DJ Badger:  The News and the Journal

Entry Ninety-Two.
Wednesday, 2009.04.15, 9:42 PM CST.
Why Depeche Mode Night is special to me.

(Please note:  I had originally posted this to a blog elsewhere online on April 15th.  Although it's currently May 27th, I figured this was worth sharing here, so I'm copying it over in a slightly edited format.)

Hi, everyone.

Well, most of you have probably already heard about the big Depeche Mode album release party that I'm hosting at the Gypsy on the 24th.

Without being all flashy about the subject, I just want to take a moment and explain why I'm so excited about this party.

I first started collecting Depeche Mode in late 1987, just a couple of months before I got into the DJ industry. In 1989, I started my own DJ company around the same time that Depeche Mode released "Personal Jesus," one of their most famous songs to date. They released Violator and the follow-up singles ("Enjoy the Silence," "Policy of Truth," and "World in My Eyes") in 1990 - the same year I graduated high school, the year I started college, and the first year I ever saw Depeche Mode in concert.

Obviously, I have a number of strong emotional ties with that album... and with Depeche Mode's music in general. I've never met them, and I probably never will, but their music has been a good part of the soundtrack to my life. I'm not a casual fan who "likes Depeche Mode a lot" - they're seriously my favourite musical act of all time. I have spent thousands of dollars over the last 21+ years, seeing them in concert six times and gathering up almost every rare promo, import, and bizarre remix release that I could. (Yes, I even have the super-rare French promo 12" of "I Feel Loved." I almost had to sell a kidney for that one.) Luckily, I have read about lots of other fans around the world who are a lot more "obsessive" than myself... so I can feel confident that I'm staying in the realm of "collector's enthusiasm" and not falling over into the realm of "obsessive mental illness."

Even though Depeche Mode aren't 100% perfect, they have released some amazing tracks over the last three decades. The new album, Sounds of the Universe, has some very impressive stuff on it ("Hole To Feed" and "Corrupt" are really quite spectacular), but this party won't completely focus on the new stuff. I am planning on playing less than half of the new album tracks... and filling the rest with various "classics."

Some will be the songs that most casual DM fans will know by heart ("Enjoy the Silence," "People Are People," "Personal Jesus," "Strangelove," etc.), and some of the more obscure tracks will be specifically played for my fellow die-hard Mode fans... like, um... well, if I said, then that would be telling, and I don't want to spoil the surprises.

I'm not going to be concentrating on being a complete "mixmaster" for this event. Don't expect seamless blending between tracks. Expect some simple blending/fading, and maybe even a little bit of "trainwrecking," in between a batch of amazing songs. I'm not focusing on the mixing, I'm focusing on the order of the tracks in a manner that will hopefully keep everyone - the casual Mode fans and the well-studied Mode geeks - happy.

To put it simply, I'm not doing this gig like I would a "commercial" gig. I'm doing this gig like I would perform at a big house party - I'm going to be genuinely having fun, and not worry too much about being a perfectionist.

There is no cover charge for this event. I don't want anybody saying, "I'd love to go to Depeche Mode Night, but I can't afford it." For me, this is a "labour of love." I'm not doing this for money; I'm doing this because I want to share some great music with people in a "performance" environment. I want to see people's faces light up when certain songs come on.

I want to see people dancing. I want to see tons of people dancing.

And, to be honest, I want to bring back just a little bit of the excitement that I used to feel way back in my last year of high school and my first year of college.

Please join me in making this one of the most sensational parties the Gypsy has ever witnessed. I look forward to seeing lots of you there!