each chord was sampled individually and then double-tracked with a second but different guitar sound. There is also a string/choir pad (another backwards sound) playing the same chords in the background.[1]

Textured ambient noise pad (looped) A textured loop used sporadically during the intro and first verse of "In Your Room" is a brief sample of ambient noise with audible wind chimes in the background, which produces a "grainy" textured pad when reversed. The sample is reversed and subsequently looped, then transposed down several notes from its original key.
"Ah" vocals A series of self-made solo vocal "ahh" samples are layered with a selection of samples derived from Emulator II factory library disk #33 "Voices" to produce a lush choir used during the second verse of "In Your Room" as it was performed on the Devotional and Global Spirit tours.[footnotes 6]

Sourced samples
Sample Source Status Notes Audio
Variphon pad Talk Talk - "The Rainbow" - 1988
Confirmed
'In Your Room' employs a variophon pad derived from the left stereo channel of Talk Talk's "The Rainbow".[1] The resulting pad is looped and played with a slow release during the first verse and outro of "In Your Room".[footnotes 7]

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Synth bass Roland JD-800 internal factory pre-load soundbank - A-11: Millennium (Waveforms: "16. Spark Vox1" (TONE A), "22. Cutters" (TONE C), "14. Wire Str" (TONE D) - 1991
Confirmed
A synthesized bass sound used sporadically throughout the intro of "In Your Room" is derived from an edit of the Roland JD-800 internal factory patch "A-11 Millennium". The edited patch as heard in the intro of "In Your Room" is played at a low to medium velocity with Tone B "67. Org Bell" disabled. The factory preset and its primary sampled waveforms were designed by German sound designer Eric Persing during his tenure as Chief Sound Designer for the Roland Corporation.[6]

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Choir pad Sonic Images Sample Library - Volume 4 - SICD 2028 - Stack Sounds B - Slow Orchestra Pad - "SICD2028-14-04 SLOW ORCHESTRA PAD F#2" - 1990
Confirmed
A choir pad derived from Sonic Images Sample Library - Volume 4 SICD 2028 - Stack Sounds B is utilised during the intro section of "In Your Room".

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Strings, choir Emulator II factory library disk #33: Voices, Emulator II factory library disk #05: Marcato Strings, Akai S1000/S1100 Sound Library - Violin Section #1 SL1064 - Solid String - SOLINA or S.W.M. #2 - Solid String - "SOLINA"
Likely
A series of lush string pads likely utilised during the middle eight, chorus and outro sections of "In Your Room" are partly comprised of a series of choir, orchestral strings, and synthesizer sounds derived from the Akai S1000 sound library and the Emulator II factory library. The choir aspect of this sound consists of two samples derived from Emulator II factory library disk #33 "Voices".

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Drum loop Rusty Bryant - "Fire Eater" - 1971
Confirmed
A drum break derived from Rusty Bryant's "Fire Eater" is heard throughout "In Your Room" starting from the second verse. The loop is sequenced to play in a different way from how it was originally performed.
Drum loop Dan Reed Network - "I'm Lonely, Please Stay" - 1989
Confirmed
A loop derived from the intro of "I'm Lonely, Please Stay" by Dan Reed Network is utilised throughout "In Your Room" from the third verse section onwards.

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808 bass drum HITCD08 - Pascal Gabriel's Dance Samples (AMG) - Track 16 - "808 BD - Long" - 1991
Confirmed
An edited 808 bass drum derived from AMG's 1991 sample CD HITCD08 - Pascal Gabriel's Dance Samples is utilised throughout the intro and first verse sections of "In Your Room".

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Choir pad Emulator II factory library disk #33: Voices - Preset #1: "PompousChoir"
Confirmed
The first and second verse and chorus sections of "In Your Room" as it was performed on the Devotional, Exotic, and Global Spirit tours feature choir chords derived from Emulator II factory library disk #33 "Voices".

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Choir pad Emulator II factory library disk #33: Voices - Preset #1: "PompousChoir" - SAMPLE 7, SAMPLE 8, SAMPLE 9, SAMPLE 10
Confirmed
The stereo choir pads utilised during the second verse section as it was performed on the Devotional, Exotic, and Global Spirit tours are comprised of a selection of four choir samples derived from Emulator II factory library disk #33 "Voices".

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7. "Get Right With Me"

"Get Right With Me" - Depeche Mode
1993

Sourced samples
Sample Source Status Notes
Sampled scratch N.W.A - "8 Ball (Remix)" - 1988
Confirmed
"Get Right With Me" utilises a sampled scratch derived from the outro of N.W.A's "8 Ball (Remix)".[footnotes 8]
Led Zeppelin "When The Levee Breaks" snare and bass drum Led Zeppelin - "When The Levee Breaks" - 1971
Official
Alan Wilder confirmed in a Q&A on Shunt, the official Recoil project website that "Never Let Me Down Again" among other Depeche Mode songs employ drum elements derived from Led Zeppelin's "When The Levee Breaks".

8. "Rush"

"Rush" - Depeche Mode
1993

Sourced samples
Sample Source Status Notes Audio
Chorus section guitar stab Peter Gabriel - "Not One of Us" - 1980
Confirmed
A treated, distorted guitar heard during the chorus sections of "Rush" is derived from a guitar lick heard in the opening moments of "Not One of Us" from Peter Gabriel's 1980 album Peter Gabriel (released in the United States as Peter Gabriel III and on streaming services as Peter Gabriel 3: Melt).

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Chorus section loop Peter Gabriel - "Not One of Us" - 1980
Confirmed
A treated, distorted guitar loop heard during the chorus sections of "Rush" is derived from the opening moments of Peter Gabriel's "Not One of Us".

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Verse section guitar wail Peter Gabriel - "Not One of Us" - 1980
Confirmed
A treated, distorted guitar wail heard during the first and second verse sections of "Rush" is derived from the opening moments of Peter Gabriel's "Not One of Us".

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Verse section guitar chug Peter Gabriel - "Not One of Us" - 1980
Confirmed
A treated, heavy-sounding sampled guitar sample heard during the first and second verse sections of "Rush" is derived from a brief guitar chug heard in the opening moments of Peter Gabriel's "Not One of Us".

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Note: In this example, the left stereo channel of the sampled audio from "Not One of Us" is sampled, pitched down several keys, and subsequently processed using a software reverb effect. The result is then sampled again and played back from a keyboard.
Middle eight ambient pad/percussive rhythm Suzanne Vega - "Institution Green" - 1990
Confirmed
A section of ambient pad with sparse percussive elements derived from Suzanne Vega's "Institution Green" is used to atmospheric effect throughout the middle eight section of "Rush".

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Drum loop Renegade Soundwave - "On TV" - 1989
Confirmed
A section of audio derived from the outro of "On TV" by Renegade Soundwave is utilised as a loop throughout "Rush".

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Led Zeppelin "When The Levee Breaks" snare and bass drum Led Zeppelin - "When The Levee Breaks" - 1971
Confirmed
A sequenced bass and snare drum pattern audible throughout "Rush" utilises snare and bass drum samples derived from Led Zeppelin's "When The Levee Breaks".

9. "One Caress"

"One Caress" is not known to contain samples from any identifiable sources.

10. "Higher Love"

"Higher Love" - Depeche Mode
1993

Sourced samples
Sample Source Status Notes Audio
Drum loop U2 - "So Cruel" - 1991
Official
Wilder indirectly confirmed in a response to a question regarding the sonic similarity between the drums of Depeche Mode's "Higher Love" and U2's "So Cruel" in a Q&A on Shunt (the official Recoil website_ that a drum loop from U2's "So Cruel" was sampled for use in "Higher Love" by reiterating that album producer Flood assisted in the production of both records. Depeche Mode would later cover this song, see 'So Cruel'): "Didn't Flood work on both LP's?....."[1]
808 bass drum HITCD08 - Pascal Gabriel's Dance Samples (AMG) - Track 16 - "808 BD - Long" - 1991
Confirmed
An edited 808 bass drum derived from AMG's 1991 sample CD HITCD08 - Pascal Gabriel's Dance Samples is utilised throughout "Higher Love".

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Middle eight brass staccato Korg 01/W Bank B, voice #22: Brass 1 - SAMPLE "127 F#2" and Bank A, voice #02: OrchBrass - SAMPLE "127 F#3"
Confirmed
The Devotional tour arrangement of "Higher Love" utilises a series of edited brass samples derived from the "Brass 1" and "OrchBrass" voices of the Korg 01/W workstation synthesizer. The samples are layered to form a brass instrument performed during the middle eight section.
Tambourine loop HITCD08 - Pascal Gabriel's Dance Samples (AMG) - Track 8 (0:40) - "Thick Tambourine Loop - 92 BPM" - 1991
Confirmed
An edited tambourine loop derived from AMG's 1991 sample CD HITCD08 - Pascal Gabriel's Dance Samples is utilised throughout "Higher Love".

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B-sides, bonus tracks and remixes

"My Joy"

"My Joy" - Depeche Mode
1993
Self-made samples
Sample Notes Audio
Distorted bass hit A distorted bass hit with built-in descending pitch originally recorded as part of the bassline of "I Feel You" is re-purposed for use as a hit in "My Joy". The sample occurs on the beat at bar forty-seven (1:48) at the start of the break, and plays one note above its root key.

Sourced samples
Sample Source Status Notes Audio
Drum loop Beastie Boys - "Pass The Mic" - 1992
Confirmed
A drum loop heard throughout "My Joy" is derived from the brief instrumental break in Beastie Boys' "Pass The Mic". Additionally, a brief snippet of the drum loop is reversed for use as a drum fill during the first verse section.

The drums as they appear on "Pass The Mic" were originally performed by Mike D (Michael Diamond) during the recording of Check Your Head at G-Son Studios, Atwater Village, California. The late MCA (Adam Yauch) stated in 1999:

One memorable thing about recording "Pass The Mic" was the drums. We had heard that [Led Zeppelin drummer] John Bonham had used a really long kick drum on something and thought it would be interesting to put his technique to the test. Taking full advantage of the size of the G-Son live room/basketball court, we wrapped a long piece of cardboard from a refrigerator box around the kick drum and then put a mic at the far end of it. Mike played the beat, and we looped it.[7]

Orchestral strings, uilleann pipes Shaun Davey - The Brendan Voyage - "The Brendan Theme" - 1985
Confirmed
A section of audio featuring orchestral strings and traditional uilleann pipes utilised during the outro of "My Joy" is derived from Shaun Davey's "The Brendan Theme" composed for his 1985 orchestral suite The Brendan Voyage.

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Orchestral strings Willie Hutch - "I Choose You" - 1973
Confirmed
A reversed sample of orchestral strings heard in select chorus sections of "My Joy" is derived from Willie Hutch's 1973 song "I Choose You". The song features on the original soundtrack for the 1973 American film The Mack.

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Snare drum fill Beastie Boys - "Funky Boss" - 1992
Confirmed
A snare drum fill heard sporadically throughout "My Joy" is derived from the intro of the Beastie Boys' "Funky Boss".
Orchestral strings Gustav Mahler - Symphony No.5 in C sharp minor - 4. Adagietto (Sehr langsam)
Confirmed
"My Joy" employs two looped orchestral phrases sampled from the fourth movement of a performance of Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 5 Adagietto (Sehr langsam). The two string elements are looped on a sustained phrase to produce dramatic orchestral pads.
Orchestral strings Edward Elgar - Unidentified composition
Confirmed
Wilder confirmed in a 27 July 2011 interview with electricityclub.co.uk that "Halo" (and "My Joy" by extension) employs orchestral string elements sampled from an as yet unidentified piece of music composed by celebrated English composer Edward Elgar:

For the end choruses, there are some string samples which I think were derived from Elgar. One of my techniques is to find sections of classical strings and transpose / stretch these, then add my own samples, in order to formulate new and unusual arrangements. This was a case in point. The DM track "Clean" utilised classical strings in a similar way.[8]

"My Joy (Slow Slide Mix)"

"My Joy" (Slow Slide Mix) - Depeche Mode
1993

Sourced samples
Sample Source Status Notes Audio
Drum loop Beastie Boys - "Pass The Mic" - 1992
Confirmed
A heavy drum loop heard throughout "My Joy" starting from the first chorus section is derived from the brief instrumental break in Beastie Boys' "Pass The Mic". Additionally, a brief snippet of the drum loop is flipped to play in reverse as a reverse drum fill.
Drum loop The Dangerous CD Company - Danger 1 - Track 14 - "2 Echo Loop - 122bpm" - 1991
Confirmed
A drum loop derived from The Dangerous CD Company's 1991 sample CD Danger 1 is utilised throughout "My Joy (Slow Slide Mix)". The drum sounds utilised in the loop as it appeared on Danger 1 are likely to have been compiled from one or more commercial records available by 1991.[9][footnotes 9]

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Drum loop The Dangerous CD Company - Danger 1 - Track 10 - "4 Hip Loop - 121bpm" - 1991
Confirmed
A drum loop derived from The Dangerous CD Company's 1991 sample CD Danger 1 (itself an edit of the famous Fancy "Feel Good" drum break) is utilised throughout "My Joy (Slow Slide Mix)".

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Drum loop The Dangerous CD Company - Danger 1 - Track 10 - "1 Whine Loop - 105bpm" - 1991
Confirmed
A drum loop derived from The Dangerous CD Company's 1991 sample CD Danger 1 (which is itself an edit of James Brown's famous "Funky Drummer" drum break) is utilised throughout "My Joy (Slow Slide Mix)".

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Drum loop The Dangerous CD Company - Danger 1 - Track 8 - "3 Soul Rock Loop - 105bpm" - 1991
Confirmed
A drum loop derived from The Dangerous CD Company's 1991 sample CD Danger 1 (originally sampled from Dexter Wansel's famous "Theme From The Planets" drum break) is utilised throughout "My Joy (Slow Slide Mix)".

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Drum loop Fancy - "Feel Good" - 1974
Confirmed
The "Feel Good" drum break is used throughout the "Slow Slide" remix of "My Joy".

"Walking In My Shoes (Grungy Gonads Mix)"

"Walking In My Shoes" (Grungy Gonads Mix) - Depeche Mode
1993

Sourced samples
Sample Source Status Notes Audio
Drum loop Mike Longo - Talk with the Spirits - "Angel of Love" - Recorded 16 January 1976
Confirmed
A drum loop derived from the introduction of "Angel of Love" by American jazz pianist Mike Longo is utilised throughout the "Grungy Gonads" remix of "Walking In My Shoes" and its live arrangement as performed on the 1993 Devotional tour, live performances of "Fly On The Windscreen" on the same tour, and live performances of Recoil's "Jezebel" as it was performed on the 2010-2011 Selected Events tour.

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Drum loop Mountain - "Long Red" - 1972
Confirmed
Orchestral string passage Ennio Morricone - "In Chiesa" - Ad Ogni Costo (film) soundtrack - 1967
Official
The string passage in the introduction to this orchestral piece was sampled by the late trip-hop pioneer Jonny Dollar and Portishead member Geoff Barrow.[10] for use in the "Walking In My Shoes (Grungy Gonads Mix)".

"Walking In My Shoes (Ambient Whale Mix)"

"Walking In My Shoes" (Ambient Whale Mix) - Depeche Mode
1993

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Sample Source Status Notes Audio
Whale sound effects HITCD08 - Pascal Gabriel's Dance Samples (AMG) - Track 64 - "Whale 2", "Whale 5", "Whale 3" - 1991
Confirmed
A series of edited whale vocalization sound effects derived from AMG's 1991 sample CD HITCD08 - Pascal Gabriel's Dance Samples are utilised throughout "Walking In My Shoes (Ambient Whale Mix)". The whale sound effects derived from HITCD08 originally appeared on "Solo Whale", a track featured on bio-acoustician Roger Payne's 1970 environmental album Songs of the Humpback Whale.

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Main drum loop Innocence - "Natural Thing (Sunset Mix)" - 1990
Confirmed
The main drum loop used throughout "Walking In My Shoes (Ambient Whale Mix)" is derived from the opening moments of the "Sunset Mix" of "Natural Thing" by early 1990s British R&B group Innocence.
808 bass drum HITCD08 - Pascal Gabriel's Dance Samples (AMG) - Track 16 - "808 BD - Long" - 1991
Confirmed
An edited 808 bass drum derived from AMG's 1991 sample CD HITCD08 - Pascal Gabriel's Dance Samples is utilised throughout "Walking In My Shoes (Ambient Whale Mix)".
Tambourine loop HITCD08 - Pascal Gabriel's Dance Samples (AMG) - Track 8 (0:40) - "Thick Tambourine Loop - 92 BPM" - 1991
Confirmed
An edited tambourine loop derived from AMG's 1991 sample CD HITCD08 - Pascal Gabriel's Dance Samples is utilised throughout "Walking In My Shoes (Ambient Whale Mix)".

"Walking In My Shoes (Extended Twelve Inch Mix)"

"Walking In My Shoes" (Extended Twelve Inch Mix) - Depeche Mode
1993

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Sample Source Status Notes
Drum loop The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy - "Language Of Violence" - 1992
Confirmed

"Walking In My Shoes (Random Carpet Mix)"

"Walking In My Shoes" (Random Carpet Mix) - Depeche Mode
1993

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Sample Source Status Notes
Orchestral string samples Doctor Zhivago (film) - 1965
Unconfirmed

"Walking In My Shoes (Anandamidic Mix)"

"Walking In My Shoes (Anandamidic Mix)" - Depeche Mode
1993

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Sample Source Status Notes
Drum loop Talking Heads - "Seen And Not Seen" - 1980
Confirmed

"In Your Room (Jeep Rock Mix)"

"In Your Room" (Jeep Rock Mix) - Depeche Mode
1993

Sourced samples
Sample Source Status Notes
Drum loop Skull Snaps - "It's A New Day" - 1973
Confirmed

"I Feel You (Helmet At The Helm Mix)"

"I Feel You" (Helmet At The Helm Mix) - Depeche Mode
1993

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Sample Source Status Notes Audio
Drum loop Polestar Magnetics - X-Static Goldmine - Track 10 "Rave" > "8. Electronic 126" - 1992
Confirmed
A drum loop derived from Track 10 "Rave" as featured on 1992 sample CD X-Static Goldmine by Polestar Magnetics is utilised throughout the "Helmet At The Helm" remix of "I Feel You".
808 bass drum AMG - HITCD08 - Pascal Gabriel's Dance Samples - Track 16 - "808 BD - Long" - 1991
Confirmed
An edited 808 bass drum derived from AMG's 1991 sample CD HITCD08 - Pascal Gabriel's Dance Samples is utilised throughout the "Helmet At The Helm" remix of "I Feel You".

"Rush (Spiritual Guidance Mix)"

"Rush (Spiritual Guidance Mix)" - Depeche Mode
1993

Sourced samples
Sample Source Status Notes Audio
Synthesizer elements Beaver & Krause - The Nonesuch Guide To Electronic Music - "Sequential Voltage Sources. Composition" - 1971
Confirmed
A drum loop derived from Beaver & Krause's 1971 "Sequential Voltage Sources. Composition" is utilised throughout the "Spiritual Guidance" remix of "Rush".


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Source: Shunt Q&A: ARCHIVES  : DEPECHE MODE  : SONGS OF FAITH AND DEVOTION
  2. Alan Wilder - "Q&A - ARCHIVES  : PERSONAL  : ENTERTAINMENT - film / television / theatre" - oldsite.recoil.co.uk
  3. Source: Discogs - Shostakovich*, Gubaidulina* ‎– Shostakovich: Quartet No. 15, Op. 144 · Gubaidulina: Rejoice! - Notes: Shostakovich: recorded in live performance at the Kaufmann Concert Hall, New York, 1985. Gubaidulina: recorded at the Methuen Music Hall, Methuen, Massachusetts, 1988
  4. Source: Shunt Q&A: ARCHIVES : EDITORIAL : DM Singles 86-98
  5. Source: "Depeche Mode" - Musician - October 1993.
  6. "Eric Persing - Roland History". Spectrasonics.net.
  7. Source: Beastiemania Song Spotlight : Pass The Mic
  8. Source: ALAN WILDER Interview - July 27, 2011
  9. elektronauts.com - What was your first studio recording experience - User "Leo-iSL", June 15, 2020
  10. Source: Alan Wilder Facebook comment

Notes

  1. Samples from other Angelo Badalamenti works would see further use on Wilder's 1997 Recoil album Unsound Methods.
  2. Notably, this water droplet-like sample would be used to similar effect during the intro and middle eight sections of "Enjoy The Silence".
  3. Notably, another sound from "3-Minute Rule" would see use on Recoil's "Last Breath" as featured on Unsound Methods, which was recorded in the years following Wilder's departure from Depeche Mode in 1995.
  4. In 1992, the preset was available via Akai S1000/Akai S1100 Sound Library disks SL1064 "Violin Section #1" and S.W.M #2 "Solina 1".
  5. Notably, an alternate version of this sample is used during the first verse and outro of "In Your Room".
  6. Notably, these vocal parts are also utilised for the outro choir melody of "Enjoy The Silence", a quietly-mixed melody in the outro of "World In My Eyes", choir stabs during the first chorus of "Halo", "Sibeling", "Policy Of Truth", and the solo vocal melody prominently used throughout "Memphisto".
  7. An alternate version of this sample is used during the final verse of "Mercy In You".
  8. This scratch is layered with another scratch sample also derived from N.W.A. for use throughout the Exotic tour arrangement of "I Want You Now".
  9. In June 2020, elektronauts.com user "Leo-iSL" described participating in the production of Danger 1:

    The samples for [Danger 1] were recorded/compiled at a studio in Arnos Grove. The studio was called either Sound Garden or Music Garden Studios (I can't quite remember). A lot of the samples were taken from my own record collection. The guy behind [The Dangerous CD Company] is called Brian Teasdale [...] I first went to his studio around [1991\1992] to record some Hardcore demos. [I] was about 19 years old. When Brian heard the records [I] was sampling from he asked if he could borrow my collection. That's how this sample CD came about. Together with Brian's sister and girlfriend we went to the Frankfurt Musikmesse and launched the CD there.