Music For The Masses

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Music For The Masses
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Album Music For The Masses
By Depeche Mode
Catalogue number Stumm47
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Release date 27 September 1987
Recorded at Guillaume Tell (Paris)
Konk (London)
Puk Studios, Denmark
Produced by Depeche Mode
Dave Bascombe
Engineered by Dave Bascombe
Number of tracks 10

Music For The Masses is the sixth studio album by Depeche Mode. It was released on 27 September 1987 by Mute Records. The album was supported by the Music For The Masses tour.

Track list

  1. Never Let Me Down Again
  2. The Things You Said
  3. Strangelove
  4. Sacred
  5. Little 15
  6. Behind The Wheel
  7. I Want You Now
  8. To Have And To Hold
  9. Nothing
  10. Pimpf

For a full list of songs, singles, and B-sides produced for this album, see the list of Music For The Masses songs.

Singles

  1. Strangelove - April 13, 1987
  2. Never Let Me Down Again - August 24, 1987
  3. Behind The Wheel - December 28, 1987
  4. Little 15 - May 16, 1988

Quotes

"The title's [...] a bit tongue-in-cheek, really. Everyone is telling us we should make more commercial music, so that's the reason we chose that title."[1]

Andrew Fletcher - Stripped: Depeche Mode - Jonathan Miller (2003)

Martin Gore: “[...] When we called [the] album ‘Music For The Masses’, we were accused of being patronising and arrogant. In fact it was a joke on the uncommerciality of it. It was anything but music for the masses!”

Alan Wilder: “There’s much more humour than we’re given credit for. Perhaps it’s just that ours, or particularly Martin’s is a little specialised.”[2]

Alan Wilder, Martin L. Gore - NME, February 1990

Songs by BPM

Album BPM range by song
106
110
118
120
108
125
103
149
107
114

Average:
116
  • BPM values are plotted from 1 to 184 BPM.
  • In cases where a song features a change in tempo, the tempo at which the majority of the song
    plays takes precedence.
  • Unless noted otherwise, BPMs are estimated values determined by Spotify's Audio Analysis
    algorithm and as such are not guaranteed to be 100% accurate.
Album live plays by song
961
106
251
101
3
597
138
0
101
101

Average:
235.9
  • Song live play values are plotted from zero to 1,100.
  • All values are determined by summing the number of times each song has been performed
    live by Depeche Mode per tour.
  • These totals do not reflect live plays performed by individual members of Depeche Mode
    as part of solo projects, solo tours, or known one-off performances.

Trivia

  • The total number of live song plays from Music For The Masses is 2359. This figure is found by summing the number of individual performances for each album track.

References

  1. Source: Stripped: Depeche Mode - Jonathan Miller (2003)
  2. Source: Stuart Maconie, NME, February 17 1990 via SacredDM (now defunct).