Shake The Disease

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Shake The Disease
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Song
Artist
Depeche Mode
Album
Songwriter
Produced by
Recorded at
Hansa Mischraum, Berlin
Label
Length (mm:ss)
4:48 (7"/single/album version)
3:59 (fade)
8:45 (12" version)
Tempo
116.836 BPM
Time signature
4/4
Key
D Minor
Recorded
March 1985
Originally released
April 29, 1985
Played live
384 times *
Total live plays
392 times *

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."

Gore explained 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."

Andrew 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."

Gore says 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'."

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', 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."

Dave Gahan, Alan Wilder, and Andrew Fletcher discussed Shake The Disease in an October 1985 interview with British magazine No. 1:

Dave Gahan: "Another one of those tracks which I think is a great song where we didn't really give it enough in the studio. We were touring and trying to make a record at the same time. It was the first single where we had nothing to do with the mixing."
Andrew Fletcher: "When we came back from America there were loads of things we didn't like about it."
Dave Gahan: "It was crying for a great big chorus but it didn't happen."
Alan Wilder: "It is a great song. Sould[sic] have been a very big hit. It did very well elsewhere."
Alan Wilder: "It was the sort of song you needed to hear a few times."[1]

Lyrics


Shake The Disease

I'm not going down on my knees

Begging you to adore me

Can't you see it's misery

And torture for me


When I'm misunderstood

Try as hard as you can

I've tried as hard as I could

To make you see

How important it is for me


Here is a plea

From my heart to you

Nobody knows me

As well as you do

You know how hard it is for me

To shake the disease

That takes hold of my tongue

In situations like these


Understand me


Some people have to be

Permanently together

Lovers devoted

To each other forever


Now I've got things to do

And I've said before

That I know you have too

When I'm not there

In spirit I'll be there


Here is a plea

From my heart to you

Nobody knows me

As well as you do

You know how hard it is for me

To shake the disease

That takes hold of my tongue

In situations like these


Songwriter: Martin L. Gore
Publishing Information: ©1985 Grabbing Hands Music Ltd/EMI Music Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved.

Music video

Dates with available recordings of Shake The Disease

There are currently 278 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 88 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.


1981-1985: Dreaming of MeNew LifeJust Can't Get EnoughSee YouThe Meaning Of LoveLeave in SilenceGet The Balance Right!Everything CountsLove In ItselfPeople Are PeopleMaster And ServantBlasphemous RumoursSomebodyShake The DiseaseIt's Called A Heart
1986-1989: StrippedBut Not TonightA Question Of LustA Question Of TimeStrangeloveNever Let Me Down AgainBehind The WheelLittle 15Route 66Personal Jesus
1990-1999: Enjoy The SilencePolicy of TruthWorld In My EyesI Feel YouWalking In My ShoesCondemnationIn Your RoomBarrel Of A GunIt's No GoodHomeUselessOnly When I Lose Myself
2000-2009: Dream OnI Feel LovedFreeloveGoodnight LoversPreciousA Pain That I'm Used ToSuffer WellJohn the RevelatorLilianMartyrWrongPeaceFragile TensionHole To Feed
2010-2017: HeavenSoothe My SoulWhere's The RevolutionGoing BackwardsCover Me
1992-1998: Faith HealerDriftingStalkerMissing Piece
2000-2008: Strange HoursJezebelPreyAllelujah
2003-2008: Dirty Sticky FloorsI Need YouBottle LivingHold OnA Little PieceKingdomSaw SomethingDeeper And Deeper
2012-2015: Longest DayTake Me Back HomeAll Of This And NothingShine
1989-2003: CompulsionStardustLoverman
2012: SpockSingle BlipAftermaths


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