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Depeche Mode — Strangelove
Album: Music For The Masses
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Released: 1987
Length: 4:46
Plays (last 30 days): 1
There'll be times when my crimes
Will seem almost unforgivable
I give in to sin
Because you have to make this life liveable

But when you think I've had enough from your sea of love
I'll take more than another riverfull
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'll 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

Strangelove
Strange highs and strange lows
Strangelove
That's how my love goes
Strangelove
Will you give it to me

Strangelove
Strange highs and strange lows
Strangelove
That's how my love goes
Strangelove
Will you give it to me

Strangelove
Strange highs and strange lows
Strangelove
That's how my love goes
Strangelove
Will you give it to me

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

I give in
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Not bad for depressed mode this 
Many years ago I worked next to a lady on an electronics assembly line, we used to chat about music while we assembled various things. She hated Depeche Mode which she called "Depress Mode" and loved Micheal Jackson.

Thats the end of my story 'Tak' for listening.
 Alastair wrote:
If anyone tries to tell me no good music came out of the 80's, I point them to DM.  
 
Remind me not to hire you as a lawyer.
PAIN   
If anyone tries to tell me no good music came out of the 80's, I point them to DM.  
 scrubbrush wrote:
wow. when this first came on i had to check the playlist to see if this was Bobby Brown... then the lyrics started and i'll be changing the station for a few minutes now.

 
Two Zappa references. Always in order.
Some sounds in the beginning of this made me long to hear the voice of the "Central Scrutinizer" here, on RP.
Brings me right back to the Limelight in NYC in the Big 80s...
still my favorite dance song from sophomore year in high school.
I just deleted that previous comment, Ms. R. Sorry! Gender faux pas  happen. Even in 2019. Ok, back to where we started... great pick for exactly right now! Made my Song Du Jour. 
 Noni163 wrote:
 
I won't give up
Again and again
still great but somehow it sounds shallow. low frequencies are so empty.... sounds poorly.
That was a heckuva transition from PF's Learning to Fly, Bill!
Pain, will you return it
I'll say it again, pain
 AquaChick wrote:

:-)  I agree...my nightmare situation occurred about 15 years ago when there was only old-school radio in cars, before smart phone invention, and I was stuck in a mountainous area with only 1 radio station that was playing a "12 hour Depeche Mode Marathon" ...I kid you not...my husband and I couldn't believe it...silence ensued.
 

enjoy the silence ;)
Music for the Masses .. their best CD ever. I feel they went downhill after this. Too commercialized.
The best part is when the song is over ;)
I love their darkness.
Actually the best parts are when they stop singing.
I give in to sin....

HELL! YEAH!  

Original version with the long pad introduction! Looooove it!
 Ptijoc wrote:
I've tried all my life to find a radio without these guys. I thought I'd found it...
 But I have to resume my quest, that's my fate...

 
I envy you if that's your biggest problem in life. Pompous elitism at best.
 Ptijoc wrote:
I've tried all my life to find a radio without these guys. I thought I'd found it...
 But I have to resume my quest, that's my fate...

 

 

Hahaha. That's funny. I kind of enjoy Duran Mode these days because I ignored bands with this sound at the time. There was so much other better stuff to listen to. This was like elevator music. Still is!

I just love how cheeky Depeche Mode lyrics are!
 Ptijoc wrote:
I've tried all my life to find a radio without these guys. I thought I'd found it...
 But I have to resume my quest, that's my fate...

 
:-)  I agree...my nightmare situation occurred about 15 years ago when there was only old-school radio in cars, before smart phone invention, and I was stuck in a mountainous area with only 1 radio station that was playing a "12 hour Depeche Mode Marathon" ...I kid you not...my husband and I couldn't believe it...silence ensued.
They were so much better with Vince Clarke
I've tried all my life to find a radio without these guys. I thought I'd found it...
 But I have to resume my quest, that's my fate...
I Like DM, especially Violator....but this is cheese.
Heard it in the 80s till my ears bled.
Maybe too often. Still like some of the remixes from DM.

Btw: The best DM-song is "Behind the wheel/Route 66". {#Exclaim}
{#Hearteyes}
I thought it was the James Bond song..wrong song.
Plain...want nothing on it...I'll say it again...PLAIN.
 jnhashmi wrote:
At first I thought this was "Word Up" by Cameo.

 
Yes! {#Exclaim}
 taswegian wrote:
Swam at Kakadu once in a pool until I noticed the watch out for crocodiles sign ... 


 

Double YEAH
 Andrew_C wrote:
Yuk

 
Double Yuk.
When this album came out after Black Celebration, it took me some time to get used to the "new" sound (all the sampling in use etc.). However, meanwhile it is one of my favourites.
 
Tazzie brews are the best.Cascade Green label from Hobart.Amber at its best.
 coloradojohn wrote:
Forever reminds me my 1st of 3 Walkabouts of Oz: Darwin, Litchfield, Kakadu, Barramundi Gorge, Mataranka, Townsville, Cairns, Port Douglas, Cape Trib; lotsa all-nighters, the coolest people; lotsa Green Cans&Tazzie Brews; lotsa roos&cockatoos. Specky Mark, mate!

 

Yuk
Forever reminds me my 1st of 3 Walkabouts of Oz: Darwin, Litchfield, Kakadu, Barramundi Gorge, Mataranka, Townsville, Cairns, Port Douglas, Cape Trib; lotsa all-nighters, the coolest people; lotsa Green Cans&Tazzie Brews; lotsa roos&cockatoos. Specky Mark, mate!
At first I thought this was "Word Up" by Cameo.
I'll be seeing them in concert in exactly one month. Thank you, RP!
Love the melody.
Hate the lyrics.
 Lumpy13 wrote:


 
"Mein Führer! I can walk!"
 Cynaera wrote:

Yeah, I remember some pretty good times at discos, too... I could actually dance back then! {#Roflol} Didn't get into Depeche Mode until around 1996 though (well, I'm a late bloomer...)

 

Miss you so much, Cynaera...

love this song...
 
From my faaaaaaavorite album. Dear RP, thanks!
 obstetricus wrote:
Burned out on DM in high school...what exactly did I see in this way back when?
 

In the clubs it was fun, if nothing else.  They had some good tunes but not quite enough to make me go out and buy their recordings.
the same drum computer that Cameo used. oh and probably every band in the eighties. Dont date too well does it?
...i can't hear this track anymore without expecting the flaming lips afterward...
Burned out on DM in high school...what exactly did I see in this way back when?
wow. when this first came on i had to check the playlist to see if this was Bobby Brown... then the lyrics started and i'll be changing the station for a few minutes now.

I picture Axel Foley scaling the wall while furtively looking to see if he's been spotted...
Nobody under age 25 (30?) will generally like this band, I have found. Sigh...   
YES, this is sweet...this album was playing almost constantly as I went round Oz my first time back in '90...and still sounds as grand and impressively eerie — in a very good way...  Hey, and DIG the Dr. Strangelove pic below!  That movie bears watching every few years (until it finally goes down)...


 romeotuma wrote:


Reminds me of good times at discos... sigh...  love it...

 
 
Yeah, I remember some pretty good times at discos, too... I could actually dance back then! {#Roflol} Didn't get into Depeche Mode until around 1996 though (well, I'm a late bloomer...)

Yes! Depeche Mode!

 Fi-Wi wrote:

Just out of sentimental reasons: a solid 8!


 
Yep...SOLID.

I wonder what the back to school bugs get paid for singing backup?
And do they get to go on tour?

Just out of sentimental reasons: a solid 8!


{#Clap}  Very nice down tempo set Bill:

David Gilmour - No Way
Fun Lovin' Criminals - There Was A Time
Thievery Corp - Air Batucada
Depeche Mode - Strangelove

{#Sleep}
Love it
 jackiebd wrote:
Depeche Mode can do no wrong. Their music ages well - just like me {#Daisy}
 
Don't flatter yourself.
Say it again.....P A I N !!!! Love this track...
This was boring in the 80s and it's boring now.
{#Cool}
Depeche Mode can do no wrong. Their music ages well - just like me {#Daisy}
8 ==> 9
 rachlan wrote:
this song really brings me back.   i'm getting that weird feeling in my heart.  time is moving differently.  this music was so ..... urgent back then.

 
I know what you mean ... the first few bars of DM, Pet Shop Boys, Talk Talk from this era and I'm ... well ... younger, for sure.


this song really brings me back.   i'm getting that weird feeling in my heart.  time is moving differently.  this music was so ..... urgent back then.

DM gets wayyyyyyyyyyyy to much airplay on RP
Ahhh, Depressed Mode!
well I love it!!!!
Yep, thats Depeche Mode alright!{#Sleep}{#Puke}
Once again...{#Notworthy}
 smackiepipe wrote:

Great song, yes. But my personal vote is for best DP album is 'Black Celebration.' And I was 27 when 'Masses' was released.... ugh.
 
There are a few songs on the new DP 'Sounds Of The Universe' that take me back to Black Celebration (especially Jezebel).

snowcat wrote: Oh boy am I getting old...20 years ago. Seems like yesterday we were driving around playing this TAPE so loud our ears were begging mercy.

 martindi wrote:

{#Daisy} Agree!!!!!!!! I am still doing it and I am 30 :)

 

You were driving around when you were 10?
 posworld wrote:
I always feel like...somebody's watching me.
 
Get away from the window and put some clothes on for gods sake.

 newyorkone wrote:
Totally agree. I just put on Music for the Masses a couple of weeks ago and listened straight thru. Can't say that for most artists these days. Great song from their best album indeed.
 
Great song, yes. But my personal vote is for best DP album is 'Black Celebration.' And I was 27 when 'Masses' was released.... ugh.


 snowcat wrote:
Oh boy am I getting old...20 years ago. Seems like yesterday we were driving around playing this TAPE so loud our ears were begging mercy.
 
{#Daisy} Agree!!!!!!!! I am still doing it and I am 30 :)

I always feel like...somebody's watching me.
I just love depeche mode!!!!!!!!!!!!
Doesn't sound like Slayer
This reminds me of me being a lot younger then I am now. Still I love life as much as I did then.
Oh boy am I getting old...20 years ago. Seems like yesterday we were driving around playing this TAPE so loud our ears were begging mercy.
a_genuine_find wrote:
Doctor, you mentioned the ratio of ten women to each man. Now, wouldn't that necessitate the abandonment of the so-called monogamous sexual relationship, I mean, as far as men were concerned? Regrettably, yes. But it is, you know, a sacrifice required for the future of the human race. I hasten to add that since each man will be required to do prodigious... service along these lines, the women will have to be selected for their sexual characteristics which will have to be of a highly stimulating nature.
Woo-hoo! Yee-haw! Or how I stopped worrying about nuclear annihilation instead of living in a world repopulated by politicians.
Yeah, baby! Just when I was thinking of some songs I'd rather hear on RP than some in current rotation, this comes along and bends me nice and strange...and being above standard orbit while doing prep for almond chicken prep, well, man, it just takes it all to the next level entirely...YOW! DIG IT THANKS Bill & Co.!
una masa para las for the masses.
huebdoo wrote:
The club was Loveafair in Vancouver BC, I was dancing out on the floor by myself and this came on and the crowd filled the dance floor. I remember this beautiful woman (like super model kind of beautiful) came up to me and we started dancing very provocatively, it was almost like a primal moment that you would read about when people go into a trance. I remember that she had the greatest smile on her face, she was so happy and it was obvious she was having a great time (if it was drug induced I have no idea) When the song ended her boyfriend came, the guy looked like the statue of David except with a tan, His glare at me was something to behold, there was no way in hell that a woman like her would have ever talked to a guy like me in the real world. They marched off with her eyes locked on mine until they disappeared into the crowd and I never saw her again, man here I am in my cube writing this smiling thinking that was my moment and I let it slip, its funny how music can trigger memory banks that have laid dormant for so long. Thanks, Ok Back to work
You should have nailed her right there on the dance floor.
Ewwwwwwwwwwww, that is all that comes to mind, sorry.
scott4261 wrote:
It's hard to believe that was 20 years ago....
No kidding! When the songs we liked in high school turn 20 and become classics (20 years is enough to make a classic, right?), we know we're not getting any younger.
huebdoo wrote:
The club was Loveafair in Vancouver BC, I was dancing out on the floor by myself and this came on and the crowd filled the dance floor. I remember this beautiful woman (like super model kind of beautiful) came up to me and we started dancing very provocatively, it was almost like a primal moment that you would read about when people go into a trance. I remember that she had the greatest smile on her face, she was so happy and it was obvious she was having a great time (if it was drug induced I have no idea) When the song ended her boyfriend came, the guy looked like the statue of David except with a tan, His glare at me was something to behold, there was no way in hell that a woman like her would have ever talked to a guy like me in the real world. They marched off with her eyes locked on mine until they disappeared into the crowd and I never saw her again, man here I am in my cube writing this smiling thinking that was my moment and I let it slip, its funny how music can trigger memory banks that have laid dormant for so long. Thanks, Ok Back to work
Written with the atmospherics of the Great Gatsby - rising from the shadows and mists - relish it!
Doctor, you mentioned the ratio of ten women to each man. Now, wouldn't that necessitate the abandonment of the so-called monogamous sexual relationship, I mean, as far as men were concerned? Regrettably, yes. But it is, you know, a sacrifice required for the future of the human race. I hasten to add that since each man will be required to do prodigious... service along these lines, the women will have to be selected for their sexual characteristics which will have to be of a highly stimulating nature.
radiofood for the masses,have mercy
aronson wrote:
"Nothing" is still the best track from this album...
As I am not a fan of DM, I consider this statement to be true, in an unintended way I'm sure. Looks like there are a whole lot more fans out there than not, so OH Well! I'll have to take a dud every now and then, but I get mostly absolute quality from RP. Long live RP!
The club was Loveafair in Vancouver BC, I was dancing out on the floor by myself and this came on and the crowd filled the dance floor. I remember this beautiful woman (like super model kind of beautiful) came up to me and we started dancing very provocatively, it was almost like a primal moment that you would read about when people go into a trance. I remember that she had the greatest smile on her face, she was so happy and it was obvious she was having a great time (if it was drug induced I have no idea) When the song ended her boyfriend came, the guy looked like the statue of David except with a tan, His glare at me was something to behold, there was no way in hell that a woman like her would have ever talked to a guy like me in the real world. They marched off with her eyes locked on mine until they disappeared into the crowd and I never saw her again, man here I am in my cube writing this smiling thinking that was my moment and I let it slip, its funny how music can trigger memory banks that have laid dormant for so long. Thanks, Ok Back to work
Different strokes for different folks. I liked it then and I still like DM's 'Music for the Masses' today. :music:
Shaxx wrote:
OMG It's remembering me twenty years ago...
yeah, a blast from the past.
OMG It's remembering me twenty years ago...
:good-vibes: This takes me back to the swinging single days of my 30's, hanging out in dance clubs in Dallas. Oh, to get those days back!
scott4261 wrote:
Great song from DM's best album. It's hard to believe that was 20 years ago....
Totally agree. I just put on Music for the Masses a couple of weeks ago and listened straight thru. Can't say that for most artists these days. Great song from their best album indeed.
Drunkenlilacwine wrote:
This is a 10. Quintessential 80's tune
I swear, the hairs on the back of my neck start to go mullet as soon as the synth intro hits :oD.
Just one god like track after another!!!!!
pret-a-porter wrote:
kidding mostly - just not sure why else you'd play depeche mode in this day and age - not one of the 80's groups that has aged well
I disagree. I would say this one has stood the test of time.
:sunny:
This is a 10. Quintessential 80's tune
Yay Depeche!
oh! some ass kicking male tunes!
jagdriver wrote:
Anyone hear Tears For Fears?
Who was influenced by whom those days??
Great song from DM's best album. It's hard to believe that was 20 years ago....
"Nothing" is still the best track from this album...
jagdriver wrote:
Anyone hear Tears For Fears?
I hear Thriller, Tears for Fears, and Axle Foley.
Anyone hear Tears For Fears?
pret-a-porter wrote:
kidding mostly - just not sure why else you'd play depeche mode in this day and age - not one of the 80's groups that has aged well
It's closer to the kind of electronica I like than a lot of '80s (note the position of the apostrophe - it indicates that the 19 has been elided. apostrophe + plural = doom.) synthpop.
AiNoTame wrote:
Saying you hate Depeche Mode is like saying you hate the easter bunny.
Except the easter bunny has one desirable quality Depeche Mode does not: silence.