Somebody

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Notes

While DM were still working on 'Some Great Reward' at Hansa Studios, Martin told the November 1984 issue of International Musician And Recording World:

"We're going to go for a completely human feel on that one. Just a piano played by Alan and Dave singing and Andy playing tapes on the Fostex X15. It'll be very different."

In the documentary on the 2006 remaster CD/DVD of 'Some Great Reward', you can see footage of Dave studying this song at Hansa Studios.

Quotes from the documentary on the DVD of the Some Great Reward remaster from 2006:

Daniel Miller: "There are a lot of stories about how Somebody was recorded. It might as well have been that Dave tried it and it didn't work out. There's bound to be a couple of songs that Martin writes for the album where it works better with his voice."

Andy Fletcher: "It was really down to two things: If we thought it suited Martin's voice more, or if they were of a more personal nature, like Somebody."

Alan wilder: "It was probably the first of what you'd call an acoustic performed track on an album. In fact, Martin sang it naked. It was his call. [laughs] I turned the piano away as I was playing, but yeah, we recorded it live, just him and me, in the big studio 2 hall, and he stripped off for that one."

From the 1984-09-22 issue of Melody Maker:

Suggesting that 'Some Great Reward' is dominated by "anti-love" songs brings a considered but emphatic "No" from Martin.

Martin: 'Somebody' is pretty much a straightforward 'I love you' song if you like, certainly not an anti-love song. [...] The song is based on a sort of Jonathan Richman back-to-basics theory. It's performed all together – it just needed three takes, mainly to get the sound okay – and really uses the bare essentials. In fact I sang it completely naked in the cellar of the studio which we use for ambiance, and the others sent the female tape op downstairs while I was doing it to 'check the connections'."

Dave told BBC Radio in 1984:

"We sent Steffi down there, who's the girl taper in Germany, to check out some wires, and Martin, not knowing she was coming down and us knowing that Martin has stripped off, and then we heard a little shriek when she got down there, and Martin going "Eh, eh, sorry, eh...""

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

"I do not like this song anymore. Looking back on it, I think it's too soft and tender. Most of my songs are not as naive. I usually arrange songs in such a way that they take an unexpected turn at some point. I prefer it to contain doubt, when it does not rule out the possibility that a loving relationship may go wrong."

Dates with available recordings of Somebody

There are currently 192 recordings of Somebody available.

Dates where Somebody was played

1984-1985 Some Great Reward Tour

Somebody was played 76 times during this tour.

1986 Black Celebration Tour

Somebody was played only once during this tour.

1987-1988 Music For The Masses Tour

Somebody was played 17 times during this tour.

1990 World Violation Tour

  • Somebody was not played during this tour.

1993 Devotional Tour

Somebody was played 8 times during this tour.

1994 Exotic Tour

Somebody was played 59 times during this tour.

1997 Ultra Parties

  • Somebody was not played during this tour.

1998 The Singles Tour

Somebody was played 64 times during this tour.

2001 Exciter Tour

Somebody was played 2 times during this tour.

2003 Paper Monsters Tour (Dave Gahan solo)

  • Somebody was not played during this tour.

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

  • Somebody was not played during this tour.

2005-2006 Touring The Angel

Somebody was played 33 times during this tour.

2009-2010 Tour Of The Universe

Somebody was played 19 times during this tour.

2013-2014 Delta Machine Tour

Somebody was played 4 times during this tour.

2017-2018 Global Spirit Tour

Somebody was played 70 times during this tour.