Little 15

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Notes

Dave Gahan told KROQ radio in 1987:

"'Little 15' is actually about a guy. It's about a boy. See, a lot of people have taken that song already in the wrong way, they think it's about a small girl, but it's not. It's actually about a boy, and his mother is talking to him. She's saying, "Look, you're gonna grow up and everything, and this is what it's gonna be like. It's not a bed of roses, and you're gonna be going out into the big, bad world soon". It's about a boy and his mother, his older mother. To be honest, when Martin wrote the song and he brought it to us and I read the lyrics and stuff - it's actually one of my favourite songs on the album - but when he brought it to me I thought immediately it was about a little girl, one of his, you know, things... But we won't talk about those!"

Q & A from Alan Wilder's Shunt archive:

From: Steph

Q: You're smart to expose Paris to [Michael] Nyman - what is your favourite of his work? I am partial to 'The Piano' soundtrack. I can't listen to him without being transported somewhere else in the universe. Has he influenced you in any way? Do you see any similarities in your respective styles?

Alan: I didn't think 'The Piano' was very good. I hated the film too. I prefer 'A Zed And Two Noughts'. I suppose there is some influence - listen to 'Little 15'.

Alan Wilder (and Dave Gahan) elaborated on this in the 2006 Music For The Masses Remaster DVD documentary:

Alan Wilder: "I remember [that] 'Little 15' was being quite a difficult track. We had left it to the last [day] because we really didn't know how to go about it. We had this song, it seemed... it was just difficult to know what to do with it. And I can remember I had just been to see "A Zed & Two Noughts" by Peter Greenway, and all his music, that is [from] Michael Nyman. And so, somewhere amongst our discussions, we said: "Why don't we try and do it in this sort of Nyman and "A Zed & Two Noughts" kind of way?". But from there, it was just easy, it just flowed. It all started with this funny, little, hypnotic cycle sequence, and then - bang, bang, bang - all the parts came together."

Dave Gahan: "That was Alan's, like, schooling, his musicianship. He's a fantastic piano player. And I don't think we appreciated that at the time."

Martin Gore in Bong issue no. 37, 1998:

"This was the only ever single in France. We were convinced by our French record company that it was a great single for France and that it had all the right ingredients to be a massive hit in France. We just looked at them and said ‘you’re mad, Little 15 is not a single’, but as it was Mute France at that time and we knew the people very well, we basically gave in to them and let them have their way. And was it a massive hit? No! Was it a hit? No!"

Dates with available recordings of Little 15

There are currently 3 recordings of Little 15 available.

Dates where Little 15 was played

1987-1988 Music For The Masses Tour

  • Little 15 was not played during this tour.

1990 World Violation Tour

Little 15 was played 3 times during this tour.

1993 Devotional Tour

  • Little 15 was not played during this tour.

1994 Exotic Tour

  • Little 15 was not played during this tour.

1997 Ultra Parties

  • Little 15 was not played during this tour.

1998 The Singles Tour

  • Little 15 was not played during this tour.

2001 Exciter Tour

  • Little 15 was not played during this tour.

2003 Paper Monsters Tour (Dave Gahan solo)

  • Little 15 was not played during this tour.

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

  • Little 15 was not played during this tour.

2005-2006 Touring The Angel

  • Little 15 was not played during this tour.

2009-2010 Tour Of The Universe

  • Little 15 was not played during this tour.

2013-2014 Delta Machine Tour

  • Little 15 was not played during this tour.

2017-2018 Global Spirit Tour

  • Little 15 was not played during this tour.