This page details studio and concert recordings known to have been recorded and/or mixed in preparation for a potential release that have yet to be made available on an official basis. Please bear in mind that due to the limited publicity naturally given to unreleased material, this is not an exhaustive list. Click here to view a list of all songs known to have been recorded or performed by Depeche Mode that have yet to be officially released.
This song was performed during the 1980 Tour, and only one decent audience recording of this song exists from 1980-11-14 Technical College, Southend-On-Sea, Essex, England, UK. This date may have been the song's only live performance.
'Sunday Morning' is a early live-only track performed by Composition Of Sound prior to their final name change to Depeche Mode. It was performed only two or three times on early dates of the 1980 Tour and features a hymn-like vocal chant. It is mentioned in BONG magazine, issue 24 by Daryl Bamonte; see scan below. No live recording of this track is available.
'Mirror Is Standing' is an early live-only track, presumably performed on very early dates of the 1980 Tour. It is mentioned in BONG magazine, issue 24 by Bamonte. No live recording of this track is currently available.
'Radio News' is an unreleased Vince Clarke-penned song by Depeche Mode that appears on the Summer 1980 Demo Tape. It was played at several early live concerts. Currently, 1980-09-20 Crocs, Rayleigh, Essex, England, UK is the only confirmed performance. The track was refutably described by Bamonte in BONG magazine, issue 24 as having never been recorded.
'Reason Man' is assumed to have been written by Vince Clarke. It is unknown why it does not appear on Speak & Spell as an album song or B-side. It was only performed during the 1980 Tour, and only one relatively poor audience recording of this song exists from 1980-10-30 Bridge House, London, England, UK (which happens to be the earliest circulating genuine recording of Depeche Mode).
A stream of the entire track, as well as lyrics transcribed to the best of our ability can be viewed here. 'Reason Man' is also mentioned by Bamonte in BONG magazine issue 24.
'Secrets' is a early live-only track, presumably performed only on very early dates of the 1980 Tour. It is also mentioned in BONG magazine issue 24 by Bamonte. It is alleged by some that 'Secrets' was later reworked by Clarke into 'Unmarked', an album song on Yazoo's second and final studio album.
'Tomorrow's Dance' is assumed to have been written by Vince Clarke. It is unknown why it does not appear on Speak & Spell or as a B-side. It was only performed during the 1980 Tour, and only one poor quality audience recording of this song exists from 1980-10-30 Bridge House, London, England, UK (which happens to be the earliest genuine Depeche Mode recording currently in circulation). The entire song as well as a transcription of its lyrics are available here. 'Tomorrow's Dance' is mentioned by Bamonte in BONG magazine issue 24 on page 18.
The 'Summer 1981 Intro' is an instrumental concert intro confirmed to have been played at concerts between 1981-07-23 The Venue, London, England, UK and 1981-08-02 Jenkinsons, Brighton, England, UK. The instrumental resembles a slowed down version of 'Shout'. It is possible that this intro was also played at the following concert, 1981-08-05 Rafters, Manchester, England, UK, but the only available recording begins about thirty seconds into 'Television Set', so it cannot yet be determined whether it was played on this date.
'Violence' is the first of four songs featured on Alan Wilder's 1984 "Some Great Reward" Demo Tape. The track does not appear on any official release and has never been performed live. The song is available to stream here.
'I Feel No Guilt' is the third of four songs included on Alan Wilder's 1984 "Some Great Reward" Demo Tape. It does not appear on any official release and has never been performed live. The entire track is available for streaming here.
'Until You've Sown The Seed' is the final of four songs included on Alan Wilder's 1984 "Some Great Reward" Demo Tape. The song is unique as it lacks an official title and as a result is known by several fan-given titles. It is occasionally listed as 'Cliché' due to the song's tongue-in-cheek lyrics, and is also commonly mislabeled as 'Until You Saw The Sea' on some bootleg releases. This title does not make sense when considering the context of the lyrics, and is presumably the result of a misheard lyric which translated to a mislabeled song title on bootleg releases. This scenario is likely, as the song was only available as a poor quality recording prior for some time. 'Until You've Sown The Seed' does not appear on any official release and has never been performed live.
Dave Gahan told Rolling Stone France magazine about the first song that he wrote at the end at of the 1980s: "My first song, I wrote it a long time ago with a guy named Daryl [Bamonte]. It was called Love And Trust. Frankly, it was not due to the group's lack of interest [that it was not released], I simply did not insist." No recording of this song currently circulates.
Martin’s nifty guitar playing was a major revelation. He’d often turn away from the cranky computer, pick up his acoustic and launch into an Everly Brothers song, or even John Denver, and I’d happily join in on harmony. I managed to record one of these jams (without my harmonies), the old Billy Joe Royal classic Down In The Boondocks (written by Joe South). We thought this was great until Fletch came down for a visit and opined “sounds like bleedin’ Dave Edmunds”, so that killed that one. Somehow though it has found its way onto YouTube.
"This track was fully completed as part of the project but Martin was unable to obtain the relevant permission for releasing it as part of counterfeit." "[This track was] originally recorded and included on the very early Mute studio tapes."
A second generation copy of 'Down In The Boondocks' is available for streaming here.
Unreleased live recordings
This concert was professionally filmed by RTL Luxembourg, and in 2020 the footage was presumably digitized in full. RTL Today published an article regarding the concert and its technical difficulties on December 6, 2020, including a brief snippet of footage from three songs.
The two-night stint at Irvine Meadows was recorded for a planned live album release, according to an interview with the band on NRJ Radio in France, October 1986. Alan Wilder said "the time wasn't right and [we] wanted to get back into the studio to record a new album".
1988-01-11 Wembley Arena, London, England, UK was recorded with intent to broadcast on Capital Radio FM. With the upcoming release of the "101" film, the idea was shelved. The recording now lives in The British Library's archives.
October 21st, October 22nd, October 23rd 1990 - Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy
The three-night stint in Paris 1990 was reportedly recorded for a live album release. Several fans reported seeing mobile recording units outside the venue. All three nights have good to very good sounding audience recordings available.
The final concert of Martin Gore's brief 2003 "A Night With Martin L. Gore" tour has a professionally mixed soundboard recording. It is unknown whether a release was ever planned. A snippet of Sweetest Perfection from this soundboard recording is available for streaming.
This concert was filmed by video director Blue Leach, and the three singles were released for promotional use to EMI affiliates around the world. These pro-shot video clips are particularly notable as they bear visual similarities to the official Live In Milan DVD minus the video effects added in post-production.
The 2006 Kansas City Touring The Angel concert is assumed to have been recorded in its entirety for the "Live Here Now" series despite its abbreviated length.
Note: Some background information on this page was compiled from the "Home" forum post "It's a Question of World Violation Footage" (registration required to view).