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Martin Gore told the May 2003 issue of D-Side magazine (translated from French):

"Basically, it's a song that goes back to my youth. I was never a big fan of David Essex, but I loved some of his songs, especially 'Stardust' which is probably my favourite, and which is about the decline of a rock star and his drug addiction. One could make a comparison to Depeche Mode, but this is not the reason I chose this track. It's a good song with plenty of emotion and it describes well, I think, the loneliness that can sometimes come with being a rock star. Of course it's an amazing job but it can also be a bit strange."

Martin also told the April 2003 issue of Rolling Stone France (translated from French):

"I had seen the eponymous movie 'Stardust' [featuring David Essex] a couple of decades ago, when I was only 10 or 11, and David Essex was a real star. All the teenagers had photos of him in their bedrooms! I did not really follow his career, but I think he was a bit frightened afterwards. Anyway, I'm deeply attached to this song and this movie, which also tells the story of Depeche Mode a bit: glory, decadence, drugs, etc. And I too sometimes feel like a "rock'n'roll clown." This should be the case for everyone who does this job, right?"

Dates with available recordings of Stardust

There are currently 13 recordings of Stardust available.

Dates where Stardust was played

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

Stardust was played 8 times during this tour.