List of Sounds Of The Universe songs
|Songwriter||Martin L. Gore|
|Produced by||Ben Hillier|
|Recorded at||Sound Design (Santa Barbara)|
Chung King (New York)
|Programmed by||Luke Smith|
|Engineered by||Ferg Peterkin|
|Engineering assistance||Josh Garcia|
|Pre-production assistance||Sie Medway-Smith|
|Mastered by||Stephen Marcussen|
|Art direction||Anton Corbijn|
|Recorded||May - December, 2008|
|Originally released||6 April 2009|
|Live performances as Depeche Mode||171 times *|
|Total live performances||171 times *|
When journalist Brandon Voss told Martin Gore that "Wrong" "sounds like it was written by someone who just had a really bad day", Martin Gore replied:
"I think it was probably more than a day. [Laughs] I hope people don’t take it in a really depressing way, because I like to think that I’ve somehow made it into a bit of a comedy moment. There’s a bit of black humor in there. It makes me laugh when I say that “there’s something wrong with me chemically, something wrong with me inherently.”"
Dave Gahan and Martin Gore told the April 2009 issue of Rolling Stone Germany (translated from German):
Dave: "It's good that the people are surprised [with 'Wrong' as a single]. The rhythm was surprising for us as well in the beginning. It's very R&B, not rap, it's a rant. Very amusing. It is as if a thirteen year old boy is stomping with his feet on the floor trying to revolt against his parents. At that age everything seems to be wrong, that's what parents usually say. [...]"
Martin: "We decided to go with 'Wrong' because it's quite different from what we've done in the past. I heard the description 'future retro sound' which I liked a lot. A lot of the new songs have a Sixties-Space-Age-Pop-Sound. Not like Martin Denny or [Juan Garcia] Esquivel but close to it. I always say I'm a traditional songwriter, in the way that I use melodies, chords and lyrics. Only the instrumental part is a unanimous Depeche Mode decision. But for me, electro and emotions work together, there is no contradiction."
Both of them also said in the 'Sounds Of The Universe' EPK:
Martin: "We unanimously - without even really talking about it I think - chose 'Wrong' as the first single just because we felt it was more of a statement, it was very different for us. [...] We always like to do something different as a first single, just to announce that we're back."
Dave: "It's sort of an unconventional pop song if you like. It's almost more of a rap or rant or something and its groove is a little different too in that way. And I think we chose it because, we didn't choose it because we felt it was the best song, we chose it because we felt that it was striking and that it was a good song to choose for the next chapter of what it is we're doing."
Producer Ben Hillier told Keyboard magazine:
"The arpeggio that runs throughout 'Wrong' was taken from Martin's soft synth demo, then reprogrammed on my modular synth, using a sine wave from a Cynthia Zeroscillator. We also ran a version using a vintage EMS VCS3 and Tension in Ableton Live — which we recorded through a vintage Gretsch guitar amp in the studio's clanky basement! Different treatments of the sine wave used waveshapers in the modular, Max/MSP, vintage spring reverbs, and guitar pedals. The bass line was originally played live — me on keys, Martin working the filter — on a Roland SH-09. We then doubled it on an Elektron SidStation and Roland Jupiter-6. The drums were from an Akai MPC1000, played in free-run and treated through various bits of modular and EMS synths. We did just a few takes until the timing felt good with the backing track."
At the end of 'Sounds Of The Universe', an untitled instrumental track that's 41 seconds long and has the melody of Wrong can be heard. Martin Gore told the band Röyksopp in the April 2009 issue of Filter magazine about this little track:
"I like little surprises. What you may not have noticed is that it comes three minutes and 17 seconds after the last track. Because of 'Sounds Of The Universe', I actually wanted it to be five minutes after the last track because of [astronomer Marke Whittle and artist Jonathan Keats'] collaboration that condensed the first million years of the universe into five seconds. But I guess it isn't much of a surprise anymore."
I was born with the wrong sign
In the wrong house
With the wrong ascendancy
I took the wrong road
That led to
The wrong tendencies
I was in the wrong place
At the wrong time
For the wrong reason
And the wrong rhyme
On the wrong day
Of the wrong week
Used the wrong method
With the wrong technique
There's something wrong with me chemically
Something wrong with me inherently
The wrong mix
In the wrong genes
I reached the wrong ends
By the wrong means
It was the wrong plan
In the wrong hands
The wrong theory
For the wrong man
The wrong eyes
On the wrong prize
The wrong questions
With the wrong replies
I was marching to the wrong drum
With the wrong scum
Pissing out the wrong energy
Using all the wrong lines
And the wrong signs
With the wrong intensity
I was on the wrong page
Of the wrong book
With the wrong rendition
Of the wrong look
With the wrong moon
Every wrong night
With the wrong tune playing
Till it sounded right, yeah
Songwriter: Martin L. Gore
Publishing Information: ©2009 EMI Music Publishing Ltd licensed by Grabbing Hands Music Ltd All rights reserved.
- On the quasi-official instrumental version of "Sounds Of The Universe" offered by the website ilikemusic.com, this track is titled "Outroduction". , depechemode.com webmaster and band archivist, says he has never seen the track referred to by this title.