Strangelove

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Strangelove
Single-Strangelove.jpg
Song
Artist
Depeche Mode
Album
Songwriter
Produced by
Recorded at
Guillaume Tell (Paris)
Konk (London)
Puk Studios, Denmark
Label
Length (mm:ss)
4:56 (album version)
3:45 (single version)
Tempo
118 BPM
Time signature
4/4
Key
E Minor
Recorded
February - July, 1987
Originally released
April 13, 1987
Played live
251 times *
Total live plays
251 times *

'Strangelove' is a song from the 1987 album Music For The Masses by Depeche Mode. It was first released as a single on April 13, 1987.

Notes

Martin Gore said in Bong issue no. 37, 1998:

"I really like this track and think it’s one of the poppiest singles on this collection. Somehow I don’t know if it still works for me... occasionally in our career we've stepped on the wrong side of commerciality, not very often, and 'Strangelove' is just on the right side. It’s like 'Enjoy The Silence', it’s just on the right side of commerciality. There’s a line and if you step over it too far it becomes bland pop music."

Dave Bascombe told Super Deluxe Edition in July 2019:

"That was actually one song where I know Martin, quite early on, was unhappy with the way it was going and we ended up... I think on his original demo, it had a fast bass line and then Alan had made it half time and I remember Martin not being happy with that. And again, my contribution as a co-producer was just to say "Well, why don't you have both?" [laughs] and if you listen to the single version there are two bass lines going on there. Martin's [original] was much faster and more urgent and then for the album version it became even more slow and lazy."

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

"The only thing that comes to mind about 'Strangelove' is the amount of time we spent on recording it and the discussions it caused. I can't even say how many times we had to redo it. We had to change the bass line at least a hundred times. We also had a lot of percussion that we ended up removing. In fact, the problem was that we decided it would become a single before even recording it and that complicated things. We wanted to do it well, and all that for a result which, in my opinion, is not excellent. The live version is much more satisfying."

Alan Wilder also wrote in his 86-98 editorial in 1998:

"'Strangelove' was the exact opposite to a song like 'Stripped'. Difficult to piece together, consisting as it did of many little parts, it was hard to find one thing to pin the track down. The single was released before the final mixing of 'Music For The Masses' and it was during this late stage that Daniel visited the studio to assist with it - an act that demonstrated the still close production relationship he had with the band. He contributed a 12" version (Blind mix) and by the time the band was ready to mix 'Strangelove' for the LP, it was decided that the album version should incorporate elements of this. Thus, the result was an amalgamation of the original and Dan's remix."

Lyrics


Strangelove

There'll be times

When my crimes

Will seem almost unforgivable

I give in to sin

Because you have to make this life livable


But when you think I've had enough

From your sea of love

I'll take more than another riverful


Yes, and I'll make it all worthwhile

I'll make your heart smile


Strangelove

Strange highs and strange lows

Strangelove

That's how my love goes

Strangelove

Will you give it to me

Will you take the pain

I will give to you

Again and again

And will you return it


There'll be days

When I stray

I may appear to be

Constantly out of reach

I give in to sin

Because I like to practice what I preach


I'm not trying to say

I'll have it all my way

I'm always willing to learn

When you've got something to teach


Oh, and I'll make it all worthwhile

I'll make your heart smile


Pain, will you return it

I'll say it again - pain

Pain, will you return it

I'll say it again - pain

Pain, will you return it

I'll say it again - pain

Pain, will you return it

I won't say it again


I give in

Again and again

I give in

Will you give it to me

I give in

I'll say it again

I give in


I give in

Again and again

I give in

That's how my love goes

I give in

I'll say it again

I give in


Songwriter: Martin L. Gore
Publishing Information: ©1987 Grabbing Hands Music Ltd/EMI Music Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved.

Music video

Dates with available recordings of Strangelove

There are currently 159 recordings of Strangelove available.

Dates where Strangelove was played

1987-1988 Music For The Masses Tour

Strangelove was played 101 times during this tour.

1990 World Violation Tour

Strangelove was played 88 times during this tour.

1993 Devotional Tour

  • Strangelove was not played during this tour.

1994 Exotic Tour

  • Strangelove was not played during this tour.

1997 Ultra Parties

  • Strangelove was not played during this tour.

1998 The Singles Tour

  • Strangelove was not played during this tour.

2001 Exciter Tour

  • Strangelove was not played during this tour.

2003 Paper Monsters Tour (Dave Gahan solo)

  • Strangelove was not played during this tour.

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

  • Strangelove was not played during this tour.

2005-2006 Touring The Angel

  • Strangelove was not played during this tour.

2009-2010 Tour Of The Universe

Strangelove was played 28 times during this tour.

2013-2014 Delta Machine Tour

  • Strangelove was not played during this tour.

2017-2018 Global Spirit Tour

Strangelove was played 34 times during this tour.

2. The Things You Said
3. Strangelove
List of Music for the Masses songs
4. Sacred


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