Useless

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Useless
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Song
Artist
Depeche Mode
Album
Songwriter
Produced by
Recorded at
Abbey Road
Eastcote
Westside
Strongroom
RAK (London)
Electric Lady (New York City)
Larrabee West (Los Angeles)
Label
Length (mm:ss)
5:12 (album version)
4:53 (single remix)
4:44 (album edit)
Tempo
94 BPM
Time signature
4/4
Key
B Major
Programming
Engineering
Q
Engineering assistance
Paul Hicks
Guy Massey
Lee Fitzgerald
Tom Rixton
Gary Forde
Lee Phillips
Jamie Campbell
Jim
Greg
Audie Chamberlain
Robbie Kazandjian
Mixing
Mastering
Mike Marsh
Keyboards
Percussion
Danny Cummings
Drums
Gota Yashiki
Keith LeBlanc
Vocal coach
Evelyn Halus
Art direction
Colour prints
Brian Dowling
Sleeve design
Area
Recorded
January, 1996 - February, 1997
Originally released
October 20, 1997
Played live
122 times *
Total live plays
144 times *

'Useless' is a song from the 1997 album Ultra by Depeche Mode. It was released as a single on October 20, 1997.

Notes

When Depeche Mode started recording an album in November 1995, 'Useless' was one of the three songs that Martin Gore had ready as a demo.

Martin Gore in Bong issue no. 37, 1998:

"It's one of the rockiest pieces that we’ve ever done and it's probably up there with 'I Feel You'. I think we're on that right side of another line when it comes to rock, but I don't think we'll ever be a rock band or a heavy metal band. We might branch out and do things like pop or we might do some rock but we'll still retain some identity."

Lyrics


Useless

Well it's about time

It's beginning to hurt

Time you made up your mind

Just what is it all worth


All my useless advice

All my hanging around

All your cutting down to size

All my bringing you down


Watch the clock on the wall

Feel the slowing of time

Hear a voice in the hall

Echoing in my mind


All your stupid ideals

You've got your head in the clouds

You should see how it feels

With your feet on the ground


Here I stand the accused

With your fist in my face

Feeling tired and bruised

With the bitterest taste


All my useless advice

All my hanging around

All your cutting down to size

All my bringing you down


All your stupid ideals

You've got your head in the clouds

You should see how it feels

With your feet on the ground


Songwriter: Martin L. Gore
Publishing Information: ©1997 Grabbing Hands Music Ltd/EMI Music Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved.

Music video

Dates with available recordings of Useless

There are currently 80 recordings of Useless available.

Dates where Useless was played

1997 Ultra Parties

Useless was played 2 times during this tour.

1998 The Singles Tour

Useless was played 64 times during this tour.

2001 Exciter Tour

  • Useless was not played during this tour.

2003 Paper Monsters Tour (Dave Gahan solo)

Useless was played 22 times during this tour.

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

  • Useless was not played during this tour.

2005-2006 Touring The Angel

  • Useless was not played during this tour.

2009-2010 Tour Of The Universe

  • Useless was not played during this tour.

2013-2014 Delta Machine Tour

  • Useless was not played during this tour.

2017-2018 Global Spirit Tour

Useless was played 56 times during this tour.

5. Uselink
6. Useless
List of Ultra songs
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