Friday, 2009.04.10, 5:56 PM CST.
Mode Night: Mini-site and more details!
we're getting closer to Depeche Mode night at the Gypsy (only two weeks
away!), and I am feeling the familiar combination of anticipation and
apprehension... that giddiness and queasiness rolled into one.
is now a special mini-site for the event, located right
over here. That will cover most of the basics and then some.
I feel the need to elabourate even more. Good thing I have this
and I have been talking a lot about the event, and figuring out what
we want to do. At 7:30 that evening, he's going to do a short
set with some Mode tracks as well as some covers by various artists.
I know he's planning on showcasing some of his own personal remix productions
and mash-ups. He's planning on going for about an hour or so;
thus, we'll have a little intermission between his set and mine.
9:00, we'll start the lights/lasers and dim the Gypsy's house lights,
and I'll take over playing Depeche Mode with 2-3 Dave Gahan side project
tracks thrown in.
really been giving the track listing a lot of thought. I've been
blessed with an abundance of fairly rare Depeche Mode items over the
last couple of decades... and now I've got a gig at which the question
isn't "Which one or two DM tracks should I play," but rather:
"I have four hours to play nothing but Depeche Mode. What
am I going to have to leave out?"
I can't play every Depeche Mode song that I like... and I don't want
it to simply be "every single they ever released." There
are certain songs in their discography that everyone knows, like "Enjoy
the Silence." A Depeche Mode party wouldn't be the same without
"Enjoy the Silence." However, there are other songs
- some which were never even released as singles - which the older fans
Here are a few teasers as to what to expect, or not:
"Never Let Me Down Again." That one's easy.
expect much from A Broken Frame nor from Construction
at least one track that runs longer than nine minutes.
expect to hear "What's Your Name," nor "Boys Say Go,"
nor "Nodisco." I wouldn't include them even for shock
value or irony. There'll be at least one track from the Speak
+ Spell era, though.
to hear quite a bit from Black Celebration; it's my favourite
Mode album and I plan to include at least one big surprise from it.
expect any cover versions. TMJ is playing some in his pre-show,
but my set won't include any.
"Precious." When I first heard it in 2005, I literally
cried. It was the best dance-oriented single they'd released
in 15 years. It'll be in there.
expect the entirety of Sounds of the Universe. That's
not going to happen. I'll be playing some of my favourite tracks
from it, but there are a lot of tracks on there which are
simply too "mellow" for an event like this. I've heard
a streaming preview of most of the songs on there, and while it's
a good album, it's no Violator.
"Wrong." That's obviously a given, being the first SotU
single. Ah, but what mix will I play?
expect the entire evening to be high-energy pieces - just nothing
to hear at least one or two really intense, "rocked-up"
mixes of tracks - songs which have been beefed up with a significantly
different, almost "industrial" feel.
expect short tracks and quick edits. The content of the songs
is more important than trying to be a badass fast-mixing DJ.
:) Of the tracks being considered for this event, the shortest
one is under three minutes, but the longest one is around ten minutes.
That one might be the one with which I close the set... and it's a
surprise that'll hopefully make the hardcore Mode fans in their crowd
piss their pants with delight.
a few B-sides to make it into the track list. I can think of
two that are automatically "in."
expect anything too mundane or predictable like "All the Violator
singles in a row." This set will be a big ol' mixed back
Expect me to be playing this event like I would play a house
party, not like I would play a big, commercial event. I'm just
going to be having fun. :)