List of Speak & Spell songs
|Produced by||Depeche Mode|
|Recorded at||Blackwing Studios (London)|
|Engineered by||Eric Radcliffe|
|Originally released||6 November 1981|
|Live performances as Depeche Mode||359 times *|
|Total live performances||359 times *|
There are four versions of this song:
- A demo version recorded by Vince Clarke around May or June 1980; a snippet of this version is available to listen to below.
- A demo version recorded by Depeche Mode around June, July or August 1980; this entire demo version is available to listen to below.
- A version of Photographic for the Some Bizarre compilation album around November 1980. According to the album artwork, this version of Photographic for the Some Bizzare album was recorded at Stage One recording studios, owned by John Bassett, located at 14 Sebert Road, Forest Gate, London E7 0NP.
- A version of Photographic for DM's first album Speak & Spell in early 1981. The album version was recorded at Blackwing Studios.
A one-minute 30-second snippet from Vince's original demo for this track can be heard below:
Three other tracks from this demo tape are available to listen to here.
Depeche Mode demo
The second demo version of this track, with Dave Gahan on vocals, appears on the Summer 1980 Demo Tape. You can listen to the entire track below:
A white house, a white room
The program of today
Lights on, switch on
Your eyes are far away
The map represents you
And the tape is your voice
Follow all along you
Till you recognize the choice
I take pictures
I said I'd write a letter
But I never got the time
And I'm looking to the day
I mesmerise the light
The years I spend just thinking
Of a moment we both knew
A second boss looking into
It seems it can't be true
Songwriter: Vince Clarke
Publishing Information: ©1981 Musical Moments Ltd./Sony Music Publishing Ltd.. All rights reserved.
- Main article: Available recordings of "Photographic"
- Main article: List of dates where "Photographic" was played
- Jonathan Miller, Stripped, page 58.
- Simon Spence, Just Can't Get Enough, page 135.