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Martin Gore explained in 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."

Gore continued in 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.

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 SoulShould Be HigherWhere'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