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7. Photographic
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Song Photographic
By Depeche Mode
Songwriter Vince Clarke
Produced by Depeche Mode
Daniel Miller
Recorded at Blackwing Studios (London)
Length (mm:ss) 4:44
Tempo 148 BPM
Time signature 4
Key A Major
Engineered by Eric Radcliffe
John Fryer
Originally released 6 November 1981
Live performances as Depeche Mode 360 times *
Total live performances 360 times *

"Photographic" is a song from the 1981 album Speak & Spell by Depeche Mode.


There are four versions of this song:

  1. A demo version recorded by Vince Clarke around May or June 1980; a snippet of this version is available to listen to below.
  2. A demo version recorded by Depeche Mode around June, July or August 1980; this entire demo version is available to listen to below.
  3. A version of Photographic for the Some Bizarre compilation album around November 1980.[1][2] 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.
  4. A version of Photographic for DM's first album Speak & Spell in early 1981. The album version was recorded at Blackwing Studios.

Demo versions

Vince Clarke demo

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:

Live versions

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



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

Photographic pictures

Bright light

Dark room

Bright light

Dark room

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.

Live performances

Main article: Available recordings of "Photographic"
Main article: List of dates where "Photographic" was played


  1. Jonathan Miller, Stripped, page 58.
  2. Simon Spence, Just Can't Get Enough, page 135.