One Hundred One.
Saturday, 2009.08.29, 1:06 AM CST.
Jesus" - two decades ago!
Current Mood: Tired.
figured it would be fitting to make this Journal Entry number "101."
and gentlemen, as of today, it has now been twenty years since the original
commercial release of one of Depeche Mode's most famous anthems, "Personal
original USA 12" vinyl promo was sent out with the acoustic
version of the song on both sides, without a band name or title.
So, when Tulsa's KTOW radio (RIP) received the track, they played it
knowing that the band was Depeche Mode, but not knowing (to
my knowledge) what the actual title of the song was. (At one point,
they thought the title was "Reach Out and Touch Faith."
KTOW DJs also didn't let the listeners know that there was a "harder"
version coming, which prompted some of my friends and I to theorize
that perhaps DM were preparing to release an all-country album in the
style of the "Personal Jesus" acoustic version. (Considering
Martin's admiration of old country music shown in the 1988 Depeche Mode
film 101, this didn't seem like too much of a stretch.)
eventually, Paul at Mohawk Music brought in the UK 12" single,
and I rushed out to buy it. The cover art was controversial enough
- a picture of an unshaven Dave Gahan with his hands on the shoulders
of a fully nude model (seen from the back only). When I got the
record home, I played the new remix of the track - Francois Kevorkian's
Holier Than Thou Approach. I was blown away. The hammering
beat, the distorted guitar riff, and Dave Gahan's more-brutal-than-usual
vocals combined to make this a track unlike anything they had never
week or so later, Paul brought in the USA 12" Single, as well as
the "limited" UK 12" single with different remixes.
I picked up every remix that Mute (DM's record label) released, and
played the track at countless gigs, including my own first-ever DJ performance
at the Sequoyah High School Homecoming, exactly one month after the
"Personal Jesus" release date.
fact, in the fall of 1989, I played the track at a Claremore High School
event, and was informed afterwards by someone there that I almost
got the plug pulled on me when I immediately followed (or preceded;
I don't remember) "Personal Jesus" with Front 242's controversial
track "Welcome 2 Paradise." (The Front 242 track, for
those of you who are unfamiliar, primarily features samples of various
televangelists.) Heh heh.
the track received enormous amounts of club and radio play, and at one
point became the "best-selling single of all-time" [thus far]
for Warner Brothers. It still receives some radio play here in
the Tulsa market.
amazing to think that an entire 20 years have passed since the release
of "Personal Jesus." Maybe I'm getting old after all.
"Personal Jesus" - UK 12" single, limited UK 12"
single, and USA 12" promo.)