Shake The Disease

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Notes

Martin Gore in the 1985-08-17 issue of Hitkrant (translated from Dutch):

"The song tells the story of a one-sided relationship between a girl and a boy. They realize that it is as good as over for them. So it's a poignant song, but not real life. Christine [Friedrich, girlfriend] and I are still doing very well. A breakup is definitely out of the question."

Martin in the 1989-04-15 issue of Melody Maker:

"Sometimes [the links between songs] are very obvious, there are things like references cos I really like references to other songs. In ‘Shake The Disease’ there’s a reference to another song. You know it says, Now I've got things to do // and I've said before that I know you have too. And in another song [Stories Of Old] it said, Now I've got things to do // you have too. I really like those kind of references."

Dave Gahan on ITV's show 'No. 73':

"It's basically a love song, and it's really about the problems of not being able to get across what you really mean, in love, when you're actually trying to talk to someone that you, let's say, fancy, you know, you fancy someone at school or whatever and you're trying to talk to them. Sometimes it's very difficult, you know, and that's what it's basically about. And he's trying to shake that disease of not being able to talk to people."

Andy Fletcher in the July 1985 issue of Popcorn magazine (translated from German):

"We are all in happy relationships, and this song is our thank you to our women, who must not have always had it easy with us. The text deals with the problem of how difficult is to keep a relationship in our situation, because we are so often separated. But we can't write it without a shot of egoism, in our opinion. It is important that you openly state the things that bother you - and that's what 'Shake The Disease' is mostly about."

Martin in the commentary track on the DVD of '101' in 2003:

"We really struggled with a title for this song. And it's just a small part from one of the lines of the song. I think it was actually Daniel [Miller] was like, "Oh that line sounds good as a title". It stuck after that. But it was obviously from one of the lines of the song, but all the other lines sounded so bad as titles, [like] 'Understand Me'."

Martin Gore in the 1985-08-17 issue of Hitkrant (translated from Dutch):

"With 'Shake The Disease', we should finally succeed in the States. Our past dance tracks have all hopelessly disappeared. So we thought it was a good idea to attack the U.S. market with this slow, delicate track."

When Depeche Mode was interviewed about the songs on the '101' CD for the April 1989 issue of French magazine 'Best', Andy Fletcher said (translated from French):

"It's one of the songs we've been playing for a long time. Every time I hear it, it reminds me of the music video. I cannot forget the music video. I had to stand on some kind of machine and allow it to drop me to my side. I had no confidence in this device that was supposed to hold me back in my drop. I thought I'd die that day."

Dates with available recordings of Shake The Disease

There are currently 244 recordings of Shake The Disease available.

Dates where Shake The Disease was played

1984-1985 Some Great Reward Tour

Shake The Disease was played 8 times during this tour.

1986 Black Celebration Tour

Shake The Disease was played 75 times during this tour.

1987-1988 Music For The Masses Tour

Shake The Disease was played 101 times during this tour.

1990 World Violation Tour

Shake The Disease was played 89 times during this tour.

1993 Devotional Tour

  • Shake The Disease was not played during this tour.

1994 Exotic Tour

  • Shake The Disease was not played during this tour.

1997 Ultra Parties

  • Shake The Disease was not played during this tour.

1998 The Singles Tour

  • Shake The Disease was not played during this tour.

2001 Exciter Tour

  • Shake The Disease was not played during this tour.

2003 Paper Monsters Tour (Dave Gahan solo)

  • Shake The Disease was not played during this tour.

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

Shake The Disease was played 8 times during this tour.

2005-2006 Touring The Angel

Shake The Disease was played 53 times during this tour.

2009-2010 Tour Of The Universe

Shake The Disease was played 6 times during this tour.

2013-2014 Delta Machine Tour

Shake The Disease was played 51 times during this tour.

2017-2018 Global Spirit Tour

Shake The Disease was played 2 times during this tour.